|Air Serbia’s passenger numbers continue to soar|
Air Serbia has continued to record strong passenger growth in March. The Serbian national carrier welcomed 132.412 passengers on board its aircraft, an increase of 60.8% compared to last year’s 82.336 travellers. The airline’s average cabin load factor stood at 58%. The highest overall cabin occupancy was recorded on services from Prague to Belgrade, Belgrade to Ljubljana and Bucharest to Belgrade. March marks the carrier’s fifth month of consecutive passenger growth. During the month, the airline launched two new routes - to Sofia and Budapest. In the first quarter, Serbia’s national carrier handled 368.389 passengers, an increase of 66.3% compared to the same period last year.
Meanwhile, yesterday, the airline announced plans to boost frequencies and capacity on its services to the Adriatic coast due to strong demand. “Air Serbia will provide even more convenient flights and connections to these popular summer destinations on the Adriatic coast for passengers from Serbia and other European countries”, the airline said in a statement. From May 27, an additional daily flight will operate to Tivat, totalling three daily services. Flights to Tivat will also see a big boost in capacity as services will operate with a mix of ATR72, Airbus A319 and A320 jets. “The upgraded aircraft will also mark the introduction of Air Serbia's highly regarded business class service on this route”, the airline adds. Furthermore, the carrier will introduce another three weekly flights to Dubrovnik from May 30, to be operated with the Airbus A319. As a result, a total of six weekly flights will be offered to the coastal city. An additional one weekly A319 service will be added to Split from May 30, with a total five flights per week. The additional frequencies will run until September 15 after which the original schedule will come back into force.
Finally, Air Serbia has announced changes to its in-flight menus this month. The airline says its meal choices offer improved versions of Serbian specialities with most ingredients used to prepare the meals produced in Serbia itself. The airline adds it plans to make menu changes and improvements every three months. Furthermore, a choice of meals has been introduced for passengers with special dietary requirements.