AT OHRID AIRPORT: TAV WELCOMED THE FIRST FLIGHT FROM ISTANBUL BY ONUR AIR AND TATILBUDUR.COM

AT OHRID AIRPORT: TAV WELCOMED THE FIRST FLIGHT FROM ISTANBUL BY ONUR AIR AND TATILBUDUR.COM

With a water canon salute, Turkish delight and colorful cupcakes, TAV Macedonia warmly welcomed the first group of 180 passengers that arrived this afternoon from Istanbul at Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport, with Airbus A320 airplane, operated by the airline Onur Air, organized by tour-operator Tatilbudur.com

The new seasonal flights Istanbul-Ohrid-Istanbul will be operated every Sunday, departing from Istanbul Atatürk Airport to Ohrid at 1:30 PM, while from Ohrid to Istanbul at 3:00 PM, in the period from 15th of April until the 21st of October.

-It is our pleasure to welcome the first flight from Istanbul at Ohrid Airport today and mark the beginning of the cooperation with the airline Onur Air and the tour operator Tatilbudur.com on the Macedonian market. This summer, more than 4.500 passengers from Istanbul, will arrive at Ohrid Airport with 23 flights, which will be operated once weekly, from 15th of April until 21st of October. This will be a significant contribution to the rise of the total number of Turkish tourists here, as well as for the development of the tourism at Ohrid Lake in general. Although organized as vacation tours, these flights are not just touristic flights, but also a good connection between the two cities for business and for visits of relatives and friends. Besides bookings of tours through Tatilbudur.com, individual travelers can also buy flight tickets directly at www.onurair.com, stated Alper Ersoy, TAV Macedonia General Manager.

-We, as Onur Air, love flying to the destinations which have not been served yet. As long as we have a motive, even a small one. Tatilbudur gave us this motive and impulse. TAV also supported us. We hereby express our thanks to them. I hope we can attain an achievement in Ohrid encompassing a wide range of our cultural heritage. The tickets of the flights, to attract not only our passengers living in Macedonia but also the ones living in the closely-situated Albania, can be purchased from our website and our authorized sales agencies, stated Teoman Tosun, Onur Air General Manager.

-As TatilBudur celebrates its 20th year in travel sector, we are happy to announce Istanbul-Ohrid flight, which will make important contribution to the flight business in Turkey. This flight is very significant for our country, TatilBudur, Onur Air and TAV as it is the first direct flight from Istanbul to Ohrid. We, as TatilBudur, set our goal as becoming the largest tour operator who carries most Turkish tourists to Balkan countries. We plan to organize 22 weekly tours in 23 Ohrid flights. By the help of this direct flight, we plan to provide economical travel opportunity for Turkish tourists to six countries, including Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, stated TatilBudur.com CEO, Cenk Angın.
 

TAV Macedonia expects a busy summer season at Ohrid Airport. Besides Istanbul, there will be 3 more new seasonal destinations announced – Warsaw, Tallinn and Eindhoven, in addition to existing seasonal flights to Amsterdam, Brussels, Tel Aviv, Katowice, operated from April until October.

The Polish tour operator Rego Bis, which commenced seasonal flights from Katowice in 2017, has announced to open another destination – Warsaw; the Estonian Airline

 

Nordica will launch seasonal flights from Tallinn to Ohrid; the Dutch tour operator TUI that already flies from Amsterdam will extend their operations to Ohrid, by opening Eindhoven as a new destination.

As of November, Wizzair will introduce new regular route from Ohrid to Vienna and will perform flights year around.

At the moment, at Ohrid Airport there are 3 regular routes year round – Basel, Zurich and London.

In the 1st quarter of 2018 (January-March), a total of 448.729 passengers travelled through both Macedonian airports, Skopje International Airport and Ohrid St.Paul the Apostle Airport, with a 22% increase on the annual level. At the same time the total number flights was 4.018, with an annual rise of 19%.

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.