|Zagreb catches up to 2013 numbers as Belgrade and Sarajevo surge|
The airports in Belgrade, Zagreb and Sarajevo have all recorded solid passenger growth in May, with the latter of the three ending its one month passenger slump. In May, Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport continued to see its numbers surge by handling 383.773 travellers, an increase of 27.5% compared to 2013. At the same time, the airport recorded a jump in the number of operated flights from 3.787 last year to 4.987 this May, or an increase of 31.7%. During the month, several airlines launched new flights from the airport with Air Serbia inaugurating services to Varna and Warsaw and resuming seasonal flights to Dubrovnik. Additionally, its charter brand Aviolet kicked off flights during the month while Etihad Regional launched services from Geneva. Overall, Belgrade Airport has handled 1.537.240 passengers in the first five months of the year, up 32.9% on the same period in 2013.
Zagreb Airport, which marked the start of construction of its new terminal in May, welcomed 217.775 passengers through its doors during the month, an increase of 5.9%. Similar to Belgrade, Croatia’s busiest airport saw an increase in the number of operated flights from 3.424 last May to 3.512 this year around, a 2.6% boost. During the month, Korean Air launched its seasonal summer charters from Seoul to Zagreb while KLM Cityhopper inaugurated daily services from Amsterdam. Zagreb Airport has now caught up to passenger numbers from 2013 following a lacklustre start to the year. It has seen 839.722 travellers pass through its doors so far in 2014, up 0.7%. Zagreb Airport is expected to surpass the one million passenger mark sometime in June.
Finally, Sarajevo Airport has overturned its slump from April and saw its numbers improve in May. The airport handled 71.513 passengers, an increase of 9.2% compared to the same month last year. The number of flights to and from Bosnia and Herzegovina’s busiest airport also surged as it saw 606 operations, up from 516 last year, or an increase of 17.4%. So far in 2014, Sarajevo Airport has handled 245.462 passengers, an increase of 6.3% compared to the same period last year. A large amount of humanitarian cargo was delivered to both Bosnia and Serbia during the flood crisis in the two countries this May, with the airports in Sarajevo and Belgrade recording a significant surge in handled cargo goods. Sarajevo Airport processed 302.543 kilograms of cargo, up 43%, while Belgrade processed 926.233 kilograms, up 54.5% on the same month last year.