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Macedonia Skopje Airport to be rebranded to make Greece happy

Skopje Alexander the Great AirportThe prime-minister of the Republic of Macedonia says the nation’s main air airport will be renamed to put an end to a diplomatic standoff with neighbouring Greece. Zoran Zaev told reporters last week Skopje’s Alexander the Great Airport would be getting a new name in the not too distant future.

The airport’s name along with that of Macedonia have been bones of contention with Greece since the tiny landlocked seceded from Yugoslavia in 1991. The Republic shares a common border with the North Greece region of Macedonia.

As soon as the fledgling country’s name was announced, Greeks were up in arms as they said they were Macedonians and no other nation’s citizens had the right to the title. This enmity led to the republic having to settle for the wordy moniker of The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to gain admittance to the United Nations.

In 2006, FYROM added fuel to the fire with the decision to rename Skopje Airport as Alexander the Great Airport. The legendary king hailed from the kingdom of Macedon which is roughly what the Greek province is today.

Greece complained and said the name was confusing as there was already an Alexander the Great Airport in Macedonia Province. This Alexander the Great Airport had been renamed from Kavala Airport in 1992 and is the gateway to the Nestos area of East Macedonia.

Zoran Zaev made the announcement about the name change after talks with his Greek counterpart, Alexis Tsipras, at the Davos World Economic Forum. PM Zaev said the move demonstrated a commitment on the part of FYROM to living in harmony with its neighbours.

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