TAV Macedonia appoints Metin Batak as General Manager

TAV Macedonia appoints Metin Batak as General Manager

(Metin Batak, TAV Macedonia General Manager)
TAV Macedonia, a subsidiary of TAV Airports, appoints Metin Batak as its new General Manager, effective as of 1st October 2020. Alper Ersoy will be leaving his post as GM to be appointed as the General Manager of TAV Georgia, which operates Tbilisi and Batumi Airports.

(Alper Ersoy, TAV Georgia General Manager)

“During my tenure at TAV Macedonia, we’ve managed to triple the number of passengers in both Macedonian airports. Together with our exceptional team of employees and in close collaboration with our stakeholders, we proceeded to establish Macedonian airports as a leading hub in the Balkans, providing an excellent passenger experience. Although I’ll be missing my time in Macedonia, I’m confident that Skopje and Ohrid airports will continue to progress, contributing highly to the development of the country,” said Alper Ersoy.
“I’d like to thank to my colleague Alper Ersoy for his valued leadership contribution for the development of Macedonian airports. Both of us have been working on the Macedonian market for the last 10 years, together with the whole TAV Macedonia managerial team whose complementary skills were jointly combined in order to achieve a fast development of the Macedonian airports. We will continue to lead TAV Macedonia’s team on this path we have established, working hard to further develop both airports in Skopje and in Ohrid, at the same time contributing to the development of the Macedonian economy”, said Metin Batak, TAV Macedonia General Manager.  
Metin Batak has been a part of TAV Macedonia top-management since TAV’s entrance to the Macedonian market in 2009. He has more than 27 years of working experience in different sectors. Batak graduated from Business Administration and Marketing at Marmara University in Istanbul and started his career in Dogus holding as an Internal Audit Supervisor in 1993. Then he worked as the Accounting and Financial Manager for Dogus Media Group, and then as an Accounting Manager for TuvTurk Istanbul. In 2006 he joined TAV Airports Holding, working as a Accounting Manager at the Groups’ headquarters in Istanbul. From 2010 until 2015 he was TAV Macedonia Financial and Administrative Affairs Manager. Since 2015 until now, he was TAV Macedonia Deputy General Manager for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer of TAV Tunisia at the same time. Batak is a member of the Istanbul Chamber of Certified Public Accountants. 
Besides Batak as a General Manager, TAV Macedonia management team, in terms of airport operations, is lead by Nejat Kurt, TAV Macedonia Deputy General Manager for Operations. 

(Nejat Kurt, TAV Macedonia Deputy General Manager for Operations)
By the leadership of TAV, Skopje Airport was awarded with the prestigious Airport Service Quality (ASQ) award by Airports Council International (ACI), 5 times by now. The last ASQ award Skopje International Airport received in March 2020 in the category of airports from 2 to 5 million passengers annually. Previously, ASQ awards were received for 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2018, in the category of airports under 2 million passengers annually. 
After finishing 2019 with 2,7 million passengers at both Macedonian airports – Skopje International Airport and Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport, which is a 14% increase on the annual level, TAV Macedonia marked 15% passenger’s number increase in the first 2 months of 2020 as well, until the beginning of COVID-19 crisis in March 2020 when both Macedonian airports were closed by the Government for 3,5 months. After its reopening in July 2020, the passenger traffic at both Skopje and Ohrid airports is slowly recovering. For the period January-August it decreased by 68%, compared with the same period in 2019. 

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


Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport:



-    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.