List of the busiest airports in the Balkans

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List of airports by number of passengers[edit]

The following list is for all of the countries to occupy Balkan territory with the exception of  Turkey and  Romania, the information contained is for all airports on those territories.

Rank Country Airport City Passengers
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2018-2019
1  Greece Athens International Airport Athens 15,196,369 18,087,377 20,016,998 21,737,787 24,135,736 25,574,030 16.0%
2  Greece Heraklion International Airport Heraklion 6,024,958 6,057,355 6,742,746 7,336,783 8,098,465 7,933,558 12.0%
3  Bulgaria Sofia International Airport Sofia 3,815,158 4,088,943 4,979,760 6,490,096 6,962,040 7,107,096 12.1%
4  Greece Thessaloniki International Airport Thessaloniki 4,950,726 5,341,293 5,735,581 6,247,514 6,689,193 6,897,057 13.1%
5  Serbia Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport Belgrade 4,638,577 4,776,110 4,924,992 5,343,420 5,641,105 6,159,000 19.2%
6  Greece Rhodes International Airport Rhodes 4,552,056 4,579,023 4,942,386 5,301,517 5,567,748 5.542.567 10.5%
7  Croatia Zagreb International Airport Zagreb 2,430,971 2,587,798 2,776,087 3,092,047 3,336,310 3,435,531 12.9%
8  Albania Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza Tirana 1,810,305 1,997,044 2,195,100 2,630,338 2,947,172 3,338,147 113.0%
9  Croatia Split Airport Split 1,752,657 1,955,400 2,289,987 2,818,176 3,124,067 3,301,930 15.7%
10  Greece Corfu International Airport Corfu 2,383,353 2,437,890 2,788,923 2,918,434 3,364,115 3,275,897 12.6%
11  Greece Chania International Airport Chania 2,447,566 2,702,283 2,953,278 3,042,903 3,008,687 2,983,542 -10.8%
12  Croatia Dubrovnik Airport Dubrovnik 1,584,471 1,693,934 1,993,243 2,323,065 2,539,412 2,896,227 114.1%
13  Bulgaria Burgas International Airport Burgas 2,522,319 2,360,320 2,878,883 2,982,339 3,277,229 2,885,776 112.0%
14  Greece Kos International Airport Kos 2,214,464 2,143,860 1,901,495 2,320,590 2,666,307 2,676,644 10.4%
15  Kosovo[a] Pristina Airport Pristina 1,404,775 1,549,198 1,744,202 1,885,136 2,165,749 2,373,698 19.6%
16  North Macedonia Skopje International Airport Skopje 1,208,359 1,452,465 1,649,374 1,868,272 2,158,258 2,358,548 +19.3%
17  Greece Santorini (Thira) National Airport Santorini 1,179,808 1,495,890 1,685,695 1,928,295 2,254,926 2,300,408 12.0%
18  Bulgaria Varna International Airport Varna 1,387,494 1,398,694 1,689,595 1,970,700 2,281,134 2,084,319 18.7%
19  Greece Zakynthos International Airport Zakynthos 1,182,295 1,268,497 1,423,044 1,659,646 1,800,457 1,810,427 10.5%
20  Slovenia Ljubljana Joze Pucnik Airport Ljubljana 1,338,619 1,438,304 1,404,831 1,683,045 1,812,411 1,721,355 15.0%
21  Greece Mykonos International Airport Mykonos 778,729 876,057 999,026 1,207,061 1,395,787 1,520,145 18.9%
22  Montenegro Tivat Airport Tivat 910,264 895,050 979,432 1,129,720 1,245,999 1,367,282 19.7%
23  Montenegro Podgorica Airport Podgorica 699,141 748,899 873,278 1,055,142 1,208,525 1,297,365 17.4%
24  Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo Airport Sarajevo 709,901 772,904 838,968 957,971 1,046,635 1,143,680 19.3%
25  Croatia Zadar Airport Zadar 496,697 487,652 520,924 589,841 603,819 801,347 132.7%
26  Croatia Pula Airport Pula 382,992 359,426 436,121 595,812 717,187 777,568 18.4%
27  Greece Kephalonia International Airport Kephalonia 479,195 492,502 542,359 629,671 761,647 774,170 11.6%
28  Greece Preveza-Aktion Airport Preveza 358,245 388,295 472,870 569,249 583,666 625,790 17.2%
29  Bosnia and Herzegovina Tuzla Airport Tuzla 151,353 259,074 311,398 535,834 584,589 593.083 11.4%
30  Greece Mytilene International Airport Mytilene 459,295 481,422 408,572 436,105 477,056 496,577 14.1%
31  Greece Samos International Airport Samos 396,308 403,150 346,780 410,331 462,749 467,395 13.9%
32  Greece Skiathos International Airport Skiathos 311,075 353,083 397,646 425,287 437,916 446,219 11.9%
33  Serbia Niš Constantine the Great Airport Nis 1,335 36,258 124,917 331,582 351,477 422,255 120.0%
34  Greece Kavala International Airport Kavala 221,087 243,745 260,740 337,963 406,949 323,310 120.6%
35  North Macedonia Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport Ohrid 69,984 107,916 145,002 159,072 184,283 317,397 +772.2%
36  Greece Kalamata International Airport Kalamata 226,602 188,209 230,100 278,063 278,961 -
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37  Greece Chios Island National Airport Chios 185,082 195,183 193,427 216,903 229,749 -
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38  Greece Alexandroupolis International Airport Alexandroupolis 158,737 168,631 161,636 169,806 211,954 -
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39  Greece Karpathos Island National Airport Karpathos 204,621 222,805 220,930 223,847 206,758 -
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40  Greece New Paros Airport Paros 40,171 43,182 74,344 163,368 204,924 -
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41  Croatia Rijeka Airport Rijeka 106,235 139,718 145,297 142,111 183,606 200,841 +19.4%
42  Greece Araxos Airport Araxos 146,403 147,560 129,738 153,496 182,129 -
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43  Bosnia and Herzegovina Banja Luka Airport Banja Luka 27,636 22,800 21,694 20,867 36,180 149,693 +10313.7%
44  Bulgaria Plovdiv International Airport Plovdiv 103,535 103,300 77,649 91,600 133,397 -
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45  Greece Ioannina National Airport Ioannina 79,395 86,523 97,745 96,350 109,830 134,011 +122.01%
46  Greece Lemnos International Airport Lemnos 92,964 99,491 88,416 86,153 94,227 -
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47  Greece Naxos Island National Airport Naxos 31,685 43,951 35,300 56,430 86,210 -
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48  Greece Milos Island National Airport Milos 39,239 50,589 45,268 45,209 75,556 -
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49  Croatia Osijek Airport Osijek 26,768 28,651 30,605 43,373 67,235 46,361 131.0%
50  Greece Sitia Public Airport Sitia 34,870 27,015 20,904 31,856 61,877 -
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51  Greece Ikaria Island National Airport Ikaria 39,679 42,892 41,238 41,553 44,303 -
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52  Greece Nea Anchialos National Airport Nea Anchialos 65,485 24,697 22,145 30,565 41,357 -
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53  Greece Kithira Island National Airport Kithira 38,856 37,870 31,880 31,905 37,031 -
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54  Bosnia and Herzegovina Mostar Airport Mostar 67,980 75,024 53,618 43,118 28,463 32.866 +115.4%
55  Slovenia Portorož Airport Portorož NA 22,975 23,783 25,450 24,840 28,881 -116.3%
56  Croatia Brač Airport Brač 9,616 8,809 12,354 21,596 30,170 25,342 116.0%
57  Greece Leros Municipal Airport Leros 29,221 28,516 25,551 27,583 24,033 -
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58  Greece Skyros Island National Airport Skyros 12,831 21,593 29,397 17,092 18,103 -
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59  Greece Syros Island National Airport Syros 15,399 14,684 17,878 21,252 18,047 -
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60  Greece Astypalaia Island National Airport Astypalaia 13,772 13,787 12,020 12,252 14,029 -
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61  Greece Kalymnos Island National Airport Kalymnos 24,511 23,164 18,621 11,989 10,234 -
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62  Croatia Lošinj Airport Mali Lošinj NA 12,287 6,402 6,042 6,939 6,495 16.4%
63  Greece Kastellorizo Airport Kastellorizo 8,196 8,019 6,958 5,494 5,434 -
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64  Greece Kozani National Airport Kozani 2,707 3,242 4,287 3,815 4,345 -
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65  Greece Kastoria National Airport Kastoria 4,098 4,605 6,317 5,091 4,301 -
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66  Greece Kasos Island Public Airport Kasos 3,478 4,456 3,888 3,066 2,840 -
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67  Slovenia Maribor Airport Maribor 17,568 24,886 8,890 6,000 2,435 -
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68  Bulgaria Gorna Oryahovitsa Airport Gorna Oryahovitsa/Veliko Tarnovo 286 495 235 361 388 -
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69  Serbia Kraljevo-Morava Airport Kraljevo 0 0 0 0 0 -
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Sometimes the European part of  Turkey is considered part of the Balkan Peninsula. The Istanbul Atatürk Airport is located there. It had 67,981,446 passengers in 2018, placing it on the top spot in the list. The (  Romania ) Romanian airports that are considered to be on the Balkan Peninsula are Mihail Kogălniceanu International Airport in Constanța and Tulcea Airport in Tulcea. They have respectively 129,235 and 158 passenger traffic.

