No turnaround in Jat’s passenger numbers
Jat Airways has failed to stage a recovery in May with its passenger numbers continuing to decrease for a fourth month in a row. Figures were not affected as badly as in April when the airline saw a 16% passenger plunge. The carrier’s downward trends are being primarily affected by a large number of cancelled flights due to an ongoing fleet shortage. In May the Serbian carrier handled 109.393 passengers, a 3% decrease compared to the same month last year. The average cabin load factor stood at 73%, down by four points. The core of the cancellations came on Montenegro bound flights with 17% fewer services than last year. As a result, Jat recorded a 7% passenger decrease to and from Podgorica and Tivat in May. Euro Mediterranean flights saw a 3% decrease despite a 1% increase in the number of operated flights. The only high point in May’s results were charter services which saw a 59% passenger boost compared to the same month last year.
In the first five months of the year, Jat Airways has welcomed 421.869 passengers, a decrease of 4% compared to the same period last year. The average cabin load factor stood at 67%, down by four points. Overall, the number of operated flights has decreased by 6% this year, with a 13% reduction on services to and from Montenegro, an 8% reduction on Euro Mediterranean services but a 94% increase in charter flights. Jat will hope its planned partnership with Etihad Airways in the coming months will help turnaround the ongoing negative trends.
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