The main airports in Croatia, Kosovo and Macedonia have seen their passenger numbers continue to grow in November, with Skopje outperforming its traditionally busiesr counterpart in Pristina during the month.
Zagreb Airport handled 197.880 travellers, an improvement of 7.4% compared to November last year. Growth was achieved despite a slight decline in aircraft movements, which stood at 2.986, down 1.1%. This came as foreign carriers reduced their operations from the Croatian capital, with Swiss International Air Lines and Flydubai notably suspending services. Overall, the airport welcomed 2.579.036 travellers through its doors so far this year, an increase of 6.7% compared to the same period in 2015. As the new year approaches, Zagreb Airport is preparing to begin testing its new multi million euro terminal from next month. The trial will run up until the opening in March in order to examine different components of the structure and to ensure a smooth start up and optimal service levels for passengers and airlines.
Pristina Airport extended its growth streak into November by handling 111.635 passengers, preliminary figures show, a 10.3% improvement on 2015. As a result, the airport has now handled 1.609.410 travellers in 2016, up 11.5%. The figure represents Pristina's busiest year to date and the airport has already surpassed 2015's end-of-year result when it registered 1.549.198 passengers. The airport estimates it will handle 1.8 million travellers next year. “There is huge potential on some routes and we are cooperating with different airlines to attract them for opening new services. 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”, General Manager, Haldun Firat Kokturk, said.
Meanwhile, Skopje Airport continued to record growth by handling 120.928 passengers in November, an increase of 10%. Skopje welcomed 1.522.796 travellers over the past eleven months, an increase of 14.1% compared to 2015. Much like Pristina, it too has already surpassed its 2015 end-of-year-result. "The increase in the number of passengers is primarily a result of low cost airlines. Over the years, we have also attracted Turkish Airlines, Pegasus, Alitalia and Czech Airlines to Skopje", TAV Airports Marketing Director, Aslihan Cortuk, said. Skopje Airport's General Manager, Zoran Krstevski, noted that Macedonia's airports no longer provide only transport services, but are becoming serious forces in economic and local development. Mr Krstevski noted that the airport is developing into a regional hub. "This is quite realistic and we are working on this, since we are considered the fastest-growing airport in the region", the General Manager said, noting that passengers from Greece, Albania, Kosovo and Serbia are increasingly using Macedonia's two international airports as their point of departure.