|Growth for Skopje, Dubrovnik and Split airports as Pristina tumbles|
Skopje Alexander the Great Airport saw another strong month in August as its passenger numbers continued to record double digit growth. Macedonia’s busiest airport welcomed 143.424 travellers, an increase of 25.4% compared to the same month last year. It marks the airport’s seventh consecutive month of passenger growth. Skopje is now on course to handle over one million passengers this year and break its all time record set in 2000. So far in 2014, the airport has welcomed 810.701 travellers, up 20.9%. Meanwhile, the country’s second international airport, Ohrid, saw 15.729 passengers this August. Overall, Ohrid Airport, which has no scheduled year-round flights, welcomed 51.422 travellers during the first eight months of the year.
Over on the Croatian coast, Dubrovnik Airport did good business once again, registering growth of 7.9% in August. It saw an impressive 317.184 passengers pass through its doors during the month. Following in the footsteps of its coastal counterpart Split, Dubrovnik Airport has now also surpassed Pristina Airport and positioned itself as the fourth busiest in the former Yugoslavia. Pristina has meanwhile slipped into fifth place, down from third last year. Pristina’s decline, which is expected to continue until December, is comparable to that of Ljubljana Airport in 2012, when it was badly affected by Adria Airways’ network reductions. Dubrovnik Airport handled 1.178.072 passengers during the first eight months of the year. On the other hand, Pristina is yet to break the million mark. The airport saw an 18% passenger decline in August and has now welcomed just over 960.000 travellers during the year.
For its part, Split Airport saw a record August by handling 392.075 passengers, making it the second busiest in the former Yugoslavia during the month, behind only Belgrade. The figure represents an increase of 13.8% on last year. So far in 2014, the coastal airport has welcomed 1.332.289 passengers through its doors, up 11.2%. As a result, Split Airport maintains its position as the third busiest in the former Yugoslavia.
With the end of the third quarter approaching this month, Belgrade, Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik and Pristina continue to make up the top five busiest airports in the former Yugoslavia, as was the case last year.