The airports in Zagreb, Pristina and Sarajevo have seen their passengers numbers improve in April, while their counterpart in Belgrade recorded weaker figures when compared to the same month last year.
Serbia's main airport welcomed 365.335 passengers through its doors, a decrease of 4.2% on April 2015. This is despite the number of operated flights increasing 5.4% to 4.980, indicating poorer loads on existing services. However, during the month, the airport surpassed the one million passengers mark and handled 1.235.349 travellers during the January - April period. The figure represents a decrease of 2.7%. As a result, the airport welcomed 34.529 fewer passengers this year. The number of flight operations has also decreased modestly so far by 1.5%, when compared to the same period in 2015.
Zagreb Airport continued its growth streak in April by handling 202.282 passengers, up 2.3%. This is despite the number of operated flights decreasing a notable 5.6% to 3.284. The airport is expected to see its figures continue to improve into May, with the recent launch of Czech Airlines' service to Prague, while Croatia Airlines will commence four new seasonal routes in two weeks and Air Transat will introduce its summer service from Toronto in June. The leisure airline has upped capacity on its planned service to the Croatian capital and will now use the slightly larger Airbus A330-300 aircraft instead of the -200 version. The jet has the capacity to seat 375 passengers (twelve in the Premium cabin and 363 in economy), which is thirty seats more than the previously assigned aircraft. Overall, Zagreb Airport handled 711.669 passengers so far this year, up 5.3%.
Pristina Airport continued to see its passenger numbers improve into April as well. It welcomed 143.367 travellers through its doors, a jump of 14.9% compared to the same month last year. During the January - April period, the airport handled 493.314 passengers, up 17.0%. Strong growth is expected to continue this summer season with Adria Airways to introduce a two weekly service to London Luton, while Air Berlin will launch new flights from both Hamburg and Stuttgart. Furthermore, following a European Commission proposal this week for the European Union to lift visa requirements for Kosovan citizens for short-stays in the Schengen area, the airport is poised for strong growth. General Manager, Haldun Fırat Kokturk, previously said, "Visa liberalisation will make a significant impact and will develop air transport. The people in Kosovo are young, they like to travel, and when they have a chance they will”.
Sarajevo Airport also saw growth last month, with its passenger numbers up 8.0% on 2015 for a total of 68.085 travellers. The number of operated flights remained mostly unchanged to last April, with 963 aircraft movements recorded compared to 968 last year. Overall, during the past four months, Sarajevo Airport handled 205.298 travellers, up 4.2%. On the other hand, the number of flight operations decreased 2.1% to 3.187. This decline is mostly a result of a weaker January when the airport was closed on several occasions due to poor weather conditions.