Skopje Airport notches up 64 months of growth


Skopje Airport has recorded a remarkable 64 months of consecutive passenger growth, with its figures continuously increasing since January 2014, when it was affected by adverse weather conditions, forcing its closure on several occasions. During the first five months of this year, Skopje Airport handled 844.214 travellers, representing an increase of 7.6%. According to the State Statistical Office, it added an extra 59.868 passengers on 2018. Over the same period, the airport recorded 7.096 aircraft movements, an improvement of 3.5%. Skopje processed 1.636 tonnes of freight and mail, up 50.5%. Since the start of the year, Wizz Air introduced two new services from the Macedonian capital, to Baden Baden and Bremen, with a further two, Turku and Larnaca, to launch towards the end of next month.

MonthPAXChange (%)
JAN152.292 4.6
FEB137.688 5.9
MAR164.480 4.8
APR194.302 10.4
MAY195.452 11.2

Wizz Air accounted for the overwhelming majority of passengers carried at Skopje Airport during the January - May period, with its share at 66.4%. It was followed by Turkish Airlines with a 7.2% share, Austrian Airlines with 5.1%, Chair Airlines (formerly known as Germania Flug) with 4.5%, Pegasus Airlines with a 3.1% share and Edelweiss Air and Croatia Airlines with a joint 2.8% share of all passengers handled. Istanbul continues to be the most popular destination, with 10.3% of all passengers either arriving or departing from the city's two airports. It is followed by Zurich with a 7.3% share, Basel with 5.5%, Vienna with 5.2% and Wizz Air's Malmo and Bratislava routes with a 4.5% and 3.4% passenger share respectively.

Skopje Airport's existing connectivity

Jointly, Skopje and Ohrid airports handled 914.759 travellers during the January - May period, representing an increase of 11%. "The number of passengers is continuously increasing as a result of the dedicated work of the TAV Macedonia team, which strives to provide quality services in every segment of our operations. The continuous increase in the number of passengers served at Skopje International Airport and St Paul the Apostle in Ohrid during the first half of the year, as well as the upcoming new routes planned, gives us the right to be satisfied with our work and the results achieved", the General Manager of airport operator TAV Macedonia, Alper Ersoy, said. In addition to Wizz Air's two new services from Skopje, which are to be launched on July 24, the budget airline will also commence flights from Dortmund and Memmingen to Ohrid on July 2 and 26, while Eurowings will inaugurate services between Stuttgart and Ohrid this Monday, followed by Dusseldorf - Ohrid on July 17.




Comments

  1. This is beyond impressive. Could we expect SKP to become number 2 airport in ex-YU in H1?

    January - May

    ZAG: 886.119
    SKP: 842.737

    It's a difference of just 43.382 passengers.

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    1. I just notice PRN is busier than SKP with 850.160 passengers! It's a busy race!

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    2. Skopje *844,214

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    3. SKP will have a great chance to overtake PRN this year. Especially since W6 said recently they have no plans to open a base in PRN any time soon.

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    4. and the EW base in PRN is uncertain in WS because they said they need to close all small secondary bases.

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    5. reduce ZAG's numbers by the transit pax that are counted twice you come very close to the SKP&PRN numbers :)

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    6. Agree ZAG numbers are weak compared to the market potential but just to remind you that both SKP and BEG (another 2 out of 3 we talk about here) have large presence of LCC 's which make numbers boom, and ZAG is the only one not having it. However, as we could have read here few days ago, ZAG is in talks with several LCC' s and if that talks are completed successfully, which I expect will happen, there is no chance for SKP, PRN, LJU, SPU or DBV to overtake from ZAG number two in EX-YU, in term of numbers. I am almost 100% sure that BEG as number 1 and ZAG as number 2 in ex-yu will be unchanged situation for long long time to come.

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    7. Omg, is this genine pax guy? Transit passengers are counted twice bcs they pay for airport service twice. Also, they on average spend more time in the airport and spend more money on food, drinks and duty free stuff. Believe me, transit passengers are more worthy than gastos passengers Skopje serves.

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    8. @Anon 14:45 - So what? Reduce ANY airports transit passangers, and the numbers will be different. Why don't you reduce Skopje or Belgrade transit passengers? Stupid and useless argument from you.

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    9. Skopje has no transit passengers, smartass.

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    10. Somehow I don't see Turks striking a deal with LCCs in Zagreb. At least not until OU is around.

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  2. Congratulations Skopje. Good work.

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  3. Let's hope for more diverse airlines to come at SKP.

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    1. I hope we see Arkia, Aeroflot and TAROM start flights.

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    2. good choices.

      Tarom are getting plus 3 ATR'S. the mk and ro gov. havw already signed a memorandum ..

