Monday, August 22, 2011

New opening date for new terminal

Passengers to enjoy new terminal even sooner
Skopje’s new multi million Euro terminal will open its doors two days ahead of schedule, on Tuesday September 6. Originally, it was planned for the terminal, which will handle all of Skopje Airport’s customers, to open on Macedonian Independence Day on September 8. However, the airport’s management believes that the new terminal will get more publicity if it is opens ahead of the public holiday. The first airlines and passengers to use the new terminal should be those arriving and departing in the afternoon. The new terminal has 23 check-in desks, 6 air bridges and stretches over 40.000 square metres. When construction started last year it was planned for work to be completed by October 23.

Meanwhile, Macedonia’s Minister for Transport and Communications, Mile Janakieski, held a bilateral meeting with his Turkish counterpart last Friday in Skopje. Both ministers signed an agreement which further liberalises the possibility of airlines commencing flights to each other’s countries. The agreement also aids TAV’s hunt to find a foreign airline to base an aircraft in Skopje. The Macedonian Civil Aviation Agency has now also joined TAV in its bid to find an airline willing to make Skopje its hub from the 2011/12 winter season, according to a source from the agency.

27 comments:

  1. I remember discussings we had about the fear of too much turkish influence in the former ex-YU..

    so here we go....what s so bad about it.... built new terminal ahead of schedule...
    in EU Ljubljana they are trifling around since years and Zagreb should have a terminal like Skopje two decades ago...

    congratulations to Skopje.. and enjoy travelling

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  2. Looks great! Can't wait to try the new terminal in late September...

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  3. theres nothing bad about ,its the nationalists whining ;)


    pitty the building is not an architectural gem, but hey hey hey

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  4. I just visited the airport with a colleague who is working there. He showed me around what the airport will look like, so I had a sneak preview. This will definitely be the best looking airport in the whole Balkans.

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  5. Congratulations to Skopje !!
    Well done

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  6. WOW, IT REALLY LOOKS LIKE AN AIRPORT, AS IT HAS BEEN SAID THIS IS GOING TO BE ONE OF THE BEST AIRPORTS IN THE BALKANS ONCE FINISHED.

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  7. It really looks great!

    Would be nice to see Adria based there =)

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  8. Adria will die before getting opportunity to build a new base there!

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  9. Great news - I can't wait to see.

    Does enyone know what is happening with ZAG-MIL flights? You can't buy tickets on flyairone.

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  10. Congratulation Skopje !
    Your new terminal is the best ....without any doubt !!!!!
    In future Belgrade will be ashamed of its 3rd world airport !
    Instead of cosmetical surgery ...we tear it down !
    Then we build something as beautiful as Skopje !
    Greetings from Belgrade ,beautiful city but with an airport looking like a garbage dump !

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  11. The new terminal is looking awesome. It's not an architectural gem, but will be very functional -- much like most of American airports, nothing special but they just work.

    "The new terminal has 23 check-in desks, 6 air bridges" -- hmm, come October/November the new terminal will be a very empty place. That will not change quickly even if a small SKP-based airline is set-up. In the meantime, I am keeping an eye at airport fees.

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  12. Good luck Skopje , i hope that this termial will serve so many passengers.:D

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  13. hm, which airline will land first on the new airport?

    12.55 Turkish Airlines ???
    13.30 Czech Airlines
    14.20 Malev
    15.00 Adria
    ...

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  14. What happens if the airline doesn't want to use the gates? Will they be parked there or somewhere opposite?

    By the way, does anyone have the total pax numbers for SKP?

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  15. @nemjee

    680.000 pax for last year.
    jan-Jul this year something over 400.00

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  16. Thanks... and there were roughly 300,000 in Ohrid?

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  17. Here are the statistics for Skopje and Ohrid:

    Skopje:
    2008: 652.339
    2009: 602.000
    2010: 716.000

    Ohrid:
    2008: 44.000
    2009: 37.000
    2010: 73.000

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  18. Data for 2010:

    1 Belgrade 2,698,730
    2 Zagreb Airport 2,071,561
    3 Ljubljana 1,388,651
    4 Pristina 1,305,532
    5 Dubrovnik Airport 1,270,062
    6 Split Airport 1,219,741
    7 Skopje 716,000
    8 Podgorica Airport 651,480
    9 Sarajevo Airport 563,27
    10 Tivat Airport 542,000
    11 Pula Airport 313,790
    12 Zadar Airport 272,680
    13 Ohrid 73,000
    14 Rijeka Airport 61,830
    15 Niš 23,630
    16 Osijek Airport 20,830
    17 Mostar Airport 17,830
    18 Bol Airport 11,620
    19 Tuzla Airport 5,440
    20 Lošinj Airport 5,02
    21 Banja Luka 4,800
    22 Maribor 0
    23 Portorož Airport 0

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  19. Statistics per each ex YU country for 2010:

    Croatia 5.226.306
    Serbia 2.722.357
    Slovenia 1.388.651
    Kosovo 1.305.532
    Montenegro 1.193.478
    Macedonia 789.000
    Bosnia and Herzegovina 591.335
    TOTAL: 13.216.659

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  20. as Damien's number for 2008 is correct i assume the rest might be correct too ;)


    but according to this article (from 3days ago) TAV says the number was 680.000:

    http://www.utrinski.com.mk/?ItemID=BACC37D473F33445B91A060631110176

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  21. 1. Croatia 40% (5.247.134)
    2. Srbia 21% (2.722.630)
    3. Slovenia 10% (1.388.651)
    4. Kosovo 10% (1.305.532)
    5. Montnegro 9% (1.193.480)
    6. Macedonia 6% (789.000)
    7. Bosnia and Herzegovina 4% (591.340)

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  24. i am only testing my virtual keyboard
    ...ok!Wow..it works!?Omg..it works!
    So...gratulation to Skopje !
    You deserve it !

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  25. Despite a bit of healthy competition in the region it is obvious that this is the largest airport project in ex-yu at the moment. It should be celebrated as first of more to come. As far as I can tell from the webpage at least Zagreb and Pristina are due to build brand new terminals, may this airport lead the way. I think that a single ex-yu airline could have enough business (13 million passangers) to create profitable overseas operations with Belgrade and Zagreb as hubs. Merger of the three biggest ones? Alternatively, everyone can feed a new, small, widebody fleet airline. Dreaming I know but Skopje airport with 6 million passenger capacity was beyond a dream until recently as well.

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