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
01/19 8,366 2,550 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 107,916
Passenger change 14–15 Increase54.2%

Ohrid Airport[1] (IATA: OHDICAO: LWOH) (Macedonian: Аеродром Охрид, Aerodrom Ohrid), or Ohrid "St. Paul the Apostle" Airport[2] (Macedonian: Аеродром „Св. Апостол Павле“ Охрид, Aerodrom "Sv. Apostol Pavle" Ohrid), is an airport in Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia. The airport is located 9 km (6 mi) northwest from Ohrid. 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.[3]

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 the Balkans.[citation needed] 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.[4]

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
Air Bucharest Seasonal charter: Basel/Mulhouse
Air Serbia Seasonal: Belgrade
Arkia Israel Airlines Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal charter: Amsterdam
Heli Air Seasonal charter: Sofia
Helvetic Airways Zürich
Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Seasonal charter: Brussels
TUI Airlines Netherlands Seasonal: Amsterdam
Wizz Air Basel/Mulhouse
Seasonal: London–Luton

Statistics[edit]

The number of passengers at the airport is shown in the next table:

Traffic figures at Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport
Year Passengers Change
1990 67,811
1991 60,440 Decrease10,9%
1992 34,344 Decrease43,2%
1993 48,022 Increase39,8%
1994 18,681 Decrease61,1%
1995 39,270 Increase110,2%
1996 104,229 Increase165,4%
1997 42,544 Decrease59,2%
1998 55,417 Increase30,3%
1999 74,497 Increase34,4%
2000 65,941 Decrease11,5%
2001 53,954 Decrease18,2%
2002 60,209 Increase11,6%
2003 51,082 Decrease15,5%
2004 32,309 Decrease36,8%
2005 53,901 Increase66,8%
2006 50,336 Decrease6,6%
2007 45,515 Decrease9,6%
2008 44,413 Decrease2,4%
2009 33,873 Decrease23,7%
2010 14,095 Decrease58,4%
2011 78,246 Increase455,1%
2012 84,736 Increase8,3%
2013 83,060 Decrease2,0%
2014 69,984 Decrease15,7%
2015 107,916 Increase54,2%
2016 (01.01-30.06) 51,038 Increase76,2%

Ground transportation[edit]

There is a new bus service linking the airport and the city port of Ohrid. Buses operate twice weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays) and are scheduled according to the Wizzair flights to/from Basel and London-Luton.

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 20 November 1993 Avioimpex Flight 110, a Yak 42D crashed near the airport.[5] The aircraft was on a flight from Geneva, Switzerland to Skopje, but had been diverted to Ohrid due to poor weather conditions.[6] All eight crewmembers and 116 passengers died as a result of the accident.[7] 115 died at the scene, the final victim died from injuries in hospital eleven days later.[8]

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