New national carrier planned for Macedonia

Four years following the bankruptcy of MAT Macedonian Airlines, a new national carrier for the country, to be set up by private investors, is in the works. The Macedonian Civil Aviation Agency (CAA) has revealed that two foreign investors are willing to launch a new national carrier, utilising local expertise in the aviation sector which has been hit hard by MAT’s demise. Dejan Mojsoski, the head of the CAA, says he cannot comment on the names of the investors due to a confidentiality agreement but noted that “There is growing interest in the aviation sector in the country. Not only have foreign airlines increased their presence in Macedonia, there is also interest for a locally registered airline to be set up with foreign capital, following the example of Etihad Airways in Serbia”.

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MAT Macedonian Airlines suspended flights in 2009 following mounting losses and debt. However, it was the Macedonian Civil Aviation Agency which played an instrumental role in grounding its national carrier and leaving several hundred employees out of work after it deemed MAT’s aircraft unsafe to fly. There have been attempts to relaunch the airline as Mat Airways, however, all have ended in failure. Recently, the Serbian government, as well as Jat Airways’ former CEO Velibor Vukašinović, indicated that Jat’s fleet of retiring Boeing aircraft could be used to establish Aeromak, Jat’s Macedonian registered subsidiary. MAT is Macedonia’s second national carrier to go bust following Palair Macedonian Airlines, which operated in the early 1990s. MAT officially declared bankruptcy in January 2010.

The creation of a new national carrier marks the second phase of the government’s strategy to develop the aviation industry in the country. The first, which included privatising Skopje and Ohrid airports and building new airport infrastructure, has been successfully completed. The Macedonian government is currently subsidising low cost airline Wizz Air, which has become the country’s busiest airline. A total of five million euros have been allocated to the no frills airline until 2015.

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Wizz and Adria in Ohrid expansion

Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport is soon expected to become a whole lot busier as local authorities have decided to provide subsidies to Wizz Air and Adria Airways to launch services to the lake side town next year. The Mayor of Ohrid, Nikola Bakračeski, says a total of 200.000 euros will be allocated for the subsidised services, with the nearby town of Struga also set to participate in funding the flights. Statistics show some 30% of passengers using Skopje Airport come from western Macedonia.
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Wizz Air has identified northern Italy, Switzerland and Germany as potential destinations from Ohrid. Furthermore, the airline believes it could attract passengers from Albania as well due to the town’s close proximity to the Albanian border. The new flights from Ohrid mark yet another expansion for Wizz Air in the region and Macedonia which will base a second aircraft in Skopje next summer. Adria has also expressed its interest to launch services from Ljubljana to Ohrid. The Slovenian carrier once operated the flights on a seasonal summer basis before they were discontinued due to cost cutting measures. It has been confirmed that Air Serbia will maintain its seasonal summer flights to Ohrid next year.

Ohrid is currently served only on a seasonal summer basis by Jat Airways with flights from Belgrade, Jetairfly from Brussels and the Turkish-Dutch charter company Corendon Airlines which will operate flights from Amsterdam and Eindhoven to the town until at least 2015. The airport was once much busier when MAT Macedonian Airlines maintained year long scheduled flights, prior to its bankruptcy. In August 2013, Ohrid Airport handled 16.463 passengers.

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Skopje and Ljubljana continue to grow

As August comes to a close, Skopje Alexander the Great Airport has continued to record strong passenger growth seen throughout the year. In July, Macedonia’s two international airports, Skopje and Ohrid, handled 128.808 passengers, resulting in a 12% increase and one of their busiest Julys in years. In the first half of 2013 Skopje Airport welcomed 444.869 passengers through its doors, an increase of 18.2% compared to the same period last year. The growth is being driven primarily by Wizz Air. Such trends should continue in 2014 as the low cost airline prepares to base a second aircraft in the city next spring. Skopje is hoping to welcome one million passengers by the end of the year and eventually break its 2000 passenger record when it handled 1.002.000 passengers.
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Meanwhile, Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport has also seen its numbers improve after years of stagnation. Slovenia’s busiest airport welcomed 575.463 travellers in the first half of the year, a solid increase of 7%. More than half of the passengers welcomed at Ljubljana Airport came from London, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Zurich, Munich and Paris. Foreign carriers accounted for the bulk of the increase with Wizz Air, Montenegro Airlines, Turkish Airlines, easyJet and Finnaair all recording solid growth on their flights to and from the Slovenian capital. Adria Airways’ improved performance also aided the airport’s numbers with the Slovenian national carrier holding a 70% share of all flights at the airport.

