TAV: THE MACEDONIAN AIRPORTS AMONG THE FASTEST GROWING WORLDWIDE

TAV: THE MACEDONIAN AIRPORTS AMONG THE FASTEST GROWING WORLDWIDE



The passenger traffic in August 2019 grew by 17,8%, which sets Skopje and Ohrid airports among the fastest growing airports worldwide, as well as in the group of the leading non-EU countries with highest achieved growth by ACI Europe 

The Macedonian airports, Skopje International Airport and Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport, with 17,8% passenger growth in August 2019 are among the fastest growing airports worldwide, as well as in the group of non-EU countries, reports Airports Council International Europe in their latest airport’s traffic results.
-Airports in Ukraine (+25,1%), North Macedonia (+17,8%), Albania (+13%), Bosnia and Hercegovina (+12,1%) and Serbia (+12%), led the non-EU markets in passenger traffic increase, states ACI Europe.  
According to the analysis of this renown organization, Skopje Airport with 11,1% passenger traffic growth, is among the fastest growing capitals and larger non-EU airports with the highest achieved increase in August 2019, in the company of: Kyiv Boryspil (+24,2%), Antalya (+15,3%), Tirana (+13%), Sarajevo (+12,2%) and Moscow Sheremetyevo (10,6%).
Ohrid Airport on the other hand, with 60,9% passenger growth in August 2019, is one of the fastest growing airports in its group of small airports under 5 million passengers annually, right after Nish (61,1%), followed by Turku (60,3%), Kharkhiv (+38%), Zadar (29,6%), and Memmingerberg (+25,8%), states ACI. Also, Ohrid Airport is one of the 20 airports worldwide with the highest passenger increase in August 2019, reviewed in ACI’s 4th group: Targu Mures (168,9%), Taranto (163,6%), Foggia (105%), Nish (61,1%) and Ohrid (60,9%).
-Airports Council International Europe’s traffic report once again notes the Macedonian airports among the fastest growing in its sizes and in the group of non-EU countries. It shows TAV Macedonia and TAV Airports’ continuous hard work and commitment towards Skopje and Ohrid airports’ route network development, attracting of new airlines, and promoting Macedonia as a touristic destination. We will continue to improve the quality of our services and keep the passenger’ satisfaction on the high level, states Alper Ersoy, TAV Macedonia General Manager. 
According to TAV Airports holding’ air traffic statistics, both Macedonian airports, Skopje International Airport and Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport, finished the first 9 months of 2019 with over 2 million passengers (2.052.829) and 13% increase on the annual level, while in the same period (January-September) the number of flights grew by 10% to 16.895.
According to passenger traffic, the most frequent destinations from Skopje Airport in the first 9 months are Istanbul (Istanbul and Sabiha Gokcen) with 9,9% market share, Zurich (6,3%), Vienna (5,8%), Basel (5,3%), Malmo (4,1%). Regarding airlines’ share in passenger traffic, Wizz Air transported the largest number of passengers in the period January-September 2019, with 62,2% market share, followed by Turkish Airlines 7,0%, Austrian Airlines (5,8%), Germania Flug (4,0%), Pegasus Airlines (4,0%), Croatia Airlines (3,1%).
The superb results of Skopje and Ohrid Airports are achieved in a time period when ACI Europe reported an average passenger traffic’ increase of 3,4% in August, in geographical Europe, which remains below the performance in August 2018 (5,1%), reflecting the less favorable trading conditions for Europe’s airports.

Covid19: Travel Safe

TAV Macedonia, as an airport operator, acts in accordance with the state institutions in the countries where passengers travel, the airports border authorities and the rules and regulations of the airlines. 
For travel document information and requirements by the country you want to arrive in and / or COVID tests requirements, please contact the Embassy of that country as well as the airline you will be traveling with. 
 

