|Boom time for Belgrade and Skopje|
Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport and Skopje Alexander the Great have recorded a strong start to spring by maintaining notable passenger growth in March. Serbia’s busiest airport welcomed 282.447 passengers through its doors, an increase of 28.2% compared to the same month last year. Air Serbia was the greatest contributor, as the national carrier handled just over 45% of all travellers passing through the airport. It was followed by Wizz Air which welcomed 32.759 passengers on its flights to and from the Serbian capital, while Lufthansa was the third busiest airline. The airport saw the number of flight operations increase from 3.110 last March to 4.209 this year, or an increase of 35.3%.
Through March, Belgrade Airport saw the launch of several new routes including Sofia and Budapest by Air Serbia, Larnaca by Wizz Air and Rome by easyJet. Meanwhile, Air Cairo, a low cost subsidiary of national carrier Egypt Air, has received permits to operate scheduled flights from Hurghada to Belgrade starting next week. The airline will operate three weekly services until the end of the 2014 summer season and is likely to operate two weekly flights from Cairo to Belgrade next winter. In the first three months of the year Belgrade Airport handled 785.296 passengers, an increase of 30% compared to the same period last year.
Meanwhile, Skopje Airport welcomed 76.589 passengers through its doors in March, an increase of 12.3% compared to the same month last year. Wizz Air was the dominant carrier as its handled 40% of all passengers to and from the airport. On the other hand, Ohrid Airport handled 1.110 travellers during the month. So far this year, Skopje Alexander the Great Airport saw 204.174 passengers, an increase of 9.9% compared to the same period last year. Macedonia’s busiest airport is expected to record strong growth in April with the launch of several new routes by Wizz Air.