Skopje and Sarajevo grow while Ljubljana sees numbers decline
Both Skopje and Sarajevo recorded strong passenger growth in April, with numbers in both cities surging over 10%. Skopje Alexander the Great Airport handled 74.381 passengers, up 12.3% compared to the same month last year. Macedonia’s second international airport, Ohrid, also improved its figures by welcoming 2.272 passengers through its doors. In the first four month of the year, Skopje Airport handled 262.601 passengers. The airport could soon get a new customer as Bulgaria Air has announced plans to launch services from Sofia to the Macedonian capital. The airline had similar plans several years ago but in the end never launched flights.
Sarajevo Airport also recorded impressive numbers this April. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s busiest airport saw 56.918 passengers go through its doors, up a considerable 14.5% compared to the same month last year. So far in 2013, the airport has handled 165.385 passengers, an improvement of 13.3%. Banja Luka Airport also managed to improve its result by 6.5% as it handled 431 passengers. On the other hand, the airport in Tuzla once again did not handle a single passenger. However, this is about to change. In ten days Wizz Air is set to launch flights from Malmo, Gothenburg and Basel to Tuzla which is set to bring new life to the airport.
Meanwhile, Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport has published its first quarter results. The airport handled 211.843 passengers in the first three months of the year, a decrease of 2.7% compared to the same period in 2012. However, the airport is showing signs of slow recovery. In March it welcomed 81.785 passengers, which was down only 0.9%. With Adria Airways’ figures slowly improving, the airport is expected to have seen its first passenger increase for years in April. The airport’s management estimates it will end the year off with a 2% passenger increase. Numbers will improve in September as Slovenia hosts the European Basketball Championships.