17th of January 2017
2016 A Year in Review for Macedonia’s Airports
Macedonia’s airports maintained the trend of continuous growth and closed 2016 with new records in passengers served and aircraft movements. A grand total of 1.794.376 passengers passed through Macedonian airports in 2016, representing growth of over 15% compared to 2015 when there were 1.560.381 registered passengers. At the same time, aircraft movements rose by almost 9% reaching a total of 16.883 take-offs and landings.
Despite the fact that due to bad weather and redirected flights it recorded a slight decline of 2.6% in the number of aircraft movements, Skopje Airport continued its excellent streak and recorded its 35th consecutive month of growth in December, after it served 126.577 passengers, an increase of 7.6% over the same month last year.
In total, Skopje Airport finished 2016 with a record of 1.649.374 passengers served and double digit growth of 13.6% ranked in the company of the fastest growing airports in the region and in Europe. In 2016, there were 15.437 registered aircraft movements, a total which improved the record set the previous year by 6.8%. The busiest day of 2016 was the 12th of August, when Skopje Airport welcomed 5.641 passengers through its doors, while last year the airport also recorded the best monthly result of its existence in August with a total of 174.883 registered passengers.
The title of most attractive destination from Skopje in 2016 has again been won by Istanbul with 12.6% passenger share, followed by Zurich with 10.2%, Vienna with 6.3%, Basel with 5% and Malmo with 4.8% passenger share.
The past year was also a very successful year for the development of air traffic on Ohrid’s “St. Paul the Apostle” Airport, where passenger numbers grew by an extraordinary 39.2% compared to the previous year. The fantastic growth rates brought recognition by Airports Council International – ACI who awarded Ohrid Airport in several quarters as the fastest growing airport in Europe in its category.
Apart from the substantial growth and the new records of passenger numbers and air traffic, 2016 will also go down in the history of Macedonian aviation as a very successful year because of the Airport Service Quality – ASQ award which was conferred to Skopje “Alexander the Great” Airport for the third time in the last five years by the Airports Council International – ACI. Skopje Airport was awarded as the Best Airport in Europe for the quality of its service in the category of airports with up to 2 million passengers.