Friday, September 13, 2013

Skopje and Tivat see record summer

Busy times for Skopje and Tivat

Skopje Alexander the Great Airport has continued to post impressive results with growth reaching over 23% in August. During the month, Macedonia’s busiest airport welcomed 115.023 passengers, an increase of 23.1% compared to the same month last year. In addition, Ohrid Airport handled 16.463 passengers. As a result, the two airports welcomed a total of 131.486 travellers through their doors during the month of August, up 20.5% on last year. So far in 2013, Skopje and Ohrid handled a combined total of 732.831 passengers, up 17.5% with 8.489 flight operations. The growth is being driven by Wizz Air which is the country’s busiest airline.

In August, Istanbul was the busiest route operating in and out of Skopje, followed by Vienna, Zurich, London and Malmo. In the first eight months Ljubljana made it into the top five busiest as the only EX-YU city. The busiest airlines so far this year were Wizz Air, Turkish Airlines, Austrian, Adria Airways and Pegasus Airlines. Skopje will hope to maintain growth next year as well and possibly reach the one million passenger mark as Wizz Air prepares to base a second aircraft in the city next summer and launch several new routes.

Meanwhile, across the border in Montenegro, Tivat Airport saw its busiest month in history. The airport handled an impressive 203.492 passengers in August, up 28.5% compared to the same month last year. A total of 1.098 flight operations were recorded in and out of the city, an increase of 19.4% on August 2012. In the first eight months of the year, Tivat Airport welcomed 657.257 passengers, up 20.2% and saw 3.921 flight operations, representing an increase of 12.2%. Early results from September indicate the airport will extend its record run with growth anticipated to reach between 10 to 15% this month.

35 comments:

  1. It's good news for Skopje but no good has ever come from a capital city airport basing its growth around a single low cost airline (which is heavily subsidised for it)

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    1. I think it's blown out of proportion. Croatian airports are paying - and will continue to do so - higher subsidies for Ryanair every year, while the Skopje deal is finite, and despite that Wizz Air is already basing a second aircraft. It seems their fate in the market is paying off, looks much more like a win/win scenario than any other to be honest.

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  2. OT: Belgrade - Abu Dhabi departure will be at 5:10 pm and arrival at 1:25 am in Abu Dhabi. This is little different than announced, probably to adjust for better connections.

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    1. What was the previous schedule?

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    2. I was trying to book some flights from Amsterdam via Belgrade and none of them are possible. Could it be that their timetable is sooo dysfunctional ex.AMS? :/

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    3. Anonymous @ 3.20 the original was half an hour later. Anonymous 3.26 the flights are still being put in the system

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    4. It will be interesting to follow how BEG numbers change in November and December. Last year they handled 220.000 and 225.000 respectively.
      Let's hope that next year they get close to at least 240.000!

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  3. SKP is really a shining star when it comes to ex-yu aviation! From an airport with 500k pax few years ago to 1mil., new airport building, it's destinations are doubled.. Hope they open soon some spanish destination. Congrats to TIV too! What's the share of YM out of there?

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  4. Skopje and Sarajevo are doing extremely well this year, impressive growth figures, hope they can continue in 2014.

    My predictions for year end for ex Yu. (airpoer with over 100k pax)

    Belgrade - 3.4 million
    Zagreb 2.45 million
    Split - 1.71 million
    Pristina - 1.66 million
    Dubrovnik 1.58 million
    Ljubljana - 1.33 million
    Skopje - 920 000
    Podgorica - 765 000
    Sarajevo - 735 000
    Tivat - 720 000
    Zadar - 510 000
    Pula - 410 000
    Rijeka - 125 000


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    1. You should've fixed bugs in your calculator before posting such forecast .. or bugs in your mind

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    2. Hello Anonymous September 13, 2013 at 2:01 PM,

      what could be your prediction for BNX? Thanks in advance.

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    3. @AnonymousSeptember 13, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      you're just ignorant hater and the fact you're lacking any brain and thus ability to process any thought or idea I'll simply just ignore you.

      For haters gonna hate!


      @AnonymousSeptember 13, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      had to revise my figure for tivat airport a bit, had 2011 figures on which i based my prediction of 9% growth.

      No idea for Maribor, Nis, Banja luka, Tuzla or Osijek, as they're served on add-hock basis, could be anything. Mostar might handle 90 000 pax this year.

      Belgrade - 3.4 million
      Zagreb 2.45 million
      Split - 1.71 million
      Pristina - 1.66 million
      Dubrovnik 1.58 million
      Ljubljana - 1.33 million
      Skopje - 920 000
      Tivat - 790 000
      Podgorica - 765 000
      Sarajevo - 735 000
      Zadar - 510 000
      Pula - 410 000
      Rijeka - 125 000

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    4. If you intend to be smart in forecasting than check actual data first, avoiding simple play with digits on the calculator keyboard.

