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Macedonia does better

Macedonia’s two international airports, Skopje and Ohrid, have so far this year reported growth of over 20%. In March, the two airports combined welcomed 57.596 passengers, an increase of 24% compared to the same month last year, despite the loss of both ČSA Czech Airlines and Malev Hungarian Airlines. During the first few months of the year, most passengers departing Skopje Alexander the Great Airport were heading to either Zurich (26%) or Istanbul (14.3%). So far this year the airports have seen an average passenger increase of 23.5%.

“Following the modernisation and concession of Macedonia’s airports, there has been continual passenger growth. Last year Macedonia’s airports handled 834.273 passengers, which represents an increase of 15% on the year before”, the Ministry of Transport and Communication said in a statement. The airports have also seen an increase in flights despite the loss of the above mentioned big players.

Skopje Airport handled the most passengers in its history in 2000 when it welcomed 1.020.000 passengers through its doors. Ohrid Airport saw its best year in 1999 with just over 80.000 passengers. This year it should surpass its record in the lake side town. During the 2012 summer season, Macedonia won’t see too many new airlines on the market. Jetairfly will begin seasonal flights from Brussels to both Skopje and Ohrid in May and Jat Airways will resume its seasonal service to Ohrid. On the other hand, Kon Tiki Sky, the controversial new start up airline, which has promised to launch numerous destinations from Macedonia’s capital, hasn’t been issued a license.

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