Eleven EX-YU airports among Europe's top 200


Eleven airports from the former Yugoslavia have ranked among the 200 busiest on the continent during the first half of the year, out of which one is in the top 100. According to Airports Council International (ACI), Belgrade Airport positioned itself as the 94th busiest with 2.612.981 passengers, 27.879 aircraft movements and 8.786 tonnes of cargo processed during the January - June period. It was ahead of the likes of London City, Vilnius and Tbilisi but behind Bergen, Thessaloniki and Bilbao. Its counterpart in Zagreb ranked 116th with 1.529.281 travellers, 19.206 aircraft movements and 4.069 tonnes of cargo. While it performed better than Tirana, Chisinau and Florence, it was behind Treviso, Wroclaw and Verona.

Split Airport continued to improve its standing among European airports, becoming the 131st busiest on the continent during the first half of the year. It was followed by Dubrovnik (134th), Skopje (135th), Pristina (136th), Ljubljana (146th), Podgorica (168th), Sarajevo (173rd), Tivat (175th) and Zadar, which ranked 184th. Out of Europe's capital cities, Sarajevo had the least passenger traffic, while London, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Madrid were the busiest on the continent. Although all eleven airports from the former Yugoslavia within the top 200 in Europe saw their passenger numbers increase during the first half of the year when compared to last, all registered a decline in the amount of processed cargo with exception to Skopje.

The Director General of ACI Europe, Olivier Jankovec, said, “Passenger traffic growth has certainly slowed this year compared to previous ones, but it still remains quite resilient - especially given the range of economic, geopolitical and other industry-specific challenges we are confronted with". He added, "The slump in freight traffic is where it really bites at the moment. And it is not getting any better, with June registering a drop of 7.1% - the worst monthly performance in more than 7 years. This does not bode well for the months ahead, especially as passenger traffic usually does not remain totally isolated from trends in freight traffic".




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  1. Disappointing actually

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    1. Hopefully people realise how insignificant this market is

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    2. +1 it's tiny but that is why we should evaluate it's progress not in European terms but rather in Balkan ones. Makes more sense like that, wider region.

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    3. Why are you hopeful that people realize how insignificant the Balkan market is?

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    4. Because then they will be more realistic when writing comments on here? Delusion of grandeur isn't a good thing.

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    5. Because many seem to be quite misguided when shouting bravo and making bold claims about their airport on here.

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    6. Of course you have the clown bravo guys, but think of this as a local booster club. We all realize we don't have German numbers, we're just having some fun.

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  2. "Out of Europe's capital cities, Sarajevo had the least passenger traffic"

    What the hell!? First worst connectivity in Europe now this. Something really needs to change at BiH airports.

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    1. It's unfortunate. Especially since I think SJJ has a lot of potential to grow.

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    2. There are a number of factors limiting SJJs growth unfortunately.

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  3. Why did cargo decline everywhere?

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    1. INI's cargo numbers are through the roof this year, especially the last few months.

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    2. I'm asking why did it generally seem to decline everywhere. And out of the 11 listed in ex-Yu all but Skopje declined.

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    3. European economy is slowing down, look at how many airports in the region had a bad July.

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    4. Other than ZAG no other airport had a bad July.

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    5. OSI had a bad July as well.

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    6. OSI had a bad July? Well clearly the EU economy is in the doldrums.

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    7. No, it just lost most of its flights.

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  4. Hopefully they manage to improve their rankings.

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    1. If they improve their passenger numbers, their rankings will improve too.

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  5. BEG will soar in the 2nd half. And INI will also Enter the list reaching about 500k next year.

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    1. BEG was number 82 last year, just behind CIA which isn't getting any more flights this year and is actually losing Wizz Air flight to Chisinau. With great growth this year BEG will come close to 80s but I doubt it will overtake EIN, maybe next year.

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    2. Belgrade seems to have demand from the most random places. Like today Belavia upgraded MSQ-BEG from CRJ-200 to E-75. Who is flying with them from Belgrade? Where is this demand with Belarus coming from?

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    3. Transfer pax to Russia

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    4. Good connections to Ukraine, for example to Kharkiv .

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    5. Northern Europe, B2 pushed BT and AY out of MSQ once they became more aggressive. Their new livery is absolutely stunning.

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  6. What is the airport on the photo?

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  7. I'm curious to see how BNX and INI will perform this year. Both have finally received considerable boost in flights.

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    1. Both will perform well although it seems FR has out expansion from there on hold for this year,

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  8. ZAG should be worried, if their numbers fell in July what can we expect in October, November, February... when there is even less demand.

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    1. In February their number were ok. There was growth.

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    2. But in January it was -0,04%

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    3. That's barely any difference. There were less than 200 passengers.

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    4. Anyhow it can't be called growth

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  9. Dubrovnik, Skopje and Pristina all one position apart :D

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    1. Dubrovnik will leap in July and August but I'm really interested to see how things will develop between Skopje and Pristina.

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    2. Growth for Skopje and Ohrid wasn't big in July. We have to wait and see the separate results for both airports but I think PRN will be in front.

