Macedonian Airports Record Growing Passenger Numbers

The airports in Skopje and Ohrid from January to November 2016 have handled 1,661,010 passengers, thus recording an increase of 15.7 percent compared with the same period last year. Hence, the two Macedonian airports registered a record number of travelers, the Ministry of Transport and Communications said Wednesday.

Alexander the Great Airport in Skopje recorded 1,524,985 passengers in the period between January to November, i.e. a 13.9% rise compared to the same period in 2015, when 1,338,470 passengers had been handled.

The St. Paul the Apostle Airport in Ohrid saw 136,025 passengers being handled ­in the period from January to June - a 40.8% increase compared to the same period last year, when 96,585 passengers had been handled. Per passenger traffic for the period between January and November, the most sought­after destinations are Istanbul (12.7%), Zurich (10.1%), Vienna (6.3%), Basel (4.9%), Malmö (4.8%) and London (4.3%).

"The record number of passengers, as well as the number of companies operating with new destinations, comes as a result of the government-­run project for financial assistance to promote and further develop air transport," the Ministry said in the press release.