Name of Alexander, the Great removed from airport's name

A Monitor Report 01 Mar, 2018  |    -      +
Skopje : The government of Macedonia has decided to rename the country's main airport which carried the name of the ancient warrior king Alexander, the Great, as Skopje International Airport, in a goodwill gesture toward neighbouring Greece.

Turkish consortium TAV, which operates Skopje Alexander the Great Airport, started removing the 3-meter-long (9.8 feet) letters spelling out the name from the terminal recently.

The airport's new name will be Skopje International Airport. It was called Skopje Airport before Macedonia's previous government named it for Alexander in 2006.

Macedonia and Greece are working to resolve a 25-year dispute over the Macedonia name.

Greece argues that Macedonia's use of it when it gained independence in 1991 implies territorial claims to its Macedonia province, where Alexander was born.

The current government also plans to change the name of a highway bearing Alexander's name to Prijatelstvo, which is Macedonian for friendship.

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