Record year for Sarajevo Airport
Sarajevo Airport, as well as Macedonia’s two international airports have continued to record strong growth. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s busiest airport handled 66.721 passengers in September, an increase of 10.6% compared to the same month last year. September also marked the airport’s tenth month of consecutive passenger growth. In the first nine months of the year, Sarajevo Airport has welcomed 520.045 travellers, up 14.5% on last year. For the whole of 2012, Sarajevo Airport recorded 580.058 passengers. As a result, the airport expects to handle its 600.000th passenger in November 2013, a first in its post war history. Turkish Airlines remains the busiest carrier operating out of Sarajevo, followed by B&H Airlines and Pegasus Airlines.
Sarajevo Airport CEO Ivica Veličan says the airport is likely to extend its working hours next year and become a 24 hour operational airport. “We have received requests from several airlines to stay open throughout the night. This is likely to become a reality soon and it would mean new employment opportunities”, Mr. Veličan explained. The airport is also planning to offer its passengers a range of new services. Next month a slot club is expected to open its doors inside the terminal building while the airport has also announced it will open a prayer room next year due to a significant number of requests from passengers.
Meanwhile, the airports in both Skopje and Ohrid have continued to see their numbers climb. In September the two airports handled a combined total of 106.164 passengers, an increase of 21% compared to the same month last year. In the first nine months of 2013 the two airports have handled a total of 838.994 passengers, up 17% on the same period last year. Skopje Airport expects to see its strong growth continue into next year as Wizz Air prepares to base a second aircraft in the Macedonian capital and launch several new routes.