Skopje International Airport

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Skopje International Airport

Меѓународен аеродром Скопје

Aeroporti Ndërkombëtar i Shkupit
Skopje Alexander the Great Airport.jpg
Airport typePublic/Military
OperatorTAV Airports
ServesSkopje, North Macedonia
Hub forWizz Air
Elevation AMSL238 m / 781 ft
Coordinates41°57′40″N 021°37′37″E / 41.96111°N 21.62694°E / 41.96111; 21.62694Coordinates: 41°57′40″N 021°37′37″E / 41.96111°N 21.62694°E / 41.96111; 21.62694
SKP is located in North Macedonia
Location in North Macedonia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
16/34 3,042 9,992 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Passenger Traffic ChangeIncrease9.4%
Source: Republic of North Macedonia AIP at EUROCONTROL[2]

Skopje International Airport[3][4][5] (Macedonian: Меѓународен аеродром Скопје, romanizedMegjunaroden aerodrom Skopje, Albanian: Aeroporti Ndërkombëtar i Shkupit, IATA: SKP, ICAO: LWSK), also known as Skopje Airport[6] (Macedonian: Аеродром Скопје, romanizedAerodrom Skopje) and previously known as Petrovec Airport (Macedonian: Аеродром Петровец, romanizedAerodrom Petrovec) and Skopje Alexander the Great Airport (Macedonian: Аеродром „Александар Велики“ Скопје, romanizedAerodrom "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[2] from the national capital Skopje.


Early years[edit]

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.[7] A year later, the route was extended to Thessaloniki and further extended to Athens in 1933.[7] In 1935, Aeroput linked Skopje with Bitola and Niš, and also operated a longer international route linking Vienna and Thessaloniki through Zagreb, Belgrade and Skopje.[7]

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.

Development since the 2000s[edit]

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.[8][9]

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.[10]

In February 2018, Alexander the Great was dropped from the airport's name in a move to improve relations with Greece.[11] A few months before, Aegean Airlines announced future flights between Athens and Skopje,[12] the first flights to Greece for several years, another example of improved relations between the two countries following the Prespa agreement.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Skopje:[13]

Aegean Airlines Athens
Air Mediterranean Seasonal charter: Basel/Mulhouse,[14] Düsseldorf[15]
Air Serbia Belgrade
AnadoluJet Seasonal: Antalya,[16] Bodrum[17]
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Chair Airlines Zürich
Corendon Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya[18]
Croatia Airlines Zagreb
easyJet Seasonal: Geneva[19]
Edelweiss Air Zürich
Enter Air Charter: Basel/Mulhouse[20]
flydubai Dubai–International
FlyEgypt Seasonal charter: Hurghada[21]
Israir Airlines Seasonal: Tel Aviv (begins 20 May 2022)[22]
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Nordwind Airlines Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
SunExpress Seasonal: Antalya,[23] İzmir (begins 19 June 2022)[24]
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
Wizz Air Barcelona, Basel/Mulhouse, Beauvais, Berlin, Billund (begins 19 December 2021),[25] Bologna (begins 19 December 2021),[25] 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, Turin (begins 3 March 2022),[25] Turku, Växjö


The gates and apron
Departures check-in
The former terminal in 2008

Traffic development[edit]

The number of passengers has increased since 1990, from 312,492 passengers in that year, to 2,158,258 passengers in 2018, but this was not a steady increase. In 2000 the airport handled 1,005,852 passengers, but in 2001 the number of passengers dropped to 499,789.[26] 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.

