July 18, 2017: The state owned Qatar Airways has inaugurated non-stop flight service from Doha to Skopje. The first flight from Doha to Skopje touched down at Alexander the Great Airport. The new route to the capital of the Republic of Macedonia will be served four times per week with an Airbus A320 aircraft, featuring 12 seats in Business Class and 120 seats in Economy Class.
Qatar Airways chief commercial officer, Ehab Amin, travelled on board the inaugural flight with Macedonian Ambassador to Qatar, Vukica Krtolica Popovska, was greeted by Macedonia’s Minister of Transport and Communications, Goran Sugareski; general manager of Airport TAV Macedonia, Alp Er Tunga Ersoy; and Qatari Ambassador to Skopje, Hassan Bin Abdullah Zaid Al Mahmoud, at Alexander the Great Airport, Skopje. They were offered salt and bread, a traditional Macedonian welcome, as they disembarked the aircraft.
Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker said, “This summer is a busy one for Qatar Airways, as we continue our Eastern European expansion. Our new four-times weekly service to Skopje is a much-anticipated addition to our global route map, which will enable us to connect both business and leisure passengers to and from the Republic of Macedonia. We look forward to welcoming our passengers on board flights to this captivating city.”
General Manager of Airport TAV Macedonia, Alp Er Tunga Ersoy, added, “It is a great pleasure for us to welcome the first Doha-Skopje flight and the entrance of Qatar Airways to the Macedonian market, as one of the most appreciated aviation brands worldwide. Doha will be a very attractive new destination for Macedonian citizens, for both leisure and business, connecting them with 150 additional destinations across the world.”
Macedonia is a centre for metal-processing, chemical, timber, textile, leather and printing industries, and is ranked as one of the top 10 economies in the world for doing business. The new route to Skopje will help Macedonian business people connect with their business partners in more than 150 destinations around the world.
Also, the commencement of air cargo service to Skopje by Qatar Airways Cargo will promote air trade growth in the Republic of Macedonia by connecting the country with its major importers in northeast Asia via the airline’s state-of-the-art Doha hub. The cargo carrier’s newly-launched Climate Control Centre enhances its seamless cool chain solutions and offers perfect transit services to support the exports of fruits and fresh produce out of Skopje to various destinations across its global network.
Qatar Airways is expediting its expansion in Eastern Europe, with service to Prague, Czech Republic and Kyiv, Ukraine set to commence by the end of August.