11th of August 2017
SKOPJE AIRPORT SEEKS US FLIGHTS
Skopje Alexander the Great Airport in Skopje has submitted a joint proposal with the Macedonian government for Turkish Airlines to introduce services to the United States via Skopje.
Several airports in the former Yugoslavia are seeking nonstop services to the United States, among which are Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Skopje and Pristina. The governments in both Croatia and Macedonia are providing support in securing flights to the US, which they hope could commence in the near future.
Macedonia and Turkey have an Open Skies Agreement in place with both the United States and Canada, which permits for a Turkish carrier to be issued fifth freedom rights by regulators from all parties involved. Turkish Airlines is currently studying the proposal and has expressed interest in the potential service.
Turkish Airlines is one of the world's leading carriers and there is a chance that, for the first time, Skopje could have an intercontinental service that would cover the needs of Macedonians living abroad. It would also greatly increase passenger numbers at Alexander the Great Airport and would help turn it into a regional hub.