1,2 MILLION PASSENGERS AT SKOPJE AND OHRID AIRPORTS IN THE 1ST HALF OF 2019

1,2 MILLION PASSENGERS AT SKOPJE AND OHRID AIRPORTS IN THE 1ST HALF OF 2019

Alper Ersoy

Through Skopje International Airport and Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport in the first 6 months of 2019 traveled 1,2 million (1.163.667) passengers, which is an increase of 12% compared to the same period of 2018, reports TAV Macedonia, the airport operator.

At the same time, the total number of flights at both Macedonian airports is 9.792 with 8% annual increase.

- We are happy to announce that the double digit increase rate of passenger’s number at both Macedonian airports continues in the first half of 2019 as well, and that it is higher than the EU average of 5,9%. We expect the passenger growth to keep the same pace, and to be even higher in third and the fourth quarter of the year, due to the opening of the 4 new destinations from Skopje Airport: Baden-Baden and Bremen opened in March, Larnaca and Turku to be opened at the end of July, and the 6 new destinations from Ohrid Airport: Malmo and Milan, opened in March,   Dusseldorf and Stuttgart opened last week, and Memmingen and Dortmund to be opened at the end of July. The Macedonian airports are “blossoming“, it became among the fastest growing airports on the Balkans and in Europe, and we are glad that it is recognized by the citizens of the neighboring countries, who use it regularly for their travels. We will continue to work on its development, with an aim to transform it into main regional air traffic hubs, stated Alper Ersoy, TAV Macedonia General Manager.

Skopje International Airport currently serves 42 destinations, from which 33 are low cost, operated by 13 airlines, while Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport serves 20 destinations, from which - 8 are regular routes through the whole year and low cost at the same time, operated by 13 airlines. 

Detailed information on 2019 Skopje Airport summer flights’ timetable, is available on Skopje Airport’ web-page, on the following link:  https://urlzs.com/htrn4, while detailed information on 2019 Ohrid Airport flight’s timetable is available on Ohrid Airport’ web page, on the following link:  https://bit.ly/2LGOsB9

According to passenger traffic, from January until June 2019, Istanbul (both Istanbul and Sabiha Gokcen) is the most frequent destination at Skopje International Airport with 10,1% market share, followed by Zurich (6,9%), Basel (5,4%), Vienna (5,4%), Malmo (4,3%), Bratislava (3,4%).

Regarding airline’s share in passenger traffic, Wizz Air transported the largest number of passengers in the first 6 months, with 65,1% market share, followed by Turkish Airlines with 7,0% market share, Austrian Airlines (5,3%), Germania Flug (4,2%), Pegasus Airlines ((3,4%), Croatia Airlines (2,9%).
The cargo traffic at Skopje International Airport also has a big annual increase of 31,7%, reaching 1.960.388 kg total cargo traffic, in the period January-June 2019.
Reviewing the air traffic statistics separately, Skopje Airport handled 1.059.223 passengers with 8,5% increase, while Ohrid Airport - 104.444 and 62,9% annual increase, in the first half of the year.
Following the route network development, both Macedonian airports received recognitions by the world’s most respectable aviation association – Airports Council International (ACI).
Skopje International Airport in March this won the Airport Service Quality Award (ASQ) for the 4th time, as the Best Airport in Europe in the category of airports with under 2 million passengers annually for 2018, after the same award received for 2012, 2013 and 2015, by ACI.
At the same time, Airports Council International (ACI) ranked Ohrid Airport as one of the top 3 airports in Europe, according to highest passenger’s growth rate in the first quarter of 2019, which was is 63,9%.

Covid19: Travel Safe

Aviation is a highly regulated industry due to the global character of the business. In Turkey, the precautions to be taken at airports against COVID-19 are defined in the “Airports Pandemic Precautions and Certification Circular”, issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (SHGM). We have implemented these precautions fully at our airport.

As TAV Airports, our global footprint reaches 100 airports in 30 countries. Through this know-how, we have implemented precautions that go beyond legal requirements. Our staff is trained regarding the new regulations and code of conduct.

The precautions taken at our airport can be grouped under three main areas.

Firstly, we have mapped the movement of passengers and staff inside the airport and configured a flow that would enable everyone to keep safe physical distance with other in every step of the way. Secondly, we have increased the frequency of disinfection and hygiene works. Thirdly, we have made arrangements to minimize contact between passengers and airport staff.

To protect yourself and others, you are required to wear a mask at all times during your journey in the airport. Passengers without a mask will not be allowed inside the terminal and will not be able to board the plane. Irregularity to comply with this rule may result in penalties.

We kindly remind you to wear a mask during your trip to and from the airport with public transportation.

No, you can still check-in to your flight when you arrive at the terminal. On the other hand, for a faster and safer experience, we recommend to complete your online check-in before arriving at the terminal, whenever possible.

We have implemented signage for you to keep your physical distance with others during security control. Please adhere to directions.

X-ray machines and trays are disinfected frequently.

Your body temperature will be checked with thermal cameras upon entering the terminal. Anyone with a body temperature above 37.5C will be directed to the health authorities. We kindly remind you to put on your mask before entering the terminal building.

Until further notice, only passengers and airport staff will be allowed inside the terminal. Please wait in the carpark to welcome guests.

We recommend that you arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before your flight for domestic flights, and 3 hours for international flights.

The lounges at our airport are configured as for you to keep your safe physical distance with others. Please follow instructions and signage.

During this phase, some facilities at our airport may be closed to service. For detailed information: www.primeclass.com.tr

The F&B points at our airport are configured as for you to keep your safe physical distance with others. Please follow instructions and signage. Wearing a mask is obligatory at F&B points.

F&B areas, kitchens and storage areas are frequently disinfected.

We recommend using contactless payment options.

The duty-free at our airport are configured as for you to keep your safe physical distance with others. Please follow instructions and signage. Wearing a mask is obligatory at duty-free shops.

Duty-free areas and storage areas are frequently disinfected.

We recommend using contactless payment options.

The prayer areas at our airport are configured as for you to keep your safe physical distance with others. Please follow instructions and signage.

All waiting areas at our airport are configured as for you to keep your safe physical distance with others. Please follow instructions and signage.

Boarding will begin from the back of the aircraft and proceed to front row seats. Please wait for your turn.

Boarding pass and ID checks are configured to minimize contact with others.

Passengers without masks won’t be allowed to board the airplane.

International arrival passengers will have their body temperatures checked and in case of suspicion, passengers will be directed to the health units.

All arrival areas at our airport are configured as for you to keep your safe physical distance with others. Please follow instructions and signage.

Baggage conveyor systems are disinfected frequently.