The first direct flight, from Athens arrived at Skopje International Airport this evening. Aegean Airlines and TAV Macedonia launched the new air route Athens – Skopje – Athens as of 1st November
With a festive ceremony, TAV Macedonia welcomed the first direct flight from Greece’s capital to Skopje, operated by Star Alliance member and Greece’s largest airline Aegean Airlines. Passengers arrived at Skopje International Airport onboard Bombardier DH4, 78 seats, aircraft.
The direct route will operate on year-round basis, two days a week, that is, each Tuesday and Thursday. The first flight, today, Thursday, 1st November, from Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos to Skopje International Airport landed in Skopje at 18:55 hrs, and departed back to Athens at 19:48 hrs. Tuesday’s flights would arrive at Skopje International Airport from Athens at 09:15 hrs, while Skopje – Athens flight has been scheduled at 09:45 hrs.
TAV Macedonia officials outline that they are happy to add Athens, to the long list of cities connected with direct flights from Skopje.
-We are happy to announce the (re)launching of the direct route between Athens and Skopje. We believe that this would further develop and improve the economic relations between both countries. The direct route between Skopje and Athens would not be beneficial only for the business passengers but also for the leisure passengers, and for the entire tourism industry, since both countries have a lot to offer in terms of natural beauties and interesting and attractive places to be visited, discovered and explored by the travelers, stated TAV Macedonia General Manager, Alper Ersoy.
Aegean Airlines officials also expressed their immense satisfaction for the re-introduction of this route.
-This new addition comes to serve the demand of a market, which will cater not just to the business community, but also the Greek community based in Skopje. I hope that this service will be successful and the new direct flights will set the stage for new opportunities for trade, tourism and cultural exchange between our countries. I am confident that the new flights will also contribute in further expanding collaboration and cooperation between the two countries, in a manner that benefits both economies, stated Panos Nicolaidis, AEGEAN’s Ground Operations Director.
Flight tickets for the new Athens – Skopje service are on sale through Aegean Airline's website. Except for the direct air connection of Skopje and Athens and vice versa, the route shall enable the passengers with the opportunity of fast and convenient connections from the Greece’s capital city to other destinations.
Aegean Airlines currently operates to total of 153 destinations, 33 domestic and 122 international in 44 countries, with 16.600.000 available seats onboard 61 aircraft of one of the youngest fleets in Europe.
By adding this new destination, Skopje International Airport is now connected to 37 regular routes year round, operated by 13 airlines.
At Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport, on 17th of November, the new route to Vienna will be opened, thus Ohrid Airport has 3 regular routes year round and 8 seasonal destinations, all operated by 11 airlines.
TAV Macedonia as an airport operator of both Macedonian airports, further records positive results as of the beginning of the year. Within the first nine months of 2018 (January – September), total of 1,8 million passengers traveled through both Macedonian airports – Skopje International Airport and Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport, which is 18% growth annually. At the same time, the total number of flights is 15.395, which is 12% growth compared to the same period last year.