Macedonia to earn EUR 2 MN from opening of Kosovo's sky.
Over two million euros a year into the Macedonian budget, increased air traffic and lower prices of airplane tickets are some of the benefits for Macedonia from reopening Kosovo's air space set to occur on 3 April. Kosovo's air space has been closed for civil flights since the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999.
The Macedonian flight control and aviation authorities are also to be credited for the project of opening Kosovo's sky. In the period to follow, they are to provide technical assistance and radar images for the flights in Kosovo. Flight control in the air space above Kosovo has been performed by the Hungarian air navigation service, HungaroControl, since 2011 and this authority will hereafter be assisted by their Macedonian colleagues from M-NAV.
The Macedonian Civil Aviation Agency (CAA) expects the opening of Kosovo's sky to increase the number of Macedonian overflights which also means higher profit. According to the estimates that the CAA made in cooperation with Eurocontrol, the air space opening is going to cut airliners' routes and drive up air traffic flow in the region.
The Macedonian air navigation authorities handle 130,000 overflights in Macedonia's air space a year and additional 26,000 overflights are expected once the sky of Kosovo opens.
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|Title Annotation:||TRANSPORT; Macedonian Civil Aviation Agency|
|Publication:||Macedonian Business Monthly|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||May 1, 2014|
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