Annual passenger traffic at SKP airport. See source Wikidata query.
Traffic figures at Skopje International Airport
Year Passengers Change Cargo (t) Change Aircraft movements Change
1991 397,660 Increase27.3% 1,088 Decrease41.9% 7,158 Increase106.5%
1992 390,025 Decrease1.9% 1,023 Decrease6.0% 7,079 Decrease1.1%
1993 577,425 Increase48.0% 4,338 Increase324.0% 10,681 Increase50.9%
1994 603,447 Increase4.5% 6,936 Increase59.9% 10,803 Increase1.1%
1995 583,053 Decrease3.4% 10,205 Increase47.1% 11,692 Increase8.2%
1996 422,598 Decrease27.5% 3,209 Decrease68.6% 8,618 Decrease26.3%
1997 440,988 Increase4.4% 4,881 Increase52.1% 8,995 Increase4.4%
1998 511,784 Increase16.1% 5,239 Increase7.3% 10,321 Increase14.7%
1999 840,985 Increase64.3% 11,682 Increase123.0% 23,912 Increase131.7%
2000 1,005,852 Increase19.6% 4,335 Decrease62.9% 24,234 Increase1.3%
2001 499,789 Decrease50.3% 3,262 Decrease28.8% 16,673 Decrease31.2%
2002 520,497 Increase4.1% 3,271 Increase0.3% 13,725 Decrease17.7%
2003 500,012 Decrease3.9% 2,083 Decrease36.3% 12,428 Decrease9.4%
2004 497,105 Decrease0.6% 2,004 Decrease3.8% 10,940 Decrease12.0%
2005 525,965 Increase5.8% 1,815 Decrease9.4% 12,101 Increase10.6%
2006 547,198 Increase4.0% 1,903 Increase4.8% 12,637 Increase4.4%
2007 626,144 Increase14.4% 2,194 Increase15.3% 13,085 Increase3.5%
2008 658,367 Increase5.1% 2,771 Increase26.3% 10,666 Decrease18.5%
2009 602,298 Decrease8.5% 2,125 Decrease23.3% 9,871 Decrease7.5%
2010 716,000 Increase18.9% - - - -
2011 759,918 Increase6.1% 2,376 - 10,977 -
2012 828,831 Increase9.1% 2,297 Decrease3.3% 10,418 Decrease5.1%
2013 984,407 Increase18.8% 2,504 Increase9.0% 11,276 Increase8.2%
2014 1,208,359 Increase22.7% 3,422 Increase36.7% 13,210 Increase17.2%
2015 1,452,465 Increase20.2% 2,649 Decrease22.6% 14,451 Increase9.4%
2016 1,649,374 Increase13.6% 3,090 Increase10.9% 15,407 Increase6.6%
2017 1,868,272 Increase13.3% 2,744 Decrease11.2% 16,680 Increase8.3%
2018 2,158,258 Increase15.5% 3,298 Increase20.2% 18,188 Increase9.0%
2019[27] 2,360,400 Increase9,4% 3,407 Increase3.3% 19,177 Increase5.4%
2020 [28] 709,241 Decrease70% Increase Increase

Most frequent routes[edit]

Top 6 most frequent routes at Skopje International Airport
City Airport(s) Airline(s) Market Share (1st half of 2019)
Turkey Istanbul Atatürk Airport and Sabiha Gökçen Airport Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines 10.1%
Switzerland Zürich Zürich Airport Germania Flug, Edelweiss Air, Helvetic Airways 6.9%
Switzerland France Germany Basel Switzerland, Mulhouse France, Freiburg Germany Basel/Mulhouse Airport Wizz Air 5.4%
Austria Vienna Vienna Airport Austrian Airlines 5.4%
Sweden Malmö Malmö Airport Wizz Air 4.3%
Slovakia Bratislava Bratislava Airport Wizz Air 3.4%

Largest airlines (2019)[edit]

Rank Carrier Market share (1st half of 2019)
1 Hungary Wizz Air 65.1%
2 Turkey Turkish Airlines 7.0%
3 Austria Austrian Airlines 5.3%
4 Switzerland Germania Flug 4.2%
5 Turkey Pegasus Airlines 3.4%
6 Croatia Croatia Airlines 2.9%
7 Switzerland Edelweiss Air 2.6%

Ground transportation[edit]

Taxis to Skopje are available. There is also a bus service linking the airport and the city with several stops.

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 24 July 1992, an Antonov 12BK of Volga-Dnepr Airlines, crashed on a mountain Lisec village, on approach at Skopje Airport, after the crew strayed off course while trying to circumnavigate a thunderstorm because the DME at Skopje Airport was inoperative. All 8 occupants died and the plane was written off.[30]
  • On 5 March 1993, Palair Macedonian Airlines Flight 301, a Fokker 100 bound for Zurich, crashed seconds after takeoff from runway 34. Investigation into the accident determined the cause of the accident to be the failure of the flight crew to have the aircraft deiced before departure. Of the 97 people on board, 83 died.[31]
  • On 12 January 2008, a Mil Mi-17 of the Macedonian Air Force, from Mostar en route to Skopje Airport, crashed on a hill near Katlanovsko Blato in dense fog and burned out. All 11 occupants died and the helicopter was written off.[32]
  • On 13 February 2009, Austrian Airlines Flight OS780, Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 scheduled flight from Skopje to Vienna failed to retract landing gear after take-off and performed an emergency landing on Skopje Airport.[33][34][35]
  • On 14 November 2011, a private flight Socata TBM700N (TBM850), from Maastricht Aachen Airport to Skopje, hit several treetops and approach light while landing and missed the extended asphalt of the runway and touched down on grass. All five occupants escaped unharmed. The plane received substantial damage and was sent to Daher-Socata at Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées Airport for repairs.[36]
  • On 11 February 2012, Czech Airlines Flight 848, Boeing 737-55S a scheduled flight from Prague to Skopje made an emergency landing at Skopje, because of reported smoke that came out of the aircraft. Airport firefighters and ambulance were alarmed. The plane had a minor damage and all passengers escaped uninjured.[37]
  • On 6 September 2016, a private Piper PA-34-200T Seneca II crashed near Vetersko, Veles while landing in Skopje, killing all 6 on board. The aircraft was written off.[38]


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External links[edit]

Media related to Skopje Airport at Wikimedia Commons