AT OHRID AIRPORT: TAV WELCOMED THE FIRST CHARTER FLIGHT WITH ISRAELI TOURISTS

AT OHRID AIRPORT: TAV WELCOMED THE FIRST CHARTER FLIGHT WITH ISRAELI TOURISTS

The first charter flight from Tel Aviv to Ohrid Airport St. Paul the Apostle landed tonight. It is expected that in the period from June to October, the Israeli airline ARKIA to bring in Ohrid more than 5.000 tourists from Israel

With water-bridge as a greeting to the aircraft, cutting cake ceremony, and traditional Macedonian welcome snacks, TAV Macedonia at Ohrid Airport St. Paul the Apostle, welcomed the first group of 110 Israeli tourists from Tel Aviv that arrived with charter flight by Israeli airline Arkia

In TAV Macedonia say they are satisfied that these charter flights that were announced last year are beginning to realize, as a result of the activities of TAV Holding from Istanbul to attract new airlines and tour operators at Ohrid Airport.

-With the first flight of the airline Arkia to Ohrid, opened was new tourist corridor between Israel and Macedonia, a chance esteemed guests from Israel to learn about the natural beauty of Lake Ohrid and Macedonia in general, and with the cultural sights, as we often know to say, of Macedonian Jerusalem.  Of course there is the possibility to taste Macedonian food and wines, and to experience the hospitality and kindness of our people, stated Zoran Krstevski, General Manager of TAV Macedonia.

From the airport operator explained that starting as of today, June 9thArkia will fly three times a week flying from Tel Aviv to Ohrid and back, until October 23rd, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

On Tuesday, Arkia aircraft will land at Ohrid Airport St. Paul the Apostle 16:30 and will depart at 17:30, on Thursday – it will land in 18:40 and depart at 19:55 and on Sundays it will land in Ohrid at 19:00 and depart to Tel Aviv  at 20:00.

From TAV Macedonia said that this summer at Airport St. Paul the Apostle are expected to arrive 50 charter flights from Tel Aviv with Arkia airline, which in the period from June to October in Ohrid should bring 5.500 Israeli tourists.

-On behalf of Arkia I'm honoured to be here today with the first group of Israeli tourists to beautiful Macedonia. As the second biggest airline and one of the main tour operators in the country, Arkia is always looking for new holiday destinations for the Israeli market, and we do believe that Macedonia, with all the wealth in nature, history, gastronomy and on top of all lovely people, will be in a short while one of the Israeli's preferred holiday destinations. Arkia is thankful to the airport authorities and the local tourist board for  the lovely welcome and for the help and support in establishing the route between Tel Aviv to Ohrid, said Anat Aharom, vice-president of Sales and Marketing at Arkia International.

Arkia first flew to Ohrid Airport in 2011, but then were realized only a few flights.  From the management of TAV Macedonia expect the renewed cooperation with the Israeli airline to continue in the coming years, regularly carrying Israeli tourists in Macedonia's tourism pearl - Ohrid.

With these charter flights from Tel Aviv, with the new line from Belgrade-Ohrid and the new charter flight Brussels-Ohrid, which will soon start from St. Paul the Apostle, as well as the regular summer charter flights from Amsterdam and three regular flights to London, Basel and Zurich, the airport operator expects revival of St. Paul the Apostle, and increased traffic will contribute for more tourists to visit Ohrid, but also many citizens of Ohrid-Struga region and the wider area of southwestern Macedonia to fly abroad.

Ohrid Airport St. Paul the Apostle last month by ACI Europe (Airports Council International - Europe) was named the second fastest growing small airport in Europe in the first quarter of 2016, with an increase in the number of passengers of 173.9% in the first quarter of 2016.

TAV Macedonia ended 2015 with 22% increase in the total number of passengers at the two Macedonian airports - Alexander the Great – Skopje and St. Paul the Apostle- Ohrid, reaching 1.560.381 passengers.  At the same time, the total number of operations increased for 11%, reaching 15.510.

The trend of increased traffic continues this year. In the first five months of 2016 through two Macedonian airports were transported 648.745 passengers, which is an increase of 28% compared to the same period in 2015.  At the same time, the number of operations (landings and take-offs) at the two airports increased by 16%.

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.