Belgrade’s numbers soar in December
Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport ended 2013 by recording its highest growth rate of the year. In December, Serbia’s busiest airport handled 267.297 passengers, an increase of 18.9% compared to the same month in 2012. The growth was primarily driven by Air Serbia but also a strong showing by foreign carriers, particularly Swiss International Air Lines, Aeroflot and Wizz Air. During the month, the number of flight operations was significantly boosted. A total of 3.927 arrivals and departures were recorded, an increase from 3.202 in December 2012. During the month, six new routes were launched. They included Banja Luka, Prague, Ljubljana, Bucharest, Sarajevo and Geneva by three different airlines - Air Serbia, B&H Airlines and Swiss.
Belgrade Airport ended 2013 as the busiest airport in the former Yugoslavia and saw its best year on record. Throughout the year, the airport welcomed 3.543.194 passengers through its doors, an increase of 5.3% compared to 2012. A total of 46.828 arrivals and departures were recorded, an increase of 1.839 flights on 2012. As a result, the airport has overtaken Sofia Airport and is in contention of entering the top 100 busiest airports in Europe list.
The airport’s management expects 2014 to be another record year. During the month the airport will see easyJet launch new services to Geneva while Air Serbia has begun frequency upgrades across its network this January. It is in contrast to last year when the airport saw a lacklustre start to 2013. The CEO of Belgrade Airport, Velimir Radosavaljević, says, “In 2014 Belgrade Airport will, without a doubt, see the biggest improvement, that is, the biggest increase in passenger numbers out of any capital city airport in Europe”. So far, the airport is expected to see the launch of several new routes. easyJet and Etihad Regional will launch flights from Geneva, Air Serbia will inaugurate services to Beirut, Budapest, Sofia, Varna, Kiev and Warsaw, TAP Portugal will launch flights from Lisbon while Vueling Airlines will inaugurate a seasonal service from Barcelona. In addition, Wizz Air will launch flights to Larnaca.