A total of 1,6 million passengers (1.546.193) traveled through both Macedonian Airports - Skopje International Airport and Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport, in the first 9 months of 2017, which is an annual increase of 12% compared to the same period in 2016, reports TAV Macedonia.
Both airports from January until September 2017, served a total of 13.752 flights, which is an annual rise of 6%.
-The increase in passenger’s traffic continued in 2017. Although in the first half of the year we had relatively smaller increase, after launching 4 new routes from Skopje Airport, and the new seasonal flight from Ohrid Airport, in the second half of the year, the double digit traffic figures in passenger’s number were marked again. We expect to finish 2017 with a solid rise in number of passengers. As an airport operator TAV Macedonia will continue to promote Skopje and Ohrid Airports to airlines and tour- operators, in order to enable new destinations and new routes for our passengers. Some of the most recent marketing activities of TAV Airports Marketing Department were the visit of World Routes in Barcelona at the end of September, while in this past few days we hosted a group of Italian journalists on their touristic visit of Macedonia, that should result with promotion of Macedonia as a travel destination on the Italian market, stated Alper Ersoy, TAV Macedonia General Manager.
Ersoy explains that along with the route network development, TAV Macedonia also continues to extend the range of airport services and to improve its quality, in order to achieve greater passenger’s satisfaction.
According the TAV’s statistics for the passenger’s traffic in the first 9 months, Istanbul (12,4%) is the most frequent destination from Skopje Airport, followed by Zurich (8,7%), Vienna (6,8%), Basel (5,1%), Malmo (4,6%), and London (3,9%).
Regarding airline’s share in passenger traffic, Wizz Air transported the largest number of passengers with 57,5% market share, followed by Turkish Airlines (8,5%), Austrian Airlines (6,8%), Germania Flug (5,1%) and Pegasus Airlines (4,5%).
Skopje Airport has recorded its busiest August until now, handling 216.409 passengers, with 23,7% increase in passenger traffic and 22,4% increase in number of flights, achieving its traffic figures record by now, which was supported by sports event – UEFA Super Cup.
7th of August – Monday, was the busiest day at Skopje Airport in this 9 months period, when a total of 8.283 passengers were transported by 98 flights.
Five new destinations were launched from Skopje Airport this year. In April the new route to Budapest was opened, while in July the routes to Rome, Malta, Vaxjo and Doha were launched. At the same time Wizz Air based its 4th aircraft at Skopje Airport, while Qatar Airways as a new airline brand entered the Macedonian market. At Ohrid Airport, the new destination Katowice was launched, opening Poland as a new market for incoming passengers.
TAV Macedonia with the support of TAV Airports Marketing Department from Istanbul will continue to promote Macedonian Airports and Macedonia as a travel destination, at all relevant world aviation and tourism conferences and fairs, in order to attract new airlines and new tour-operators to enter the Macedonian market, while at the same time convince the existing ones to extend their destinations and frequencies from Skopje and Ohrid.
Part of the marketing activities undertaken by Istanbul Marketing Department this year, were the organized touristic visits of Macedonia for the Turkish travel bloggers in May 2017, Polish journalists in July 2017, and the latest tour this month- for the Italian journalists.