TAV MACEDONIA: BOTH AIRPORTS WITH 20% GROWTH IN THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS WITHIN THE FIRST NINE MONTHS

TAV MACEDONIA: BOTH AIRPORTS WITH 20% GROWTH IN THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS WITHIN THE FIRST NINE MONTHS

Skopje Alexander the Great Airport lately is becoming more interesting for Kosovo, Albania and Southern Serbia travellers, who choose the Macedonian capital as starting point for their trips to Europe and the world, the airport operator officials say

Both Macedonian airports, Skopje Alexander the Great and Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle, ended the first nine months of this year with total 1.183.728 passengers, which is an increase of 20% compared to the same period last year, TAV Macedonia, the company operating both Macedonian airfields, officials inform.

-Unlike the European Union airports, whereby in August the average growth of the number of passengers is 5,2%, we mark  a 30% increase in the number of passengers at Skopje and  Ohrid airports in September, compared to the same month last year. Such double digit increases, both on a monthly basis, and for the entire period of the first nine months of this year, are due to the TAV Holding marketing policies for attracting new airlines and increasing the existing frequencies from the Macedonian airports. At the same time, the support by the Government for the low-budget airlines is of great help for the continuous growth of the total air traffic, as well as the growing presence of foreign tourists in Macedonia, our expatriates who often visit their homeland, and the young people who want to travel and discover new destinations, Zoran Krstevski, General Manager of TAV Macedonia said.

Krstevski adds that recently the interest of the citizens from the neighbouring countries, such as Kosovo, Albania and Southern Serbia has significantly increased for travelling through Skopje Alexander the Great Airport, which implies its positioning as a main hub among the airports in the region. TAV Macedonia officials say that they expect the trend of increase of the air traffic at Skopje Alexander the Great Airport and Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport to further continue, as a result of the new 8 routes introduced this year from both airports – six from Skopje to Geneva, Friedrichshafen, Oslo, Barcelona, Hamburg and Nuremberg, and two from Ohrid to London and Basel.

During the first nine months, 1.183.728 passengers were transported through Skopje Alexander the Great Airport and Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport, with an increase by 20% compared to the same period last year.

The number of air traffic operations at Skopje and Ohird airports that hosted 11.695 flights  from January until September this year increased by 10%.

Istanbul (both airports, Ataturk and Sabiha Gokcen), with 14,4% market share in the total air traffic, is still the most frequent destination from Alexander the Great, followed by Zurich, Vienna, Malmo, Basel and London (Luton).

Regarding the airlines, Wizz Air has transported greatest number of passengers within the period January-September with 49% market share, and it is followed by Turkish Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, Air Serbia and Edelweiss.

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.