Today, the Turkish low-cost airline Onur Air is commencing services between Istanbul's Ataturk Airport and Ohrid for this summer season, following talks with the Macedonian government last October. The carrier will maintain a one weekly seasonal service until October 21, bringing Turkish tourists to Ohrid through the Turkish tour operator Tatil Budur.
Transport and Communication Minister Goran Sugarevski welcomed the first Turkish guests, wishing them a pleasant holiday in Macedonia.
‘The government is committed to develop air traffic and will soon issue an open call for financial support of low cost airlines, enabling our citizens to travel worldwide. Considering its potential, the government also intends to shift the air traffic to Ohrid airport to attract more tourists to Macedonia,’ Sugarevski said.
This summer the Onur Air Istanbul-Ohrid seasonal flight will bring about 4,500 passengers from Turkey – a substantial contribution to a total number of Turkish tourists in Macedonia, TAV Macedonia General Manager Alp Er Ersoy said at the welcoming ceremony.
Tickets for Onur Air's new Ohrid service can currently be purchased through Turkish tour operator Tatil Budur, although the airline is considering putting tickets directly on sale if there is sufficient demand.