Belgrade maintains growth momentumBelgrade Nikola Tesla Airport handled 284.522 passengers in May, just over 21.500 more than the same month last year. As a result, the airport recorded an 8.2% passenger increase, despite a fall in the number of operated flights. There were a total of 3.744 departures and arrivals, down 2.6% on May last year. Two airlines operating flights from Belgrade stood out in May. They were Jat Airways and Wizz Air, both of which had a sensational month. Montenegro Airlines is also regaining momentum on its flights to and from Serbia’s capital.
During May, Belgrade managed to break the one million passenger mark. In the first five months of the year the airport welcomed 1.156.086 passengers, up 11.8% compared to the same period last year. May 2012 marks the airport’s 26th month of consecutive growth with the last decline recorded back in 2010 during the Icelandic ash cloud drama.
The airport expects that its passenger numbers will be propped up over the summer by numerous charter flights. According to the General Director, Velimir Radosavljević, the airport will see a 20% increase in charter flights in the coming months. Aviogenex, has begun operating services out of Belgrade with two Boeing 737-900ER jets leased from Turkey’s Sky Airlines for the summer season. Other airlines operating charters to the Serbian capital include Air Cairo, Tunisair, Pegasus Airlines, Nesma Airlines and Jat Airways. The majority of the charters will be heading to Turkey, followed by Egypt, Greece and Tunisia, although, there will also be charters to Spain and Italy as well.