      Arkia is having its best season in OHD so far, maybe ghey can expand

      I see more Pobeda here then Aeroflot

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    3. Tarom is getting 6 ATR72-600 but as far as I understood, they are replacing currently used ATRs.

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    4. 9 new, yes to replace but new routes are mentioned as well https://www.aerotelegraph.com/tarom-kaempft-mit-atr-72-gegen-billigairlines-an

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    5. But it would be better for Arkia to start flying non-charter from Ohrid or even and Skopje.

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  4. Looking at the map it is noticeable that there no flights in Europe to anything east of Skopje.

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    1. Flights to/from Moscow are long overdue.

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    2. you mean north-east ;)

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    3. Also flights to Sofia are needed.

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    4. Praga is missing big time

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  5. That's impressive

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    1. 64 months, indeed.

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    2. I still remember people predicting how Skopje's "bubble will burst" and that its numbers would detract

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    3. Growth is primarily based on Wizz.

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  6. Honestly don't understand TAV tacking the credit. These great results are down to Wizz and the Macedonian government's policy.

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    1. TAV is providing incentives jointly with the Government. Its a joint support scheme.

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  7. I notice something interesting. For almost a year Bulgaria Air has one flight from Sofia to Skopje at the end of each month. Anyone know what that's about?

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    1. If my informations are corect this flight brings back deported people from Germany and stops in Belgrade first

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    2. Yes you are right. It goes Sofia-Karlsruhe-Belgrade-Skopje-Sofia.

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    3. Actually the original poster is not right then as the flights are Skopje to Sofia, not Sofia to Skopje.

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  8. Wizzair will definitely be the story of 2019 for Macedonian airports.

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    1. When has Wizz not been the story of the year for Macedonian airports in the past 6 years? :D

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    2. like every year :)

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  9. wow cargo is having a go

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  10. what a time to be ...

    OU as the most successful exyu-carrier in SKP. Respect

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    1. That is impressive. Anyone know how many weekly flight each ex-Yu airlines has to Skopje?

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    2. Peak frequencies are:

      Adria: 14 weekly
      Croatia Airlines: 12 weekly
      Air Serbia: 12 weekly

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    3. yes 14 weekly by Adria o_O

      that was planned but we all know ... lets hope they can stabilize in July

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    4. the evening flight with JP to SKP for tommorow got cancelled and JP offered me an alternative to fly to PRN (arrival time around midnight) and then to take a bus (3h) to SKP (arrival time 3 a.m.)
      I kindly declined since there is also a morning flight with them to SKP.

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  11. I dont understand Lauda not opening VIE-SKP.

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    1. TAV has unofficial policy in SKP not to get LCC to compete directly against flag carriers. That's why there is not Wizz flying from SKP to VIE but to BTS.

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  12. The amount of cities covered in Germany on that map is insane :D

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    1. True :D Izmir and Hurhgada (both charters) are missing from what i can see

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  13. It's impressive how successful is the Vienna-Bratislava line.

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  14. So what is the prediction for Skopje in 2019? What should the numbers look like at the end of the year?

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    1. 2.2 million

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    2. nah mate they had almost 2.2 last year

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    3. 2.4-2.45 mil more likely

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  15. More regular airlines with flights to actual hubs please.

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    1. I agree. We really need is flights to major hubs like LHR, CDG, FRA, MUC, AMS, FCO, BRU.

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    2. probably BRU is the most relevant one, after joining Nato at the end of year and hopefully start of the eu-talks.

      maybe there will be a tender like in Slo

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    3. At least one of this please

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  16. The arrival of JU to INI might affect SKP figures and hurt them.
    INI will increase dramatically this year and it will soon catch up with SKP. Lets see.

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    1. Sure it will... it will also catch up with BEG and SOF

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    2. Not those levels but 1 million by 2022. There are agressive Google ads by JU promoting INI as the new LCC centre.
      Flights from INI to BUD and SZG are 15€ OW!!!

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  17. There is even a petition to bring KLM to N. Macedonia.. https://www.change.org/p/klm-introduce-klm-flights-to-north-macedonia

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    1. With Wizz serving Cologne, Dortmund, Bremen, Charleroi and Eindhoven, I doubt there would be any new flights to Holland soon. And if if if, it's much more likely to be Transavia to AMS, as they play important role in feeding KL network from lower yield markets.

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  18. Is Germany covered? I see W6 operates to 11 airports in Germany.
    But important, primary ones missing:
    FRA, MUC, STR, DUS, TXL.
    Additionally LEJ, KSF/PAD...

    Rest of Europe, lots of homework for TAV:
    CDG, LHR, PRG, MAD, TGD, SKG, TLV and JFK or YYZ outsideof Europe.

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