Skopje’s new terminal takes shapeIn a month and a half the brand new terminal at Skopje Alexander the Great Airport will be opened featuring 23 check in desks, 6 air bridges and 15 passport control counters, stretching over an area of 40.000 square metres. Approximately 80% of the construction work has been completed and the airport’s operator, TAV, has assured that the shiny new terminal will be opened on September 8. The main entrance to the terminal will be located at the right wing of the building. The ground floor is dedicated for check in desks and ticket counters while passport control, security, restaurants, free-shops and gates will be located on the second floor. Passport control will be separate for those departing for Schengen Zone countries and those leaving for countries outside of the zone. The price tag for the new terminal amounts to 110 million Euros.
Work has also been done on the airport’s runway which has been lengthened by 50% and now covers an area of 1.250 square metres. A 1.5 meter statue of Alexander the Great will be erected in front of the new terminal building, a move sure to ruffle some feathers.
Skopje Airport has seen solid growth in the first half of 2011. In the first quarter of the year Skopje and Ohrid handled a combined total of 137.498 passengers (an increase of 10.8%). It has also seen a flurry of new scheduled and seasonal traffic, welcoming recently airlines such as Wizz Air, Air Berlin, XL Airways and soon Pegasus Airlines.