|Main airports in Croatia, Kosovo and Bosnia see October growth|
The main airports in Croatia, Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina have all seen their passenger numbers improve in October, with Zagreb handling its second-millionth traveller of the year, while Pristina and Sarajevo saw double digit growth.
Zagreb Airport handled 239.147 passengers during the month, an increase of 5.7% compared to October last year. The growth came despite a reduction in the number of operated flights, with 3.394 aircraft movements recorded, down from 3.506 last year, representing a decrease of 3.2%. During October, Croatia's busiest airport registered its second-millionth traveller in 2015, marking the eighth consecutive year it has managed to surpass the two million passenger mark. Overall, during the January - October period, Zagreb Airport welcomed 2.233.141 passengers through its doors, up 6.8% on last year. The growth was fuelled by foreign carriers, with the number of operated flights totalling 34.056 this year, up 4.8% on 2014.
Pristina Airport continued its recovery this October by posting double digit growth amounting to 13%. It handled some 125.000 passengers during the month. The airport anticipates that its figures will continue to grow during the winter period with 20% more flights scheduled to operate this season. The airport will handle extra services each day throughout the week, with exception to Mondays, while the weekends see 25% more flights compared to last winter. During the season, Zurich remains the most popular destination, with 21% of all flights departing Pristina heading to the Swiss city. It is followed by Istanbul (both Ataturk and Sabiha Gokcen) which maintain a combined share of 17% of all flights. So far during the year, Pristina has seen its passenger numbers improve some 13%.
Finally, Sarajevo Airport continued its run of good results, recording another month of double digit growth. Bosnia and Herzegovina's busiest airport welcomed 71.255 travellers in October, an increase of 10% compared to the same month last year. Furthermore, it handled 653.507 kilograms of commercial cargo, a jump of 461% compared to 2014. Overall, 692.944 passengers used the airport's services during the first ten months of the year, an increase 11.8% compared to the same period in 2014. Meanwhile, Sarajevo Airport began tender procedures for the upgrade of its baggage handling system by improving its programmable logic controller, or PLC. In addition, the airport recently also opened a tender for the construction of a rapid exit taxiway, which will provide aircraft with the opportunity to vacate the runway at higher speed.