Belgrade anticipates record winter and record year
Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport is heading for a second consecutive record breaking year as it handles over three million passengers in the first ten months of 2013. In October Serbia’s busiest airport welcomed 294.350 passengers, an increase of 6.8% compared to the same month last year. The surge in numbers was brought on primarily by foreign carriers with Jat Airways ending its 66 year run with similar monthly figures to last year. The airport’s numbers were further boosted by a significant increase in flight operations. A total of 3.998 flights were operated to and from the airport, an increase of 9.4% compared to last October.
Encouraging for the airport are trends showning its main customer, Air Serbia, has recorded an impressive surge in passenger numbers (compared to the same weekly period last year when flights were operated by Jat). During the winter season Belgrade Airport will see a handful of new routes. Air Serbia has already inaugurated services to Abu Dhabi, which will be followed by Banja Luka, Bucharest, Ljubljana and Prague in December. Furthermore, on December 2 B&H Airlines will launch flights from Sarajevo with details available here. Swiss International Air Lines will inaugurate its new Geneva service in mid December which will be followed by easyJet launching the exact same route on January 24, with further details here.
So far this year, Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport has handled 3.024.850 passengers, an increase of 3.6% compared to the same period last year. The airport welcomed its third millionth passenger for the year on October 30, which is almost two weeks ahead of 2012. In a statement, the airport says it is anticipating a record winter season. “During the 22 week winter season period, 9.333 scheduled return flights will be operated, an increase of 38% compared to last year. This represents a never before seen surge in the number of flights with the biggest contribution coming from our national carrier Air Serbia, which will have an average of 200 departures per week from the airport, an increase of about 65% compared to the winter of 2012/13”.