Sarajevo and Belgrade see record year
The airports in Sarajevo and Belgrade have both seen significant passenger growth over the past month. Sarajevo Airport welcomed 44.446 passengers through its doors, an increase of 15.1% compared to the same period last year. Despite B&H Airlines cancelling its flights for several days in November, since one of its aircraft was on maintenance, the airport managed to see an increase in the number of flight operations. A total of 422 flights were recorded to and from the Bosnian capital, an increase of 6% compared to the same month last year.
Overall, Sarajevo Airport has already broken its all time passenger record by handling 628.878 travellers in the elapsed eleven months of the year. The figure represents growth of 15.4% on the same period last year since Sarajevo welcomed 580.058 passengers during all of 2012. This November, Istanbul maintained its position as the most frequent destination from the Bosnian capital with 25 weekly departures. It was followed by Vienna with twelve flights and Zagreb with eleven weekly flights.
Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport also saw a jump in passenger numbers. The airport handled 251.047 passengers in November, an increase of 13.6% compared to the same month last year. The growth came as a result of Air Serbia boosting its passenger figures but also foreign carriers performing better than last year. The number of flight operations also increased from 3.255 last year to 3.629 in November 2013, or an increase of 11.5%. With 36 departures, Vienna was the most frequent route in November, followed by Podgorica with 29 and Munich (including Memmingen) with 24 weekly departures. Overall, Belgrade Airport has welcomed 3.275.897 passengers through its doors so far this year, an increase of 4.4% compared to the same period last year. As a result, Belgrade is on course to see its busiest year on record in 2013, despite a slow start to the year. In December the airport will see the launch of new destinations including Banja Luka, Prague, Bucharest, Ljubljana (Air Serbia), Sarajevo (B&H Airlines) and Geneva (Swiss International Air Lines).