TAV AIRPORTS ANNOUNCES: AEGEAN LAUNCHES NEW AIR ROUTE SKOPJE - SARAJEVO AS OF OCTOBER
TAV Airports is excited to announce the upcoming launch of a new route from Skopje International Airport to Sarajevo International Airport, which will be operated by AEGEAN as of early October
AEGEAN, the Greek flag carrier airline and a member of STAR ALLIANCE, will launch a new route from Skopje International Airport to Sarajevo International Airport, as of October 2nd this year, TAV Airports announces.
AEGEAN will start operating flights between the two capital cities from October 2nd,2023, with an ATR72-600 aircraft, with three weekly frequencies, or every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
“We are thrilled to announce and congratulate AEGEAN on their decision to launch a flight from Skopje to Sarajevo, as of October this year, and to provide excellent regional connectivity, from Athens on the south, through Skopje, to Sarajevo on the north of the Balkans. This air connection at the same time marks a significant milestone in our commitment as an airport operator to enhancing air travel options for our valued passengers.” – stated Nejat Kurt, TAV Macedonia General Manager.
Until the end of the 2023 summer flight schedule, or by the end of October, the departure time from Skopje Airport will be at 19:00h, with arrival time at Sarajevo Airport at 20:10h, whereas the departure time from Sarajevo Airport will be at 20:50h, with arrival time at Skopje Airport at 21:50h. A similar schedule will be offered also during Winter 23/24.
Flight ticket booking is available on AEGEAN website https://en.aegeanair.com/ and travel agencies.
"We are pleased to announce the launch of our new route from Skopje to Sarajevo, commencing in October 2023 and the enhancement of our operations between Athens and Skopje through increased capacity and frequencies, as it reflects our commitment to expand our presence in the Balkan area and strengthen our footprint by providing increased connectivity at AEGEAN’s high‑quality services. This route marks also our return to Bosnia after the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and we couldn't be more excited to reconnect with our valued passengers in this region. As of October, passengers from Skopje will have increased connecting opportunities via Athens hub to the AEGEAN network with almost a daily flight extending our reach to destinations across Greece, Europe, and the Middle East. This development offers opportunities for travellers to explore and experience diverse destinations with the convenience and reliability at the high standards AEGEAN is known for" – stated Roland Jaggi, Chief Commercial Officer, AEGEAN.
“We are happy that after thirteen years, Sarajevo will be connected again with the capital of North Macedonia - Skopje. We are particularly pleased by the fact that the launch of this route is the result of joint and very successful cooperation between the two airports – Skopje International Airport, Sarajevo International Airport and AEGEAN, the Greek flag carrier, which recognized the importance and potential of establishing this airline as an excellent form of improving communication and strengthening cooperation in the field of economy and tourism between North Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. We believe that this line will have good performance and we are looking forward to the first flight of AEGEAN on the Skopje-Sarajevo route!" - said Alan Bajic, director of Sarajevo International Airport.
TAV Airports officials say that the addition of this new route to the route network map and portfolio of Skopje International Airport would be yet another input to the already strong positive recovery trend in air traffic figures, especially for the first half of 2023.
For the period between January – June 2023, both Macedonian airports, Skopje International Airport and Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport, handled a total of 1,3 million passengers, which is an annual increase of 41% compared to 2022, while compared to 2019, the referent year in terms of passenger traffic before covid-crisis, the increase is by 15% more passengers in the first half of this year. In terms of the number of flights for this same period, a total of 10.299 flights have been handled at both airports which is a 23% annual increase.