OHRID AIRPORT REACHED 300.000 PASSENGERS: In 10 years TAV increased the passenger’ traffic for 8 times

OHRID AIRPORT REACHED 300.000 PASSENGERS: In 10 years TAV increased the passenger’ traffic for 8 times



Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport, managed by TAV Macedonia, reached an important new milestone - 300.000 passengers for the first time, which is an increase in passenger traffic of 815%, or 8 times in 10 years.

-In 2009, before TAV took over the operations, Ohrid Airport had 36.652 passengers. Over the past weekend, we have surpassed 300.000 passengers, which is an increase of remarkable 815%, or in 10 years we have managed to achieve 8 times bigger passenger’ traffic. This is a result of the route network expansion at Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport, on which as an airport operator, we are constantly working. Following the intensive air traffic increase, in 2020 TAV Macedonia will undertake construction works for extension of Ohrid Airport terminal building. It will result with doubling the capacity of Ohrid Airport, that will be able to serve up to 600.000 passengers, by 5.000 to 6.000 flights annually, announces Alper Ersoy, TAV Macedonia General Manager.

(2019 figure is estimation)


Ohrid Airport currently serves 22 destinations, from which 8 are regular, year round, all operated by 13 airlines.  

-From an airport that served just couple of destinations during the summer season in 2009, today Ohrid Airport is serving a total of 22 destinations. Eight are regular, year round routes, to: Zurich, Basel, London, Memmingen, Milan, Vienna, Dortmund, Malmo, and 14 are seasonal flights to: Adana, Amsterdam, Bergamo, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Eindhoven, Friedrichshafen, Istanbul, Katowice, Maastricht, Stuttgart, Tallinn, Tel Aviv, Warsaw, operational from April until October. We are working to transform Ohrid Airport into a regional center, serving not just the Macedonian passengers, but also all the passengers from the neighboring countries. These efforts are done hand to hand with the Government, the Ministry of Transport and Communications, the airlines, the municipalities, as well as the relevant touristic bodies, explains Ersoy.   


The number of passengers at Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport in the first 11 months of 2019 grew by significant  70% to 296.870 passengers, that were carried by 2.469 flights (66,7% annual growth). While only in November, Ohrid Airport had a significant increase of 240% in passengers’ traffic, which is a remarkable result achieved off the summer season.

With its 53,8% increase in passenger traffic in the third quarter of 2019, Ohrid Airport, is listed as one of the fastest growing airports in its size, in the group of non-EU airports, by the latest Airports Council International Europe’ air traffic report.


Both Macedonian airports, Skopje International Airport and Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport, reached 2,5 million (2.480.767) passengers from January until November 2019, which is an annual increase of 14%. The total number of flights in the same period is 20.215 flights, with 10% growth.

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.