The 1st flight from Kyiv touches down at Skopje Airport - Ukrainian Windrose opens a new regular route Kyiv-Skopje

The 1st flight from Kyiv touches down at Skopje Airport - Ukrainian Windrose opens a new regular route Kyiv-Skopje



With a traditional aviation welcoming ceremony for the 1st arriving flight from Kyiv at Skopje International Airport at 12h, TAV Macedonia marked the opening of the new regular route Kyiv-Skopje by the Ukrainian airline Windrose. 

The aircraft from the type Embraer 145 departed from the Ukrainian capital this morning at 9:50 o’clock carrying 72  50  passengers and arrived at the Macedonian capital at 12 o’clock (noon time), connecting the two capitals in just 2 hours and 10 minutes.

“As TAV, we are very happy and proud that we’ve welcomed the 1st Windrose flight from Kyiv at Skopje International Airport, celebrating the launch of the new regular route Kyiv- Skopje, which is not just the first positive step towards Macedonian air traffic’ recovery amid Covid-19 pandemic, but also a historical milestone for the Macedonian aviation, since Macedonia and Ukraine are connected by air for the first time in history. The entrance of Windrose Airlines on the Macedonian market is also extremely important in these difficult times for aviation, since it shows how crisis shifts airlines’ plans for their route networks’ expansions. Although in a crisis, Macedonian market won today, and we are thankful to Windrose for their decision. We hope that travelers from Macedonia and from the neighboring countries will find Kyiv attractive as a new destination and they will seize the opportunity to visit this beautiful city along Dnieper River, rich with culture and history, while the Ukrainians will discover the natural beauties of Macedonia. Besides the positive effect on tourism, this new route Kyiv-Skopje will enhance the business connections between the two countries, that will have an overall positive effect on the whole Macedonian economy”, stated TAV Macedonia General Manager, Metin Batak. 


“Windrose Airlines hope that opening of a new route between Kyiv and Skopje will help both countries to strengthen their relationship in tourism and business sectors. We also consider that despite all difficulties we met due to world pandemic, the tourists will be interested in this brand new destination. So we wish all of us success in this challenge. We sincerely grateful for all support from North Macedonia side, from representatives of air transport authorities, airport of Skopje, Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of North Macedonia”, stated Windrose Airlines General Director Volodymyr Kamenchuk.

“As Embassy of Ukraine, summing up this difficult year, despite the situation with the pandemic, it is our pleasure to mark the significant enhancement of the bilateral relations. Ukraine and North Macedonia have common strategic priorities – NATO and EU membership. We look forward to the positive upwards trend of the economic cooperation. This year, despite the difficult situation with COVID-19, in 9 months we already have a higher trade exchange compared to the entire past year.  We have intensified the cooperation between the representatives of the tourism sector. Numerous tourism companies have recently visited Macedonia. The matter of organizing a visit of Macedonian companies to Ukraine is being considered. The crown of this successful year for bilateral relations is the introduction of the first in the history of our relations, direct flight on the route Kiev-Skopje-Kiev, which will increase the business relations between our countries, and the tourism in both countries, the citizens of Macedonia will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the rich culture of Ukraine and Ukrainians will be able to get better acquainted with the friendly North Macedonia. This significantly contributes to the deepening of friendly bilateral relations. We thank the Ukrainian airline Windrose for this opportunity, which in a difficult situation with the pandemic risks and moves us all forward”, stated the Ambassador of Ukraine Natalia Zadorozhnyuk.

Windrose will fly from Kyiv to Skopje twice a week, on Sundays and Thursdays, with the same departure and arrival times (Departure Kyiv 9:50h-Arrival Skopje 12h; Departure Skopje 12:50h-Arrival Kyiv 15:10h).  

According to the announcement from Windrose, the flights from Kyiv to Skopje are scheduled during the whole winter season, as well as for 2021 summer flights season that starts at the end of March. Reservation and sales of flights tickets is available on Windrose web page: https://windrose.aero/ 

Besides the fact that this is the first air route between Macedonia and Ukraine, Kyiv is also the first destination that directly connects Skopje to Eastern Europe, since the route network until now was concentrated mostly on Western and Northern Europe, as well as South of Europe, Turkey and Middle East.    

