TAV MACEDONIA WELCOMED THE FIRST DUTCH TOURISTS AT OHRID AIRPORT

TAV MACEDONIA WELCOMED THE FIRST DUTCH TOURISTS AT OHRID AIRPORT

The first touristic charter-flight from Amsterdam arrived in Ohrid this morning. It is expected until October over 150 organized charter flights in 2016 summer season and Ohrid to be visited by 25.000 Dutch tourists.

With a water canon in a form of a rainbow, traditional Macedonian shack, as well as a cake for a welcome, TAV Macedonia this morning at Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport has welcomed the first group of 180 tourists that arrived from Amsterdam, with the charter-flight of the company Corendon

From TAV Macedonia are stressing that they are satisfied that charter flights with Dutch tourists are continuing this summer season as well, which is 6th year in a row.

-We are thrilled that today our valued tourists have arrived with the flight of Corendon and that the tradition goes on. We expect this summer Corendon to bring tourists from Holland, at the beginning with two flights per week, and then during the season, in July and August, with three flights per week to Ohrid. These charter flights, as well as the three regular routes from St. Paul the Apostle to Basel, London and Zurich, along with the new route Ohrid-Belgrade that next month will be introduced by Air Serbia, as well as the charter-flights from Brussels that are beginning this season with the biggest tour operator Thomas Cook, with the ones from Tel Aviv with the Israeli airline Arkia, along with the regular charters by Arkefly also from Holland, will contribute to revival of Ohrid Airport, increased traffic, but a broadened and enriched income of tourists in Ohrid as well. Those who are coming in Ohrid again know its beauties very well, and for those who come for the first time today we believe that will be astonished by the nature and the cultural sights of the Macedonian touristic pearl. For all of this, we want to thank to the Municipality of Ohrid, as well as to ,,Fibula’’, the domestic company that is organizing these flights, for the good cooperation we have with them, stated Zoran Krstevski, TAV Macedonia General Manager.   

The charter flights on the route Amsterdam-Ohrid-Amsterdam, begun today and will continue until 7th of October. At the beginning Corendon will fly two times per week to Ohrid, on Tuesdays and Fridays, while in the biggest peak of the season – in July and August, the company will add one more flight in the same days of the week, flying on this route 4 times weekly. 

From TAV Macedonia are expecting over 25.000 tourists from Holland to arrive this summer in Ohrid through the charter flights of ,,Corendon’’ and ,,Arkefly’’, which begin in May and will last until October. In this period, it is expected at Ohrid Airport to land over 150 aircrafts full with Dutch tourists. 

In 2015, in the period May- October, through Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport has been transported over 80.000 passengers. 

From the airport operator are expecting further increase of the air traffic at Ohrid Airport during this summer season, as a result of the introduction of the new regular route Ohrid-Belgrade, by Air Serbia, as well the introduction of the charter flights of Thomas Cook from Brussels, and Arkia from Israel. 

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

The trend of increased traffic continues this year as well. In the first 3 months of 2016 through both Macedonian airports were transported 344.267 passengers, with a growth of 28% compared to the same period in 2015. In the same time, the number of operations (takeoffs and landings) at the both airports is increased by 15%.

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.