The first Qatar Airways non-stop flight from Doha to Skopje touched down yesterday 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.
Skopje provides a gateway to a country of dramatic scenery, including beautiful lakes, mountains, and charming historic towns. Visitors to Skopje can discover Ottoman-era neighbourhoods, shop in the old bazaar, or visit the lakeside city of Orchid and its picturesque castle. Passengers who would like to experience the unique cultural and cosmopolitan mix of the city can book their tickets on the newly-designed Qatar Airways website or mobile application.
Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Ehab Amin, who travelled on board the inaugural flight with Macedonian Ambassador to Qatar, HE. 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, HE Hassan bin Abdullah Zaid Al Mahmoud, at Alexander the Great Airport, Skopje. The VIP delegates from Doha 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, said:
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 launch of the award-winning airline’s new route to Skopje will help Macedonian businesspeople connect with their business partners in more than 150 destinations around the world.
In addition, 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.
The airline’s first ever-service to the Republic of Macedonia will also give leisure passengers easier access to Australia, where more than 200,000 Macedonian Australians live.
Qatar Airways is expediting its expansion in Eastern Europe, with service to Prague, Czech Republic and Kyiv, Ukraine set to commence by end of August.
Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is one of the fastest-growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 20th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 200 aircraft flying to business and leisure destinations across six continents.
Doha – Skopje Flight Schedules:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sundays
Doha (DOH) to Skopje (SKP) QR305 departs: 6:50 am arrives: 11:15 am
Skopje (SKP) to Doha (DOH) to QR306 departs: 12:15 pm arrives: 6:15 pm
Skopje Tourist Attractions
One of the most popular attractions in the city is also one of the most recent – a towering portrayal of a man on a rearing horse commissioned in 2011 to commemorate 20 years of independence. The 15-metre tall monument is believed to be of Alexander the Great and is set on a plinth of intricately carved discs. It forms the centrepiece of the square and is a popular location for a five-minute sit-down and a spot of ‘people watching’.
The historical Kale Fortress, dating back to the 10th century, is located in the old town area. It is located on the highest point in the city overlooking the Vardar River.
The 6th century Stone Bridge is considered a symbol of Skopje. Elegant and multi-arched, the bridge crosses over the Vardar River and connects the main square and the old bazaar.
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