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SKP | Skopje 'Alexander The Great' Airport

Postby Getstreme » 20 May 2015, 14:00

General information
IATA: SKP
ICAO: LWSK
Hub for: Wizz Air
Runway(s): 16/34 | 2950 m | Asphalt
Passengers (2014): 1,208,359
Website: Skopje Airport
Wikipedia article: Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airport

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Re: SKP | Skopje 'Alexander The Great' Airport

Postby georgefromskopje » 25 May 2015, 10:35

СКП аеродром / SKP airport

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Re: SKP | Skopje 'Alexander The Great' Airport

Postby georgefromskopje » 25 May 2015, 11:16

Flight control on SKP airport

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Re: SKP | Skopje 'Alexander The Great' Airport

Postby georgefromskopje » 16 Jun 2015, 11:19

Some recent photos of the airport...

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Re: SKP | Skopje 'Alexander The Great' Airport

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Re: SKP | Skopje 'Alexander The Great' Airport

Postby georgefromskopje » 16 Jul 2015, 13:05

Skopje - Budapest link anticipated by year’s end

Macedonia and Hungary plan to establish nonstop flights between their respective capital cities by the end of 2015, three years after the last scheduled service was operated between the two. Following talks in Skopje, the Hungarian Minister of State for Economic Diplomacy, Levente Magyar, said that plans for this year include launching direct flights between Budapest and the Macedonian capital as it currently takes some seven to eight hours to travel between the two cities. A direct air link would slash travel time to just ninety minutes. “Flights will facilitate the development of tourism, cooperation between enterprises and people to people exchanges”, Mr Magyar said. Hungary is currently the fifth largest investor in Macedonia.

The Hungarian-registered Wizz Air, which boasts an extensive network from Skopje and has its own base in the city, is most likely to operate the service, according to government officials. The Macedonian Economy Minister, Valon Saracini, said, “We discussed the opening of direct Wizz Air flights between Skopje and Budapest, as well as charter flights to cater for Hungary’s largest tour operator”. The Minister added that flights to Budapest would allow Macedonian travellers to connect onto Wizz Air’s network of over thirty destinations from the Hungarian capital. The no frills airline currently operates nineteen destinations out of Skopje. Meetings held between the Macedonia - Hungary joint committee on economic cooperation, which has pushed for the new service, have been attended by Wizz Air officials in the past. However, the low cost carrier has given no official comment on the issue.

Malév Hungarian Airlines served Skopje until its collapse in early 2012. It was one of the busiest carriers operating to the airport, carrying a significant number of transit passengers continuing onwards to Western Europe. Malév’s services from Budapest to Paris, London, Copenhagen and destinations in Germany were most popular with transit passengers from Skopje. The airline launched flights to the Macedonian capital in 1998 and maintained services until its demise in February 2012. Just prior to its collapse, Malév operated thirteen weekly flights between the two capital cities, although market conditions have changed significantly since.

http://www.exyuaviation.com/2015/07/skopje-budapest-link-anticipated-by.html

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Re: SKP | Skopje 'Alexander The Great' Airport

Postby georgefromskopje » 03 Aug 2015, 11:57

Bratislava - Skopje flights to be launched

Bratislava - Skopje link expected by March 2016

The Managing Director of Bratislava Airport, Ivan Trhlik, has announced the introduction of flights between the Slovakian capital and Skopje. Speaking to Radio and Television Slovakia, Mr Trhlik said the new route to Skopje Alexander the Great Airport will be launched by March next year, along with flights to Moscow, Tbilisi, Sofia and two cities in Israel. He did not discuss the service in further detail, leaving out which carrier will operate the route. Bratislava is a Ryanair base, with the no frills carrier recently confirming to EX-YU Aviation News its intention to launch services to the Macedonian capital. There are currently no links between Bratislava and Skopje.

Bratislava Airport is just fifty kilometres east of Vienna, which is home to a sizable Macedonian diaspora. Ryanair opened its 71st base in Bratislava this March, basing two aircraft in the city, with plans for a third jet to be stationed there in the near future. The no frills carrier currently operates flights to thirteen destinations from Bratislava on a year-round basis, with another to be introduced in October. Furthermore, it runs an additional five seasonal summer services from the city. The Macedonian government is willing to offer subsidies and incentives to Ryanair, similar to the ones provided to Wizz Air, which saw it open a base in Skopje and launch services to Ohrid as well. Ryanair is believed to be negotiating not just one but a range of services from the Macedonian capital. Ryanair’s arrival in Macedonia would mark another important milestone for Skopje Alexander the Great Airport which is quickly becoming the former Yugoslavia’s low cost hub, offering cheap flights throughout the year.

