|Fast growing Skopje Airport overtakes Ljubljana in 2015|
2015 proved to be a busy year for the largest commercial airports across the former Yugoslavia. For only the second time, a total of seven airports handled over one million passengers, while Belgrade, Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Skopje, Sarajevo and Podgorica saw their busiest year on record. Among the top ten airports, Skopje Alexander the Great was the fastest growing, with an annual growth rate of 20.2%. It added an impressive six new routes during the year and overtook Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, thus positioning itself as the sixth busiest in the former Yugoslavia. As a result, Ljubljana moved down one position, despite adding almost 100.000 passengers on the year before. Over the past decade, Macedonia's busiest airport saw the biggest growth in numbers, up 176.2%.
|Airport||Passengers 2015||Passengers 2014||Change (%)||2005-15|
|Belgrade||4.776.110||4.638.198||▲ 3.0||▲ 135.0|
|Zagreb||2.587.798||2.430.971||▲ 6.5||▲ 66.8|
|Split||1.995.400||1.752.657||▲ 11.6||▲ 113.6|
|Dubrovnik||1.693.934||1.584.471||▲ 6.9||▲ 68.0|
|Pristina||1.549.198||1.404.775||▲ 10.3||▲ 66.5|
|Skopje||1.452.465||1.208.359||▲ 20.2||▲ 176.2|
|Ljubljana||1.438.304||1.338.619||▲ 7.4||▲ 18.0|
|Tivat||895.033||910.533||▼ 1.7||▲ 167.2|
|Sarajevo||772.851||709.901||▲ 8.9||▲ 75.4|
|Podgorica||748.175||701.320||▲ 6.7||▲ 131.6|
Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport maintained its position as the busiest in the former Yugoslavia. It estimates its figures will increase 4% - 6% in 2016. Croatia's three busiest airports - Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik - handled a combined total of 6.27 million travellers. Split Airport anticipates hitting the two million passenger mark this year, while its counterpart in Dubrovnik forecasts growth of 5% - 6% in 2016. Pristina saw itself recover, recording its second best result of all time. Although poor weather conditions in December hampered Sarajevo Airport's efforts of handling 800.000 passengers in 2015, it saw its best result since opening its doors with figures improving 8.9%.
On the other hand, Tivat Airport was the only amongst the ten busiest to see its figures decline on the year before. Its operator said in a statement, "The decline comes purely as a result of the Ukraine crisis, which had an impact on Montenegro's tourism industry as a whole. Therefore, we view this result as an achievement". In contrast, Tivat's local counterpart, Podgorica, registered an improvement in numbers, adding 46.855 passengers on the year before. Overall, the Montenegrin capital recorded a 131% jump in figures over the past ten years.
Compare: EX-YU airport race 2014