The main airports in Croatia, Kosovo and Macedonia have seen their passenger numbers improve in October, with Pristina returning to double digit growth after three months.
Zagreb Airport handled 255.498 travellers, an improvement of 6% compared to October last year. The figures were aided by an increase in the number of operated flights which stood at 3.650, representing growth of 7.5%. As the airport enters the 2016/17 winter season it will see Croatia Airlines operate the same volume of flights as last year, while several foreign carriers will decrease their operations, with Swiss International Air Lines and Flydubai notably suspending services. Overall, the airport welcomed 2.381.156 travellers through its doors so far this year, an increase of 6.2% compared to the same period in 2015. Zagreb is also preparing for the 2017 summer season which will see the opening of its brand new terminal. Furthermore, on Monday, the airport confirmed it is negotiating for the launch of flights to New York, as reported by EX-YU Aviation News several weeks ago.
Pristina Airport extended its growth streak into October by handling 147.895 passengers, an impressive 18.3% improvement on 2015. The number of operated flights grew by 11.7% during the month. As a result, the airport has now handled 1.497.775 passengers in 2016, up 11.6%. Aircraft movement stood at 11.732 over the ten-month period, an increase of 26.7%. This October, Pristina benefited from the introduction of easyJet’s new service from Paris. Commenting on the results, the airport's General Manager, Haldun Firat Kokturk, said, "We have achieved significant double digit growth in passenger numbers. We are willing to increase flight numbers and extend our network with additional routes, and we are using our incentive plan to attract airlines in order to catch this growth at a sustainable level. We are expecting a very successful next year, especially if visa liberalisation happens in Kosovo".
Meanwhile, Skopje Airport continued to record growth by handling 142.901 passengers in October, an increase of 7.7%. Skopje welcomed 1.401.868 travellers during the first ten months, an increase of 14.4% compared to 2015. Late last month, Wizz Air introduced its new service from Skopje to Hanover, however, Swiss International Air Lines suspended its flights from Geneva and Czech Airlines from Prague. Istanbul maintains its position as the busiest route out of the Macedonian capital, operated by both Turkish Airlines and Pegasus. It is followed by Zurich, operated by Belair, Edelweiss, Helvetic Airways and Germania Flug on a charter basis, Vienna, which is run by Austrian, then Malmo, Basel and London, which are all maintained by Wizz Air.