Busy times for Ljubljana and Sarajevo airports
After recording its first monthly passenger growth this April in almost two years, Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport has seen its numbers rise every month since. Slovenia’s busiest airport handled 442.321 passengers in the first half of the year, up almost 6% on the same period in 2012. As was previously reported, April growth amounted to over 5%, followed by a major 16% boost in May and 11% growth in June. Foreign carriers largely attributed to the rise in passenger numbers as they recorded a 23% passenger increase on their flights to and from Ljubljana. Adria Airways itself recorded growth of 7%. A total of 12.530 flights were registered to and from the Slovenian capital in the first six months, which is at the same level as in 2012.
The good results have reflected on the airport’s finances as earnings amounted to 11.9 million euros in the first half of the year, up 2%. The encouraging numbers have come at the right time as the Slovenian government looks to sell the airport to foreign investors. On June 21, the government approved the sale of fifteen state companies, including Ljubljana Airport and its prime customer Adria Airways in order for the country to avoid an international bailout.
Meanwhile, Sarajevo Airport has also continued its successful run. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s busiest airport welcomed 303.829 passengers through its doors in the first half of the year, up an impressive 15.3% compared to the same period in 2012. This is despite the fact that the number of operated flights increased only slightly, by 2% to 2.603. The airport saw one of its busiest Junes on record by handling 72.949 passengers, up a significant 16.3%. Sarajevo Airport will hope the positive trends will continue in the months to come with B&H Airlines planning to expand its operations now that its second ATR has arrived from maintenance and the possible launch of flights to the Bosnian capital by Wizz Air and Alitalia.