Monday, August 20, 2012

Belgrade Airport breaks new record

Busy summer at Belgrade Airport
EX-YU aviation news can exclusively reveal that Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport has managed to break another passenger record. On August 10, 2012 it handled 15.803 passengers, recording its busiest day in history. It previously set its 24 hour record only a month ago, on July 20, when it welcomed 15.640 passengers through its doors. If passengers travelling on private flights were to be included in the August 10 statistic, 15.819 travellers used the airport’s services. A total of 8.083 passengers departed Belgrade while another 7.720 arrived in Serbia’s capital. The figures mark another sign that the former Yugoslavia’s busiest airport is heading for a record breaking year.

Fridays are proving to be the busiest at the airport. The figures on August 10 were boosted by numerous charters which were operating at full capacity. On that day, Jat Airways’ most popular services were its charters to Sharm El Sheikh, Antalya and Dalaman. Its most popular scheduled services were its sold out flights arriving from Monastir, Skopje, Tivat, Paris and Larnaca. On departure from Belgrade, the Serbian carrier was sold out or operating at almost full capacity to Dusseldorf, Zurich, Paris, Larnaca, London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Moscow, Stockholm and Copenhagen. The busiest foreign carriers were once again airlines operating charters such as Nesma Airlines, Air Cairo and Pegasus Airlines. The busiest scheduled service operated by a foreign airline was Swiss International Air Lines which left Belgrade for Zurich with 186 passengers onboard its Airbus A321.

According to airport data, Jat Airways still holds the greatest share of flights in Belgrade, standing at almost 40%. It is followed by Wizz Air at 11%, Lufthansa at 9%, Montenegro Airlines with 7% and Swiss International Air Line at 5%. During 2012, Wizz Air overtook Lufthansa as Belgrade’s second carrier. Podgorica remains the busiest route from Belgrade followed by London Heathrow, Moscow, Zurich and Paris.

20 comments:

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  2. Isn't it Vienna (with 8 flights today i.e., and that is 3 more than Podgorica) the busiest route?

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    1. bravo! thats what im wondering too... so how it comes...

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  3. Busiest, as in has most passengers.

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    1. Yes, but how do you explain London. It has only two flghts a day. Even if 100% load on a bigger machine, these 8 flights a day to Vienna should be really empty?

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  4. good for Beograd!hello from Croatia!

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  5. Good for BEG.
    Since a vast majority of pax are Serbs, looks like that economy / tourism is slowly picking up and share of diaspora pax are getting smaller.
    All of these are positive and for BEG impressive numbers, although, as a daily record, far behind Dubrovnik and Split on 25000 pax-day.
    I am positive, one day BEG will definitelly reach such numbers too.

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    1. Yes but Dubrovnik and Split see those numbers only in summer months. Throughout the winter both airports are kind of empty.

      Does anyone know what is the record for Zagreb?

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    2. Yes, in the summer months, just as is the case now in Belgrade - record was set in August, not in January. Although, DUB and SPU are rather empty during winter (compared to Belgrade and Zagreb).

      As for Zagreb, this year Pleso Airport is quite lazy in posting traffic figures....really really lazy!

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    3. That's cause there is nothing to post, very simply. Better post nothing than negative results.

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    4. The Serbian economy is supposed to retract this year by 0.5%! And this summer I have seen honestly much more diaspora passengers then last. Just looking at my flight this morning from Belgrade to Frankfurt by Lufthansa. Asians, Blacks, Indians, Americans, and a lot of diaspora! Nice mix :)

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    5. The numbers are there on Zagreb's airport website. All you need to do is know how to use a computer!

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    6. actually they appeared on there yesterday afternoon. no need to be a wise-ass :)

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  6. Hvala za Bajramsku cestitku 'ex-yu' aviation news...

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  7. Re: Ex-Yu can we have a confirmation or denial of the ongoing rumours that Pegasus has been refused license by the Serbian authorities? Thanks.

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  8. well it is very easy to set records when you are the only player in town. I really wouldn't count Nis as a big player. What about the airport in Kraljevo? Were they not goig to see big things happen? Yes it is easy to set records ,when people use the one airport and drive hours to their final destination.

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    1. If things were that simple then Belgrade would have been setting those records years ago.

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    2. Well, LYNI is not seeing any improvement due to economical reasons, because there is no interest and because they choose routes on tenders! LYKV will see any improvement once the military turns it into a civil airport wich will happen when Turks give promised money. I don't blame it on LYBE but on incompetent authorities. I will once again cite that LYBT should also be converted into LCC, GENAVI and charter airport and then there will be significant decrease of proces. LYBE should stay capital int'l airport.
      As for Pegasus, I can confirm they have been rejected by CAD.

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