Air Serbia’s passenger growth exceeds 75% in February
Air Serbia has continued to see its passenger numbers soar during February, which is traditionally the aviation industry’s slowest month of the year. The Serbian carrier welcomed 108.545 passengers on board its aircraft, an increase of 77.1% compared to the same month last year. In February, the average cabin load factor stood at 63.4%, up four points on 2013. The highest load factor was recorded on flights from Belgrade to Paris, Sarajevo to Belgrade and Belgrade to London. So far this year, the Serbian carrier handled 235.977 passengers, up 69.5% on the same period last year. Overall, Air Serbia accounted for 46.7% of all passengers passing through Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport last month, a significant boost compared to 2013.
Last February, Jat Airways was forced to cut down on its frequencies and routes due to a fleet shortage. The number of operated flights decreased by 9% compared to February 2012. However, last month’s results represent a major improvement when compared to the past few years as well. Jat’s passenger numbers continued to decline until July 2013. Figures again dipped from September until Air Serbia’s launch in late October.
As the 2014 summer season approaches at the end of the month, Air Serbia will launch two new routes - Budapest and Sofia. Several destinations will also see a significant boost in frequencies. As EX-YU Aviation News learns, flights to Varna, which were to launch on March 30, have been postponed by a month. The service will now be inaugurated on May Day and will run three times per week before increasing to daily on June 16. The airline is expected to announce the new launch date soon. Previously, the airline moved the launch of its Beirut service from late March to June 1. Services to Warsaw and Kiev will be inaugurated on May 29.