Belgrade Airport maintains dream run
Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport has recorded its tenth consecutive month of passenger growth and has managed to handle over half a million passengers in the first two months of the year. In February, Serbia’s busiest airport welcomed 232.061 passengers through its doors, representing an increase of 33.8% compared to the same month last year. The number of flight operations totalled 3.696, which is 965 arrivals and departures more than last year, or an increase of 35.3%. In a statement the airport said, “The growth in traffic and passenger numbers achieved during the month is currently unmatched by any other major international airport in Europe”. It has previously stated it expects to be the fastest growing European capital city airport in 2014.
During the first two months of the year, Belgrade Airport handled 502.845 passengers, an increase of 31.1% on 2013. “These results will allow the management to implement long term development strategies for the airport and finance all planned investments out of its own funds”, the airport says. It adds, “The growth was achieved in a large part due to the expanding business volume and growth in operations by the national carrier Air Serbia”. During the month, Adria Airways suspended its five weekly flights to the Serbian capital while Aegean Airlines replaced Olympic Air on the Athens route as part of a takeover deal between the two Greek airlines.
In February Belgrade Airport opened two additional boarding gates, increasing their number to eighteen. Located on the ground floor, they are the first bus gates at the airport, transferring passengers to their aircraft parked at remote stands. During this month, the refurbishment of 2.304 square metres and the addition of a further 311 square metres to the terminal building will be completed. The project has seen the overhaul of C3 to C6 gates which will mark the completion of its terminal two reconstruction, since other gates have already been expanded.