TAV welcomed GullivAir 1st commercial flight from Sofia at Skopje Airport

TAV welcomed GullivAir 1st commercial flight from Sofia at Skopje Airport


TAV Macedonia, this morning at 5:48h, with a water cannon salute welcomed the first GullivAir’s flight from Sofia at Skopje International Airport.

 

With an ATR 72 - 600, that can accommodate 70 passengers, the airline made its inaugural regular flight touchdown at Skopje International Airport, marking the start of their official commercial operations on the Macedonian market.

 

  • As TAV we are excited to mark and celebrate GullivAir’s entrance on the Macedonian market, with today’s launch of the new route from Sofia to Skopje. The Macedonian capital will be connected to the Bulgarian capital, by air, twice a week, on Saturdays and Mondays, as of today, March 26th. The airline will fly to Skopje International Airport for the first time, so we can add GullivAir as new airline and the flights Sofia–Skopje–Sofia as new air route to the portfolio of Skopje International Airport and Macedonian aviation market in general, after a longer period of time. We are happy that the airline started its operations to and from Skopje Airport despite the still ongoing covid pandemic. Sofia–Skopje or Sofia–Skopje flights now connects both capitals in just 30 minutes. We believe that this route has a great potential, both for leisure and for business travelers. Bulgarian and Macedonian passengers may find this route useful and beneficial to visit the capitals of both countries and at the same time they can continue their travel to other more distant destination to other foreign countries. The introduction of this air connection will contribute not only to the development of Macedonian aviation, but also to the economic cooperation between both countries. We look forward to long-term and proliferate cooperation and many happy and satisfied passengers.”, stated Metin Batak, TAV Macedonia General Manager.

 

TAV Macedonia officials outlined that this new route would allow travelers from both Macedonia and Bulgaria to enjoy and discover the beauties of the two cities – Sofia’s picturesque city parks or the city center, and Skopje’s rich cultural landmarks and charming natural sites.

 

  • “GullivAir Airlines is happy to announce the launch of new scheduled flights between Sofia and Skopje. The portfolio of Gullivair's scheduled operations is now increasing up to 3 new routes (Burgas, Skopje, Tirana) and in mid-summer season we are expecting to present our new scheduled overseas flights to New York and New Delhi. This will enable the citizens of North Macedonia and their guests to explore new routes that are available only by a 30-minute flight to Sofia and giving the connection to the Black Sea – or to Burgas Airport. Sofia-Skopje flights will operate twice a week, or on Mondays and Saturdays, with a 70 economy class seats aircraft. The flight will last 30 minutes only, thus creating a convenient connection between the two capitals, which for the last 15 years have lacked a direct air route. The benefits of these flights will be essential for our people and will contribute to strengthening the good relations between us. We believe and we look forward to a fruitful collaboration with TAV Macedonia and Skopje Airport. Special thanks to the Ministers of Transport of both North Macedonia and Republic of Bulgaria.’’, stated Georgi Kolev, CEO of GullivAir.


 

Reservation and booking of flight tickets is available on GullivAir’s website https://gullivair.com/. The flights are scheduled from today March 26th, 2022, on Saturdays and Mondays.

 

TAV Macedonia finished the first 2 months of 2022 (January and February) with a total of 215.227 passengers, at both Macedonian airports, Skopje International Airport and Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport, which is a 107% increase compared to the same period in 2021, and 29% decrease compared to 2019, considered as a referent year for aviation.

 

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.