|Pristina Airport sees busy 2015 with strong demand for US flights|
Pristina Airport handled 1.549.198 passengers in 2015, with figures improving 10.3% compared to the year before. Zurich was the busiest destination served out of Pristina during the year, while New York was the top unserved route from the city. The airport registered a total of 6.334 aircraft movements, up 5.7% on 2014. Germania maintained its position as the busiest carrier with some 245.000 passengers handled, followed by Adria Airways, which carried 220.000 travellers. Adria's numbers improved significantly on the year before when it welcomed 180.000 passengers on its flights to and from Pristina. The two were followed by Edelweiss Air, easyJet, Turkish Airlines, Germanwings, Austrian and Pegasus Airlines. Pristina Airport handled 1.107 tons of cargo, a slight improvement on 2014's 1.007 tons. Overall, last year was Pristina Airport's second busiest on record (passenger wise), but still short of 2013's figure when it saw 1.628.678 travellers pass through its doors.
The majority of passengers departing Pristina and transferring through other European airports continued on to New York, which was the busiest unserved route from the city. Some 13.000 travellers flew from Pristina to the Big Apple (JFK Airport and Newark Liberty) in 2015. Of those, 10.000 were headed for New York's JFK Airport. Other routes in North America which saw a notable number of passengers departing Pristina included Chicago, Washington and Toronto. In 2009, Scanderbeg Air, a short-lived tour operator that contracted with Sky King Airlines, launched two weekly flights between Pristina and New York with a Boeing 767-200ER aircraft. Services were maintained twice per week between June and September. Last week, the Serbian Prime Minister spoke of the importance of resuming service between Pristina and Belgrade in order for travellers to transfer onto Air Serbia's planned flights to New York via Belgrade. He added that Air Serbia hopes to tap into the large "diaspora of Albanians in New York".
Switzerland was Pristina's largest market in 2015, with 37.6% of all passengers travelling to the country. It was followed by Germany, Turkey, Austria, Sweden, Slovenia and Italy. The majority of travellers departed Pristina for Zurich, some 17.2%, followed by Basel, Istanbul, Dusseldorf, Munich and Geneva. The second busiest unserved route from the Kosovan capital was Helsinki. Other destinations with the largest share of passengers reached by transferring through other points in Europe were London Heathrow, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Oslo and Brussels. Pristina Airport is in talks with several well-known carriers over new flights this year, with easyJet to launch services from Berlin in March, while Adria Airways will introduce flights to London Luton Airport in June.
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