The busiest airports in Croatia, Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina have recorded varying passenger numbers during the month of March, although all three grew during the first quarter when compared to last year.
Zagreb Airport handled 192.533 travellers, a decline of 3.3% compared to March of last year. The figure was accompanied by a decrease in the number of operated flights, which stood at 3.144, down 2.1%. Unlike in 2016, the airport is no longer served by TAP Portugal or Flydubai, which contributed to the softer figures, in addition to the Easter holidays falling in April this year rather than March. Numbers are expected to pick up in the summer with the arrival of several new airlines, frequency increases and the launch of four new routes by Croatia Airlines. During the first quarter, Zagreb Airport welcomed 516.000 passengers, an increase of 1.3%. Flight movements were down 4.4% at 8.512.
Skopje Alexander the Great Airport extended its growth streak by handling 125.167 travellers in March, representing an increase of 3.7%. Skopje Airport anticipates another year of record growth with five new routes being launched this summer and a number of carriers adding frequencies. Low cost airline Wizz Air will again fuel the growth at Macedonia's largest airport with a fourth aircraft to be stationed in the city this July, paving the way for the launch of three new routes including Rome, Malta and Vaxjo, while services from Budapest were introduced this week. Frequencies on a number of existing services will also be added. Furthermore, Qatar Airways will commence flights from Doha this July, while Czech Airlines will resume operations from Prague and Adria Airways will increase frequencies on its Ljubljana - Skopje service. During the first quarter, Skopje Airport welcomed 352.953 passengers, up 6.3%.
Sarajevo Airport returned to growth last month, with its passenger numbers improving 7.4% for a total of 57.381 travellers. The number of operated flights stood at 985, up 16.8%. Overall, during the past three months it handled 141.880 passengers, an increase of 3.4%. During the week, two new carriers commenced services to the Bosnian capital with TUIfly Belgium launching operations from Charleroi with 100 passengers on board the inaugural flight, while Wizz Air carried 149 travellers on the first service from Budapest. On the other hand, Air Arabia downgraded its seasonal operations between Sharjah and Sarajevo this week, with the service to operate for a three-month period only from mid-June through to mid-September.