Busy winter season ahead for Belgrade
Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport is preparing for what is likely to be one of its busiest winter seasons on record. Many airlines serving Serbia’s busiest airport have announced frequency increases this winter while the launch of Air Serbia will see a major boost in flight operations over the coming months. This Thursday, the national carrier of Belarus, Belavia, will launch flights from Minsk to Belgrade via Budapest. The equipment for the two weekly service has been upgraded from the initial Bombardier CRJ200 to the Embraer E175. The carrier has received fifth freedom rights between Budapest and Belgrade.
This winter, Turkish Airlines plans to introduce a third daily flight to the Serbian capital on selected days, boosting frequencies to seventeen flights per week. Alitalia will also boost operation with a total of ten weekly flights planned for the winter while Russia’s Aeroflot will maintain its summer schedule and operate two daily flights between Moscow and Belgrade. Qatar Airways will add another weekly flight via Ankara, totalling four services per week. In addition, in mid December, Swiss International Airlines will inaugurate flights from Geneva to Belgrade. LOT Polish Airlines has decided to turn its seasonal summer service to the Serbian capital into yearlong flights and will continue its operations from Warsaw to Belgrade this winter. Unlike last winter, Belgrade will also be served by this year’s new arrivals - Etihad Airways, Pegasus Airlines and easyJet while Wizz Air will be operating several new routes it launched over the summer. By June 2014, Air Serbia plans to offer 73.000 seats and 670 weekly departures from Belgrade, starting its expansion this winter by launching new services and significantly boosting its frequencies on existing destinations.
In the first eight months of the year Belgrade Airport has handled 2.380.911 passengers, an increase of 3.4% compared to the same period last year. In August alone the airport welcomed 441.088 passengers, up 7.2%, and marked August 2 as its busiest day in history. During the month, Jat maintained a 44% share of all passengers using the airport, followed by Wizz Air at 12.9% and Montenegro Airlines at 7%. Compared to last August, Tunis Air saw the greatest passenger increase rate on its flights from Tunis and Enfidha to Belgrade.