November growth for Belgrade
Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport has clocked up its 33rd month of consecutive passenger growth as it handled a total of 3.139.050 passengers by the end of November. Last month, the airport welcomed 220.938 passengers, an improvement of 2.7% compared to November 2011. The increase came despite a drop in the number of flights operating to and from Serbia’s busiest airport. A total of 3.255 flights were carried out, down from 3.300 a year ago. The airport is now poised to surpass its 1987 passenger record. In the first eleven months of this year, it managed to surpass its 2011 end of year result. Today, Wizz Air will launch flights from the Serbian capital to Basel.
During the week, Belgrade Airport announced that Shenzhen CIMC-TianDA Airport Support Company (CIMC) won the tender to install six new air bridges at Belgrade’s terminal one gates. The company is the first to manufacture air bridges for the Airbus A380 and is known worldwide for its airport equipment. The gates, which will be installed from next year, are worth 2.2 million euros. The airport notes that the investment is being financed entirely out of its own funds and that it did not take out a loan to pay for them. Manufacturers from Europe and North America also took part in the tender.
Meanwhile, Niš Constantine the Great Airport saw its numbers plunge for a second consecutive month. The airport welcomed 1.989 passengers through its doors this November, down 19% on last year when it saw 2.447 travellers. On the whole, the year is still looking up with 25.154 passengers handled in the first eleven months, some 2.000 more than last year, or an increase of 8%. On December 22, Darwin Airline will launch flights from Zurich and Geneva which will go towards boosting numbers.