TAV Macedonia is negotiating with the German low cost airline Eurowings, part of the Lufthansa group, in order to introduce routes Skopje-Munich and Skopje-Dusseldorf, informs the airport operator.
After the first negotiations, these days Eurowings representative came in Skopje and met TAV Macedonia management and TAV Airports Marketing Department representatives from Istanbul, as well as the competent state institutions and the tourist agencies from the country.
Eurowings with headquarters in Dusseldorf is part of Lufthansa group and it is considered as low cost airline. It flies to more than 140 destinations in more than 40 countries in Europe and it is well known by the good route network to attractive tourist leisure locations. It flies to many countries in the region, such as Albania, Bulgarija, Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Turkey.
-The negotiations with Eurowings are part of our marketing activities which we constantly undertake, in order to expand the route network from both Macedonian airports. At the moment, with the German air carrier we are talking for routes to the main airport in Munich and to Dusseldorf. If these negotiations end successfully, Macedonian citizens will get additional air connections to these cities in Germany, as well as new intra-Europe and intercontinental connection flight opportunities thanks to a possible codeshare agreement between the mother company Lufthansa and its daughter company Eurowings", says Alper Ersoy, TAV Macedonia General Manager.
As explained by Ersoy, TAV Macedonia is constantly undertaking similar activities, has meetings and negotiates with airlines and tour-operators. One of the similar recent activities was done in the autumn 2016, when the Marketing Department of the holding brought Polish and French tour operators to visit Macedonia and Ohrid, that resulted with an agreement – namely the biggest Polish tour operator will start with flights from Warsaw and Katovice to Ohrid as of 2017 summer season.
In 2016 TAV has brought in Macedonia the biggest European tour operator Thomas Cook that started with flights on the route Brussels-Ohrid, while in the same time new touristic charters were launched: Ohrid-Belgrade with Air Serbia and Ohrid Tel Aviv with Arkia.
From Skopje Airport last year opened were 4 new routes to Berlin, Copenhagen, Bratislava and Hannover by Wizz Air.
Last 2016 was a successful year for TAV Macedonia. The high double digit passenger’s growth was continued, reaching a total of 1.794.376 passengers at both Macedonian Airports, Skopje Alexander the Great and Ohrid St. Apostle Paul Airport, with an annual increase of 15%. In the same time the number of flights has been increased by 8,9%, reaching total of 16.883 flights in 2016.