Most EX-YU airports with April growth, Ryanair becomes largest airline


All but one of the capital city airports in the former Yugoslavia are expected to see passenger growth during the first month of the 2024 summer season in April when compared to last year, based on available scheduled seat capacity levels. Ryanair will become the region’s largest carrier as it expands its bases in Zagreb and Zadar, opens a new base in Dubrovnik and launches operations to Sarajevo. Wizz Air, which has held the title almost every month over the past year will fall into third place, behind Air Serbia.

Belgrade Airport has the most available seats on scheduled flights in April, standing at 759.632. The figure represents an increase of 7.1% on 2023. Air Serbia will continue to maintain its position as the largest carrier, holding 53.3% of all available scheduled capacity at the airport. Zagreb follows as the second largest with 493.384 available seats on scheduled flights during the month. It represents an increase of 16.8% on last year. Croatia Airlines will retain its position as the largest carrier at the airport, with 35.8% of available capacity. It is followed by Ryanair with 31% of all available seats.

Skopje Airport, which has been impacted by Wizz Air’s frequency cuts, boasts 271.840 seats in April, down 2.8%. Wizz Air will hold a 58.4% share of available seats, while Pegasus Airlines comes second with a 6.9% share. Pristina Airport will have 239.059 available seats, however, it has numerous flights sold exclusively through tour operators which are considered as charters. Therefore, these are not included in the overall scheduled seat capacity. If only seats on scheduled flights are taken into account, the airport sees an increase of 9.4% in capacity on last year. easyJet has the largest volume of scheduled seats, holding a 19.3% share, ahead of Wizz Air with 16.6%.

Podgorica Airport has 177.854 scheduled seats on the market in April. Ryanair is the largest carrier with 15.6% of capacity. Air Montenegro, places sixth in Podgorica based on available capacity, behind the budget airline, Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Austrian Airlines and Air Serbia. Sarajevo Airport has 173.693 seats on scheduled flights in April, an increase of 30.4% on 2023 as Ryanair commences operations and becomes its fourth largest carrier. Turkish Airlines is the largest with 15.9% of total capacity. Finally, Ljubljana Airport has 141.011 seats available this April, which is up 28.3% on last year. Lufthansa will be its largest carrier with a 16.4% capacity share, just ahead of Turkish Airlines with 14.4% of scheduled capacity.

Largest carriers by scheduled seat capacity in the former Yugoslavia, April 2024




Comments

  1. Anonymous09:00

    wow Skopje will get really screwed over by Wizz this summer. And SKP had 50% growth in January. Crazy.

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    1. Anonymous09:09

      And we hear from so called analiticar that SKP did not see W6 reductions in SKP flights.

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    2. Anonymous09:23

      The seats available are 2.8% down last year but that doesnt mean that the airport cant handle more pax than last year in April. With reduced capacity by Wizz, the LF will be even higer this season, so maybe we will see the same numbers of pax for April like we had last year.

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    3. Anonymous11:07

      The admin here said that for this year SKP could be down for just 3k pax , which is nothing , and expect to reach around 3.4m pax for 2024 , but its still early , the year just started.

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    4. Anonymous12:48

      The title says loads about this market...

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    5. Anonymous13:10

      ^ well if you look on the right side with all the new route launches listed, 85% of them are Ryanair.

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    6. Anonymous00:06

      Why do you focus mostly to capital cities airports in the region. Capital cities would have enough flights without any announcements or commercials. Such portals should infact focus on a smaller airports that need more support

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    7. Anonymous18:19

      Wizzair LF is going to be 105-110 % this April....magic

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  2. Anonymous09:01

    Wtf happened to Wizz Air!!?!

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    1. Anonymous09:01

      Pratt and Whitney happened.

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    2. Anonymous09:41

      Welcome to 2023… oh wait it’s 2024, and W6 has been going for quite some time.

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  3. Anonymous09:01

    Awesome news with Ryanair starting Sarajevo :)

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    1. Anonymous09:12

      Sarajevo will regret the day they allowed Ryanair in after a while.

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    2. Anonymous09:18

      Why exactly?

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    3. Anonymous09:36

      They will regret it alright, because of all the affordable seats and new tourists.

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    4. Anonymous09:39

      because of the blackmailing

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    5. Anonymous10:20

      I'm happy with Ryanair's arrival but I don't want to get my hopes up too early. We remember what happened with Wizz Air.

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    6. Slav.Man14:17

      yes, ryanair not a good operator and blackmails airports and nations a lot. but for now its better for Sarajevo to have some connection instead of nothing at all.

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  4. Anonymous09:02

    Congratulations to Ryanair. Took over the region.

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    1. Anonymous09:35

      Yes, finally.

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    2. Anonymous09:36

      not at all. zero flights to Slovenia, Macedonia, almost zero to Serbia

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    3. Anonymous10:11

      Their capacity is almost entirely concentrated around Zagreb and the Croatian coast

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    4. Anonymous10:26

      @9.02 took over Croatia

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    5. Anonymous01:00

      There is no doubt ZAG will surpass 4 million

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    6. Anonymous02:07

      4.2 million sounds realistic

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  5. Anonymous09:02

    Ljubljana with 141.011 seats is quite a surprise, don't get me wrong, it's not a lot, but 30% growth is nice to see

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    1. Anonymous09:03

      And LH ahead of Turkish for the first time in a long time.

