|Ljubljana and Sarajevo airports break records during busy August|
The airports in Zagreb, Ljubljana and Sarajevo all saw their passenger numbers grow last month, with both Ljubljana and Sarajevo registering their busiest August on record. At the same time, Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport saw its second busiest month in history, while Sarajevo recorded its best monthly performance since opening its doors to the public.
|Zagreb Airport's new terminal under construction, photo by Mario Radaković|
Zagreb Airport handled 284.419 passengers in August, an increase of 5.5% compared to the same month last year. The number of flight operations were up slightly, increasing 0.8% to 3.572. Overall, Croatia's busiest airport has welcomed 1.722.342 travellers through its doors so far this year, up 6.7% compared to the same period in 2014. Similarly, the number of operated flights during the first eight months increased 6.8% and totalled 27.090 operations. Meanwhile, the construction of the airport's new passenger terminal is continuing,
|Apron reconstruction at Ljubljana Airport|
Ljubljana Airport registered its busiest August on record and its second busiest month in history following July 2008. The airport saw 199.219 travellers pass through its doors this August, a notable increase of 22.3%. The number of passengers arriving and departing on scheduled flights grew an impressive 32%. During the first eight months of the year, Ljubljana recorded a 13% increase in passenger numbers, handling 997.51 travellers. Of those, 106.798 flew on charter flights, which is on par with last year's figures but slightly lower than expected, primarily due to the cancellation of flights to Tunisia as a result of safety concerns. The number of operated flights in 2015 increased 2%. The airport's busiest day this year was August 23 when 6.960 passengers used its services. On September 2, Ljubljana welcomed its one-millionth traveller of the year, 23 days ahead of 2014. This summer also saw the overhaul of part of the airport's apron. The asphalt carriageway, built in 1975, was replaced on July 13 with a new concrete surface covering an area of 780 square metres. The ground signalling system was also upgraded.
August was Sarajevo Airport's busiest month on record as it handled over 100.000 passengers. Bosnia and Herzegovina's busiest airport registered 101.307 travellers, an increase of 14.4% on 2014. In a statement, the airport said, "Thanks to the continued efforts of our staff, a record number of passengers and commercial cargo was handled in a single month". Overall, the airport welcomed 542.569 passengers during the first eight months of the year, up 12.1%. Managing Director, Ivica Veličan, said, "Our plans for the following period are mainly focused around the investment in infrastructure, primarily the reconstruction of Terminal B, the procurement of cutting-edge airport equipment and the continued education of our employees".