 - It is not mandatory for passengers to wear a face protective mask inside the terminal building of the airport, as of 3.5.2022, as per the changes and amendments in Covid-19 measures adopted by the Government of North Macedonia https://vlada.mk/node/28642. According to these changes, there is no obligation for citizens to wear a face protective mask in all closed areas, except in health institutions, pharmacies, public transportation (bus, railway, airplane, and taxi) and in institutions for care of old persons and persons with disability. Regarding the flight rules, passengers should follow the requirements of the airline with which they travel.


- Despite the existence of the online registration option, due to the new Covid-19 restrictions, passengers are obliged, upon their arrival at the airport, to register at the check-in counters, to check and verify the documents required to enter the country in which they travel, as well as to check-in their luggage.
 

-    Passengers will need to follow the instructions of security agents in a disciplined manner, and there, as in all procedures where queues are expected, it will be necessary to keep a physical distance of at least 1.5 meter.

Entering the terminal building of Skopje International Аirport is allowed without limitations/requirements connected to covid-19, as of 3rd May 2022 when the Government of N.Macedonia adopted the Decision (https://vlada.mk/node/28642) for lifting all covid-19 related protective measures except for wearing protective masks in certain institutions.

 

Due to the fact that covid-19 related requirements for different travel documents are still valid by certain countries, and which must be checked by our staff at the Check-In counters, please be informed that we strongly recommend to our passengers to arrive at the airport 3 hours before the scheduled flight.

In case you would like to perform a covid-19 test at one of the facilities by the two laboratories at the airport, please arrive at the airport earlier than 3 hours according to the required time for delivery of the test, that you should check with the adequate laboratory.

- Business and VIP lounge areas are cleaned and disinfected as prescribed by public health authorities with increased frequency based on the air traffic.

- There are available multiple self-hand sanitizers, alcohol-based with adequate signage for passengers.

- There is a self-service option with purpose all passengers to have limited contact with staff.

- Frequent disinfection of products that are often in contact with staff and passengers

- The tables are cleaned / disinfected after their use.

- Plexiglas separator has been fixed in order to avoid the contact between cashier and guests.

- At each table there are alcoholic disinfectants for hands

- Тrays and plates will be removed from common areas, they’ll be given to guests by the service staff.

-  Disposable packed products are used instead of products such as salt, sugar, napkins etc.

- All the used equipment in the duty free that comes in contact with the customers, shall be disinfected frequently.

- Guiding signs for the prescribed physical distancing (1.5m) in the shop area for all present persons are placed.

- We encourage customers to use only contactless credit or debit card.

- Entrance is free for everyone. There is a Big Alcohol Based disinfectant liquid machine on the main entrance of the shop

-    Passengers should arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before their flight, as check-in counters close at least 1 hour before departure time. This means that passengers must have completed the check-in procedures at least 1 hour before take-off, and then the Passport Control and Security Checking procedures, in order to arrive on time in the boarding area, i.e., at the Gates. 

Given the fact that TAV Macedonia as an airport operator is not responsible for determining and setting the rules for entry/exit into/from the country, as it is responsibility of the Border Police, which has the authority of Passport Control at airports, we would kindly ask you to contact the Ministry of Internal Affairs of R.N. Macedonia https://mvr.gov.mk/default , as well as to the Ministry of Health http://zdravstvo.gov.mk/  and the Government https://vlada.mk/ , where it is decided for these rules related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

-    You can make COVID-19 tests prior your departure at both airports through laboratories Zan Mitrev and Nikob Lab. More information available on the links below:

Skopje International Airport
https://zmc.mk/en/covid19/skopje-ohrid-airport-covid-19-testing-point/  

https://nikoblab.mk/ 



 
Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport:
https://zmc.mk/en/covid19/skopje-ohrid-airport-covid-19-testing-point/   

http://ohd.airports.com.mk/mk-MK/media-centre-mk/announcements-mk/page/announcement-covid-testing-airport-ohrid-mk  

 

-    We regularly and timely apply all measures of the Government and the Ministry of Health, as competent state institutions. Of course, we also follow the experiences of other airports around the world and the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Airports Council (ACI) and the International the Air Transport Association (IATA), all in order to take appropriate action in a timely manner as conditions change in this global pandemic.