|Belgrade, Zagreb and Sarajevo airports see double digit growth|
The airports in Belgrade, Zagreb and Sarajevo have all recorded double digit passenger growth during, what is traditionally, the slowest month in the aviation industry. Belgrade Airport led the growth with 264.816 passengers handled last month, an increase of 14.1% compared to February 2014. The number of operated flights also grew, from 3.701 last year to 3.924. In addition, the airport reported a record net profit amounting to 27.034.163 euros in 2014 while the value of its shares grew over 92% on the Belgrade Stock Exchange. The figure represents the airport’s most profitable year in its 52-year existence. During the first two months, Serbia’s main airport welcomed 573.197 travellers, up 14% on the same period last year. In a statement, the airport said, “We anticipate for growth trends in 2015 to exceed the European average”.
Zagreb Airport continued on from its sound performance in January, by recording 10.5% passenger growth last month. Croatia’s busiest airport welcomed 141.833 passengers through its doors. Similarly, the number of operated flights also grew, from 2.496 last year to 2.676 this February. So far in 2015, Zagreb has handled 292.500 travellers, an increase of 10.7%. Commenting on the positive trends, Zagreb Airport’s CEO, Bruno Mazurkiewicz, said, “I am delighted that our efforts to attract new carriers have payed off and new destinations have been launched. It can be expected that the number of new airlines and destinations will continue to grow in the coming months and assist in positioning Zagreb as a regional hub”.
Finally, Sarajevo Airport also saw its passenger numbers grow in February. The airport handled 39.908 passengers, up 12.6% on the same month last year. Growth came despite a number of flight cancelations and diversions during the month due to poor weather conditions in the capital. Overall, Sarajevo Airport has welcomed 83.608 travellers, increasing a notable 16.8% on last year. In a statement, the airport said it anticipates for figures to improve further in the months to come. Meanwhile, the Ambassador of France to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Claire Bodonyi, toured the airport recently where she discussed the possibility for Air France to introduce services to Sarajevo.