Dubrovnik Airport numbers take a hit while Sarajevo improves
Sarajevo Airport has continued with its strong run from last year, recording its busiest January on record. The airport welcomed 36.114 passengers through its doors last month, an increase of 8% on last year when it saw 33.437 travellers. The good result comes on the back of an increase in the number of flight operations with Sarajevo Airport recording 383 arrivals and departures, up from 360 in 2013. So far, two airlines have announced new flights to the Bosnian capital this year. They include Gemanwings, which will inaugurate services from Berlin on April 13, and SAS Scandinavian Airlines which will operate seasonal summer flights from Stockholm starting July 1. On the other hand, Moskovia Airlines, which launched a one weekly service from Moscow to the Bosnian capital late last year, has suspended its flights after a relatively warm winter saw little snow at the Jahorina ski mountain resort. The flights were primarily meant to cater for Russian tourists.
Meanwhile, Dubrovnik Airport has felt the full brunt of Croatia Airlines’ service reductions. The airport handled 15.950 passengers in January, a decrease of 15.5% compared to 2013. It marks the fourth consecutive month Dubrovnik Airport has seen its numbers slide. In 2013, Croatia Airlines accounted for 25.6% of all passengers using the airport, followed by easyJet with a distant 10%. London (all airports) was the busiest route in and out of Dubrovnik while domestic flights to Zagreb came second. With fewer nonstop flights offered by Croatia Airlines, which now transfers more of its Dubrovnik passengers through Zagreb, the route is expected to continue to see its numbers increase.
On a more positive note, Dubrovnik will become the first Croatian airport to feature air bridges, connecting aircraft directly with the terminal building. The airport will begin setting up the new air bridges this year with a total of two planned. Meanwhile, Croatia’s second busiest airport, Split, also saw its numbers decline this January. The airport welcomed 26.042 passengers, a decrease of 4.2% compared to the same month last year. In 2013 the airport recorded its busiest January on record.