TAV Macedonia finished the first 10 months of 2020 (January-October) with a 70% decrease in passenger traffic compared to the same period of 2019, while the number of flights was decreased by 59%. Since it started in March 2020, the Covid-19 global pandemic made a severe blow over the Macedonian aviation, which is the most negatively affected economic sector. The two Macedonian airports – Skopje International Airport and Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport were closed for 3,5 months (March-July 2020) by the Government, as a measure for prevention and spread of Covid-19 in the country. After its reopening, on 1st July 2020, the biggest challenge for the Macedonian air traffic recovery, are the travel restrictions for the Macedonian citizens imposed by the EU countries, where over 77% of the Macedonian air traffic is concentrated.   

Covid19: Travel Safe

-    TAV Macedonia, as an airport operator, acts in accordance with the state institutions in the countries where passengers travel, the airports border authorities and the rules and regulations of the airlines. For information on current air travel restrictions and the required documents for entrance in the intended country, please contact the related embassy and the airline that you will be travelling with.


Additionally, from September 1, 2021, domestic and foreign citizens will be able to exit the territory of the Republic of North Macedonia if at the border crossing, they enclose/present the following:
•    certificate / confirmation for immunization (vaccination) of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, i.e., received at least two doses of vaccine against the infectious disease COVID-19 (all vaccines are accepted at least 14 days after the application of the second dose); or
•    certificate / confirmation for having recovered from COVID-19 in the last 45 days, counting from the day of recovery: or
•    medical certificate with negative result from RT PCR SARS-CoV-2 test, made 72 hours before entering the territory of the Republic of North Macedonia or
•    negative result of a rapid antigen test made 48 hours before entering the territory of the Republic of North Macedonia.
This decision is not applicable for passengers younger than 18. 

 - It is mandatory for passengers to put on a face mask before entering the airport terminal building and to wear it constantly as they move through the airport, until they leave the terminal building and board a plane. Regarding the flight rules, passengers should follow the requirements of the airline with which they travel.
Passengers who do not wear a protective mask will not be allowed to enter the airport building.
 


- Despite the existence of the online registration option, due to the new Covid-19 restrictions, passengers are obliged, upon their arrival at the airport, to register at the check-in counters, to check and verify the documents required to enter the country in which they travel, as well as to check-in their luggage.
 

-    Passengers will need to follow the instructions of security agents in a disciplined manner, and there, as in all procedures where queues are expected, it will be necessary to keep a physical distance of at least 1.5 meter.

As of 19.8.2021, 21:00h entrance into the airport terminal building will be allowed only by presenting one of the following:


-    Certificate / confirmation for immunization (vaccination) of the SARSCoV-2 virus, i.e., application of at least the first dose of vaccine against the infectious disease COVID-19; or
-    Certificate / confirmation for having recovered from COVID19 in the last 45 days, counting from the day of recovery; or
-    Medical certificate with negative result from RT PCR SARSCoV-2 test, 72 hours, or rapid antigen test, 48 hours.

*This does not apply to persons under the age of 18.

Please use Departures C door to enter, and Arrivals B door to exit the airport terminal building.

-    We highly recommend to our passengers to arrive at the airport at least 3 to 4 hours before their flight. Due to new measures for protection from COVID-19, some of the airport procedures may take longer time.

    Business and VIP lounge areas are cleaned and disinfected as prescribed by public health authorities with increased frequency based on the air traffic.

    Adequate protection for staff members which includes personal protective equipment, such as gloves, medical masks, goggles or face shields.

    Information signage and floor markings to encourage physical distancing as well as multiple self-hand sanitizers, alcohol-based with adequate signage for passengers.

    All served products in the lounges will be displayed prepacked in foil therefore all guests will be able to get products as individual packs.

    Self-service options where passengers have limited contact with staff.

-  Frequent disinfection of frequently contacted surfaces.

- Separate waste bins are placed for disposal of mask and gloves.

- Tables and chairs are disinfected after being used by our guests.

