Saturday, June 20, 2015

Skopje Airport anticipates strong growth

Busy summer ahead for Skopje Airport

Skopje Alexander the Great Airport estimates its passenger numbers will continue to grow as Wizz Air prepares to introduce five new routes from the city in just over a week and Croatia Airlines launches seasonal summer flights from Split. Macedonia’s two international airports, Skopje and Ohrid, handled 506.271 passengers during the first five months of the year, up 17% on the same period in 2014. In a statement to EX-YU Aviation News, the airport’s operator, TAV, says it is pleased with the airport’s performance so far this year, with further growth expected in the months to come. “We are satisfied with the current growth in passenger traffic and we believe that it will continue to increase through the whole year, as well”.

During the first five months of 2015, Skopje Airport welcomed 490.651 passengers, an improvement of 17.2% on last year. In May alone the airport handled 117.099 travellers, up 7.4%. “The air business is highly dynamic and is constantly changing. The growth in passenger traffic depends on different factors - external factors, such as the price of the oil, GDP growth, and others. We can say that our work is dedicated to concrete targets - attracting new airlines and providing the best service, which is fast, secure and comfortable, to our customers”, TAV Macedonia told EX-YU Aviation News.

A total of fourteen airlines are maintaining scheduled services to Skopje and Ohrid this summer season, with Swiss International Air Lines recently launching flights to the Macedonian capital. Furthermore, another ten carriers will operate summer charters, including Corendon Airlines from Antalya and Nesma Airlines from Hurghada in Egypt. Wizz Air, which is already the busiest carrier in Macedonia, will launch flights from Skopje to Friedrischshafen, Sandefjord, Barcelona, Lubeck and Nuremberg, starting June 29. In addition, the no frills carrier will inaugurate services from Basel to Ohrid, which will complement its existing service from London Luton Airport to the city. “After the achievement of handling over one million passengers at Skopje Airport in 2014, which was a major milestone for us in less than five years since we started operating the airport, this year we have even higher expectations for the development of air traffic in Macedonia”, Zoran Krstevski, the General Manager of TAV Macedonia, says. In 2014, Skopje Airport added almost 224.000 passengers and recorded growth of in excess of 22%. It is expected to replicate this success in 2015.

MonthPAXChange (%)
JAN88.275 41.6
FEB80.079 22.8
MAR95.457 25.1
APR109.741 3.9
MAY117.099 7.4

74 comments:

  1. These are good results and July/August will be massive, we will see big growth.

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  2. Good news. If they do set up a national airline at some point they will have strong growth in 2016 as well. But I would love to see some new airlines at Skopje. Over the past few years I think only Alitalia, Swiss and Fly Dubai were new carriers.

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  3. I'm really wondering how Skopje - Barcelona flights will perform

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  4. Skopje has truly come a long way. Bringing in Wizz Air and letting go of MAT was the right thing to do.

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  5. Does anyone know how FlyDubai is doing in SKP? They are reducing flights to just 2 p/w during the winter. Thanks.

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  6. OT - It would be nice if ORLIĆI landed from IST to BEG on a AS plane :)
    Does anybody have some info on that?

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    1. No, they will land with Turkish in the morning

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    2. Wait, why are they going through Istanbul at all?

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    3. Because FIFA has a deal with Swiss and *A for all teams playing on this U20 World Cup, but Plavi Plavi managed to book our National team from Oakland via Singapore and Istanbul to BEG all on *A tickets :)

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  7. This May Skopje had 7.4% growth and 0% new flights, that means the existing routes saw an passenger increase!
    Good work Skopje!

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  8. OT : AirSERBIA stats for May :
    215.800 passengers (+17% yoy),
    1.360 departures (+10%)
    The best performing routes in terms of LF were :
    Paris 86%
    Amsterdam 85%
    Zurich 83%
    Sarajevo and Rome over 80%.
    Warsaw and Budapest were the worst routes, as usual.
    LF to Abu Dhabi was as mere as 47,5%.


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    1. Thank you for that. I guess Paris improved because the route was downgauged while Rome was reduced to daily flights.

      I am still annoyed because SJJ is closed at night. It would be such a good candidate for a night flight.

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    2. So, in short the Abu Dhabi LF is better than WAW and BUD, correct?

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    3. Ma za AUH nema putnika nikako , Ja ne znam sto mora konstanto da se spusta LF .
      INN-NS

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    4. Thanks! It was reported on here a few times that AUH had like 40 pax or so...

      Do you have numbers for BNX? This winter it was 42%.

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    5. The obsession with Air Serbia is astounding.

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    6. Well, it is a Belgrade based blog so obviously it's popular among Serbs.

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    7. Why "obsession"? If anyone has numbera for other Ex Yu carriers I would love to hear them!

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    8. It was very cool when someone was posting OU's loads.

