Belgrade Airport on a rollBelgrade Nikola Tesla Airport welcomed its second millionth passenger of the year last week. The number came two weeks ahead of 2011. The second millionth passenger of 2012 passed through the airport’s doors on August 8. The result indicates that the busiest airport in the former Yugoslavia is on course to surpass its 1987 passenger record when it handled 3.311.951 travellers in what was a record year for the aviation industry across the country.
Despite all its woes, Jat Airways has played a major part in boosting Belgrade’s numbers. Despite a decrease in the number of operated flight by 3%, Jat managed to welcome 755.555 passengers in the first seven months of the year, all of which passed through Belgrade either on arrival or departure. The figure represents an increase of 12% compared to last year. On the other hand, the airport has lost high profile airlines such as Malév and Spanair due to bankruptcy but anticipates the arrival of Air One, Qatar Airways and Pegasus in the following months.
After welcoming 409.807 passengers in July, Belgrade has also seen a strong start to August. In the first ten days of the month a total of 138.878 passengers used the airport. The most popular services in August remain charters to Greece, Turkey and Egypt. On scheduled services, Jat Airways is recording outstanding loads on flights to Skopje, Berlin, Dubrovnik, Pula, Split, London-Heathrow, Milan, Moscow, Paris and Larnaca. Other airlines seeing big numbers this August on their services to and from the Serbian capital include Wizz Air, Montenegro Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Swiss International Airlines, Alitalia, Aeroflot and Norwegian Air Shuttle.