Busy times for Tuzla and Pristina
The airports in both Tuzla and Pristina have continued to post record passenger numbers. In July, Tuzla Airport handled more passengers that it did for the past three years combined. The airport welcomed 11.870 travellers, primarily thanks to Wizz Air which recently launched flights to the city. As a result, the airport recorded triple digit passenger growth last month, amounting to 573%. So far this year, Tuzla Airport has handled 18.577 passengers, up 343.3% compared to the same period last year.
Due to the success Wizz Air has had with its flights from Gothenburg and Basel to Tuzla, the low cost airline is considering launching new flights. The airport’s CEO, Enver Januković, says, “It is important that both arriving and departing flights are full. We are welcoming not only Bosnian passengers but also those heading to Serbia and Croatia”. He adds Wizz Air is considering launching flights from either Dortmund or Eindhoven to Tuzla. “I cannot comment on their behalf on when the service will be launched but it most certainly will”, Mr. Januković concluded. Wizz Air estimates it will carry some 30.000 passengers in its first year of operations from Bosnia and Herzegovina’s third largest city.
Meanwhile, Pristina Airport has also continued to record strong passenger numbers, though the rate of growth has slowed in July. During last month, Pristina Airport welcomed 198.443 passengers though its doors, an increase of 0.6%. In the first seven months of 2013, Pristina Airport has handled 954.488 passengers, an increase of 11.6% compared to the same period last year. Dubrovnik Airport, which is hot on Pristina’s heels, will handle its millionth passenger of the year today. However, Pristina is expected to maintain its position as the third busiest airport in the former Yugoslavia this year. In 2012 the airport handled 1.527.134 passengers.