Belgrade Airport bounces back
Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport has recorded its best May passenger results since the collapse of the former Yugoslavia. Serbia’s busiest airport welcomed 300.993 passengers, an increase of 5.8% compared to the same month last year. It handled an additional 43 flights compared to last May, totalling 3.787 for the entire month. The airport was aided by the combined May Day and Easter public holidays, the start of the charter flight season and the introduction of several seasonal services on behalf of Jat Airways.
So far this year, Nikola Tesla Airport has welcomed 1.156.590, only 504 passengers more than the same period last year, or an increase of 0.04%. The airport’s record May results have helped it make up for the losses it saw earlier on in the year. The airport will hope that numbers will continue to improve in June with the arrival of Etihad Airways and the launch of several new Wizz Air destinations. Following the recent bankruptcy of the Turkish based charter carrier Sky Airlines, it has been announced that Freebird Airlines will take over its planned flights to Belgrade and Niš.
Meanwhile, Serbia’s second airport, Niš Constantine the Great, welcomed 2.280 passengers in May, down 3% compared to the same month last year. In further bad news for the airport, Mistral Airlines has cancelled its service from Trieste to the city due to low interest after only several flights but says it is likely to resume operations during the peak summer season. Constantine the Great Airport has recorded a considerable passenger decrease so far this year by welcoming 7.427 travellers, down 26%.
Many airports in the former Yugoslavia have recorded significant growth in May. As has been the case over the past five years they will be published on EX-YU Aviation News throughout the month.