TUI Airways inaugurated seasonal flights from both Manchester and London Gatwick to Ohrid this week, complementing TUI fly Netherlands, also part of the TUI Group, which has been maintaining seasonal services from Amsterdam to Ohrid for several years. Thew new services from the United Kingdom will run once per week each until September 20 with the 189-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Some 6.000 British tourists are expected to be handled on the flights. Commenting on the new route launches, the General Manager of airport operator TAV Macedonia, Nejat Kurt, said, “We are thrilled to announce the launch of new seasonal flights, operated by TUI UK connecting Manchester and London to Ohrid Airport. As TAV, we are excited to welcome passengers on these new routes. These two new destinations from Great Britain will offer enhanced travel options and open opportunities for travellers to explore the breathtaking beauty and rich cultural heritage of picturesque Ohrid”. Chris Logan, Managing Director for TUI – Ski, Lakes & Mountains, added, “North Macedonia has been a less well-known destination for UK holiday makers, but that is starting to change, and TUI are confident that as soon as our customers return home, word of mouth will spread to friends and family to experience this unique destination for themselves. We will be sending two flights a week to Ohrid Airport for the summer season, from both Manchester and London Gatwick, giving great choice for customers in both the North and South of the UK”.
During the January – April period, Ohrid Airport welcomed 56.069 passengers, which is up 33.3% on last year, and an increase of 23.3% on the pre-pandemic 2019. Aircraft movements stood at 324, up 8.4% on last year.