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    9. "LF to Abu Dhabi was as mere as 47,5%."
      With this figures in May imagine what kind of figures will be in November. You still think ASL will maintain this flights during next winter?

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    10. Admin always posts airports' figures, but airlines' rarely. JU overall clf in May was 69.2%, 1.4% higher than in April. For BNX-BEG route clf was 52% in May.

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    11. Great, thank you!

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    12. WAW 28,3%
      BUD 27.8%

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    13. I am not surprised these two are doing so badly, just look at the unfavourable conditions the GSA in Warsaw has.

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    14. WOW that is terrible for May if true of course!! WAW will improve to 50% with Lot gone ( at least temporarily), but there is no hope for BUD.

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  9. Drago mi je zbog SKP stimaju tako dobar rast sa W6.
    A jos lepse ce mi biti kad cujemo vest sa EXPO 2015.
    INN-NS

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    1. Koju vest? O čemu se radi?

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    2. Stize 330 i krecu letovi za kinu

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    3. Pa kako ne znate vi sta ce biti o.O mozda otkrijem i nesto do kraja dana.
      INN-NS

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    4. ATR 72-600?

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    5. Ma pustite ga, vidite da lupeta.

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    6. INN-NS, it is most likely they are naming the existing aircraft in the fleet just as discussed yesterday.

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    7. ASL never gave name to existing plane, only to new plane type entering the fleet for the first time. You think ordinary ATR72 like YU-ALV deserves all this fuss including Board approval and PM going to Milan just to slap a sticker on a prop? Ha ha ha!!!

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    8. Djokovic got his name on the plane because he borrowed money for the lease of YU-APC. Divac paid two million to get his name on APH.

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    9. What if they are getting new aircraft for Aviolet charters?

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    10. No was Aviolet is getIng new planes! And purchasIng new Atrs will be stupid because they are booked till 2020 something. And the company said they would only lease.

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    11. anon 5:49, well if you read my comments from yesterday you will see that I am also hoping for something such as an addition of a regional jet ( my guess is Embraer 170), but I do want to point out that there is also a possibility this all might be naming of an existing A319. The article on Blic provided only 3 lines in regards to this topic so it could practically mean anything!

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    12. Old Boeing planes could use some help. This 737-800 render would look great: http://www.dodaj.rs/f/b/Bu/4RGmSkvF/air-serbia-new-aircraft-.jpg

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    13. It looks horrible. And if the company gets planes with winglets they will be painted same as the tail.

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    14. It was mentionned earlier, no idea why for all those years they didn't fit them with winglets.

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    15. okay, maybe it's not 738. Someone thought is could be Embraer regional jet for Air Serbia, I saw this render:

      http://s7.postimg.org/adogg2v17/image.jpg

      Whatever it is on Monday, you have to admit suspense is rising!

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    16. U okviru Dana Srbije, kako je rekao taj izvor, na sajmu u Milanu će se održati svečanost na kojoj će biti predstavljen model novog aviona "Er Srbija", koji će nositi ime bivšeg srpskog reprezentativca i bivšeg igrača Intera iz Milana Dejana Stankovića.

      Source: http://www.blic.rs/Vesti/Ekonomija/569153/Vucic-u-Milanu-na-Ekspo-2015-u-ponedeljak

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    17. Jel se misli na neo?

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    18. Neo dolazi tek od 2018:
      A samo cu reci ne ide se dzabe na EXPO a vi sad nagadjajte dalje dali ce biti regionalni ili wide body avon ;)
      INN-NS

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    19. I Deki Stanković dobija svoj avion!
      05.06.2015 13:05

      Er Srbija bi trebalo da imenuje još jedan avion, a posle Novaka Đoković i Vlade Divca svoje ime na nosu letilice dobiće i Dejan Stanković.

      "Kurir" tvrdi da bi Upravni odbor Er Srbije trebalo da donese ovakvu odluku, a da će odluka zvanično biti objavljena 22. juna na Expo izložbi u Milanu.

      U Er Srbiji nisu želeli da potvrde, ali ni da demantuju ovu informaciju.

      Source: http://www.sportskacentrala.com/?s=read&cat=1&id=150962

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    20. Bice predstavljen MODEL novog aviona. Evo ga model, samo zamislite Air Serbia boje:

      http://www.flightmemory.com/images/shop/gross/Modell_Alitalia_A332_200P.jpg

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    21. Pa kako sad vas 90% tvrdi da je A332 a ovamo se svadjate samnom svaki dan oo tg ?
      INN-NS

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    22. Pored makete Beograda na vodi :)

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    23. Pa ako vam treva maketa od njega moze da se sredi.
      INN-NS

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    24. If actual A330 can't be ready for Monday (esp if interior has to be reconfigured), they can still reveal it to the public.

