Construction work inside Skopje's new terminalWith less than a month left until the opening of the brand new terminal at Skopje Alexander the Great Airport on September 8, Macedonia’s main airport, together with Ohrid, is reporting strong growth. In July, the two handled 113.819 passengers, an increase of 17% compared to the same month last year when they welcomed less than 100.000 passengers. So far this year Skopje and Ohrid have seen 453.527 passengers use their facilities, an increase of 13% compared to the first seven months of 2010.
The two airports, in particular Skopje, have lately managed to attract new airlines. Only yesterday Pegasus Airlines from Turkey commenced flights. The low cost airline Wizz Air also commenced flights a few motnhs ago while Air Berlin also began flights to the Macedonian capital recently. As a result, Skopje and Ohrid handled 1.349 aircraft in July, an increase of 2%. According to internal sources, the airport is now looking for an airline in the region to base one of its aircraft at Skopje and operate several popular routes from the start of the 2011/2012 winter season.
Construction work at Skopje Airport is entering its final phase, with the new air bridges, which will connect the aircraft to the terminal, installed. Ohrid Airport on the other hand saw a small scale face lift earlier in the year.