|Belgrade and Zagreb extend growth streak as Sarajevo improves|
The airports in Belgrade, Zagreb and Sarajevo have all seen their passenger numbers improve in July compared to the same month last year. Belgrade Airport recorded its second busiest month on record (surpassed only by August 2014) with 564.629 passengers handled, an increase of 4.6% compared to July 2014. The result was achieved despite a slight decline in the number of operated flights, with 6.026 operations recorded, down 0.3%. Overall, during the first seven months of the year, the airport cemented its position as the busiest in the former Yugoslavia, welcoming a record 2.702.118 travellers through its doors, an increase of 6.9% on 2014. It is expected to surpass the three million passenger mark during August, however, the airport’s numbers will have to grow at a quicker pace if it is to reach its five million passenger target this year. The number of operated flights increased, with 34.215 operations registered so far this year, up from 33.359.
Zagreb Airport continued its passenger growth streak by welcoming 278.438 travellers, an increase of 6.8% compared to the same month last year. The number of operated flights also increased, from 3.560 last July to 3.708 this year, up 4.8%. The growth comes primarily as a result of foreign carriers, with SkyGreece Airlines launching its transatlantic seasonal service from Toronto in late June, with healthy loads reported so far. Meanwhile, on June 30, Qatar Airways boosted its operations to Zagreb, increasing frequencies from five weekly services to daily flights. Next month, Brussels Airlines will introduce services from the Belgian capital. During the first seven months, Croatia’s busiest airport handled 1.437.928 passengers, up 7% on the same period in 2014.
Following a disappointing June, Sarajevo Airport recovered with impressive double digit growth. It welcomed 89.319 passengers through its doors, representing an increase 19.2% compared to the same month last year. Flight operations also grew by 6% to 1.252. According to its Managing Director, Ivica Veličan, the airport is in talks with several carriers over the launch of new flights to the city. “In the coming period we will finalise talks with new airlines. This autumn we expect the launch of new routes from Sarajevo to European destinations”, Mr Veličan said. Commenting on its results so far this year, the airport noted, “We expect to see further growth in the coming period”.