Ljubljana Airport is expected to see its numbers continue to improve next month, boosted by the European Basketball Championships being hosted in the country. The airport’s improving numbers have also resulted in improved revenue, with the airport recording a profit of three million euros. Next month, on September 16, the airport’s shareholders will decide whether to go ahead with the planned construction of a new multi million euro terminal.

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Skopje and Tivat see record summer

Skopje Alexander the Great Airport has continued to post impressive results with growth reaching over 23% in August. During the month, Macedonia’s busiest airport welcomed 115.023 passengers, an increase of 23.1% compared to the same month last year. In addition, Ohrid Airport handled 16.463 passengers. As a result, the two airports welcomed a total of 131.486 travellers through their doors during the month of August, up 20.5% on last year. So far in 2013, Skopje and Ohrid handled a combined total of 732.831 passengers, up 17.5% with 8.489 flight operations. The growth is being driven by Wizz Air which is the country’s busiest airline.
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In August, Istanbul was the busiest route operating in and out of Skopje, followed by Vienna, Zurich, London and Malmo. In the first eight months Ljubljana made it into the top five busiest as the only EX-YU city. The busiest airlines so far this year were Wizz Air, Turkish Airlines, Austrian, Adria Airways and Pegasus Airlines. Skopje will hope to maintain growth next year as well and possibly reach the one million passenger mark as Wizz Air prepares to base a second aircraft in the city next summer and launch several new routes.

Meanwhile, across the border in Montenegro, Tivat Airport saw its busiest month in history. The airport handled an impressive 203.492 passengers in August, up 28.5% compared to the same month last year. A total of 1.098 flight operations were recorded in and out of the city, an increase of 19.4% on August 2012. In the first eight months of the year, Tivat Airport welcomed 657.257 passengers, up 20.2% and saw 3.921 flight operations, representing an increase of 12.2%. Early results from September indicate the airport will extend its record run with growth anticipated to reach between 10 to 15% this month.

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Wizz air Basel Skopje

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Skopje ➜ Basel Mulhouse
Skopje – Basel Mulhouse Thursday 03 Oct 13:05 → 15:20 MKD 9,169.00
Skopje – Basel Mulhouse Saturday 05 Oct 13:05 → 15:20 MKD 7,369.00
Skopje – Basel Mulhouse Tuesday 08 Oct 13:05 → 15:20 MKD 6,169.00
Skopje – Basel Mulhouse Thursday 10 Oct 13:05 → 15:20 MKD 7,369.00
Skopje – Basel Mulhouse Saturday 12 Oct 13:05 → 15:20 MKD 7,369.00
Skopje – Basel Mulhouse Tuesday 15 Oct 13:05 → 15:20 MKD 6,169.00
Skopje – Basel Mulhouse Thursday 17 Oc t13:05 → 15:20 MKD 6,169.00
Skopje – Basel Mulhouse Saturday 19 Oct 13:05 → 15:20 MKD 9,169.00
Skopje – Basel Mulhouse Tuesday 22 Oct 13:05 → 15:20 MKD 6,169.00
Skopje – Basel Mulhouse Thursday 24 Oct 13:05 → 15:20 MKD 4,869.00
Skopje – Basel Mulhouse Saturday 26 Oct 13:05 → 15:20 MKD 7,369.00

Basel Mulhouse ➜ Skopje

Basel Mulhouse – Skopje Thursday 03 Oct15:50 → 18:05 MKD 9,169.00
Basel Mulhouse – Skopje Saturday 05 Oct15:50 → 18:05 MKD 7,369.00
Basel Mulhouse – Skopje Tuesday 08 Oct15:50 → 18:05 MKD 4,869.00
Basel Mulhouse – Skopje Thursday 10 Oct15:50 → 18:05 MKD 3,669.00
Basel Mulhouse – Skopje Saturday 12 Oct15:50 → 18:05 MKD 6,169.00
Basel Mulhouse – Skopje Tuesday 15 Oct15:50 → 18:05 MKD 3,069.00
Basel Mulhouse – Skopje Thursday 17 Oct15:50 → 18:05 MKD 2,469.00
Basel Mulhouse – Skopje Saturday 19 Oct15:50 → 18:05 MKD 3,669.00
Basel Mulhouse – Skopje Tuesday 22 Oct15:50 → 18:05 MKD 2,469.00
Basel Mulhouse – Skopje Thursday 24 Oct15:50 → 18:05 MKD 1,869.00
Basel Mulhouse – Skopje Saturday 26 Oct15:50 → 18:05 MKD 3,069.00