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  10. Утростручењем потенцијала саобраћаја, пуном обновом и доградњом Београдског аеродрома под управом ВИНЦИ Еропортс. Веровати је да ће се позиција ове ваздушне луке
    спустити према седамдесетом месту. У идућих десет до петнаест година. По пројектованом плану концесионара,
    Београдски Аеродром ће моћи да опслужује до двадесет милиона путника годишње. Развојем саобраћајне мреже и будућих инвестиција, Србија се уклапа у земље двадесет првог века. У томе јесте суштина развоја главне Српске ваздушне луке. Уз развој четири аеродрома у групи Аеродрома Србије.
    ✈☺✈🔆✈🔅✈✨✈🌎✈🌍✈🌏✈☺✈🌐✈

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  11. Can someone of you folks send the link please. can't seem to find the table on the ACI website. Thanks

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  12. Where is Pula?

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  13. Goodness Bergen had more traffic than any exyu airport :/

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    1. Puts things into perspective.

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    2. It's the second largest city in one of the most richest and affluent countries in the world.

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    3. Yes but it's a small city the size of Novi Sad core example.

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    4. Frankfurt is double smaller than Belgrade but it is 4th airport in Europe...So actually the size of the city is pointless

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    5. Norway has a really rough terrain so flying is usually the most convenient option, that's why a lot of their regional airports have so much traffic.

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    6. Bergen-Oslo is only 300km straight line distance, but almost 7 hours by car - no divided highway all the way. Treat Bergen's passenger numbers as if on an island.

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    7. And Bergen is not the only airport in Norway that's in a similar situation.

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  14. We can expect very good BEG result this year especially if we take in consideration that FR does not fy to BEG, U2 has very simbolic presence and W6 keeps its stagnation.

    From the other side AF introduced flights to BEG, Lufthansa, Aegean, flyDubai, Swiss, Aeroflot etc increased frequencies while Air Serbia boosted number of flights and destinations significantly.

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    1. Yes, June is a good indication of where things are heading
      602,466 passengers, +11.7

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    2. Good result.

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    3. And how did July perform?

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    4. We will see if BEG will maintain the same growth in 2020. Projections can be:

      2019 - 6 million
      2020 - 6,5
      2021 - 7,2
      2022 - 7,7
      2023 - 8,1

      If the growth is around 8% annually.

      However, there is a chance for SPU to reach BEG levels somewhere around 2025 simply because SPU is the busiest airport in ex-Yu in summer overtaking both BEG and ZAG.

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    5. I truly hope you are kidding...

      Do you really think that airport with 30.000 per month in winter can anyhow reach BEG?

      That is what I call optimism

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    6. Small correction, SPU is busier only one month during summer. Overall BEG is far ahead during the whole summer season. Also, practically it's not possible for SPU to grow that much due to infrastructure problems.

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  15. This is how country markets are performing JAN-JUN
    http://oi66.tinypic.com/2a5ah3q.jpg

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    1. Look at those non-EU countries like North Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro. Their growth this year is +10%. It's amazing like Montenegro with a population of sth like 600K+ has such an amazing growth.
      Growth in Macedonia is fuelled by WizzAir and Albania has quite become a holiday destination; Tirana is closing the gap with Zagreb. Quite a fantastic growth for those 3 countries.

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  16. I was at BEG today and I saw the barracks everyone was talking about. It's so big and has a sticker 'Vinci Grand Projects' and then Terna next to it. I guess it can house at least 50 to 100 people. Hopefully they announce some plans soon.

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    1. It is taking them way too long. Timisoara already has secured a second Airbus and Belgrade must do something fast before they get a 3rd airbus in 2020.
      Already the prices from TSR are much cheaper to Europe and even to New York with LH.

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    2. Lower prices from TSR show market is limited and yields are probably a huge problem. Also that Wizz A320 will compensate for FR leaving so they will still be around 1.5.

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    3. +1 there is a reason why FR walked away, market is limited.

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    4. FR walked away from other markets because of fleet problems.
      FR went but W6 arrived. TSR is a cheaper destination and more accessible. For 50€ you visit.
      Timi does not rely on government aid or Middle Eastern money.

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    5. So you are saying FR would have stayed in 'Timi' if it had enough aircraft? Someone how I have a hard time believing that given the size of the market, it's obviously not big enough for two players. If prices are low then it means yields are bad so Timi is probably not the El Dorado you want it to be. Belgrade on the other hand has nothing to worry about as Timi has reached its maximum potential. And anyway, who wants to fly for €50 can go to Timi but who wants to fly for even less can go to INI.

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    6. @Anonymous 11 August 2019 at 05:08

      Did you mean to say Air Serbia relies on "Middle Eastern money" because Etihad/UAE sends money TO support Air Serbia? Now I am confused about this, are you complaining is money flowing there or back?!?! Journalist MB claims Serbian taxpayers are sending money TO UAE through Air Serbia, not the other way around. Haters, at least figure out what are you complaining about!

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