      BEG apt has recorded 3,36 mil pax in 2012 with almost 80000 pax more jan-aug 2013, strong September start and significant capacity increase in the last 2 months of 2013. Only JU will have over 30% capacity increase during November and December only.
      On top of that capacity increase Nov and Dec 2013 vs same months 2012 will have following airlines: SU (+7 weekly) EY (+7), LO (+3) AZ (+3) LX (+2) TK (+2) B2(+2) U2(+1) QR(+1). Overall during November and December 2013 there will be between 60 and 70 daily departures from BEG vs ~55 during the same months of 2012.

      And according to you BEG will see decline in passenger numbers September through December 2013 despite capacity rise. Give me a break!

      At the same time you expect ZAG to grow despite capacity decrease and despite declining trend from May 2013 onwards.

      Even more ridiculous is your SJJ forecast with 735000 pax meaning that September through December 2013 would see total od 280000 pax or 100 000 pax more than within the same time frame in 2012 or incredible 55% pax number rise.

      Mind fixing those bugs in your ... mind?

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  5. Where in the internet can i find Air Serbias new flights?

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    1. You can find them on Jat's website.

      www.jat.com

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  6. Its not possible to book a flight from Abu Dhabi to Banja Luka...
    : (

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    1. I think the problem is that the flight arrives from Banja Luka roughly 30 minutes before Air Serbia's departure to Abu Dhabi...

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    2. And if you take Etihads flight?
      The Banja Luka flight should easily connect to Etihad if it can not connect to JUs Abu Dhabi flight.

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    3. Unfortunately Etihad's flight leaves even earlier, at 12.25 (arr. 20.40).

      I know airlines such as LOT or Aegean sell connecting flights of only 25 minutes but it seems that does not apply to Air Serbia.
      However, they seem to have decent fares from Banka Luka. Are they cheaper than what Adria used to sell?

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    4. I don't know what you are talking about, Nemjee. HOWEVER (@ anonymous) they are still sorting through their system and planning everything out.

      it is possible to go Banja Luka - Abu Dhabi with a 50 minute stop in Belgrade, and on the return flight 1 hour and 45 minutes I believe......

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    5. My bad, I confused the arrival time from Banja Luka. Connecting time would be 45 minutes so it should be ok.

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  7. They have finally added an advertisement for their new routes on jat's website.
    They have some promotional fares going around:

    Banja Luka €79
    Ljubljana €99
    Bucharest €109
    Prague €109
    Abu Dhabi €239

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  8. Midnight sky over Belgrade will become exciting for the first time! :)

    I can't wait to be at the airport in the morning to see all the amazing arrivals. The best part of it all is that Belgrade will finally become a decent airport in terms of aircraft movement!!
    With such fares and these schedules we can see that Etihad's goal was simple, build a true crossroad in Belgrade.

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    1. yeah, once the passangers see the belgrade airport, they will be glad to put some extra cash next time to fly via vienna, zurich, or some other serious airport.. although not to be compared with zagreb, belgrade airport is a cheapesness of it´s own kind... i really hope that things will change in next years.. i´m tired of having a feeling that i´m in a middle town post office when being at states largest airport.

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    2. AAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAH!!!! I was just waiting for these bitter comments to start! We missed you, it was so quiet and lonely without it. :(

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  9. 196 euros RT Banja Luka - Moscow :0

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  10. Amazing news! From March 30, Air Serbia will fly 4 times per week to Split and 3 times per week to Dubrovnik.

    BEG-DBV 1415-1505 -2-4-6- JU142
    DBV-BEG 1540-1625 -2-4-6- JU143

    BEG-SPU 1320-1450 1-3-5-7 JU152
    SPU-BEG 1520-1650 1-3-5-7 JU153

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  11. OT: i'm travelling on staff travel pass on JU sunday AMS-BEG-SKP. can anyone tell me if the availability is good on both flights (JU263 AMSBEG) (JU114 BEGSKP) for the 15th of September? Thank you

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    1. You shouldn’t have a problem availability is good on AMS-BEG. Seven seats left on BEG-SKP flight.

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    2. thank you for your assistance!

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    3. publishing this kind of information online - a reason enough to be kick out in every serious airline..

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    4. HUH!? I have a friend who works for British Airways, and he is very high up, he does it all the time. I don't see what's your problem.

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    5. You can see this info on amadeus.net under availability lol

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