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TAV Airports puts the New Skopje Airport into service 

Following a construction to double its capacity, TAV Airports opens Skopje Alexander the Great Airport into service, with the participation of Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski. The capacity of Skopje Alexander the Great Airport which has now been increased to provide service to 4 million passengers a year will be operated by TAV Airports for the next 20 years until March 2030.

TAV Airports put into service Alexander the Great Airport that it constructed in Skopje, capital city of Macedonia utilizing its international experience and the latest technologies, with a ceremony held to commemorate the event. After taking over the operation of the airport in March 2010, TAV Airports increased the annual capacity to 4 million passengers with a 100 million Euros investment. The opening ceremony was attended by Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, Macedonian Transport Minister Mile Janakievski, TAV Airports Board Chairman Hamdi Akın and TAV Airports CEO M. Sani Sener.

Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski stated “Today we are bearing witness to an historical event in Macedonia. By taking a significant step in becoming one of the major flight hubs throughout Eastern Europe and the Balkans, we are bringing the new Terminal Building of Skopje Alexander the Great Airport into service. I take pride in inaugurating the airport on the 20th Anniversary of Declaration of Independence of Macedonia, which had been constructed by TAV Airports. I would like to congratulate all those who contributed in achieving such an airport that is worthy of its name and befitting our capital city. The accomplishments of TAV in Macedonia have set a good model for many other Turkish investors.”

TAV Airports CEO M. Sani Sener said “We are proud to have completed this project that we have initiated by saying 'Hello Rumelia'. We are also happy to be contributing to the development of Macedonia which we have long-established cultural relations with, by renovating the entrance gate to the capital Skopje to reflect the dynamic and modern structure of the country. Our contribution will go ahead to grow through fast, safe and cheerful service we provide to our passengers. We will also continue our smart growth within geographical regions that we see as target markets and to increase our success in global economy by combining our fast decision making skills with our ability of bringing together different cultures”.

With the addition of the new 40 thousand square meter terminal building housing 6 passenger bridges, TAV Airports has increased the passenger capacity to 4 million, expanded the apron and the runway as well as increasing the cargo and car park capacity. A 40 thousand tons capacity a year cargo hangar, a new fire station, 5 thousand square meter management building, 1,300 vehicle car park and 23 check-in counters are amongst other areas constructed. The existing runway has been expanded by 500 meter.

The new airport which has been completed within 18 months and 5 days is anticipated to become the transport center of the Balkans due to its strategic location. Attended by hundreds of people, the opening ceremony was one of the important events held as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations to commemorate Macedonia’s independence. Last April, TAV Airport has also renovated St. Paul the Apostle Airports in Ohrid, one of the country’s most popular tourism destinations. TAV Airports has won the operation rights for both airports for 20 years. 

Works carried out at Skopje Alexander the Great Airport

  • New Passenger Terminal Building – 40,000 m2
  • Expansion of the runway – 500 m
  • Car Park area – 42,500 m2 / 1300 vehicle capacity
  • Management Building – 5,000 m2
  • Cargo Terminal – 40,000 ton capacity a year
  • Fire Station
  • Moving the existing military infrastructure
  • Completion of all necessary infrastructure
  • Providing all required equipment and installation systems


About TAV Airports
TAV Airports, one of the world's leading airport operators, operates Istanbul Atatürk and Ankara Esenboga Airports, Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport International Terminal and Antalya Gazipasa Airport in Turkey as well as 2 airports each in Macedonia, Tunisia, and Georgia. The holding has recently bid in the Medina Airport tender opened by Saudi Arabia. TAV Airports also operates in other areas of airport operations such as duty-free, food and beverage services, ground services, IT, security and management services. In 2010, the Company has provided services to 420 thousand flights and approximately 48 million passengers.