Friday, May 14, 2010

Belgrade tops Europe

The good times roll
According to analysis conducted by the web portal “Anna Aero”, Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport has attracted the most new carriers during the past 12 months (from August 2009 to August 2010) in Europe, leaving Marseille Airport in France in second place. Belgrade took charge by attracting 10 new airlines, among which are 5 flag carrier and 3 low cost airlines. The following have commenced flights to the Serbian capital since August 2009: Cimber Sterling (2X per week from Copenhagen), airBaltic (4X from Riga), Spanair (3X from Barcelona and 2X from Madrid), TAROM Romanian (5X from Bucharest), Niki (6X from Vienna), B&H Airlines (6X from Sarajevo), Adria Airways (6X from Ljubljana), Malev Hungarian (daily from Budapest), Aegean Airlines (daily from Athens) and Wizz Air (3X per week from Dortmund and 4X per week from London Luton). Both B&H Airlines and Wizz Air are yet to begin flights to Belgrade, although Wizz Air has bought its London Luton service forward by a month and increased the initial frequency of 3 weekly flights to 4. The good times keep rolling for the airport after it recorded a 16 million Euro profit in 2009.

“Who would have predicted this? Belgrade Airport in Serbia attracts more new carriers than any other airport”, the UK based portal reports. It sites the end of EU visa restrictions for Serbian citizens as a plausible explanation for such high interest, although, the country’s recent implementation of the open skies policy should also be noted. There have also been milestones with the new arrivals. Adria returned to Belgrade for the first time in 20 years, scheduled flights to Spain were resumed after 20 years and scheduled flights to Riga commenced, connecting the two cities via the air for the first time.

9 comments:

  1. Konacno nesto pozitivno! :)
    Me like it! :D

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  2. This is great!

    BEG is the winner with the visa liberalisation !

    I wish that Macedonia will get at least 3-4 new airlines, but this seems to happen only in 2010 :)

    Regards

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  3. What's this? Is it about that highly popular carrier that was mentioned a couple of months ago as a mysterious new LC that we'll see in BEG? :)

    Maybe a promotional flight or sth similar?

    http://www.beg.aero/putnici/letovi.231.html?flightId=49801

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  4. Anyway, the link stopped responding... There was this Air Berlin flight AB3891 to Berlin and AB914P in arrival. :)

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  5. Air Berlin had tech problem so they landed here...

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  6. And to think the list could have been one airline higher, and one (possibly two) destinations also if OU had opened its planned flights this summer...

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  7. ... and there is more.
    Wind Jet is coming on route to Palermo.
    Cheers!

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  8. ah the passenger numbers for this month will be interesting to see!

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