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.
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%.
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.