|Skopje fastest growing among EX-YU’s busiest airports|
Airports across the former Yugoslavia handled almost ten million passengers during the first seven months of the year, with Skopje becoming the fastest growing among the ten busiest. While Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport handled the most passengers overall, Croatian airports also fared well, with Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik welcoming almost 3.4 million travellers during the January - July period. Both Split and Dubrovnik have maintained their positions as the third and fourth busiest in the former Yugoslavia after they overtook Pristina in 2014. Pristina Airport itself has staged a recovery during the first seven months of the year, with double digit growth recorded so far. July was particularly strong, with an additional 30.000 passengers handled compared to the same month last year, or an increase of 19%.
EX-YU airport performance
January - July
January - July
|Podgorica||300.784 *||▲ 5.0|
* The figure for Podgorica Airport is for the January - June period
Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport and Skopje Alexander the Great are the ones to watch over the coming months as the two enter a tight-knit race, positioning themselves as sixth and seventh busiest airports in the EX-YU region. After initially overtaking Ljubljana for the first time since the two opened their doors to the public, Skopje has fallen back behind Slovenia’s busiest airport but continues to record strong growth, which is expected to continue in the months to come with a significant increase in flight operations. However, Ljubljana has also improved in the past few months and is expected to maintain the momentum during the remaining summer months.
Tivat Airport is the only among the ten busiest in the former Yugoslavia to see a decrease in its passenger numbers. It has been affected by a sharp decline in the number of passengers arriving from Ukraine, down 64%. However, authorities are confident that a strong August and September should compensate for the slump, with the airport expected to finish the year with a record number of travellers. On the other hand, its counterpart in Podgorica performed well so far this year and handled 438.298 passengers from January until August 9 (note that Podgorica figures in the table are for the first six months only). The number represents growth of 7%. Podgorica’s busiest routes are Belgrade, which accounts for 37% of all passengers passing through the airport, followed by Istanbul, which holds a 9% share of all travellers arriving and departing the Montenegrin capital. Sarajevo Airport, which overtook Podgorica last year, has cemented its position with strong growth recorded over the first seven months.