Does anyone have information regarding the latest situation in Macedonia forming a state owned airline.
The Macedonian government apparently has put pressure on Macedonia's 2 carriers Macedonian Airlines and Avioimpex to start merger negotiations.
Yes, the 2 airlines tried to negotiate but at the end of the day Avioimpex will not change it's position and Macedonian Airlines was not pleased with a proposal provided by Avioimpex.
Macedonia does not need 2 airlines at the moment. Macedonia really needs 1 state owned airline simply called Macedonian Airlines operating with a newer Western fleet i.e. 737-700, 737-800 or airbus 319, 321 etc aircraft rather than old DC-9, M80 and JAT - Yugoslav Airlines old 737-300's.
At the end of the day, the only way the 2 airlines can make a decent profit and get more of the passenger's confidence and have the fiancés to upgrade their aircraft, expand their network is to merge.
In my opinion Macedonia's aviation situation cannot improve if Macedonian Airlines and Avioimpex don't merge.