Friday, April 16, 2010

Anticipation builds

New look for Skopje and Ohrid soon
Macedonians have waited for a long time for their two main airports, Ohrid and Skopje, to be upgraded. The wait is nearly over after the airport operator TAV announced that work will begin by the end of May. The project will include the construction of a completely new modern terminal at Skopje Alexander the Great Airport with the existing runway being enlarged while communal infrastructure, a car park and a cargo building would be built together with the main project. Meanwhile, Ohrid’s St. Paul the Apostle Airport would go under complete reconstruction and modernization with a new car park, cargo building and VIP section to be built. The project in Ohrid would take a year to be completed while the Skopje project would take 20 months, according to TAV.

The Macedonian International News Agency reports that Macedonian companies will participate in the construction of Skopje’s new terminal with TAV deciding which companies will conduct the construction work. “This is important because Macedonian workers will build the airport, while Turkish experts will supervise the construction”, Macedonia’s Minister for Transportation, Mile Janakieski, said.

Meanwhile, for a second consecutive month, Skopje and Ohrid airports reported improved passengers figures compared to last year. A total of 36.153 passengers were served at Macedonia’s 2 airports in February, which is an increase of 3.3% in comparison with the same period last year, the Macedonian “Makfax” news agency reports. Alexander the Great Airport in Skopje served 34.481 passengers, an increase of 1.7% compared with the same month last year. The number of charter flights increased as well. In February 2010 there were a total 76 charters, or 61.7% more than in February 2009. On the other hand, 1.672 passed through Saint Paul the Apostle Airport in Ohrid in February, an increase of 70.6% compared to last year. From June 20, Bulgaria Air will launch 2 weekly flights from Sofia to Skopje. Flight details will soon be available in the new route launches section.


  1. Yes, waiting for the new look .....
    hope will come with in 1,5 year.

    Bulgaria Air from 20JUN10 launches 2 weekly Sofia - Skopje. Service to the Macedonian capital operates with Bae146. Service to the Macedonian capital scheduale below:
    FB811 SOF 0105 – 0050 SKP 146 4
    FB811 SOF 2300 – 2250 SKP 146 7
    FB812 SKP 0455 – 0630 SOF 146 1 5

  2. I would hope the new airports will have aerobridges?

  3. Does anyone know the pax figures for Macedonian airport for year 2009. I have not been able to get precise figures and the new management seems to have completely removed the figures page from the Macedonian airports website.

    Aleksandar, anyone?

  4. Aleksandar,

    I noticed from PRN as well as SKP websites that today's YM flight from SKP to TGD was operating via PRN. Do you know if this is a one off or not?

    Last year LZ operated its TIA to LGG flight via PRN and I was always curious to know how do these 'connected' flights work, i.e. there is no transit area at PRN.

  5. Bulgaria Air will add one more flight SOF-SKP-SOF from July, so in total to be 3 weekly flights,

    good news.

  6. I hope they will start soon, But I thing Erdogan must come first and with Macedonian Premier to throw the first shovel to start :)

  7. Does anybody know what is happening with MAT Airways and when new MAT will get Macedonian AOC?


Before posting a comment be mindful of other participants and readers. EX-YU Aviation News does not tolerate insults, excessive swearing, racist, homophobic or any other chauvinist remarks or provocative posts with the intention of creating further arguments. Such comments will be deleted as soon as possible. The opinions expressed by those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of EX-YU Aviation News. Thank you for your cooperation.