Skopje and Zagreb rebound as Dubrovnik and Split struggle
The airports in both Skopje and Zagreb have recorded passenger growth last month following a lacklustre start to the year. During February, Skopje Alexander the Great Airport welcomed 65.223 passengers through its doors, an impressive increase of 20.4% on the same month last year. The strong growth comes on the back of a disappointing January when the airport saw numbers decrease by 1.4%. The fall in numbers came as a result of poor weather conditions which forced the airport to shut down on several occasions. The February growth has been primarily driven by Wizz Air, which is the country’s busiest airline and has significantly increased its operations compared to the same period last year. The low cost airline is expected to fuel significant growth at the airport in the coming months. Overall, Skopje Airport has welcomed 127.585 passengers so far this year, up 8.5%.
Zagreb Airport has also seen its numbers improve this February. Croatia’s busiest airport handled 128.410 passengers, up a modest 1.3%. However, the increase came despite a fall in the number of operated flights. Zagreb Airport recorded 2.498 flight operations, which is 132 fewer than last year, or down by 5%. This in turn means there were more passengers on flights operating in and out of the city last month. Zagreb Airport’s growth is being led by foreign carriers while Croatia Airlines’ network reductions are still dragging figures down. In the first two months Zagreb has handled 264.168 travellers, a reduction of 0.7%.
Over on the Croatian coast, numbers took a dip for a third consecutive month. Dubrovnik Airport handled 14.423 passengers in February, down 9.6% compared to last year. Yet again, the main culprit for the downward trend was Croatia Airlines which has significantly reduced operations out of the city this winter. In the first two months of the year, Dubrovnik has seen it figures slide 15.7%. Split Airport’s numbers were down by 4.4% as it welcomed 21.530 passengers through its doors. So far this year Split has recorded 47.574 travellers pass through the airport, down 4.3%.