Thursday, June 9, 2016

Zagreb, Pristina and Sarajevo airports grow


The busiest airports in Croatia, Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina have seen their passenger numbers improve in May, with Pristina recording its fifth consecutive month of double digit growth.

Zagreb Airport handled 246.961 travellers, an increase of 5% compared to May last year. Figures improved in spite of a decline in the number of operated flights, which stood at 3.624, down from 3.724, or a decrease of 2.7%. During May, Zagreb Airport saw the launch of four new routes, including Lisbon and Milan, operated by Croatia Airlines, as well as flights to Prague, introduced by both Czech Airlines and its Croatian counterpart. During the first five months of the year, Zagreb Airport welcomed 958.630 passengers through its doors, an increase of 5.2%. So far in June, Croatia Airlines has launched new services to St. Petersburg, which will be followed by Air Transat's seasonal service from Toronto starting June 14.

ZAGREB AIRPORT
MonthPAXChange (%)
JAN156.947 4.2
FEB153.077 7.9
MAR199.201 7.3
APR202.282 2.3
MAY246.961 5.0

Pristina Airport continued to see its passenger numbers improve into May as well. It welcomed 141.000 travellers through its doors, a jump of 11% compared to last year. During the month, Pristina Airport was closed for all inbound and outbound traffic for over a day after a Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800 skidded off the runway, while landing in heavy rain. However, the incident did not hamper the airport's figures. Strong growth is expected to continue this summer season with Adria Airways to introduce a two weekly service to London Luton on June 19, while Air Berlin will launch new flights from both Hamburg and Stuttgart in July. During the January - May period, the airport handled 634.314 passengers, up 13.5%.

PRISTINA AIRPORT
MonthPAXChange (%)
JAN120.531 12.8
FEB105.368 21.6
MAR124.048 21.9
APR143.367 14.9
MAY141.000 11.0

Sarajevo Airport also saw growth last month, with its passenger numbers up 7% in May for a total of 85.738 travellers. The number of operated flights stood at 1.034. Overall, during the past five months it handled 291.036 passengers, an increase of 5%. Sarajevo Airport is in the process of overhauling its terminal building in a bid to boost capacity at check-in, customs and the departure gate. During the year, it will also begin work on the construction of a rapid-exit taxiway in order to allow aircraft to leave the runway at higher speeds, permitting another to land or depart in a shorter space of time. Furthermore, the apron should be expanded to allow for a greater number of aircraft to park. In 2017, Sarajevo Airport plans to begin work on upgrading its runway as well as its taxiways.

SARAJEVO AIRPORT
MonthPAXChange (%)
JAN41.208 5.7
FEB42.567 6.7
MAR53.438 6.3
APR68.085 8.0
MAY85.738 7.0

72 comments:

  1. Can someone explain what caused the decline in flight operations at Zagreb? It makes no sense especially with 4 routes launched.

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    1. TAP suspended flights.

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    2. I honestly doubt those few flights a week was the reason.

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    3. No TAP flights
      Brussels some cancellations during May (mostly they flew 4 instead of 5 flights)
      Swiss 4 flights this May, last year 7
      Trade air 6 less flights per week (5 to OSI and 1 to RJK) because PSO agreement is not sign so they stop to fly till they will sign new PSO

      There are some more
      extra Qatar flights
      ČSA 3pw
      Croatia to Milano, Prague, Lisbon (but just since 20th May)
      Lufthansa 7 more flights to FRA

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    4. Was hoping for 250k, however 246 ain't bad. Hopefully June, July and August all go over 300k.

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    5. realistically, for ZAG:
      June: 265 to 270k
      July: 295 to 305k
      August: 300 to 310k

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    6. Interesting article written by Alen Scuric (Purger?). Great analysis, as always!

      http://tangosix.rs/2016/07/06/lowcost-rat-se-preljeva-na-ex-yu-prosto/

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    7. We'll see how things go, I expect Zagreb to handle 38000 flight operations and 2.8 million in 2016, reduced number of flights I attribute to the fact that number of corporate business jet flights might be down or simply no longer included in statistics.

      Usually Zagreb has around ~7-8 corporate landings each working day, mostly bringing in corporate bosses, major Hollywood celebrities or VIPs to Zagreb.

