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Cologne - Skopje On Germanwings (Lots Of Pics)  
User currently offlineLazialeMKD From French Polynesia, joined Oct 2009, 152 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 9388 times:

hello everyone -
a bit outdated trip report, almost 2 years from now, but is good to share things and hear different opinions  .
This trip report is for my trip back home to Macedonia, during my internship stay in Nordt Brabant (Tilburg & Eindhoven) , The Netherlands. Once I got clearance from the company I had the internship that I am good to go for one week vacation back home, I started to check my options for going back home. There wasn't too many options, it was either WizzAir from Brussels-Charleroi or Dortmund to Sofia, or Germanwings from Cologne to Skopje. Surprisingly, the ticket to SKP was only 120 EUR for round trip ticket, something that is kind not imaginable for Skopje Airport. I quickly booked the ticket, this was my opportunity for first time too to use the airport in Skopje, since before that I was "forced" to go to Belgrade or Sofia, mostly because of the price difference.

I took the intercity train the night before from Tilburg and I set my destination to Cologne. After about 3 hours trip to Cologne, friend of mine waited for me at the Cologne Central Train Station and we went to his apartment.

Couple pictures of Cologne:

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0571.jpg

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0572.jpg

Next morning, I woke up around 8, prepared for the trip, and my friend took me to the airport. The ride was about 30 minutes.

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0580.jpg

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0581.jpg

Almost there:

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0582.jpg

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0583.jpg

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0584.jpg

I didn't have too much time to take some photos from the terminal building, I went to the gate right away.
Here is our plane waiting patiently for us:

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0585.jpg

The bus is arriving:
http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0586.jpg

Few photos from the tarmac:

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0587.jpg

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0588.jpg

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0589.jpg

Once in the plane, I took few more photos:

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0590.jpg

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0591.jpg

The terminal building from the airside:

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0592.jpg

The load factor for this flight was around 80%. The cabin crew getting the cabin ready for takeoff:

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0593.jpg


http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0594.jpg

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0595.jpg

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0596.jpg

We are the next for takeoff, after the landing of this Lufthansa B737:

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0597.jpg

Seatbelts fasten, full thrust and beautiful weather and we were airborne soon:

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0598.jpg

I am really enjoying flights when the weather is like that day.

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0599.jpg

Setting the heading to SKP:

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0600.jpg

Somewhere around Cologne, as far as I remember:

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0601.jpg

After some 30 - 40 minutes we hit the Alps:

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0602.jpg

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0604.jpg

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0607.jpg

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0608.jpg

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0609.jpg

Almost done with the Alps

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0612.jpg

The flight went pretty smoothly, there was BOB menu, I had some croissant and coffee I think..

On approach to SKP, flying near the city of Kumanovo, Macedonia:

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0613.jpg

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0614.jpg

The approach and the landing you can check here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hebk4z-tkXY

Few pictures of Skopje Airport:

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0616.jpg

Air base:

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0617.jpg

Control tower:

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0618.jpg


Only one other plane at that moment at the tarmac, CRJ900 of MAT Macedonian Airlines. The airline is not operating now, but there are rumors that it will start with operations again.

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0619.jpg

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0620.jpg

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0621.jpg

Our Airbus from Cologne:

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0622.jpg

Airport entrance:

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/LazialeMKD/keln-skopje/100_0623.jpg

That's all from me for this report. I really hope that once the new operator of Skopje Airport, TAV Holding from Turkey will start operating with the airport, the airport will be redesigned, rebuilded and get some more traffic.
The condition right now is awful and is not better than some airport in third world country.

Thx for reading and comments always appreciated.

LazialeMKD

[Edited 2009-12-11 08:40:38]

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User currently offlineT8KE0FF From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 419 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 9374 times:

What perfect timing! Im on my way to Cologne in 3 hours  Looks fantastic
Surprised you remember that much from a flight nearly 2 years ago haha.

Thanks

[Edited 2009-12-11 08:43:12]


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User currently offlineLazialeMKD From French Polynesia, joined Oct 2009, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 9356 times:



Quoting T8KE0FF (Reply 1):
Surprised you remember that much from a flight nearly 2 years ago haha.

Thx  Wink
I haven't had many flights in my life so far...  Smile, around 30 - 32 flights...but I do remember most of the details for each flight...  Wink
Have a safe and pleasant trip to Cologne.

LazialeMKD


User currently offlineSAAB900 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2007, 490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 8471 times:

Hi Angel,
Great little TR from a interesting & rarely reported on location!

Quoting LazialeMKD (Thread starter):
Air base:

Nice photo of the Mil 24, although it looks like the other one is being used as a spares ship!

Quoting LazialeMKD (Reply 2):
I haven't had many flights in my life so far... Smile, around 30 - 32 flights.

That figure is still quite a few flights for someone of your age!

Dave(SAAB900).


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27249 posts, RR: 60
Reply 4, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 7796 times:

Hi nice report , nice to see what SKP looks like. Look forward to your furture reports.

OA260


User currently offlineS4popo From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 267 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 11 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 7306 times:

Thanks for sharing. I can't believe you got such a great deal on the airfare. That's unheard of for SKP. There's been a lot of new service announcements to BEG, so hopefully that will stimulate growth in the rest of the region.  crossfingers 

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