Soon in Skopje and OhridKLM’s low cost subsidiary Transavia.com will begin one weekly seasonal summer charter flights from Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport to both Skopje and Ohrid in Macedonia. The flights will commence on April 29, 2010 and come as result of an agreement between Transavia, the Dutch-Macedonian tour operator Karatnova Tours and Schipol Airport. The new service will operate once per week until the end of October.
A spokesperson from the Dutch embassy in Macedonia said that the new flights will strengthen the potential and competitiveness of Macedonia on the international tourist market. The embassy announced that a group of 30 Dutch tour operators and journalists will visit Macedonia next month in order to get acquainted with the country’s beauties and to present Macedonia to Dutch tourists. There is hope that Transavia will mostly carry tourists to Ohrid while passengers from Skopje will mostly use the line in order to transfer at Schipol Airport onto other flights.
Skopje is currently being used by 8 scheduled airlines. Transavia will be the only low cost airline to serve the airport. Skopje reported that it had 600.000 passengers in 2009, a decrease of 8% compared to 2008.