Greek carrier Aegean Airlines is inaugurating its first direct flight between Athens and Skopje today, November 1, amid a thaw in relations following a deal to rename FYROM “North Macedonia.”
FYROM's Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani plans to be on the first flight from Athens to Skopje on Thursday evening, as he will be in Athens for talks with Greek officials, his office said.
TAV Airports, which operates the Skopje airport, said Greece’s Aegean Airlines will carry out the twice-weekly flights.
Skopje and Athens had a direct air link from 2003-2007, but it was stopped after the Balkan country’s previous government named the airport after Greece’s ancient warrior-king Alexander the Great of Macedonia.
Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and his current left-wing government renamed the airport Skopje International Airport in February as a goodwill gesture.