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</noinclude>This is a list of the busiest airports in the former Yugoslav countries by passengers per year. This transport-related list is intended to be regularly updated as new statistics becomes available from the official authorities.

The Former Yugoslavia

The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes was formed in 1918 by the unification of the Kingdom of Serbia with Kingdom of Montenegro and the Slavic inhabited states of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. It was renamed into Kingdom of Yugoslavia in 1929. In 1945 after the Second World War, the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY) was proclaimed. It was formally dissolved in 1992 amid the Yugoslav Wars. SFRY was a socialist state and a federation made up of six socialist republics: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia. Serbia, in addition, included two autonomous provinces of Vojvodina and Kosovo and Metohia.

The first airports were created in the first half of the twentieth century, but the airlines industry and infrastructure will definitely be most expanded between the 1950s and 1980s. The first domestic airliner was Autoput, the predecessor of JAT (Jugoslovenski Aerotransport) created in 1927, and it was the national carrier from its creation until nawadays. More companies were created during the 1960s, namely Ljubljana based Adria Airways (initially named Adria Aviopromet, later Inex-Adria Airways), and another Belgrade based airliner Aviogenex, in 1968. During the late 1980s and 1990s a big number of private companies were established, but the period of the 1990s, unlike many of the other countries from the region, was not known for the expansion of the airline industry. During this period, the Yugoslav Wars and the economical sanctions imposed to the FR Yugoslavia significantly contributed to the crisis in the airline sector.

Dissolution of Yugoslavia

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With the dissolution of the former Yugoslavia, each one of the countries created its own national carrier. After 2000, the growth the airline industry slightly recovered following the recovery of the tourism sector in the Yugoslav region. The national carriers of each one of the former Yugoslav countries currently are:

Besides these, each country has a number of privately owned companies operating, as well as a number of world and European-based airlines that have regular flights to a number of airports in the countries of the former Yugoslavia.

Busiest Airports

Busiest Airports by Passenger Numbers
Rank Airport Location 2008 Total
Passengers
2009 Total
Passengers
2010 Total
Passengers
2011 Total
Passengers
Rank
Change
Change
2010/2011
1 Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport Serbia Belgrade, Serbia 2,650,048 2,384,077 2,698,730 3,124,633 steady increase 16%
2 Zagreb Airport Croatia Zagreb, Croatia 2,192,453 2,062,242 2,071,561 2,319,104 steady increase 11.9%
3 Pristina International Airport SerbiaRepublic of Kosovo Pristina, Kosovo[a] 1,221,000 1,191,978 1,305,532 1,422,302 increase 1 increase 8.9%
4 Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport Slovenia Ljubljana, Slovenia 1,673,050 1,433,855 1,388,651 1,369,485 decrease 1 decrease 1.3%
5 Dubrovnik Airport Croatia Dubrovnik, Croatia 1,191,474 1,122,355 1,270,062 1,349,501 steady increase 6.3%
6 Split Airport Croatia Split, Croatia 1,203,786 1,115,099 1,219,741 1,300,381 steady increase 8.1%
7 Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airport Republic of Macedonia Skopje, Macedonia 652,339 602,000 716,000 759,928 steady increase 11.6%
8 Tivat Airport Montenegro Tivat, Montenegro 570,636 532,156 542,000 647,169 increase 2 increase 19%
9 Podgorica Airport Montenegro Podgorica, Montenegro 538,477 450,504 651,478 611,666 decrease 1 decrease 6%
10 Sarajevo Airport Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina 505,269 530,391 563,266 599,996 decrease 1 increase 6.5%
11 Pula Airport Croatia Pula, Croatia 388,951 301,241 313,793 355,920 steady increase 13.4%
12 Zadar Airport Croatia Zadar, Croatia 157,978 215,868 272,675 284,980 steady increase 4.5%
13 Rijeka Airport Croatia Rijeka, Croatia 109,706 113,503 61,833 82,713 increase 1 increase 33.7%
14 Ohrid "St. Paul the Apostle" Airport Republic of Macedonia Ohrid, Macedonia 44,000 37,000 73,000 74,352 decrease 1 increase 1.8%
15 Mostar Airport Bosnia and Herzegovina Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina 8,000 4,000 17,833 36,785 increase 2 increase 106.3%
16 Niš Constantine the Great Airport Serbia Niš, Serbia 22,870 17,159 23,627 25,112 decrease 1 increase 6.3%
17 Osijek Airport Croatia Osijek, Croatia 14,883 20,503 20,827 22,115 decrease 1 increase 6.1%
18 Bol Airport Croatia Bol, Croatia 12,738 13,020 11,622 12,516 steady increase 7.6%
19 Banja Luka Airport Bosnia and Herzegovina Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina 13,000 7,000 4,798 8,367 increase 2 increase 74.3%
20 Lošinj Airport Croatia Mali Lošinj, Croatia 8,208 10,190 5,019 6,152 decrease 1 increase 22.5%
21 Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport Slovenia Maribor, Slovenia 17,000 5,000 - 5,000~ steady steady
22 Tuzla Airport Bosnia and Herzegovina Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina - - 5,438 4,527 steady decrease 16.7%
23 Portorož Airport Slovenia Portorož, Slovenia - - - - steady steady
24 Kraljevo-Lađevci Airport Serbia Kraljevo, Serbia new new new new new new

