Qatar Airways celebrates Skopje launch with gala dinner
19 Jul 2017 - 8:03
Qatar Airways celebrated the arrival of its inaugural flight to Alexander The Great Airport, Skopje, on July 17 with a press conference and gala dinner at the Marriott Hotel, Skopje. The events were hosted by Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer Ehab Amin, who welcomed VIP guests including Macedonia’s Minister of Transport and Communications, Goran Sugareski; TAV Macedonia General Manager, Alp Er Tunga Ersoy; Macedonian Ambassador to Qatar, Vukica Krtolica Popovska, and Qatari Ambassador to Macedonia, Hassan bin Abdullah Zaid Al Mahmoud.
The gala dinner invitees, including Macedonian and Qatari VIPs, honoured guests from the travel industry and media, all enjoyed a dazzling line-up of entertainment and a headline performance by famous Macedonian singer Jana Burceska.
Ehab Amin said at the press conference: “I am delighted to be here today to celebrate the launch of Qatar Airways flights to Skopje, our new gateway into Eastern Europe from our hub, Hamad International Airport in Doha. Qatar Airways is proud to bring the five-star experience to the Macedonian capital, which is so rich in culture and history.”
General Manager of Airport TAV Macedonia, Alp Er Tunga Ersoy said: “Doha, known as the Pearl of the Arabian Gulf, will be an exciting travel opportunity for Macedonian citizens, both in terms of leisure and business, but it will also enable Macedonians who live in Australia and New Zeland to visit their motherland. We hope that the Republic of Macedonia, with its natural beauty and cultural-historical heritage, will be an interesting destination for Qatari tourists and business travellers. The presence of Qatar Airways in Macedonia as a brand will make Skopje Airport even more attractive as a market, opening new possibilities for its development, while additionally contributing to further traffic growth.”
Qatar Airways is expediting its expansion in Eastern Europe, with service to Prague, Czech Republic and Kiev, Ukraine, set to commence by the end of August. The award-winning airline is committed to bringing more visitors to Eastern Europe by adding a further level of choice for passengers travelling to or from Croatia, Hungary, Azerbaijan, and other Eastern European destinations.
In response to increasing demand, flights to Zagreb increased to a 10-weekly service last year, while Budapest and Baku both increased to a 12-weekly service in June 2017.