|Belgrade, Split and Dubrovnik see record April growth|
The airports in Belgrade, Split and Dubrovnik have all recorded strong passenger numbers in April with double digit growth seen across the three cities. Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport led the way, welcoming 368.171 passengers through its doors, an impressive increase of 46.2% compared to the same month last year. Serbia’s busiest airport also recorded 4.663 flight operations, up from 3.349 in April 2013, or an increase of 39.2%. During the month, Belgrade handled its millionth passenger for the year, almost a month ahead of 2013. So far this year, Belgrade Airport has welcomed 1.153.467 passengers, an increase of 34.8% on the same period last year. Several new routes are still scheduled to launch this summer including Warsaw, Beirut, Barcelona and Lisbon. Over the weekend, Croatia Airlines resumed its seasonal flights from Split while next week Air Serbia will launch seasonal services to the Croatian coast as well.
On the other hand, Split Airport ended its run of declining numbers by posting healthy figures in April. The airport saw 79.284 passengers come through its doors, an increase of 19.6% compared to the same month last year. So far, Croatia’s second busiest airport has handled 154.438 passengers, an increase of 3.6%. Apart from the resumption of scheduled seasonal services, this summer Split will see the arrival of new airlines such as Estonian Air and Air Croatia. Last week, Vueling Airlines announced the launch of its new service from Florence to Split starting July 2. The one hour flight will operate three times per week with further details available here.
Finally, Dubrovnik Airport also reversed its recent trends to see growth of 12.7% in April. The airport handled 87.774 passengers compared to 77.910 travellers last year. In the first four months, Dubrovnik has welcomed 140.110 passengers, which is still down on the same period in 2013 by 3.5%. Meanwhile, the airport applied for funds from the European Union last month to complete its expansion project which has already seen Dubrovnik open a brand new terminal in 2010. The entire project, scheduled for completion by 2020, will see the construction of an additional new terminal in place of the old airport building, constructed in 1962.