Belgrade grows, Niš slumpsBelgrade Nikola Tesla Airport has recorded one of its best August results since opening its doors in 1962. The airport welcomed 411.340 passengers, an increase of 7.5% compared to the same month last year. The number of flights operating to the Serbian capital also increased, from 4.631 last year to 4.731 in August 2012. During the first eight months of the year, Nikola Tesla Airport saw 2.303.129 passengers, an increase of 9.5% compared to the same period last year.
On August 10 the airport recorded its busiest day in history by handling 15.803 passengers. Belgrade is now neck and neck with its regional rival Sofia Airport when it comes to passenger figures. The airport anticipates continuing the upward passenger trend throughout the coming winter months with the arrival of Air One, Qatar Airways and the launch of new flights by Wizz Air.
However, Serbia’s second international airport, Niš, saw a big drop in figures this August. Constantine the Great managed to welcome only 2.889 passengers, a plunge of 13% compared to the same month last year or 456 passengers less. Overall, Niš handled 18.376 passengers so far this year, which is still a 16% increase compared to 2011. The airport’s managing director has announced that Montenegro Airlines will apply for a license to operate flights from Niš to Zurich over the winter months. The airline has been previously knocked back by the Swiss aviation authorities. Next April, the European Union funded flights from Trieste to the Serbian city will be launched.