5th of September 2017
Skopje Airport aiming for the two million passengers milestone
The operator of Macedonia's two international airports, TAV, anticipates expanding Skopje's capacity within the next five to ten years to cater for its growing passengers numbers, which it says could reach up to two million travellers this year. The co-founder and CEO of Turkey’s TAV Airports Holding, Sani Sener, in a recent interview for a Macedonian TV station said "When we came to Macedonia we had less than 700.000 passengers in Skopje and only 30.000 passengers in Ohrid. Now in Ohrid we have 150.000 passengers annually and in Skopje this year we expect to have two million passengers".
During the January - July period, Skopje Airport welcomed 1.004.112 travellers through its doors, representing an increase of 7.8% on 2016, or an additional 72.547 passengers. The airport is expected to continue to post strong growth in August, as well as the upcoming winter season with additional flights from Wizz Air, Flydubai, and new services by Qatar Airways and Eurowings. The airport itself has not given an estimate as to how many passengers it could handle this year, noting only that its growth will be well above the European average. Skopje Airport has been locked in a tight race with its traditionally busier counterpart in Pristina with just 52.689 passengers setting the two apart so far in 2017.
With the construction of its terminal building which opened in 2011, Skopje Airport has the capacity to handle four million passengers per year. Since then, “Alexander the Great” Airport has been received several international awards for the quality of its service in the category up to 2 million passengers, and has held the title of the fastest growing airport in the region for a few years in a row.