      This explains why MTOW weight went up by as much as 7% on average per month, yet number of flights went down by 3-4% as an average.

      This explains why also number of pax per plane went from 130 in 2015 to 147 projected for 2016. Airport now only counts passenger jet liners in its statistics. Also VIP passengers normally go through VIP terminal which might not even be included in any statistics.

      I mean when Bill Gates or Elon Musk are in Zagreb, don't think they mingle with an average joe's they go through VIP terminal and are quickly driven off to Pantovcak or Tuskanac. (Zagreb's elite neighbourhoods).


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  2. I think Skopje overtook Pristina in May in terms of monthly passengers. We will see in a few days.

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    1. SKP is around 144.000 in May.

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    2. Nice. I think that would be a first. And many people here were saying how Skopje will not overtake PRN.

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  3. New Zagreb terminal looks fantastic on the photo. Can't wait for it to open.

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  4. Bravo Hrvatska!

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    1. Bravo Sveti Kristofor i Nevis!

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    2. Bravo Trinidad i Tobago!

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    3. Bravo Liberland!

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    4. Bravo Dejane!

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    5. Bravo Špičkovina!!!!

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  5. Concerning Zagreb, there are some issues with the new terminal.

    U Croatia Airlinesu, kako prenosi Jutarnji list, vlada ozbiljna zabrinutost da će u prometnim špicama doći do velikog kašnjenja putnika, a time i polijetanja zrakoplova na transfernim letovim dok Hrvatska ne postane dio Schengena.
    Prije svega jer je iz projekta zgrade novog terminala “nestao” podrumski prostor u kojem je trebala biti sortirnica prtljage. Ona je sada postavljena na razini nula terminala, a stručnjaci tvrde kako to prema proračunima znatno usporava i komplicira protok roba i putnika koji će presjedati s aviona koji dolaze iz prostora Schengena na avion koji leti unutar Hrvatske.

    http://www.jutarnji.hr/vijesti/hrvatska/novi-terminal-zagusit-ce-guzve-i-kasnjenja-francuska-tvrtka-premjestila-sortirnicu-prtljage/4132776/

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    1. They can do it with so small and very unsufficient terminal, but will not be able to do it with big and modern one with so more and high teak technique.

      Bravo for experts in Croatia Airlines

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  6. Sarajevo is projected to have:
    June 79.000 pax (lower number due to Ramadan)
    July 102.000 pax
    August 110.000 pax
    September 86.000 pax
    Year end 856.000 pax

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    1. Good work.

      Would that be a record?

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    2. No wonder with new Air Arabia flights, additional Fly Dubai flights, new Qatar Airways, increase in capacity from Turkish... And if Wizz Air comes numbers will rise even further.

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  7. Pristina - London Luton 19 June not 17 June

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  8. OT: NIS-MILANO (Bergamo)2xW from Oct.30
    NIS-DUSSELDORF (Weeze) 2XW from Nov.1
    Live from Ryanair press conference from Nis :)

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    1. Oh forgot about that press conference.

      So now the total destinations should be seven? I hope this is correct:

      http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=INI-MMx%0D%0AINI-bts+%0D%0AINI-bgy%0D%0AINI-dtm%0D%0AINI-bsl%0D%0AINI-nrn%0D%0AINI-sxf&MS=wls&DU=mi

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    2. Ryanair is doing what Wizz should have done. Kudos to them.

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  9. OT - First Air Serbia A330 regular flight JU170 tomorrow to Podgorica. Greetings to Montenegro :)

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    1. Any idea about loads?

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    2. I think morning flight to Zagreb will be the first

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    3. Go Zagreb, that new terminal on the pic looking absolutely fantastic!

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    4. http://i.imgur.com/eC14elc.jpg

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    5. Just as Purger suggested. Podgorica first, than Zagreb... But Skopje should be one of destinations. For sure before Sarajevo.

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    6. Well, too bad they didn't introduce promo fares for A330 flights, especially to TGD, TIV or ZAG, which receive at least two daily flights. Say, 50 euros r/t for same day return on A330 (or whatever the airport and govt taxes come up to plus 5-10 euros).

      I'm sure many would use the opportunity to fly - and JU would have a chance to service more pax and train their cabin crew in more realistic conditions.

