ACI NAMES OHRID AIRPORT AMONG THE TOP 3 WITH THE HIGHEST GROWTH IN EUROPE

ACI NAMES OHRID AIRPORT AMONG THE TOP 3 WITH THE HIGHEST GROWTH IN EUROPE

Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport, that is operated by TAV Macedonia, has been named among the top 3 airports in Europe that achieved highest growth in the first quarter of 2019, in ACI’s group of airports under 5 million passengers per year.

According to Airports Council International (ACI), Ohrid Airport has had a 63.9 percent increase in passenger traffic in Q1 2019 and 96,9% increase in passengers traffic in March 2019, compared to March 2018. In the category of less than 5 million passengers per year, only the Italian Taranto Airport (+152.2%) and the Georgian Kutaisi (+101%) had a stronger growth in the first quarter of 2019, than the second airport on North Macedonia.

This recognition by ACI Europe is a confirmation of our continuous efforts to bring a steady increase in air traffic at both airports operate by TAV Macedonia. At Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport we marked an incredible passenger’s growth of 64%, due to the three new routes opened in the last 6 months – Vienna in November 2018, Malmo and Milan - in March 2019. With the additional four new destinations that will be opened as of this summer – Memmingen, Dortmund, Stuttgart and Dusseldorf, we expect to maintain the high passenger’s increase rate at Ohrid Airport, reaching new records, stated Alper Ersoy, TAV Macedonia General Manager.

Compared to the average growth of passenger traffic at Europe’s airports (+4.4%), the increase at Ohrid Airport is bigger than 60%. With a growth rate of 5,6% in the first quarter of 2019, Skopje International Airport also had a larger average in Q1 2019 than the one across Europe.

Just recently, Switzerland’s leading leisure travel airline Edelweiss launched a new direct route from Ohrid to Zurich. Additionally, 'St. Paul the Apostle Airport' has 5 regular routes year-round, Vienna, Basel, Zurich, Malmo and Milan, and 8 seasonal destinations to: Amsterdam, Brussels, Tel Aviv, Warsaw, Katowice, Istanbul, Eindhoven and Tallinn, operated by 11 airlines. 

We finished the first 4 months of 2019 with almost seven hundred thousand passengers at Skopje International Airport and Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport and 10% increase on the annual level. Skopje Airport marked the expected passenger growth rate of 7% for the period January-April, that we expect to be higher in the second and the third quarter of the year, due to the opening of the 4 new destinations, Baden-Baden and Bremen, launched in March, and Larnaca and Turku, that’ll be opened in July 2019. TAV Macedonia, together with all aviation related Governmental bodies, will continue to work on the route network development at both airports. At the same time, customer satisfaction will remain as one of our top priorities, focusing on improvement and innovation of services for airlines and passengers, says Ersoy.

In the first four months of 2019 a total of 694.227 passengers traveled through both airports – Skopje International Airport and Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport, which is 10% increase compared to the same period of 2018.

Skopje International Airport is connecting travelers to a total of 42 regular destinations, operated by 13 airlines. Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport at the moment has 11 airlines that operate on 5 regular and 8 seasonal destinations.

TAV Macedonia finished 2018 with a total of 2,3 million passengers at both airports, which  is 16% annual increase, and 19.750 flights, with 9% annual increase. 

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.