|Zagreb Airport figures decline over 5% as Sarajevo maintains growth|
Zagreb Airport has seen its passenger numbers decline in March after posting growth the month before. In March, Croatia’s busiest airport welcomed 165.336 passengers through its doors, down 5.7% compared to the same month last year. The number of operated flights was also down. The airport recorded a total of 3.030 flight operations, a decrease of 3.9% compared to the same month last year. So far in 2014, Zagreb Airport has handled 429.504 passengers, down 2.7% on the year before. The number of flight operations to and from the airport decreased by 4.4% so far in 2014 to 8.212.
Zagreb Airport will hope to see its numbers improve in the coming months with the launch of several new routes. In May, Croatia’s busiest airport anticipates to see a spike in traffic since passengers figures were affected last year due to Croatia Airlines’ industrial action which lasted almost ten days. This April, Zagreb has already seen the launch of two new routes. Apart from the commuter domestic service inaugurated by Trade Air yesterday, on Wednesday Onur Air launched a one weekly charter service from Antalya in Turkey. Flights will run until May Day and will resume again on September 18. Next month, Korean Air will begin its charter services from Seoul to the Croatian capital. Flgihts will operate each Sunday starting May 17 and will run until June 21.
On the other hand, Sarajevo Airport has record its sixteenth month of consecutive passenger growth, though its pace has somewhat slowed. In March, Sarajevo Airport handled 45.789 passengers, an increase of 2.6% compared to the same month last year. The number of flight operations stood at 439, up 7.9%. So far this year, Sarajevo Airport has welcomed 117.338 passengers through its doors, an increase of 8.1%. This month, on April 15, Germanwings will launch services from Berlin to Sarajevo, making it its third destination served out of the Bosnian capital following Cologne and Stuttgart.