Airports across the former Yugoslavia handled over 13.5 million passengers during the first eight months of 2016, with Podgorica overtaking its counterpart in Sarajevo as the ninth busiest after three years. Podgorica Airport welcomed 127.027 passengers through its doors this August (some 9.000 more than Sarajevo), representing an increase of 12.5% on the same month last year. The numbers were aided by Wizz Air, which launched two new routes to the Montenegrin capital during the month. It will receive a further boost in September with Ryanair introducing its third route to the city. During the January – August period, Podgorica was almost 4.000 travellers ahead of Sarajevo Airport. The last time it was busier than its Bosnian counterpart was in 2013.
Elsewhere, Skopje Alexander the Great Airport saw its slowest monthly growth rate since June last year by handling 175.027 travellers, an increase of 0.7%. During the month, the airport surpassed the one million passenger mark for the year. However, numbers are expected to pick up in the coming period with Wizz Air to introduce new flights from Hannover in late October. So far in 2016, Skopje Airport has welcomed 1.106.590 passengers, a notable increase of 17%, thus maintaining its position as the fastest growing capital city airport in the former Yugoslavia.
EX-YU airport results, JAN - AUG 2016
The majority of Croatia’s airports have seen strong growth and record figures this year. The President of the Air Transport Association at the Croatian Chamber of Economy, Tonči Peović, who also manages Brač Airport, explains, “The major factor for the increase in demand for air transport is GDP growth across Europe. Apart from the fact that GDP, and therefore purchasing power, grew in most EU states from where we see the majority of passengers, there have also been some other factors that have resulted in an increase in traffic in Croatia’s skies. One of them is the increased tourist demand for Croatian resorts, as a result of reduced visits to some traditional European and North African destinations such as Turkey, Tunisia and Greece”. Mr Peović notes that airlines have also reduced their average fares. “These factors, in addition to low cost carriers which operate to Croatia’s busiest airports in Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Zadar, Pula, Rijeka and Osijek, have enabled more tourist arrivals, which has, in turn, led to an increase in passenger numbers”.
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