Skopje seeks flights to the former Yugoslavia
The Macedonian authorities are looking for ways to strengthen connectivity between Skopje and other parts of the former Yugoslavia. Skopje Airport currently offers non-stop services to Belgrade and Zagreb, operated by Air Serbia and Croatia Airlines respectively. Over the past decade, the airport has also boasted of connections to Ljubljana, Sarajevo, Podgorica and Split, however, there are no longer any airlines capable of operating most of these routes. In 2020, Ljubljana became the twelfth busiest unserved route at Skopje Airport after the collapse of Adria Airways. In 2019, 40,293 passengers traveled between the two capitals, although this was until the end of September, when operations ceased. Ljubljana airport management stressed that Skopje is an “extremely important” road and that they will try to find a replacement in Adria. Ultimately, the onset of the coronavirus pandemic delayed any chance of services being restored soon. Wizz Air, which has a base in Skopje, is a potential candidate for the route.
Based on OAG data, in the last normal year for commercial aviation, in 2019, more than 4,000 passengers flew indirectly between Sarajevo and Skopje. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s former national carrier, B&H Airlines, maintained flights between the two cities on an intermittent basis for several years between 2006 and 2015. At one point, services also operated via Podgorica, although the company aerial does not have a fifth freedom. between the Montenegrin capital and Skopje. In 2019, more than 1,400 passengers flew indirectly between Podgorica and the Macedonian capital. In 2017, the governments of Macedonia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina drafted an agreement calling on foreign carriers to operate subsidized flights between the three countries, but the initiative never took off.
The Director of Marketing and Revenue of TAV Macedonia, who is also the chairman of the country’s Chamber of Tourism, Vladimir Gramatikov, recently said: “The connection of Split and Dubrovnik with Macedonian airports will be our main focus in the period to come with our partners in Croatia ”. In 2019, more than 3,000 passengers flew between Skopje and Split. The route was briefly served by Croatia Airlines in 2015. Initially planned as a seasonal summer operation, it was canceled after only two rotations.
Top Unserved Destinations From Skopje Airport In The Former Yugoslavia In 2019
* Flights between Skopje and Ljubljana interrupted in September 2019
Top unserved destinations from Skopje airport in the former Yugoslavia in 2020