Solid November start for Air Serbia
Air Serbia handled 95.330 passengers in its first month of operations under the new brand name. The November result represents growth of 12.1% compared to the same month last year. With the introduction of new aircraft, the airline’s average load factor took a dive, totalling 53.6%, down twelve points on last year. On flights to and from Montenegro the Serbian carrier handled 11% more passengers despite a drop in the number of operated flights by 4%.Scheduled services saw a passenger boost of 12% though they were accompanied by a 21% increase in the number of operated flights. Passenger numbers on charter flights and Euro Mediterranean services surged 31% and 12% respectively compared to last November.
During the month, flights to and from Tel Aviv, Copenhagen and Athens saw the biggest increase in passenger numbers. In addition, the airline recorded its highest average load factor on flights to and from Vienna, Tivat, Sarajevo, Skopje and Dusseldorf. The carrier’s on time performance stood at 85.1% (delays under fifteen minutes are not included). The majority of the delays were caused by the late arrival of transit passengers followed by technical problems. During the month, the airline utilised its new Airbus A319 aircraft on flights to Amsterdam, Athens, Abu Dhabi, Brussels, Copenhagen, Zurich, Dusseldorf and London Heathrow.
Overall, Air Serbia has welcomed 1.268.686 passengers on board its aircraft in the elapsed eleven months of the year, down 0.7% compared to the same period in 2012. The average cabin load factor stood at 67.3%, down 6.6%. The November result marks the airline’s first monthly improvement on last year since August, when it recorded a 4% passenger increase. The carrier saw its biggest passenger slide in April when numbers tumbled 16%.