The Macedonian Finance Minister, Zoran Stavreski, says the arrival of new airlines and the increase in the number of passengers at Skopje Airport is directly linked to the 2011 opening of a new passenger terminal and the overall improvement in infrastructure. “Airport infrastructure is one of the ways to attract tourists and it is a fact there are more tourists visiting Macedonia following the construction and reconstruction of Skopje and Ohrid airports”, Mr Stavreski said. He added, “The increase in the number of passengers since 2009 has been twelve-fold. Investment in tourism infrastructure represents a prerequisite for increasing the number of tourists arriving in the country”.

source: http://www.exyuaviation.com/2015/08/bratislava-skopje-flights-to-be-launched.html

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Re: SKP | Skopje 'Alexander The Great' Airport

Postby georgefromskopje » 13 Aug 2015, 09:31

Skopje Airport eyes new markets

Skopje Alexander the Great Airport says it is “highly interested” in new market opportunities and has identified several unserved or underserved European countries as its focus point. Speaking to EX-YU Aviation News, the airport says, “In addition to the markets Skopje Airport is serving, we, of course, are highly interested in every single new market opportunity. In order to identify the route opportunities, we closely monitor the air traffic flow from/to Skopje on a regular basis. Following these analytical studies, we are then able to define the route potentials and approach airlines across Europe”. The airport has identified western European destinations as most appealing to potential passengers. “The latest studies show us that there are still many opportunities in the unserved or underserved markets of Germany, Denmark, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom in Europe. Hence, we can say that all markets are important for operator TAV Macedonia, however we are focusing now on those listed here the most”, the airport says.

Skopje Airport currently offers nonstop flights to 31 destinations, up from 26 last year. The arrival of new airlines and the addition of new routes have given Macedonian consumers a greater choice and have in turn boosted passenger numbers at the country’s two international airports - Skopje and Ohrid. “We at Skopje Airport have a healthy mix of airlines including budget carriers (such as Wizz Air, Pegasus and Flydubai) and legacy carriers (such as Turkish Airlines, Alitalia, Austrian, Croatia Airlines, Air Serbia and Adria Airways). We also have leisure airlines such as Germania, Jetairfly, Sunexpress and Edelweiss”, the airport says. Recently, Ryanair said it was in talks with the Macedonian government over the potential launch of flights to Skopje. In an update, Robin Kiely, Ryanair’s Head of Communications, told EX-YU Aviation News that talks with the government are still ongoing at this point.

During July, Macedonia’s two international airports saw impressive double digit growth, as Wizz Air launched five new routes from Skopje and its second route to Ohrid. During the month, the two airports handled 185.811 passengers, up 28% compared to the same month last year. Overall, the two welcomed 823.492 travellers during the first seven months of the year, an increase of 17% on 2014. “We expect the growth to continue”, operator TAV Macedonia says. Istanbul (both Ataturk Airport and Sabiha Gokcen Airport) was the busiest destinations during the January to July period, with a 14.9% market share, followed by Zurich at 9.1%, Vienna 7.1%, Malmo 6%, Basel 5.7% and London Luton at 5.4%. Zurich, Malmo and Memimingen reported the largest increase in passenger numbers compared to last year, while Rome continues to see significant improvement since Alitalia launched the route last year, with figures strengthening from month to month. Wizz Air carried the largest number of passengers so far this year (with a 50% market share), followed by Turkish Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, Air Serbia, Croatia Airlines, Adria Airways and Alitalia.

source: http://www.exyuaviation.com/2015/08/skopje-airport-eyes-new-markets.html

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Re: SKP | Skopje 'Alexander The Great' Airport

Postby georgefromskopje » 03 Oct 2015, 18:41

Skopje Airport pulls strong interest at World Routes

Skopje Alexander the Great Airport attracted strong interest at last week's World Route Development Forum in Durban, where the most senior representatives from airlines, airports and tourism authorities met, planned and discussed new and existing global air services. TAV, which operates fourteen airports, among which are Skopje and Ohrid, says the two are becoming increasingly appealing to foreign carriers. "We’ve held numerous productive meetings with airline representatives from more than fifty airline companies during the event", TAV Airports Marketing Director, Aslıhan Çörtük, told EX-YU Aviation News. She added, "Airlines’ interest in all fourteen airports we operate remain high. However, Skopje Airport, with its significant traffic development over recent years, arises strong interest on behalf of airlines".

Skopje Airport recently said it was “highly interested” in new market opportunities and has identified several unserved or underserved European countries as its focus point. “The latest studies show us that there are still many opportunities in the unserved or underserved markets of Germany, Denmark, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom in Europe. Hence, we can say that all markets are important for operator TAV Macedonia, however we are focusing now on those listed here the most”, the airport said. Skopje Airport currently offers nonstop flights to 31 destinations, up from 26 last year but the majority of its passengers use services provided by low cost carriers, with Wizz Air holding a 50% market share. Several airlines recently independently confirmed their intent to fly to Skopje in the future including Montenegro Airlines, Ryanair and Express Airways, which plans to run services from Maribor next year.

Ms Çörtük notes, "Route Development events are always crucial, in order to observe the latest global trends in the aviation sector, as well as to scale airlines’ interest in operating to our airports. The World Route Development Forum held in Durban was very beneficial in this view". She added, "We work diligently to promote Macedonian airports and we are very happy to see that Skopje and Ohrid are becoming more attractive markets for airlines. We are very confident that Macedonian aviation will continue its strong growth into the future, too ". In 2014, Skopje Airport added almost 224.000 passengers and recorded growth of in excess of 22%. The airport is on course for another record year, with its current annual growth rate at almost 17%.

http://www.exyuaviation.com/2015/10/skopje-airport-pulls-strong-interest-at.html

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Re: SKP | Skopje 'Alexander The Great' Airport

Postby georgefromskopje » 10 Oct 2015, 13:50

Two aerial photos...

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Re: SKP | Skopje 'Alexander The Great' Airport

Postby Getstreme » 10 Oct 2015, 21:57

Nice, gives a good overview of the airport! :)


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