- All the employees in the outlets shall wear protective equipment. Plexiglas separator has been fixed in order to avoid the contact between cashier and guests.

- At the entrance of the outlets and in the common areas, hand sanitizer units are placed.

- Through guiding signs, guests will be reminded of the physical distancing rules and rules to follow, especially for the lines at order and payment points.

- In all restaurants, the capacity has been reduced and the distance between tables has been increased. Four chairs will be put across to all tables.

- Тrays and plates will be removed from common areas, they’ll be given to guests by the service staff.

- Disposable packed products (salt, sugar, napkins, straws, stirrers) will be handed to our guests by the service staff, while the same products in disposable packages are removed from the common areas.

- For the lines at order and payment points, stickers have been posted on the floor at a distance (1.5m) suitable for social distance.

- Employees shall work using protective equipment.

- All the used equipment in the duty free that comes in contact with the customers, shall be disinfected frequently.

- Guiding signs for the prescribed physical distancing (1.5m) in the shop area for all present persons are placed.

- We encourage customers to use only contactless credit or debit card.

- Strict entrance points in shops will be placed, with an alcohol-based disinfectant liquid machine to be used prior entering the shop.

- Passengers who are not wearing a mask will not be admitted into the store.

- Not more than 10 customers will be allowed at the same time in the shops.

-    Passengers should arrive at the airport at least 3 to 4 hours before their flight, as check-in counters close at least 1 hour before departure time. This means that passengers must have completed the check-in procedures at least 1 hour before take-off, and then the Passport Control and Security Checking procedures, in order to arrive on time in the boarding area, i.e., at the Gates. It is mandatory for passengers to wear a protective mask, maintain the prescribed physical distance indoors and maintain a high level of personal hygiene.

From September 1, 2021, domestic and foreign citizens will be able to enter the territory of the Republic of North Macedonia if at the border crossing, they enclose/present the following:
•    certificate / confirmation for immunization (vaccination) of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, i.e., received at least two doses of vaccine against the infectious disease COVID-19 (all vaccines are accepted and at least 14 days after the application of the second dose); or
•    certificate / confirmation for having recovered from COVID-19 in the last 45 days, counting from the day of recovery: or
•    medical certificate with negative result from RT PCR SARS-CoV-2 test, made 72 hours before entering the territory of the Republic of North Macedonia or
•    negative result of a rapid antigen test made 48 hours before entering the territory of the Republic of North Macedonia.
For both domestic and foreign citizens who will return to the country after September 1, and do not have a negative PCR test, a negative antigen test or certificates for vaccination or certificate for being recovered from COVID-19, a quarantine measure of 7 (seven) days of home isolation will be determined with a decision of the State Sanitary and Health inspectorate. The cost of isolating for foreign nationals is at their expense.
Foreign nationals transiting through the country will be able to do so within 5 hours with a previously signed statement of entry into the country which they will have to submit before the border control at the exit from the country.
Exceptions to this measure are the aircraft crews and professional drivers of freight motor vehicles entering the border crossings on the territory of the Republic of North Macedonia, as well as all types of groups or individual trips or passengers and professional drivers of freight motor vehicles transiting through the territory of the Republic of North Macedonia, for which they must sign a Transit Declaration.

This decision is not applicable for passengers younger than 18. 

-    You can make COVID-19 tests prior your departure at both airports through laboratories Zan Mitrev and Nikob Lab. More information available on the links below:


Skopje International Airport:
https://zmc.mk/en/covid19/skopje-ohrid-airport-covid-19-testing-point/  

https://nikoblab.mk/ 



 
Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport:
https://zmc.mk/en/covid19/skopje-ohrid-airport-covid-19-testing-point/   

http://ohd.airports.com.mk/mk-MK/media-centre-mk/announcements-mk/page/announcement-covid-testing-airport-ohrid-mk  

 

-    We regularly and timely apply all measures of the Government and the Ministry of Health, as competent state institutions. Of course, we also follow the experiences of other airports around the world and the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Airports Council (ACI) and the International the Air Transport Association (IATA), all in order to take appropriate action in a timely manner as conditions change in this global pandemic.