Makedonija pat, the public company in charge of road construction and maintenance, is removing from Corridor 10 all highway signs bearing its previous name “Alexander the Great.” It will be replaced with “Friendship,” in line with the government’s recent decision.
Makedonija pat has already ordered 19 new road signs, which cost the company MKD 4,940,000.
The government decided to change the name of the Skopje airport, as well, but there is no official information yet about the procedure of replacing its “Alexander the Great” sign with one that says “International Airport Skopje.”
“We are keeping abreast of the latest developments,” said a representative from TAV, the concession holder of the Macedonian airports. “When we receive instructions from the government, we will act accordingly. Certain technical requirements should be met first before the sign can be replaced.”
The decision to rename the highway and the airport entered into force on Feb. 14 when it was published in the Macedonian Official Gazette Služben Vesnik.
Renaming the highway and the airport, as PM Zoran Zaev said after meeting his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras in Davos, is a sign of goodwill and a commitment to improving relations with Greece.
The highway was named “Alexander the Great” by the previous government in Jul. 2008.
The previous government also named the Skopje airport “Alexander the Great” in Dec. 2006.