AT OHRID AIRPORT: TAV WELCOMED THE FIRST CHARTER-FLIGHT FROM POLAND

AT OHRID AIRPORT: TAV WELCOMED THE FIRST CHARTER-FLIGHT FROM POLAND

The first charter-flight with 220 Polish tourists from Katowice arrived this morning at Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport marking the start of the cooperation between TAV Macedonia and one of the biggest Polish tour-operators, Rego-Bis

With a water canon salute as an international aviation welcoming gesture, with the traditional Macedonian snacks from bread and salt, and with a cake-cutting ceremony, TAV Macedonia welcomed the 1st charter-flight from Poland at Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport, marking the start of the cooperation between TAV Airports and one of the biggest Polish tour operators Rego-Bis.

The first charter-flight operated by Polish Small Planet Airlines, arrived this morning from Katowice, bringing 220 Polish tourists for travel and leisure at the beautiful city, Ohrid.

-When we concluded the Agreement with one of the biggest Polish tour-operator Rego Bis in 2016 after the long-lasting negotiations our Marketing Department at TAV Airports in Istanbul had, we were very happy that we will open a completely new source market for incoming passengers at Ohrid Airport, and for Ohrid. From that moment, until today, we looked forward to welcome the first flight with Polish tourists at Ohrid. This morning we are witnessing that moment, and we are very happy to welcome the arrival of the first group of 220 passengers from Katowice at Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport, marking the operational start of the cooperation with Rego-Bis. As a result of cooperation, we will have 1 charter-flight each week on Thursdays from Katowice, operated by Small Planet Airlines during 2017 summer. From today until end of September, we will have total 14 arriving seasonal flights, at Ohrid Airport. I’d like to thank to all involved parties – firstly to Rego Bis as our partner, Small Planet Airlines, Macedonian tour-operator Fibula Air Travel Agency, Ministry of Transport, Tourism Agency, Municipalities, Polish Embassy and all competent aviation and tourism institutions, stated Alper Ersoy, TAV Macedonia General Manager.

As explained by TAV Macedonia and according to the announcements from the Polish tour-operator, the route Katowice-Ohrid is just the first route on which the seasonal charter-flights will be operated. The next destination from which Polish tourists are expected to arrive at Ohrid Lake is Warsaw. 

- Our cooperation with Macedonia is a big success for us. We are the very first Polish Tour-operator which offers flights and bus transport from Katowice (Poland) to Ohrid and thanks to this cooperation, to Macedonia will come more than 5000 Polish tourists in this season. More than 3000 of them will come in 14 flights with AirBus 321 – and with every flight come 220 passengers. Other tourists will come with comfortable buses every tenth day. It is not just a possibility to help Polish tourists to travel, but it is the possibility to help to discover world and Macedonian culture and history, stated Gabriela Mańka-Sokullu, Rego-Bis owner.

Besides the charter-flights from Poland, at Ohrid Airport during the summer season operate seasonal flights from different destinations, including the traditional flights with Dutch tourists from Amsterdam by Corendon and TUIFly, as well as the flights from Brussels that started in 2016 and are operated by one of the biggest European tour-operators Thomas Cook; the charter-flights from Tel Aviv, also opened in 2016 and operated by the Israeli Airline Arkia; the seasonal flights on the route Belgrade-Ohrid, operated by Air Serbia and the regular routes from London, Basel and Zurich, operated by Wizz Air and Germania Flug.  

TAV Macedonia continues to mark growth in passenger’s traffic at both Macedonian airports – Skopje Alexander the Great and Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle. In the first 5 months of 2017, through both airports travelled a total of 690.083 passengers, which is an annual increase of 6% in passenger’s traffic.

With the four new routes to be opened in July from Skopje Airport, to Rome, Malta, Vaxjo (Sweden), by Wizz Air, and to Doha by Qatar AirwaysTAV Macedonia expects the passenger’s growth to continue.

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.