The new Macedonian government is considering launching a national carrier after the previous administration gave up on the idea last year. The Macedonian Minister for Transport and Communications, Goran Sugareski, said, “Macedonia absolutely needs a national airline.
In order for this project to be realised, we might have to consider a public private partnership, similar to the ones employed by our neighbours. In any case, we will consider all options and find the best possible solution”. Despite the necessity for a new national carrier, Mr. Sugareski also indicated that the government would continue subsidising low-cost carriers, a policy which has attracted the likes of Wizz Air and generated strong passenger growth in Macedonia. “We are looking at various options, such as Ohrid St Paul the Apostle Airport being served exclusively by low-cost airlines. Everything that was successfully implemented [by the previous government], and is in the people’s interest, will be maintained”.