Podgorica has become the fastest growing capital city airport in the former Yugoslavia, edging past the previous title holder Skopje. It comes following a record third quarter for the Montenegrin airport which saw significant passenger growth that can be largely attributed to low cost carriers. Over the past two months, Wizz Air launched operations to Podgorica, while Ryanair introduced new flights to the city. As a result, the Montenegrin capital overtook its traditionally busier counterpart in Sarajevo last month and has now widened its lead from 3.906 passengers in August to 17.569 in September. During the first three quarters of 2016, Podgorica Airport handled 693.642 travellers, up 15.8%, and recorded 4.672 aircraft movements, an improvement of 9.2% on the same period last year.
EX-YU airport results, JAN - SEP 2016
Apart from Podgorica, a further thirteen airports in the former Yugoslavia recorded their busiest three quarters on record, including Belgrade, Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Pristina, Skopje, Tivat, Sarajevo, Zadar, Tuzla, Ohrid, Niš and Brač. Belgrade Airport continues to maintain its position as the busiest in the former Yugoslavia. With its four-millionth passenger handled during October, the airport's General Manager, Saša Vlaisavljević, reiterated yesterday that the fifth-millionth traveller will be welcomed this year. Croatia's three busiest airports continued to post record numbers, with Split handling over two million passengers for the first time since opening its doors.
|Banja Luka||17.247||▼ 5.1|
|Mali Lošinj||6.067||▼ 50.2|
Among smaller airports in the former Yugoslavia, Tuzla continued to see its passenger numbers grow over the nine month period, despite a drop in figures during the third quarter. The airport estimates handling between 305.000 and 308.000 passengers this year. Wizz Air will add flights from Tuzla to London Luton and Billund at the end of the week before basing a second aircraft and opening a handful of new routes from Bosnia and Herzegovina’s third largest city in March 2017. Meanwhile, Niš continues to reap the benefits of being served by both Wizz Air and Ryanair. The airport has announced that a third carrier will commence operations, with details to be revealed soon, while Ryanair will hold a media briefing in the city this Thursday, although it is unclear whether this may involve the announcement of new routes.
2016 annual estimates made by airports