Friday, January 15, 2016

EX-YU airport race 2015

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%.

AirportPassengers 2015Passengers 2014Change (%)2005-15
Belgrade4.776.1104.638.198 3.0 135.0
Zagreb2.587.7982.430.971 6.5 66.8
Split1.995.4001.752.657 11.6 113.6
Dubrovnik1.693.9341.584.471 6.9 68.0
Pristina1.549.1981.404.775 10.3 66.5
Skopje1.452.4651.208.359 20.2 176.2
Ljubljana1.438.3041.338.619 7.4 18.0
Tivat895.033910.533 1.7 167.2
Sarajevo772.851709.901 8.9 75.4
Podgorica748.175701.320 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

56 comments:

  1. Just before the comments section becomes a bloodbath, I want to congratulate all the airports and hope Tivat also turns back to growth in 2016.

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    1. Well, yesterday's comments section was pretty civilized.

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  2. Congratulations to Skopje! Who would have thought a few years ago. It will be very interesting how things move on in this year. Thanks for including the comparison over the 10 years. I'm shocked Ljubljana didn't improve much more.

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    1. It's due to competition. Ljubljana's got ZAG, GRZ, TRS, VCE, TSF, VIE, MUC, BGY, MXP all within a few hours' drive + RJK, PUY, KLU, BUD, VRN, BLQ, SZG,...

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    2. LJU unfortunately still hasn't reached its all-time (pre-crisis) record of 1.69 mil pax from 2008, hence such a result. Mostly due to Adria cutting frequencies while at the same time opening and developing bases out of PRN and other cities.

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    3. As you say...LJU has the biggest competition among all ex-yu airports and is good as the PAX can pick the best offer. Anyway LJU is the hero because it has to fight in such a concentrated and competitive enviroment

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    4. mostly due to not existing LCC flights. all growth in Europe is pushed by LCC

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    5. If you have so much competition, then try and reestablish yourself as a low cost hub or try not to rely on a near bankrupt airline which has a 70% share of all passengers. 18% growth in 10 years is just poor form.

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    6. Also LJU has very high fees (even higher now with Fraport) so you will have difficulty attracting new airline.

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    7. Sorry my past two comments might have sounded a bit aggressive. I'm just a bit disapointed that's all.

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    8. It would be nice to see profit comparison someday aca average profit per PAX. This says more than number of total PAX.

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    9. AnonymousJanuary 15, 2016 at 9:43 AM
      "Also LJU has very high fees (even higher now with Fraport) so you will have difficulty attracting new airline."

      Can you give us some facts... would be nice to see these fees and compare them among others

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    10. You can compare some of them through these links. From what I see landing is pricy at LJU as well as use of infrastructure compared to other airports but taxes are lower.

      LJU - http://www.lju-airport.si/en/business-users/business-and-private-flights/pricelist-for-airport-services/
      BEG - http://www.beg.aero/en/strana/11221/price-lists
      ZAG - http://www.zagreb-airport.hr/business-information/price-lists
      SKP (not very detailed) - http://skp.airports.com.mk/default.aspx?ItemID=355
      PRN - http://www.airportpristina.com/airport-facts/price-list

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    11. Ljubljana and ZAG have almost same competitinon. Zagreb competition (3 hours driving): LJU, GRZ, VIE, TRS, TSF, VCE, BUD, BTS, BEG, SPU, ZAD, RJK, PUY, OSI, SZG, LNZ

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    12. Smesno je videti austriske Regionalne Aerodrome kao konkurenciju .
      INN-NS

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    13. Naravno da je. Sa tih aerodroma nemalo puta lete charteri koji ne lete iz Ljubljane i iz Zagreba i koji su dio turističkih aranžmana koje uzimaš preko Neckermana, TUI-a ili drugih velikih turističkih operatera. Iz SZG i LNZ sam do sada letio više puta na odmore u Tunis, Gran Canariu, Teneriffe...

      Da ti aerodromi (uključujući i GRZ, VIE, BUD, VCE) nisu toliko blizu ili bi ZAG imao neke od tih letova ili bi bio prisiljen koristiti konektirane letove iz ZAG preko trećih gradova.

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  3. What do you guys think, can the Macedonian market handle daily Turkish flight to OHD along with the existing flights to SKP?

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    1. Yes it can, probably with A319, if not daily at east 5 per week.
      Also Aeroflot should introduce SKP 3 times from SVO or S7 from DME , same 3 times per week.

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    2. summer season only and not daily

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    3. Can not understand SKP's lack of connection with Russia. Belgrade has 3 airlines that operate on Belgrade-Moscow route. I am aware that Macedonia doesnt have as close of ties as Serbia does, but I think that a 3 or 4 weekly line can be sustained. Plus I simply can not understand why Ohrid doesnt have any charters from Russia during the summer. If you could get anyone on the "religious turism" it is the Russians...

