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Number of passengers at Skopje and Ohrid airports on the rise

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268,400 passengers traveled through Skopje’s Alexander the Great airport and Ohrid’s St. Paul the Apostle airport in the first quarter of 2015 suggesting that a 29.1% increase has been registered compared to the same period last year when the airports were used by 207,963 passengers, the Ministry of Transport and Communication said Saturday.

Between January and March, 264,165 passengers were reported at the Skopje airport, which is an increase of 29.3% in relation to the same period in 2014 when 204,285 passengers were registered.

4,235 passengers traveled through the Ohrid airport in the first three months of this year. There is also an increase of 15.1% compared to the same period in 2014 when 3,678 passengers were registered

According to the number of passengers, the most visited destinations in January, February and March were Istanbul, Zurich, Basel, Vienna, Malmo, London and Munich.

Direct flights will be introduced as of this June to five new destinations in Europe, including Barcelona, Oslo, Nurnberg, Hamburg and Friedrichshafen.

“The registered continuous rise in the number of passengers and the number of companies operating with new destinations comes as a result of the government-­run project for financial support to promote and develop air transportation. Thus, the positive policies focused on developing air transport will continue to be implemented in the years to come in an effort to promote our country as an attractive tourist and business destination,” the Ministry of Transport and Communications said in a press release.