List of countries by number of air passengers[edit]

Rank Country 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Change
2018-2019
1  Greece 48,851,903 53,568,111 58,533,896 63,728,596 Increase%

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2  Bulgaria 7,951,752 9,626,749 11,535,096 12,654,188 Decrease%

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3  Croatia 7,273,675 8,211,237 9,632,063 10,638,745 11,491,689 Increase8.0%

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4  Serbia 4,812,368 5,049,909 5,675,002 5,992,582 6,581,855 Increase9.9%

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5  Albania 1,997,044 2,200,449 2,630,338 2,947,172 3,338,147 Increase13.0%

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6  North Macedonia 1,560,381 1,794,376 2,027,344 2,342,541 2,677,618 Increase14.3%

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7  Montenegro 1,643,949 1,852,710 2,184,862 2,454,524 2,664,647 Increase8.6%

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8  Kosovo[a] 1,549,198 1,744,202 1,885,136 2,165,749 2,373,698 Increase9.6%

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9  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1,129,802 1,225,678 1,557,790 1,695,867 1,919,342 Increase13.2%

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10  Slovenia 1,486,165 1,437,504 1,714,495 1,839,686 Decrease%

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  1. ^ a b Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the 2013 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo is currently recognized as an independent state by 98 out of the 193 United Nations member states. In total, 112 UN member states recognized Kosovo at some point, of which 14 later withdrew their recognition.

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