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  4. So, Prishtina is next I guess. Maybe this year?

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  5. Congrats SKP , also there is no big deference between SKP and PRN , last month a lot of SKP flights due to foggy weather were diverted to PRN , so they got those passengers count.

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    1. and vice versa :D

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    2. There were foggy days in Skopje too, thus flight were canceled or diverted to other airporst, among them PRN, so they are more or less even.

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  6. Congrats to SKP.

    In addition, Macedonia leapfrogged both Slovenia and Kosovo.

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  7. OT: Zašto ZAG ima tolike otkazane letove ovih dana, a ponajviše TK Istanbul?

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  8. TAP will suspend ZAG.

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    1. Ja sam mislio da ce se vratiti za BEG kad sam cuo da otvaraju regionalnu kompaniju ali izgleda nemaju srece u ovom regionu.
      INN-NS

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    2. Seems it is general route restructure as there are numerous other changes as well including long haul services in South America.

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    3. They will not close it. It is about change it to TAP Express which summer time table is not finished.

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    4. Right... That's why you can't buy tickets anymore because they are still thinking about a timetable.

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  9. http://www.air-journal.fr/2016-01-15-portugal-tap-express-remplace-portugalia-5156568.html

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  10. correction EX-YU it 100.000 not 10.000

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  11. OT: For Purger and others talking about A380 the other day. I found this anlysis very interesting:

    http://aviationweek.com/commercial-aviation/opinion-a380-exemplifies-european-commercial-aerospace-success?NL=AW-05&Issue=AW-05_20160115_AW-05_285&sfvc4enews=42&cl=article_2&utm_rid=CPEN1000000406587&utm_campaign=4702&utm_medium=email&elq2=41abdde678ec4b27b0e9c8b0ad58c2d3

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  12. Stvarno nevjerovatno da je BEG dostigao ovoliki broj putnika a to nije uspeo ni pre 90s u vreme Yuge. JFK će nedeljno povećati broj putnika kroz BEG na preko 1000 šta je dovoljno da BEG pređe cifru od 5 miliona ove godine . Svaka čast

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    1. Tesko da BEG predje 4,9 miliona ove godine!

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    2. PRN nece poceti do juna a mozda ni kasnije. Zadar su demantovali pre neki dan. Nema najave novih aviona i novih destinacija, osim JFK. Ako ne bude nikakvih iznenadjenja i novih destinacija nego samo JFK onda su nikakve sanse da Beograd stigne do 5 miliona. Air Serbia ce imati mali rast zbog te jedne linije ali su moguca iznenadjenja.

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    3. LOT se vratio, Ural.. ali i to je malo da se dostigne 5m.

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    4. Any rumours about new airlines coming to BEG? I read somewhere that AirBaltic was looking into coming back to BEG, but then gave up the idea.

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    5. Air Baltic je na zalost odustao.

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    6. ^^^

      JU will be increasing frequencies according to the schedule shown on airserbia.com to quite a few destinations, BEY, SOF, TIA, OTP, DBV, SPU. With CLF ~80% there is still room to grow. Midnight wave is lacking flights which could easily be used ie: IST, ESB, AMM, AER to give a couple examples. 250 seats on the A330 should bring roughly 62.000 pax with full loads. PRN I am sure will start, tickets are not exactly cheap ex PRN from a lack of proper competition to dominant Star Alliance, bringing people to SKP to travel. Lets wait and see.

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    7. Kad bi poceli sa IKA, AMM, KWI , PRN, HEL i INN bilo bi odlicno .
      INN-NS

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    8. da odmah pisu bankrot...

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    9. Pocece, ali kad stignu A320Neo.

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  13. OT: Belgrade airport just announced tender for perimeter fence, expected to close on Feb 17. Tender for security detection equipment is open with today as closing date. Are they running late with work needed for FAA inspection?

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  14. First we take Ljubljana, then we take Berlin! :D

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  15. Does anybody know when will ASL put JFK flights on sale? Most people who care about ticket prices are doing their ticket shopping during this time of the year.

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    1. I just emailed them 2 nights ago and asked, as well as a month or two ago.. Same answer.

      Zdravo Aco,

      naši letovi za Njujork kreću od juna 2016. godine. a o ostalim detaljima ćemo vas blagovremeno obaveštavati i preko naše Facebook strane.

      Hvala na razumevanju.

      Pozdrav

      So they will loose many passengers just because of this response, as well as the timing. Srpska posla...

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  16. Hi guys. Pls clarify the BEG NYC Ju flights. Is this 100 %? Do they have a plane secured to fly non stop or it has to go thru TX or DUS. Thank you love the Web site

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    1. J.A.T. je to bolje radio i zato mnogima ostao u najlepsoj uspomeni: https://www.facebook.com/groups/162189250485367/

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