Skopje and Ohrid maintain strong growth

Passenger numbers on the rise in Skopje and Ohrid
Macedonia’s two international airports have seen strong growth in the first half of the year. Skopje and Ohrid airports handled a combined total of 400.188 passengers, a surge of 18.4% compared to the same period last year when they welcomed 337.888 passengers through their doors. The increase can be attributed to a range factors including an increase in the number of scheduled flights which rose from 3.487 last year to 3.766 in 2012, representing a boost of 8%. In June alone the two airports saw a passenger increase of 14% compared to 2011 when they welcomed 88.092 people, despite a decrease in the number of operated flights.

July has also started on a strong note. This past weekend Skopje handled 153 flights and 14.062 passengers. Numbers are set to surge in the winter season as well as Wizz Air opens its base in the Macedonian capital and Flydubai launches its services from Dubai. However, this year Skopje has also seen some airlines suspend flight to the city. Malév ended services after declaring bankruptcy while ČSA Czech Airlines pulled out as it struggles with its own financial problems.

Meanwhile, Ohrid Airport has received confirmation that it will be served by the Turkish-Dutch charter company Corendon Airlines until the summer of 2015. The airline will operate six weekly flights to the lake side town next summer. “We've decided to extend the contract with our Macedonian partner Fibula Air Travel for three more years. As of next season, two more weekly charter flights from Brussels will be introduced. We are planning on bringing over 20.000 tourists from the Benelux region to Ohrid", Corendon manager, Atilay Uslu, said.


  1. Anonymous10:20

    Great result but I don’t think they can make it to 1 mill this year. Maybe next? While I do think it’s great that Wizz will open a base in SKP I’m not a big fan of subsidies. What happens when in 2015 the subsidies end and Wizz decided to pull out. It will have a huge impact on the airport.

    1. Anonymous11:24

      Neroden Petko, kapa mu krojat.

      Getting a bit ahead of ourselves, aren't we now?

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  3. JU520 BEGLAX23:05

    2011 Airline Report: IATA

    Passengers Overall (Domestic and International)

    1. Delta Airlines 113,731 mio
    2. Southwest Airl. 110,587 mio
    3. American Airl. 86,042 mio
    4. China Southern 80,545 mio
    5. Ryanair 76,522 mio
    6. Lufthansa 63,012 mio
    7. China Eastern 53,933 mio
    8. US Airways 52,921 mio
    9. United Airlines 50,473 mio
    10 Air France 49,769 mio
    11 Air China 48,575 mio
    12 Easyjet 47,510 mio
    13 Qantas 47,161 mio
    14 Continental 45,180 mio
    15 All Nippon Airw 41,911 mio
    20 Emirates 32,730 mio
    21 Turkish Airlines 31,589 mio
    23 KLM 25,066 mio
    29 SAS 22,911 mio
    40 Iberia 17,383 mio
    43 Singapore Airl 16,905 mio
    46 Swiss 15,282 mio
    47 QATAR Airways 14,569 mio
    49 Aeroflot 14,041 mio


    1. Fedex 6'871'000 tons
    2. UPS 4'638'000 tons
    3. Korean Air 1'714'000 tons
    4. Emirates 1'713'000 tons
    5. Cathay Pacific 1'454'000 tons
    6. Singapore Airl 1'201'000 tons
    7. China Airlines 1'171'000 tons
    8. China Eastern 1'168'000 tons
    9. Air China 1'084'000 tons
    10 Lufthansa 1'083'000 tons

    Total net profits of all 240 IATA Carriers were 7.9 billion USD. Just to compare Novartis Pharma of Switzerland made net earnings of 9.2 billion USD in 2011. So 1.3 billions more than all 240 IATA Carriers together. Novartis has worldwide 124'000 employees...

    1. No problem20:39

      British Airways didn't make it to the top 15?!

  4. JU520 BEGLAX21:58

    British Airways overall passenger is Nr. 18th with 34,031 mio pax.
    only international passengers counted it is Nr. 6 with 29,307 mio pax
    overall Nr. 17 with 710'000 tons. International Traffic Nr. 13 with 709'000 tons.
    other IAG partner IB flew 11,182 mio (nr 23) internationally and 17,383 mio passengers overall.
    IB/BA combined overall would be Top 10


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