January 27 (SeeNews) - North Macedonia transport ministry said on Friday that three airlines have responded to its proposal to provide financial incentives to carriers that will introduce new flights from Skopje and Ohrid.
The public call, which lasted from January 20 to January 26, attracted applications from Hungary's WizzAir, Germany's Lufthansa and Greece's Aegean Airlines, the ministry said in a statement.
The assessment commission composed of representatives of several state institutions will evaluate the submitted applications in the next period, according to the statement.
In December, North Macedonia's government said that it would provide subsidies to airlines that will introduce new flights from iSkopje and Ohrid between January 2023 and December 2025. The project's main goal is to increase air traffic and make it easier to connect the country to destinations across Europe, and even beyond, by using the full capacity of the two airports.
This is a new subsidy model, which aims to include as many airlines as possible, in order to expand the number of destinations served from North Macedonia.
Wizz Air has won all three previous tenders, in which it was the sole candidate to apply.