From the Dalmatian capital to Tivat, air travel on the Adriatic is booming. And while much is written about the airports of Zagreb, with record traffic and new terminals in Zagreb, Dubrovnik and (coming next summer) Split, the increase in passenger traffic in Montenegro is no less impressive.
Both Budva and Podgorica handled more than a million passengers each in 2017, numbers which look set to be smashed this year, if early results are anything to go by.
Overhauling the airports completely might be the most ideal solution, but not particularly practical, particularly at Tivat, the busiest airport in the country. But, as ExYuAviation reports, some temporary measures to increase terminal capacity should be in place for the peak season:
"Montenegro's two international airports, Podgorica and Tivat, will build temporary structures to deal with strong passenger growth and capacity constraints this summer season. Podgorica Airport will construct three additional areas spanning over 1.000 square metres. This will include a 220 square metre extension of the departures area on the northern side of the terminal building, which will feature additional toilet facilities, as well as a smoking room, while an extra 438 square metres will be added to the arrivals area, which would allow for additional passport control booths and customs control. A third structure, covering an area of 319 square metres will be added to the VIP and general aviation gates. Tivat Airport plans to add a makeshift structure spanning 1.300 square metres, which could be completed by the start of the peak summer months."