|Split Airport becomes third busiest in EX-YU|
Split Airport has overtaken Pristina to become the third busiest in the former Yugoslavia, behind only Belgrade and Zagreb. It marks a major achievement for an airport relying primarily on traffic during the summer season. Current trends indicate the airport is likely to maintain the title until the end of the year, with solid growth forecast in the coming months. Meanwhile, Pristina Airport continues to feel the effects of Belle Air Europe’s demise, which is expected to continue through to December. During the first seven months of the year, Split Airport welcomed 939.745 passengers. On the other hand, Pristina Airport trailed by 151.866 travellers, welcoming 787.879 passengers through its doors.
Despite the bad weather, Split Airport saw an exceptionally busy summer this year with a total of 2.139.706 seats offered to eighty destinations in 22 countries, both inside and outside the European Union. The airport also secured flights to new markets such as Greece and Scotland. During last month, Split managed to break the one million passenger mark and registered its busiest August on record. “We expect to have seen 392.000 passengers during the month, which is some 13% more compared to last year”, Split Airport’s Operations Director, Mate Melvan, said. Split Airport still holds the title for handling the most passengers in a single day within the former Yugoslavia, trumping both Belgrade and Zagreb.
Pristina Airport has had a difficult year but has made efforts to soften its decline by introducing a range of subsidies and benefits to both operating airlines and potential new customers. The move has garnered some results with Etihad Regional recently launching flights from Zurich to Pristina. The Kosovan airport, run by a Franco-Turkish consortium, has been a star performer among EX-YU airports for several years. Last October, it opened a brand new multi million euro terminal. Pristina Airport welcomed 1.628.678 travellers in 2013, 275.814 of which were carried by Belle Air Europe until it ceased operations on November 27.
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