Jat on seven month growth streak
Jat Airways is continuing to see strong passenger growth in 2012 with the airline handling 145.203 passengers in September, up 16% on the same month last year. The airline’s average cabin load factor stood at 76%, an increase of 2% compared to September 2011. Despite a 1% decline in the number of operated flights, the Serbian carrier saw figures surge across its network, with the exception of its services to Montenegro. On scheduled flights the airline’s numbers improved 10%. Growth of 16% was seen on Euro Mediterranean flights, while charter flights saw a strong 91% passenger increase. On the other hand, passenger numbers on services to and from Podgorica and Tivat plummeted 16%, although it must be taken into account that the number of operated flights was down 25% compared to last year.
So far this year, Jat has welcomed 1.085.521 passengers onboard its aircraft, an improvement of 14% on the same period last year. The average cabin load factor for the year so far amounts to 75%, up five points compared to 2011. The airline’s best performing routes continue to be its traditional strongholds - London, Moscow, Amsterdam, Paris and Frankfurt. Performing exceptionally well during the summer months were its seasonal flights to Croatia and Malta as well as its scheduled services to Sarajevo and Skopje.
The Serbian carrier has announced that it will operate flights to 25 destinations this winter season, with an average of 155 weekly flights. There will be no major changes to the schedule compared to the previous winter season with the airline operating additional flights over December and January to cater for the holiday season.
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