Strong figures in June and JulyBelgrade Nikola Tesla Airport recorded another good month and is on target to handle 3 million passengers by the end of 2011. In June, Serbia’s main hub welcomed 301.782 passengers, representing a 16.8% increase on the same month last year. However, the number of flights operated to and from the airport did not change. By the end of last month the airport handled 1.335.409 passengers, an increase of 20.1%.
July figures are also set to see a big increase. On July 1 the airport broke its own record for the number of passengers handled within 24 hours – a total of 14.320. These figures are expected to be broken again soon. The “Aviokarta” portal reports that the airport now has 2 rush hour periods compared to one last year. The first one begins in the morning when most Jat Airways flights depart and arrive and another one which commences late in the afternoon and lasts until the end of the day. Furthermore, most European airlines have begun sending bigger aircraft to Belgrade this summer, such as the Airbus A321, including Air France, Alitalia, Aeroflot, Turkish Airlines and Atlasjet.
One of the most popular destinations this summer from Belgrade is Antalya in Turkey with at least one flight per day. On several occasions the airport even saw 6 daily flights to the city. The airport is also gearing up for the winter season with Sky Work Airlines from Switzerland announcing flights to the city and a new airline will also soon announce services to the Serbian capital. More on this in the next couple of weeks.
The July 1 passenger record was broken yesterday with the airport handling 14.694 passengers.