Skopje International Airport
Aeroporti Ndërkombëtar i Shkupit
|Serves||Skopje, North Macedonia|
|Hub for||Wizz Air|
|Elevation AMSL||238 m / 781 ft|
Skopje International Airport (Macedonian: , romanized: Megjunaroden aerodrom Skopje, Albanian: Aeroporti Ndërkombëtar i Shkupit, IATA: SKP, ICAO: LWSK), also known as Skopje Airport (Macedonian: , romanized: Aerodrom Skopje) and previously known as Petrovec Airport (Macedonian: , romanized: Aerodrom Petrovec) and Skopje Alexander the Great Airport (Macedonian: ,,? " , romanized: Aerodrom "Aleksandar Veliki" Skopje), is the larger and busier of the two international airports in North Macedonia, with the other being the St. Paul the Apostle Airport in Ohrid which is located 170 km (110 mi) southwest from the national capital Skopje.
The airport was built in 1928. The first commercial flights in Skopje were introduced in 1929 when the Yugoslav carrier Aeroput introduced a route linking the city with the capital, Belgrade. A year later, the route was extended to Thessaloniki in central Macedonia, Greece, and further extended to Athens in 1933. In 1935, Aeroput linked Skopje with Bitola and Ni?, and also operated a longer international route linking Vienna and Thessaloniki through Zagreb, Belgrade and Skopje.
After the Second World War, Aeroput was replaced by JAT Yugoslav Airlines, which linked Skopje to a number of domestic and international destinations until the dissolution of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s.
In December 2006, the conservative VMRO-DPMNE-led government of the Republic of Macedonia renamed the airport after Alexander the Great, sparking further controversy in the ongoing diplomatic feud with Greece. Both countries consider Alexander the Great as part of their respective heritages, demonstrated by the fact that the regional airport of Kavala in Greek Macedonia is also named after Alexander. However, the airport in Kavala was the first to be named as such since 1992.
In 2008, the Macedonian Government signed a contract with the Turkish company Tepe Akfen Ventures (TAV) for a twenty-year-long concession during which this company would manage Macedonia's two existing airports - the Skopje Alexander the Great Airport and the St. Paul the Apostle Airport in Ohrid. In September 2011, the new terminal building, extension of the runway, new administrative building, cargo building and new access road with parking facilities were opened.
In February 2018, Alexander the Great was dropped from the airport's name in a move to improve relations with Greece. A few months before, Aegean Airlines announced future flights between Athens and Skopje, the first flights to Greece for several years, another example of improved relations between the two countries following the Prespa agreement.
The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Skopje:
|Air Mediterranean||Charter: Basel/Mulhouse, Düsseldorf|
|AnadoluJet||Seasonal: Antalya, Bodrum|
|Corendon Airlines||Seasonal charter: Antalya|
|Enter Air||Charter: Basel/Mulhouse|
|GullivAir||Seasonal charter: Heraklion, Rhodes|
|FlyEgypt||Seasonal charter: Hurghada|
|Pegasus Airlines||Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen|
|Wizz Air||Barcelona, Basel/Mulhouse, Beauvais, Berlin, Bratislava, Bremen, Budapest, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Friedrichshafen, Gothenburg, Hahn, Hamburg, Hannover, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Larnaca, London-Luton, Malmö, Malta, Memmingen, Milan-Malpensa, Nuremberg, Rome-Ciampino, Sandefjord, Stockholm-Skavsta, Treviso, Turku, Växjö|
The number of passengers has increased since 1990, from 312,492 passengers in that year, to 2,158,258 passengers in 2018. However, traffic was often dropped in twenty years. In 2000 the airport handled 1,005,852 passengers, but in 2001 the number of passengers dropped to 499,789. This was influenced in part by a number of airlines replacing services to Skopje with services to nearby. In 2014 Skopje airport handled 1,208,359 passengers, surpassing one million for the first time since 2000.
|Year||Passengers||Change||Cargo (t)||Change||Aircraft movements||Change|
|City||Airport(s)||Airline(s)||Market Share (1st half of 2019)|
|Istanbul||Atatürk Airport and Sabiha Gökçen Airport||Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines||10.1%|
|Zürich||Zürich Airport||Germania Flug, Edelweiss Air, Helvetic Airways||6.9%|
|Basel Switzerland, Mulhouse France, Freiburg Germany||Basel/Mulhouse Airport||Wizz Air||5.4%|
|Vienna||Vienna Airport||Austrian Airlines||5.4%|
|Malmö||Malmö Airport||Wizz Air||4.3%|
|Bratislava||Bratislava Airport||Wizz Air||3.4%|
|Rank||Carrier||Market share (1st half of 2019)|
Taxis to Skopje are available. There is also a bus service linking the airport and the city with several stops.
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