Jat Airways’ numbers improve
Following five months of continual passenger decline, Jat Airways has recorded its first increase since January. In July, the Serbian carrier handled 184.466 passengers, an increase of 2% compared to the same month last year. The airline’s number of operated flights increased by a significant 16% as the carrier’s fleet problems subside. The average cabin load factor stood at 75%, down eight points on last year. Montenegro bound flights saw the greatest growth, standing at 11%, and were followed by charter flights which saw a 9% passenger boost. Scheduled flights saw a 1% increase while Euro Mediterranean services suffered a 1% passenger decrease. Charter flights recorded the best cabin load factor of 87%, followed by flights to and from Montenegro standing at 78%.
With 20.560 passengers, Tivat proved to be the busiest destination in Jat’s network this July. It was followed by Paris and Moscow in third place. Compared to last July, Jat has seen the greatest passenger growth on services to Ohrid, Split and Stuttgart. The greatest decrease was recorded on flights to and from Istanbul, Pula and Sarajevo. Despite the drop to Pula, the Serbian carrier is recording an overall passenger increase of 50% on flights to and from Croatia this July.
In the first seven months of the year, Jat Airways carried 741.079 passengers, a decrease of 2% compared to the same period last year. The average cabin load factor stood at 69%, down five points. August figures will be closely followed as the Serbian carrier will operate a fleet of fifteen aircraft for the first time in several years, signalling an end to its fleet shortage which has plagued the carrier for two years. Jat has started the month off strongly with 26.943 passengers welcomed on board in the first four days of August. The curtains will be officially drawn on the Jat brand on October 1, when the airline takes off as Air Serbia.
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