Strong quarterly results for Priština and Skopje
Priština Airport and Skopje Alexander the Great have recorded strong first quarter passenger results. Priština Airport was a star performer. It handled almost 349.000 passengers in the first three months of the year, up 19% on 2012. The airport managed to record growth of 6% in January, followed by a surge of over 25% in both February and March. The strong figures also saw Priština handle more than 100.000 in the slowest month of the year - February. The strong passenger numbers were followed by an increase in the number of flights operated to and from the airport by 15.3%. The airport will have to maintain strong growth throughout this year if it is to maintain its position as the third busiest in the former Yugoslavia and not lose the title to Dubrovnik.
Skopje Airport also saw significant passenger growth, particularly last month when it registered a 21.5% surge by welcoming 68.223 passengers through its doors. Growth in January amounted to a modest 3% while in February the airport saw an impressive 14.2% passenger increase. In the first quarter, Alexander the Great Airport welcomed 185.948, up 12.5% on last year.
Both Priština and Skopje anticipate a strong summer ahead. Priština is to welcome SAS Scandinavian Airlines which will be launching flights from Gothenburg, Oslo and Stockholm. Furthermore, Germania will be inaugurating services from London Gatwick starting June 29. Construction of the airport’s brand new terminal is ongoing, though the exact date of its completion is unknown. Meanwhile, Skopje’s growth can be attributed to Wizz Air which has introduced a range of new flights from the Macedonian capital. The airline recently announced it will be increasing frequencies from Skopje to Malmo to up to five times per week from June. The low cost airline will also launch services from Skopje to Gothenburg City Airport and Stockholm Skavsta next month.