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    7. There was no time apparently however i believe some journalists might be invited.

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    8. Will it go to Tivat?

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    9. Additional flight from BEG to BNX on June 11th, so there will be two flights to BNX on Saturday, regular 10.10 departing with ATR , and one at 9.00 with A 330 :-)



      AlexLondon

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    10. Why they need two? I'm sure there isn't that much of a market.

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    11. Could the A332 actually land in Tivat?

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    12. No time? Well, put them on sale now. Flights are on Sunday (for instance, to ZAG). More than enough time for anyone to grab them - I'm guessing 50-100 enthusiasts would pay for this opportunity. More than enough.

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    13. It would be great if someone would take a photo on Air Serbia A330 passing by new terminal building! It would look really mighty!

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    14. But anyhow why did they wait for this action so long???? They could start t sell this weeks ago.

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    15. YU-ARA is in front of the Jat Tehnika hangar for those interested :)

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    16. Samo na gejtu.

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  10. Zagreb on 12 Jun already marked as flight operated by A332

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    1. Where did you see that?

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    2. Most flights to Zagreb until June 21 show as operated by A330. Check JU booking.

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    3. Some will not be too happy about that.

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    4. So far Anonymous 12:44 you are the only one complaining...

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  11. It's nice to see aviation growing in exYu. Exceptt in Slovenia, Slovenia is occupied by the Fraport/*A cartel.

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    1. And stupid people at MBX. They should take INI for an example.

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    2. exactly, they should lower the prices to the border of profitability, even to be negative for a couple of years, and try to attract new customers with that. just like Niš did

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    3. ...and Zadar, and Rijeka, and Tuzla, and Osijek...

      You don't have to bi atomic physicist to find good thing in air traffic. One just have to see other good examples and how they do it.

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    4. I don't think they really care about their customers, but their own monopoly.

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  12. OT: Pad prometa robe i pošte u maju na Aerodromu Nikola Tesla

    http://www.b92.net/biz/vesti/srbija.php?yyyy=2016&mm=06&dd=09&nav_id=1141563

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    1. That is bad news for BEG.

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    2. Evo zvanicnih brojki za maj 2015/2016

      Avio operacije 5.016 - 4.975 99%
      Broj putnika 406.121 - 416.322 103%
      Roba 1.167.291 - 1.134.164 97%

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    3. Just 2,5% more passengers????

      And 3% less cargo? Not god, not god at all.

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    4. Does anyone now why cargo numbers stop growing so suddenly. In the previous period cargo growth far exceeded passenger growth.
      Dis some cargo company cut flights in May?

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    5. Prosto, zato sto ne moze da raste dve godine svakog meseca 20%

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    6. From 20% increase to 3% decrease is a huge difference.

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  13. LO se sprema zbog W6 i FR da poveca svoju flotu za 4-6 Aviona .
    Odlicno je krenula letnja sezona za sve EX YU Aerodrome.
    INN-NS

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  14. OT:

    Flew JU and tried their new Elevate Play system. The system is quite good. Great varieties of tv shows. More movies could be added as well as music. Big downside is that the music and movies dont have title, just the cover picture which leaves you to guess alot of the content. Also some work can been made to make it more user friendly as the icons are large taking up almost the entire screen on a smart phone. Route map is definately missing and hope it gets added. There is a few promotional episodes of Belgrade and Serbia included which are great. I noticed quite a few people using the system.

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    1. "Route map is definitely missing and hope it gets added" - of course, you could count on them to omit it.

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  15. OT: JU to offer special A330 rates on regional flights to Podgorica, Banjaluka and Zagreb: http://www.blic.rs/vesti/drustvo/pripreme-za-njujork-er-srbija-nudi-specijalne-regionalne-letove/f8fx7m5

    OW: 39 EUR, RT: 69 EUR

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    1. So no Sarajevo after all.

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    2. I can not find offer for ZAG-BEG-ZAG promo flights with A330. Can you help me, I am interested!

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    3. I'd say someone from Air Serbia listnens and listens closely. Good job.

      Btw, I don't think fares are live as of yet. There's "Breaking deals" now, but the cheapest r/t amounts to 134 EUR.

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    4. Which date and for which price will be those promo flights?

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