A total of 906,871 passengers were registered last year at the airports in Macedonia, which is a rise of 8.7% compared with the number of passengers in 2011, the Ministry of Transport and Communication says Friday.
An increase in the number of passengers was reported at Alexander the Great airport in Skopje - 828,831 passengers were transported in 2012, which is a 9.1% rise compared with the number of passengers in 2011. At the same time, a 5% increase in comparison to last year was recorded at St. Paul the Apostle airport in Ohird, which was used by 78,040 passengers.
There has been a boost in the number of passengers using regular lines as a result of introducing new direct destinations. 715,183 passengers were registered using regular lines in 2012, thus being an increase of 13% compared to 2011.
"After completing the project to modernize Macedonia's airport system, a continuous increase has been recorded in the number of passengers, flights and companies with direct flights to new destinations. Moreover, the rise in the number of passengers came as a result of the government-run project for financial support to stimulate and develop air traffic," the ministry says in a press release.