The first direct commercial flight from Athens International Airport to Skopje took off at 6:40 p.m. on Thursday evening. On board of the plane was the deputy Prime Minister of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Bujar Osmanli.
Osmanli had arrived earlier in Athens just for the purpose to inaugurate the direct flight, the first after 15 years.
“It is the moment that brings the two people closer, there will be more such moments bringing the people closer when the Prespes Agreement is concluded,” Alternate Foreign Minister Giorgos Katrougalos said before waving the FYROM deputy Prime Minister Goodbye.
On his part, the guest said that this was a symbolic moment and stressed that re-launching the direct flights symbolizes in the best way the union of the two strategic partners in the region.
The flight lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes and will take place twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays.