Best June results in over two decades
Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport has recorded its busiest June since the breakup of Yugoslavia. Belgrade Airport welcomed 350.453 passengers compared to last year’s 325.896, thus recording an increase of 7.5%. Numbers were aided by an increase in the number of operated flights. A total of 4.354 arrivals and departures were recorded in June, a 2.7% improvement compared to the same month last year. During the month, Belgrade welcomed Etihad Airways as its newest customer as well as several charter airlines which have launched services for this year’s summer season.
Following its best post-Yugoslav break up results in May and June, Serbia’s busiest airport will hope to see another record breaking year after a successful 2012. In the coming period Belavia has announced the launch of scheduled flights from Minsk and Budapest while Swiss International Air Lines will launch a two weekly service from Geneva, which is set to increase to three times per week from April 2014. Furthermore, from late October, the Serbian national carrier will launch a handful of new routes and boost frequencies across its network under the guidance of Etihad Airways, more of which will be revealed in the coming weeks. In the first half of the year, Nikola Tesla Airport handled 1.507.043 passengers, an increase of 1.7% compared to 2012.
Meanwhile, yesterday, the Serbia and Montenegro Air Traffic Services Agency (SMATSA) recorded its busiest July day in history. The Agency, which controls the airspace above Serbia, Montenegro, part of the Adriatic Sea and 55% of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s airspace, said it recorded 2.400 aircraft fly over areas it monitors in the past 24 hours. The Agency expects more records to be broken, with some 2.500 aircraft per day anticipated during the August weekends or 180 aircraft per hour.