|Record seven EX-YU airports handle over one million passengers|
2014 was a big year for airports across the former Yugoslavia, with a record seven hubs registering over one million passengers. Among the top ten busiest were Split and Dubrovnik, which overtook Pristina, while Sarajevo performed better than Podgorica for the first time in decades. Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport registered the biggest growth, adding over one million passengers in a single year and earning a position among Europe’s top 100 busiest airports. Strong growth was also recorded in Skopje, with a total of 1.208.400 passengers handled, over half a million of which travelled with Wizz Air. Croatia’s three busiest airports welcomed an impressive 5.7 million passengers, with Split and Dubrovnik in hope of maintaining their newfound positions as the third and fourth busiest airports in the former Yugoslavia due to a busy upcoming summer season, illustrated by the launch of a significant number of new routes.
|Airport||Passengers 2014||Passengers 2013||Change (%)|
On the other hand, Pristina Airport recorded its slowest year since 2010. It handled 1.404.775 passengers and saw its numbers slide throughout the year. It came as a result of Belle Air Europe’s demise in December 2013. In December 2014, Pristina saw its figures improve for the first time in a year and is expected to record strong growth in the coming months. Sarajevo Airport handled more passengers than Podgorica Airport and is expected to add even more travellers with several airlines launching new flights to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital this year. Tivat Airport, which was the fastest growing airport in the former Yugoslavia out of the top ten busiest in 2013, saw its numbers continue to improve. It has already announced it no longer has the capacity to serve such large amounts of passengers during the summer, with an expansion of its facilities needed in the near future.
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