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    2. Anonymous09:22

      Let's see if it translates to more passengers for them over Turkish.

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    3. Anonymous09:24

      Most probably - yes

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    4. Anonymous09:25

      Let's not forget that 2nd daily to Munich is only coming at the start of May

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    5. Anonymous09:35

      It is a lot for such a small airport.

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    6. Anonymous09:40

      they will have 5 daily flights in summer? 3 to frankfurt and 2 to munich?

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    7. Anonymous10:00

      MUC is 12 weekly, the same as ZRH, BRU is daily, so LH group has 52 weekly flights to LJU.

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    8. Anonymous16:13

      Pred uničenjem Adrie Airways je bila LJU po številu potnikov na 3. ali 4. mestu v regiji. Toliko o napredku LJU.

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  6. Anonymous09:03

    Air Montenegro sixth largest in Podgorica. Nuts.

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    1. Anonymous09:22

      This is really amazing to me too...

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    2. Anonymous09:22

      They have two planes. What do you expect?

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    3. Anonymous09:35

      At least Montenegro has a national carrier…

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    4. Anonymous09:37

      @9.35 wow great. Aplauz!

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    5. Anonymous10:12

      Air Montenegro is what makes the difference between them and LJU

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    6. Anonymous10:19

      @9.35 and @10.12 you must really have a Slovenia complex, coming up everytime with them

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    7. Anonymous14:38

      No, i said that at least Montenegro has a national carrier cause we in Macedonia dont have any. So you sre wrong about me.

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    8. Anonymous14:57

      yeh sure

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  7. Anonymous09:04

    Wizz air is de facto national airline of Macedonia. I mean, look at their share in SKP, it's even greater than ASL's share in BEG.

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    1. Anonymous02:08

      It has been like that for many years

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  8. Anonymous09:04

    This has got to be one of the most unique of these monthly reports since they started being published here.

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    1. Anonymous09:05

      Why?

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    2. Anonymous09:06

      Usually Wizz Air is the largest airline, BEG and SKP have huge growth, TK largest in Ljubljana...

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    3. Anonymous02:09

      True

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  9. Anonymous09:05

    is it just me or is Air Serbia's share in BEG bigger than it has been all of winter?

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    1. Anonymous09:08

      This is usually the case in summer vs winter for Air Serbia.

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  10. Anonymous09:07

    easyJet has entered the chat after the long winter sleep :D

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    1. Anonymous09:08

      Because Croatian coastal destinations are resuming.

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    2. Anonymous10:13

      Wish they'd start new flights from LJU

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    3. Anonymous13:30

      Would be nice to have Berlin flights back and something like Manchester or London Luton now that Wizz doesnt fly there anymore

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    4. Anonymous02:09

      Berlin is badly needed

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  11. Anonymous09:07

    ZAG and SJJ with really nice growth, thanks to Ryanair.

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  12. Anonymous09:09

    It is fascinating for me to see that Air Serbia has almost double more seat capacity than Croatia Airlines and I remeber the time of Jat Airways (around 2012) when OU had around 80% passengers more than Jat.

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    1. Anonymous09:12

      Those days are long gone...

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    2. Anonymous09:14

      One woke up, the other went into a deep comma.

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    3. Anonymous09:49

      0914, offering most seats at ZAG is a deep coma? New fleet deep coma? Some people here...

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    4. Anonymous09:53

      Yes with the lowest share in its 35 year history. Bravo Hrvatska as some would say.

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    5. Anonymous10:16

      Dokle vise poredjenja OU i JU...

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    6. Anonymous12:52

      Comparisons between OU and JU have no merit. JU had surpassed them ages ago. JU has a somewhat bigger market ( in terms of aggregate demand and demand elasticity)... But all compared JU beats OU by far.. The position of Croatia as a tourist destination only adds arguments to the horrendous incompetence of OU apparatchiks.

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    7. Anonymous19:44

      Well EU happened, with all restrictions before actualy entering EU. I am not saying it is stupid, it is wrong... Like there is no comparison between OU and JU, there is no comparison between HR and RS. Seriously, with 8 airports to be served all year around just for the airport staff maintain there licenses, so there are ready to accept all LCC. It was/is owner's (government) decision. Number of pax to/from Croatia says it all. As the tourism in GDP per capita as well.

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    8. Anonymous12:23

      19:44, that's right.

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    9. Anonymous18:24

      Different passenger structure - Croatia has 85% foreign pax.....no wait...sorry

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  13. Anonymous09:16

    P2p in LJU is resumed! One man....😆

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    1. Anonymous09:29

      But it mostly is...

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  14. Anonymous09:26

    I hope WizzAir will return with big expansion from SKP and BEG once the problems with the engines are solved…

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    1. Anonymous09:32

      I think they will. Not just SKP and BEG but across Europe.

