Surprise drop in numbers at Skopje AirportFollowing a year of strong passenger growth, Skopje Airport has seen a small decline in numbers in July compared to the same month last year. Macedonia’s busiest airport welcomed 95.890 travellers during the month, down just 0.3% on last year. Despite the small decrease, the figure is surprising considering the airport has seen average growth of over 18% throughout 2012. In the first seven months of the year, Skopje Alexander the Great Airport handled 469.582 passengers, with its busiest month being July. The decline in passengers can be attributed to a fall in the number of operated flights, which slumped by 9%.
On the other hand, Ohrid Airport is recording one of its busiest years. During the months of June and July the airport handled 28.658 passengers, an increase of 16.5% compared to the same period last year. Numbers have been boosted by the arrival of several new airlines this season including Corendon and Jetairfly. Corendon Airlines has already confirmed it will continue with seasonal summer flights to the lakeside town through to 2015, with six weekly flights planned for the 2013 summer season. Along with the existing services from Amsterdam and Eindhoven, the airline plans to launch flights from Brussels to Ohrid next year.
Skopje is recording the fastest growth amongst EX-YU capital city airports. Despite the hick up in July, the airport can expect a boost to its figures come winter as Wizz Air will open its base in the Macedonian capital from late October. However, August figures will be closely watched for signs of a slowdown.