Ohrid "St. Paul the Apostle" Airport

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Ohrid Airport
Аеродром Охрид
Aerodrom Ohrid
OHD Ohrid, Macedonia PP1344415347.jpg
IATA: OHDICAO: LWOH
OHD is located in Republic of Macedonia
OHD
OHD
Location of airport in Macedonia
Summary
Airport type Civil
Owner/Operator TAV Airports
Serves Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia
Location Orovnik, Debarca Municipality
Elevation AMSL 2,313 ft / 705 m
Coordinates 41°10′48″N 020°44′32″E / 41.18000°N 20.74222°E / 41.18000; 20.74222
Website ohd.airports.com.mk
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
02/20 8,366 2,550 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Passengers 78,040[1]

Ohrid Airport[2] (IATA: OHDICAO: LWOH) (Macedonian: Аеродром Охрид, Aerodrom Ohrid), or Ohrid "St. Paul the Apostle" Airport[3] (Macedonian: Аеродром Охрид "Св. Апостол Павле", Aerodrom Ohrid "Sv. Apostol Pavle"), is an airport in Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia. The airport is located 9 km (6 mi) from Ohrid and 145 km (2 hours by bus) from Skopje, along the Ohrid-Kičevo-Skopje motorway. The main purpose of St. Paul the Apostle Airport is to serve as a second airport in Macedonia and alternative to Alexander the Great Airport at Skopje and cater to flights bringing in tourists destined for Ohrid.

History[edit]

The last runway reconstruction was performed in 2004, when a lighting system, a first category with simple approach lights, was installed. Other features enable takeoff, landing and maneuvering with different types of aircraft.[4]

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 in Ohrid and Skopje. The planned works include the construction of a new airport terminal building in Skopje, extension of the runway, new administration building, and new access road with parking facilities increasing the capacity of Skopje Airport to four million passengers per year with plans to turn Skopje Airport into a major transit and cargo hub for Southeast Europe. Ohrid airport will have its terminal building and VIP sections modernized. The concession contract also includes the construction of a third airport intended for cargo transport near the eastern Macedonian town of Štip which eventually would be transformed into Macedonia’s main airport. The total amount of the foreseen investment is 200 million Euros with 30 to 40 million Euros total concession payments to the Macedonian Government over the 20-year concession period. Tepe Akfen Ventures Airport Holding is one of the world's fastest expanding airport operators currently managing the Turkish airports of Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and Antalya along with Tbilisi in Georgia, and Monastir in Tunisia. TAV is also bidding to take over the management of Ruzyně International Airport and Riga International Airport.[5]

Ohrid Airport handled 78,040 passengers in 2012.

Facilities[edit]

In this airport can be operational from small aircraft to medium-large aircraft. The apron can accommodate up to 9 aircraft and the terminal is equipped to handle up to 400 000 passengers annually. Among other concessions the terminal building encompasses an information desk, a restaurant, a duty-free shop, and a VIP lounge.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Adria Airways Seasonal: Ljubljana
Arkefly Seasonal charter: Amsterdam
Austrian Airlines
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Seasonal: Graz, Linz, Vienna
Corendon Airlines Seasonal charter: Dalaman
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal charter: Amsterdam, Eindhoven
Croatia Airlines Seasonal: Zagreb
Helvetic Airways Seasonal: Zurich
Jetairfly Seasonal: Brussels, Skopje

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 20 November 1993 Avioimpex Flight 110, a Yak 42D crashed near the airport.[6] The aircraft was on a flight from Geneva, Switzerland to Skopje, but had been diverted to Ohrid due to poor weather conditions.[7] All eight crewmembers and 116 passengers died as a result of the accident.[8] 115 died at the scene, the final victim died from injuries in hospital eleven days later.[9]

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