Dream start to 2014 for Belgrade Airport
Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport has recorded its strongest start to the year by handling 270.784 passengers, an increase of 28.9% compared to the same month last year. The airport also saw a boost in flight operation with a total of 4.147 arrivals and departures recorded, up from 3.108 last year. In a statement, the airport said, “Such results have been achieved in a large part due to the expansion of our new national carrier Air Serbia”. It adds, “These results have lived up to the management’s expectations that the airport will see the greatest improvement in 2014, that is, become the fastest growing capital city airport in Europe”.
During January, the airport saw easyJet inaugurate new flights from Geneva to Belgrade and Air Serbia significantly boost frequencies on several routes. In the coming months Serbia’s busiest airport will also see Etihad Regional, TAP Portugal, Wizz Air, Vueling Airlines, easyJet and Air Serbia launch new destinations while Aegean Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Freebird, Nesma Airlines and Onur Air have all applied for licenses to operate charter flights to Belgrade this summer, pending government approval. However, during this month the airport will bid farewell to one of its customers as Adria will suspend services to the Serbian capital on Wednesday. During the month, Aegean Airlines will replace Olympic Air on the Athens - Belgrade route as part of a takeover deal between the two Greek airlines.
Meanwhile, Air Serbia has announced a major boost in frequencies and capacity this summer with the retirement of its Boeing 737 fleet from scheduled service. The Serbian carrier will resume seasonal flights to Dubrovnik on May 15 three times per week, with four weekly flights to Split starting May 16. On the same day, the airline will also launch four weekly red-eye flights to Monastir on the Airbus A319. In addition, it will upgrade services to Bucharest from the ATR72 to the A319 from March 30. The airline's summer schedule is expected to be finalised this week.