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ПОЛЕТУВАЊА Аеродром Александар Велики Скопје

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2 here me shume fluturime nga Shkupi

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The low cost airline Wizz Air has announced plans to expand its operations out of Skopje

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Wizz Air announced their second based Airbus 320 in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.
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Skopje Airport continues dream run

Skopje Airport continues dream run

Skopje Alexander the Great Airport has recorded significant growth so far this year with May being no different to the past few months. Macedonia’s busiest airport welcomed 87.992 passengers last month, an impressive 29.6% increase compared to May last year. The strong growth is being fuelled primarily by Wizz Air, which set up its base in the Macedonian capital over the winter months and has increased its flight operations from the city by over 300%. As a result, the number of operating flights grew significantly with a total of 966 logged, up 17.4%. Wizz Air was the busiest airline operating in and out of Skopje in May, followed by Turkish Airlines, Austrian and Pegasus Airlines. The busiest EX-YU airline was Adria, which welcomed 5.313 passengers onboard its flights to and from Skopje. Istanbul proved to be the most popular destination in May, followed by Vienna, Zurich, London Luton and Ljubljana.

So far this year Skopje Airport has welcomed 348.532 passengers, up 16.4% compared to the same period last year. The number of flight operations saw a 6.5% boost during the five month period, totalling 4.320 arrivals and departures. Unsurprisingly, with a total of 810 flights, Wizz Air was the busiest from the airport, handling 120.989 passengers, followed by Turkish Airlines on 46.828, Austrian with 35.095 passengers, Adria with 20.097 and Pegasus Airlines which welcomed 19.774 passengers onboard its aircraft to and from Skopje.

Ohrid Airport has also performed well over the past five months by welcoming 16.826 passengers, up 15.3%. In May alone the airport recorded a 10.3% passenger increase by handling 8.337 passengers. Together, Macedonia’s two airports welcomed a combined total of 365.358 passengers, an increase of 16.4% compared to the same period last year. In 2012, Skopje Airport was the seventh busiest airport in the former Yugoslavia, behind Ljubljana but ahead of Tivat. The airport is still awaiting to break its passenger record of 1.000.200 passengers set in 2000.

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Wizz Air kicks off EX-YU expansion

The low cost airline Wizz Air will today begin its expansion within the former Yugoslavia by launching flights to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Services from Malmo to Tuzla will be inaugurated this evening. Originally, flights were to begin this Friday, however, strong booking numbers and demand led the airline to bring the service forward by several days. The no frills carrier is set to bring new life into Tuzla Airport, which handled only one passenger in the first four months of the year. In addition, the airline will launch flights from Basel and Gothenburg to Tuzla in June. It estimates it will carry some 30.000 passengers in its first year of operations to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

This Friday, Wizz Air will also begin its expansion from Belgrade as it bases a second aircraft in the Serbian capital. The airline will launch flights to Oslo Torp on May 31. On Saturday services to Paris Beauvais will be inaugurated, while seasonal flights to the Greek islands of Rhodes and Corfu begin next month. Compared to the summer of 2012, Wizz Air will boost its flight offer from Belgrade by 58%, with 41 weekly departures from the city.

Finally, the low cost airline will stretch its wings from Skopje as well. On Friday the airline will launch flights from the Macedonian capital to Gothenburg. Earlier this month Wizz Air inaugurated flights from Skopje to Stockholm. Compared to last summer, Wizz Air has increased its operations in the Macedonian capital by 350%, offering 27 weekly departures.

Within the former Yugoslavia Wizz Air is not present only in Montenegro and Pristina. The airline has hinted it is considering expanding its flight offer from Ljubljana, where it currently operates flights to London and Charleroi. Furthermore, it is still keen on establishing services to both Sarajevo and Banja Luka.

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