Poor September performance for Jat
In its last full month of operations as Jat Airways, the Serbian national carrier handled 165.013 passengers, a decrease of 7% compared to the same month last year. The results come despite the airline boosting its number of flights by 14%. The average cabin load factor for the month stood at 65%, which is eleven points down on September 2012. Numbers were down across the board. On Jat’s flights to and from Montenegro, the airline saw an 8% passenger decline. Euro Mediterranean flights recorded a 10% plunge in numbers while scheduled traffic saw a 9% passenger decrease. Charter flights were the only to see numbers improve, up 11% on last year.
In September, flights to and from Ohrid, Pula, Split and Paris saw the greatest rate of passenger growth compared to last year. Overall, the airline’s numbers on flights to Croatia grew by 60%. The best average cabin load factor was recorded on flights from Thessaloniki and Monastir to Belgrade, both at 96%, followed by Split - Belgrade at 90%. During the month, Jat had fourteen aircraft in operation.
So far this year, Jat Airways has welcomed 1.098.216 passengers on board its aircraft, a decrease of 2% compared to the same period last year. The average cabin load factor for the first nine months stands at 69%, down five points. While passenger numbers to Montenegro are the same as last year, Euro Mediterranean flights have seen a 4% decline while charter flights have recorded a passenger boost of 14%.
Jat Airways will operate under its name for most of October before it officially begins operations as Air Serbia on October 27.
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