|Macedonian, Montenegrin and Croatian airports record spring growth|
The airports in Macedonia and Montenegro, as well as the two busiest airports on the Croatian coast have all recorded strong passenger growth in May. Skopje Alexander the Great Airport continued its dream run and is now on course to see its busiest year on record. Macedonia’s main airport welcomed 109.029 passengers through its doors, an increase of 24.3% compared to the same month last year. Flight operations were also up by some 22%. During May, Alitalia resumed services to Skopje following a six year absence with daily flights from Rome. In addition, the airport is reaping the rewards from Wizz Air’s network expansion which saw the low cost airline launch flights from the Macedonian capital to Beauvais, Hahn, Charleroi and Cologne in April. During the first five months of the year, Skopje Airport handled 418.698 passengers, up 20.4%. The airport is now set on breaking its passenger record from 2000 when it welcomed 1.019.905 travellers.
Meanwhile, Montenegro’s two international airports have also been performing well so far this year. The airports in Podgorica and Tivat handled a combined total of 353.956 passengers during the first five months of 2014, an increase of 5.2% on last year. Growth was mainly fuelled by Tivat Airport while Podgorica welcomed 211.606 passengers, roughly the same as in 2013. Tivat Airport has seen 142.350 travellers pass through its doors so far this year, up 18.6%. In May alone the coastal airport handled 56.072 passengers, an increase of 9.4%. Passenger numbers in Tivat improved the most from Serbia, up 14.3%, and Russia where growth stood at almost 10%.
The airports in Split and Dubrovnik also did good business over the month. Croatia’s second busiest airport, Split, saw its numbers grow by 14.2% on last year as it handled 159.485 travellers. So far in 2014, Split registered 313.923 passengers, an improvement of 8.7%.
Meanwhile, Dubrovnik Airport outperformed Split during the month. The airport welcomed 181.898 passengers through its doors, an increase of 2.3% compared to May of 2013. Dubrovnik Airport is still catching up to last year’s figures after a lacklustre start to the year. Overall in 2014, the airport has recorded 322.008 passengers, down 0.3%. Other airports in the former Yugoslavia have also noted strong numbers in May with Belgrade, Zagreb and Sarajevo all enjoying solid growth.