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    2. Anonymous09:36

      Meanwhile they got two new jets in the past few days, the second A320neo is ready for operations.

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    3. Anonymous11:05

      Great to hear , probably until summer they will had more planes ready for operations , finger crossed!!!

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    4. If only Air Serbia didn't have the misfortune with the Embraer, they could've and likely would've jumped in to fill the Wizz Air void.
      Croatia Airlines still can do something similar, albeit at a smaller scale, after the arrival of the new plane...but we all know they won't.

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    5. Anonymous16:31

      Wizz is expanding big time for three years now. At least in their announcements but somehow it never happens in real life. And the engine issue was only the last 3-4 months of that.

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    6. Anonymous16:36

      Wizz Air has one of the biggest increases in passengers and capacity in Europe if you compare today's figures to 2019. They are not making it up. The reason is because they grew a lot during Covid times. Even in ex-Yu they grew by expanding SKP and BEG bases.

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  15. Anonymous09:37

    Heard few days ago that FR is considering OHD (few YR or/and some seasonal next year depends from IFs), but is hard to believe when TIA is 2,5 hrs by car and there they have ~30 destinations in the moment.Also W6 has more than 60, or more than double comparing to OHD/SKP combined.
    Only left is rely hopes in ''rekla kazala' :)

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    1. Anonymous11:04

      You never know :)

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    2. Anonymous02:10

      That would be fantastic. Fingers crossed

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  16. Anonymous10:02

    LH bigger then OS in ExYu?

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    1. Anonymous10:03

      Yes it flies bigger capacity planes than OS which will be using ATR72s on some routes this summer.

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  17. Anonymous10:07

    SKP is affected not only from Wizz engine problem, and the passport problem , people are waiting their passports since February and still cant get it , thats why SKP in february had 160k pax , I am sure that March will be the same , maybe from April to be better.

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    1. Anonymous10:18

      Gluposti. Almost everyone have their passports, there is an option to take it with fast procedure in case you didnt know, anyone who needs to fly can do the same.

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    2. Anonymous10:19

      Also SKP had around 175k last month, not 160k.

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    3. Anonymous10:28

      @10.18 +1

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    4. Anonymous11:01

      10:18 glupost , is this what you mentioned was in action in February ? No , dont just write stupid comments , in March they start to run that procedure , in february even with fast payed option wich cost 110 euro my mother still waited the passport until this Monday. The situation starts getting better since around 10-15 March

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    5. Anonymous11:03

      In total both airports had 180k for February , you want to say that Ohrid had just 5k ?

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    6. Anonymous11:09

      They had 189k not 180k

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    7. Anonymous14:44

      @11:03 +1000
      I think 13K is a reasonable number for OHD with just 10 weekly flights.

      @11:01 I dont write stupid comments. Your mother is one person not 1000k people, so talk about your self not for others. There was an option for fast procedure, i went there on 31 January and my passport was ready on February 2nd. If you dont have money for fast procedure then finish your obligations on time next time!! We knew that the passports had to be changed until February 2024, they announced it 4 years ago. I am very sure that you and many others who just want to complain for evrything had plenty of time to finish their job for new passport. I didnt finish it on time as well but i paid 100 euros and my passport was ready within two days, as it should be by law. Stop commenting this on every post where SKP airport is mentioned cause it really has no logic. I flew in January and in February and all four flights of mine were full as well as many others. Bog da chuva dva grama mozok za da se nemalo.

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    8. Anonymous15:13

      SKP had 215.4k seats in February which means the result is good. (for example ZAG had 245k pax from 337k seats) https://www.exyuaviation.com/2024/02/ex-yu-airports-set-for-february-growth.html

      Stop with that passport nonsence

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    9. Anonymous15:48

      +1

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  18. Anonymous10:47

    Does anyone know when exYu will publish the February statistics? Many here are curious to see and compare the statistics 😊

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    1. It will be published tomorrow, bar any breaking news.

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    2. Anonymous11:23

      Thank you :)

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    3. Anonymous02:11

      Looking forward to it

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  19. Anonymous11:37

    OU is losing its grip, and people are wondering what happened to them. Serbia has its perks, but we have to face it, Croatia is a tourist destination, and no one should wonder why people assume, that OU should have a higher number of passengers that right now.

    Cudos to Air Serbia, they are doing very well, and they do not have to resemble JAT to 100 percent. In the end, JAT was the Yugoslav flag career, a country which was much bigger than Serbia is nowadays.

    Hope both OU and Air Serbia can grow, both deserve a bright future. :)

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  20. Anonymous15:34

    If Air Serbia introduces flights to China by autumn, then I suppose we might see some bigger increase in offered capacity and passengers carried at Belgrade airport.

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  21. Anonymous00:59

    Impressed by Ryanair

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    1. Anonymous01:02

      I'm not impressed that they haven't used their opportunity in BEG and SKP.

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    2. Anonymous02:10

      Because the two won't cave in to FR's demands.

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    3. Anonymous09:18

      @2.10 +1

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  22. Anonymous01:01

    Wizz will come back stronger than ever before and it might be as early as the second half of summer.

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