Passenger Statistics

It is requested that sources be provided for the information below.
Passenger Statistics for Each Former Yugoslav Republic
Rank Country 2009 Passengers 2010 Passengers 2011 Passengers Change 2010-2011%
1 Croatia Croatia 4,974,021 5,226,306 5,733,382 increase 9.7%
2 Serbia Serbia (with Kosovo[a]) 3,593,214 4,027,889 4,572,047 increase 13.5%
3 Slovenia Slovenia 1,438,855 1,388,651 1,375,000 decrease 0.9%
4 Montenegro Montenegro 982,456 1,193,478 1,258,835 increase 5.4%
5 Republic of Macedonia Macedonia 639,000 789,000 834,280 increase 5.7%
6 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 541,391 591,335 649,697 increase 9.8%
Total 12,145,727 13,216,659 14,423,241 increase 9.1%

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Passenger Statistics for Bosnia and Herzegovina
Rank Airport Location 2009 Passengers 2010 Passengers 2011 Passengers Change 2010-2011%
1 Sarajevo Airport Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo 530,391 563,266 599,996 increase 6.5%
2 Mostar Airport Bosnia and Herzegovina Mostar 4,000 17,833 36,785 increase 106.3%
3 Banja Luka Airport Bosnia and Herzegovina Banja Luka 7,000 4,798 8,367 increase 74.3%
4 Tuzla Airport Bosnia and Herzegovina Tuzla - 5,438 4,527 decrease 16.7%
Total 541,391 591,335 649,697 increase 9.8%

Croatia

Passenger Statistics for Croatia
Rank Airport Location 2009 Passengers 2010 Passengers 2011 Passengers Change 2010-2011%
1 Zagreb Airport Croatia Zagreb 2,062,242 2,071,561 2,319,104 increase 11.9%
2 Dubrovnik Airport Croatia Dubrovnik 1,122,355 1,270,062 1,349,501 increase 6.3%
3 Split Airport Croatia Split 1,115,099 1,219,741 1,300,381 increase 8.1%
4 Pula Airport Croatia Pula 301,241 313,793 355,920 increase 13.4%
5 Zadar Airport Croatia Zadar 215,868 272,675 284,980 increase 4.5%
6 Rijeka Airport Croatia Rijeka 110,208 61,478 78,890 increase 32.8%
7 Osijek Airport Croatia Osijek 20,503 20,827 22,115 increase 6.1%
8 Bol Airport Croatia Bol 13,020 11,622 12,516 increase 7.6%
9 Lošinj Airport Croatia Mali Lošinj 10,190 5,019 6,152 increase 22.5%
Total 4,974,021 5,226,306 5,733,382 increase 9.7%

Macedonia

Passenger Statistics for Macedonia
Rank Airport Location 2009 Passengers 2010 Passengers 2011 Passengers Change 2010-2011%
1 Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airport Republic of Macedonia Skopje 602,000 716,000 759.928 increase 11.6%
2 Ohrid "St. Paul the Apostle" Airport Republic of Macedonia Ohrid 37,000 73,000 74.352 increase 1.8%
Total 639,000 789,000 834,280 increase 5.7%

Montenegro

Passenger Statistics for Montenegro
Rank Airport Location 2009 Passengers 2010 Passengers 2011 Passengers Change 2010-2011%
1 Tivat Airport Montenegro Tivat 532,156 542,000 647,169 increase 19%
2 Podgorica Airport Montenegro Podgorica 450,504 651,478 611,666 decrease 6%
Total 982,456 1,193,478 1,258,835 increase 5.4%

Serbia (with Kosovo)

Passenger Statistics for Serbia (with Kosovo[a])
Rank Airport Location 2009 Passengers 2010 Passengers 2011 Passengers Change 2010-2011%
1 Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport Serbia Belgrade 2,384,077 2,698,730 3,124,633 increase 16%
2 Pristina International Airport SerbiaRepublic of Kosovo Pristina 1,191,978 1,305,532 1,422,302 increase 9.8%
3 Niš Constantine the Great Airport Serbia Niš 17,159 23,627 25,112 increase 6.3%
4 Kraljevo-Lađevci Airport Serbia Kraljevo new new new new
Total 3,593,214 4,027,889 4,572,047 increase 13.5%

Future international airports

  • Užice-Ponikve Airport has been proposed to go under reconstruction. After the reconstruction, it is expected to have the status of an international airport and receive charter flights throughout the year. However, for construction to take place, mines which are scattered throughout the airport complex must first be removed. At a recent donors conference in Belgrade a total of 4 million Euros was donated for the removal of the mines. A total of 15 countries along with Slovenia and Serbia will take part in the project. Construction of the new terminal and supporting infrastructure should begin in the second half of 2012 if finances are secured.

Slovenia

Passenger Statistics for Slovenia
Rank Airport Location 2009 Passengers 2010 Passengers 2011 Passengers Change 2010-2011%
1 Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport Slovenia Ljubljana 1,433,855 1,388,651 1,370,000 decrease 1.3%
2 Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport Slovenia Maribor 5,000 - 5,000* steady
3 Portorož Airport Slovenia Portorož - - - steady
Total 1,438,855 1,388,651 1,375,000 decrease 0.9%

|*estimate/no official data

Notes

a.   ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Serbia and the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo. The latter declared independence on 17 February 2008, while Serbia claims it as part of its own sovereign territory. Its independence is recognised by 91 out of 193 UN member states.

See also

References

Governmental Authorities (or equivalent)

Airport Companies (or equivalent)



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