|Three EX-YU airports surpass 2014s end of year results|
The former Yugoslavia's ten busiest airports handled over 15.7 million passengers during the first ten months of the year, with three of them surpassing their 2014 year-ending results. Split, Dubrovnik and Skopje all welcomed more passengers during the January - October period than for the whole of last year combined. Over the past ten months, Split Airport handled an exceptional 1.897.475 passengers, an increase of 12.1% compared to the same period last year, and cemented its position as the third busiest in the former Yugoslavia. This is compared to the 1.752.657 travellers it welcomed through its doors during all of 2014. The airport originally estimated it would register some 1.860.000 passengers this year but the figure has already been surpassed. Managing Director Lukša Novak says he expects Split to hit the two million passenger mark in 2017. However, with Aegean Airlines, Air Berlin, Volotea, Niki and Thomson Airways already announcing new routes to the coastal city for next year, the figure could be achieved sooner rather than later.
TOP TEN BUSIEST EX-YU AIRPORTS, JAN - OCT
Dubrovnik and Skopje also surpassed their 2014 end of year result in October, with the former recording 6.9% growth, while the latter an increase of 18.5%, benefiting from a handful of new routes launched by Wizz Air this summer. In March, Skopje Airport's operator estimated it would handle up to 1.5 million passengers in 2015. Meanwhile, Belgrade Airport sustained its position as the busiest in the former Yugoslavia, while Pristina continued its recovery with 1.3 million travellers registered so far this year. In October alone, the airport saw growth of 12.7%. Ljubljana also recorded double digit growth and is expected to surpass 2014s annual numbers by the end of this month.
Tivat remains the only airport within the ten busiest in the former Yugoslavia to see its passenger numbers decline, as it dealt with a sharp downturn in visitors from Ukraine this summer. However, its figures improved 3% in October. Managing Director Damir Pinjatić believes the airport will make up for the loss by year’s end. On the other hand, its local counterpart in Podgorica continued to register growth but will be unable to surpass Sarajevo. Podgorica was overtaken by Bosnia and Herzegovina's busiest airport last year, which positioned itself as the ninth busiest in the former federation. With 692.944 passengers handled so far in 2015, Sarajevo will surpass last year's annual result by the end of the month.