Airports across the former Yugoslavia handled over 8.3 million passengers during the first half of the year, with ten of them posting their best figures to date. Among capital city airports, Skopje continues to maintain its position as the fastest growing, with figures up almost 25%. Commenting on the results, Deputy General Manager for Operations at TAV Macedonia, Alper Ersoy, said, "With strong support from its headquarters in Istanbul, as well as TAV Airports' marketing department, TAV Macedonia is constantly working on expanding the destination network from Macedonia's two airports and increasing frequencies on existing services. The growth and development of Skopje and Ohrid airports is based on the opening of new routes to many destinations in different parts of Europe and the world". He added, "The entry of new airline operators onto the Macedonian aviation market is particularly important, not only in terms of expanding the network, but also in terms of increased competition, because innovation, competitive products and services are the ones that drive progress. However, we also listen to the needs of airlines as our customers and their requirements, in order to provide high-quality services and encourage them to increase their existing frequencies". Macedonia's second international airport - Ohrid - has also seen strong passenger growth thanks to Wizz Air, as well as the arrival of several new customers this summer such as Air Serbia and Arkia Israeli Airlines.
EX-YU airport results, H1 2016
* The figure for Podgorica Airport is for the January - May period
Croatia's three largest airports have registered record breaking figures during the first half of the year. Current trends indicate that Split Airport will handle half a million passengers in July alone, marking its busiest month since opening its doors over five decades ago. On the other hand, Dubrovnik has also seen encouraging figures with the airport marking its busiest day on record last week. Following a slump in figures last year, Tivat has staged a comeback in 2016 and is on course to handle over one million passengers by year's-end. The only two capital city airports to see their figures decline during the first half of the year were Belgrade and Ljubljana. The former Yugoslavia's busiest airport recorded softer numbers earlier in the year as a result of Air Serbia's decision to consolidate its route network over the winter. The airport, which sees a significant share of its passengers carried on charter services during the summer, could record a slower season due to political instability and safety concerns in key holiday markets such as Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia. In contrast, Ljubljana Airport recorded decent passenger growth during the first quarter but was hit by a sharp downturn in figures over the past three months as a result of Adria Airways' network cuts, as well as a decline in charter traffic.
|Banja Luka||9.700||▼ 10.5|
|Mali Lošinj||2.240||▼ 17.2|
Smaller airports in the former Yugoslavia have seen some of the biggest growth so far this year. Niš Airport, which had almost no passengers during the first half of 2015 has profited greatly from Wizz Air's arrival, which is set to continue later on in the year when Ryanair launches services to the city. On Tuesday, the airport surpassed its 2015 end-of-year result. Tuzla Airport also continues to benefit from Wizz Air, with its figures up almost 50%. As a result, it has closed in on its traditionally busier counterpart in Zadar. Several of Croatia's coastal airports have seen softer numbers so far this year, however, these are expected to pick up in July and August.