|Skopje Airport closes in on Pristina as both see strong passenger growth|
The main airports in Kosovo, Macedonia and Slovenia have all seen their passenger numbers improve in March, with Skopje closing in on Pristina as both recorded double digit growth. In addition, the three registered strong results during the first quarter.
Pristina Airport continued to see its passenger numbers improve into March. It welcomed 124.048 travellers through its doors, a jump of 21.9% compared to the same month last year. During the first quarter, the airport handled 349.947 passengers, up 18.4%. Last month, easyJet introduced new flights from Berlin to Pristina, while the airport will see a number of new scheduled routes during the summer season, including Adria Airways' two weekly service to London Gatwick, as well as Air Berlin's new flights from both Hamburg and Stuttgart. It comes as the airport launches a new two-year incentive scheme in a bid to attract carriers and encourage exiting operators to boost their flights.
Skopje Alexander the Great Airport saw another strong month with 120.668 passengers handled. The figure represents an increase of 26.4% on the same month last year. The airport handled just 3.380 travellers less than its traditionally busier counterpart in Pristina and was well ahead of Ljubljana, which it overtook last year to become the fifth busiest airport in the former Yugoslavia. In March, Wizz Air launched flights from the Macedonian capital to Berlin, Copenhagen and Bratislava. During the first quarter, Skopje Airport welcomed 331.943 travellers, a notable increase of 25.8% compared to the same period last year. Meanwhile, Macedonia's second international airport - Ohrid - registered 4.221 travellers, up 194.6% on March 2015. Combined, the two airports saw 1.082 flight operations, an improvment of 15%.
Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport recorded passenger growth of 3.3% during March, handling 93.923 travellers. The number of aircraft movements also improved, totalling 2.501, or an increase of 2.1%. During the month, LOT Polish Airlines launched services from Warsaw, which will see it compete directly against its Star Alliance partner Adria on the route. This summer, Ljubljana Airport will offer 220 scheduled flights per week, with Aegean Airlines to launch services from Athens in June. During the first quarter, Jože Pučnik Airport handled 245.466 passengers, up 3.9% on the same period in 2015. This is despite an overall decrease in the number of operated flights which stood at 6.425, down 3.2%.