Busy summer at Belgrade AirportEX-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.