Airports across the former Yugoslavia handled some 11.5 million passengers during the first seven months of the year, with four of them already welcoming over one million travellers. They will be joined by Pristina and Skopje during the month of August. Skopje remains the fastest growing capital city airport, while Niš takes the title once smaller counterparts are included in the tally. Niš is set for further growth, with Wizz Air recently launching flights from Dortmund to the south-east Serbian city and an additional four routes to be introduced by Ryanair over the next three months. Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport retained its title as the former Yugoslavia's busiest airport, with overall growth set to return in August. The airport is expected to see its numbers further improve during the winter with Air Serbia and several foreign airlines to increase operations, while Wizz Air is tipped to announce additional routes tomorrow.
EX-YU airport results, JAN - JUL 2016
Ljubljana Airport's decline of 4.5% is being fuelled by its busiest customer Adria Airways, which registered a 12% decrease in its passenger figures during the January - July period on flights to and from the Slovenian capital. On the other hand, Sarajevo and Podgorica airports are now neck-and-neck with less than 5.000 passengers setting the two apart. Podgorica is expected to record further growth in August with Wizz Air recently launching two new routes to the city and Ryanair set to follow with a new service this Sunday. Meanwhile, Tivat Airport is on course to handle over one million passengers by year's end with 511.060 travellers welcomed during the first seven months. "Passenger numbers are up 7.9% on last year, while aircraft movements increased 10.1%. This was achieved despite technical limitations and decreased capacity inside the terminal building", the General Manager of Tivat Airport, Jovan Mačić, said in a statement.
|Banja Luka||12.535||▼ 6.4|
|Mali Lošinj||3.892||▼ 38.8|
Underperforming airports during the seven month period include Mostar, Osijek and Banja Luka. Low cost airlines Wizz Air and Ryanair are considering launching operations to Mostar and are currently in contact with local authorities. According to the General Manager of Mostar Airport, Marin Raspudić, both the airport and local government must first secure funds to subsidise one of the two carriers in order for them to introduce services. Next month, both the airport and authorities will approach one of the two mentioned no frills carriers and propose an offer. "They want to have answers by September. Every serious airline wants to have information so they can plan for next summer", Mr Raspudić said.