AT ST.PAUL THE APOSTLE: LAUNCHED THE NEW ROUTE BELGRADE-OHRID

AT ST.PAUL THE APOSTLE: LAUNCHED THE NEW ROUTE BELGRADE-OHRID

Air Serbiathe national airline of Republic of Serbia, and TAV Macedonia, the company that operates Macedonian airports, today at Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport, have launched the new route Belgrade-Ohrid-Belgrade, celebrating the expansion of Serbian airline network in Macedonia.

The maiden flight to Ohrid, which lies on the banks of a pristine lake of the same name, took off from Belgrade at 1.25 pm and landed at St. Paul the Apostle Airport at 2.45 pm, where it was greeted by a water cannon salute.

On board the aircraft was a group of airline representatives headed by Michael Youlten, general manager services of Air Serbia, who was warmly welcomed by a delegation of tourism and government officials.

-Ohrid is a fantastic addition to our flight network and a popular drawcard for holidaymakers with its scenic lake and water sports, fishing and boating trips. The town attracts leisure travellers from across Southeast Europe, who can now take advantage of our convenient connecting flights over Belgrade to experience its many attractions. We know air travellers are looking forward to our Ohrid service, and are thrilled to make this fascinating town, which is said to have had 365 churches, one for every day of the year, more accessible. Tourism is fundamental to our growth as an airline, and we will continue to evaluate opportunities to establish air services to summer hot spots, stated Dane Kondic, Chief Executive Officer of Air Serbia.  

The new flight will be operated on Monday, Wednesday and Friday using an ATR 72-series turboprop aircraft with 66 seats.

-We are happy that after 3 years of break, Air Serbia flights Belgrade-Ohrid-Belgrade are reestablished again, for the beginning during the summer period, 3 times per week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This route will increase the interest for faster and more comfortable arrival of tourists from neighboring Serbia, having on mind their interest for the natural beauties, the history, the culture and the tradition of Ohrid. This route would be convenient for our expatriates who live in USA and oversees countries, through the new established route Belgrade-New York, so they can easier and faster come in the motherland. We hope that the launch of this route, along with the operations on the regular route Skopje-Belgrade, will be encouragement for enrichment  of the good cooperation between TAV Macedoniaas an airport operator and Air Serbia, as an airline, stated Zoran Krstevski, TAV Macedonia General Manager.

Ohrid is situated on the north-western banks of Lake Ohrid, one of Europe's oldest and deepest lakes, with more than 200 endemic species. The lake was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 and attracts thousands of tourists every year.

In addition to flying to Ohrid, Air Serbia operates a daily service to Skopje, the capital of Macedonia and its cultural and economic centre.

With this new route Belgrade-Ohrid-Belgrade, the charter flights from Tel Aviv, 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.