|Ljubljana’s passenger decline ends as Zagreb and Skopje see double digit growth|
The airports in Zagreb, Skopje and Ljubljana have all recorded strong passenger growth during the month of March. While Ljubljana managed to end its recent poor run of results, it was again outperformed by Skopje Airport.
Zagreb Airport continued its passenger growth streak by welcoming 185.693 travellers, an increase of 12.3% compared to the same month last year. The number of operated flights also increased, from 3.030 last March to 3.232 this year, or an increase of 6.7%. The growth comes primarily as a result of foreign carriers, with Swiss International Air Lines to become the latest to launch services to the Croatian capital today. Meanwhile, from June 30, Qatar Airways will boost its operations to Zagreb, increasing frequencies from its current five weekly services to daily flights. Other arrivals this year will include SkyGreece Airlines from Toronto on a seasonal summer basis, Brussels Airlines, additional summer charters by Korean Air from Seoul and Air Croatia, which continues to introduce new routes. During the first quarter, Croatia’s busiest airport handled 478.193 passengers, up 11.3% on the same period in 2014.
Skopje Alexander the Great Airport posted impressive figures again as it continues to benefit from Wizz Air’s new routes and added capacity from last summer, which are set to further increase this July. Skopje Airport welcomed 95.811 travellers, an impressive increase of 25.1%. As a result, Macedonia’s busiest airport continued its dominance over its traditionally busier counterpart Ljubljana. During the first three months of the year, Skopje Airport has seen 264.165 travellers pass through its doors, up a notable 29.3% on 2014. The number of flight operations increased 17%. Meanwhile, Macedonia’s second international airport, Ohrid, handled 4.235 passengers during the first quarter, up 15.1%.
Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport’s passenger decline came to an end in March, with the airport recording sound growth figures. Slovenia’s busiest airport welcomed 90.902 travellers, an improvement of 5.3%. The result comes despite a significant reduction in the number of operated flights, which stood at 2.471 this March, down 10.3% on the same month last year. Despite the slow start to the year, Ljubljana Airport anticipates a strong year. In late March, Swiss introduced flights from Zurich, with Ljubljana Airport’s Commercial Director, Janez Krašnja, confident the new service will add 13.000 passengers per year at Slovenia’s busiest airport. During the first quarter, Ljubljana Airport handled 236.263 travellers, which is still slightly down on last year, by 0.2%. The number of operated flights for the three months stood at 6.636, down 5%.