      Remember Aug 1, 2013? Air Serbia presented new logo, rendered picture of future plane and this Airbus model, but actual plane was revealed at a later date. This could as well happen on Monday in Milan but with A330: presentation, rendering of the A332 in Air Serbia livery and airplane model.

      http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5Lx_bWTLb5Q/Ufov0eqvR5I/AAAAAAAAJcs/SXM0DJTai5Q/s1600/1004495_10201371393145340_1556016891_n.jpg

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    25. Sorry to say but you will all be utterly disappointed come Monday.

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    26. "Pa kako sad vas 90% tvrdi da je A332 a ovamo se svadjate samnom svaki dan oo tg ?"
      Nobody is saying that other than one anon and AirCEO. Hoping for the best but agree with anon 10:37

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    27. Recap of options mentioned today and yesterday, someone might be right:

      - A330
      - ATR 72-600
      - naming future A320neos
      - Embraers (170-190)
      - naming an existing A319
      - Boeing 737-800
      - naming YU-ALV (ATR72-500)
      - A330 airplane model reveal

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    28. Da dolijem ja malo ulja na vatru .
      Jedino sto sam sazno od zaposlenih ASL je da zaobilaze u razgovoru taj dogadjaj ali otkrili su mi da je izabrano 18 Capt i 9 fo za sim
      Ja mislim da se radi o zadnjoj stavci sto je rekao @ 11:03 PM
      Nisam uspeo da saznam vise posto jejedna osoba da pooslovnom putu
      INN-NS

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    29. Vest je stara 15 dana dolivajte ulje na vatru do mile volje. http://mondo.rs/a801076/Sport/Fudbal/Avion-Er-Srbija-ponece-ime-Dejan-Stankovic.html

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  10. Ste izvalili kako beg.aero ne prikazuje više od 3 codeshare letova u dolascima/odlascima? Carrier code plus maksimalno 3 codeshare-a i to je to. Ne znam zasto.

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  11. Good news from SKP & OHD!

    Still hoping for SKP - Moscow flights...

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    1. Not sure if Wizz could start Moscow flights since there would be too much bureaucracy involved as Wizz is neither Macedonian or Russian but it would be great

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  12. From Air Serbia's FB page:

    'Christian Von Der Ropp
    Јуче у 16:13
    Dear Air Serbia team, How does it come that you have submitted an incorrect passenger list to German authorities for flight JU344 from Belgrade to Stuttgart yesterday (19 June 2015)? At passport control another passenger and I were asked by police to follow them into their office where our ID cards and boarding passes were copied as part of the fine proceedings which have now been initiated against Air Serbia. In any case it was more than embarassing to be taken to the police office under the watchful eyes of all the other passengers instead of being allowed to pass. The police officer also mentioned that this was not the first time you are going to be fined for submitting incorrect passenger lists. ‪#‎PaxEx‬ was terrible indeed. Any suggestions how to make up for this humiliation? Kind regards, Christian von der Ropp'

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    1. Stupid Americans, it's because of their paranoia that some destinations require the APIS.

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  13. Guys why don't you use the forum instead of spamming every non-Serbian topic with comments about Air Serbia (and its the same ones day in day out)

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    1. There are only 6-7 comments about SKP today. You can add more if you want but reality is that SKP does not create a lot of comments.

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    2. yeah and you have created 60 comments about a fantasy how Air Serbia is getting A330s, Embraers and what not and all of that they decided to announce in Milan where there will be no accredited Serbian press.

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    3. So what, anybody is welcome to comment on any topic they like. I would not care if there are 40 comments about Zagreb airport on say Air Serbia news day. Actually I would love if there was more comments from Croatian, Slovenian and other users. Anyways just skip the comments you dont like or are not interested in.

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    4. Why don't you ask the administrator of the site to delete all the discussions which are not related to the daily topic?

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    5. The main issue is that it's just bull, the entire discussion based on the dreams of AirCEO

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    6. Some people dream about Macedonia creating national airline again, nothing wrong about that.

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    7. Admin could you please provide us with some information in regards to the Monday event so that we know whether this is even worth discussing

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    8. I see hate there so please admin delete these comments.I am from Macedonia and i'm wishing all best to all balkan companies.And why getting a330 or making a national company is a dream ? Maybe for couple of years it will be reality but not dream!?

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    9. It is normal to dream about something that's not real yet. People dream about winning football world cup, no hate there, just a wish. Ex Yu reported about plans to create national airline in Macedonia. Until it becomes a reality it is someone's dream, that's the definition of the dream: if it's not a reality it is a ________

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    10. That's all fine and well. But dreaming every single day for three days and convincing people like it's going to happen is over the top. You could have continued the discussion on yesterday's topic but then again you can't because the discussion is exactly the same. What's the point of repeating it every single day.

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