|Belgrade Airport welcomes 2014's millionth passenger|
Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport has today handled its millionth passenger for the year, over a month ahead of 2013, as it continues to record unprecedented growth. In a statement, the airport said, “These results have confirmed previous estimates that, with the beginning of the summer season, Belgrade Airport will continue to record the biggest growth in passenger numbers and traffic volume out of any other capital city airport in Europe”. It adds that growth is being primarily driven by Air Serbia. The airport notes that while its workload has been significantly increased over the past few months, all departments continue to carry out their duties successfully.
Within the first nineteen days of April, the airport handled 214.704 passengers. Estimates suggest it will welcome 350.000 passengers through its doors by the end of the month, an increase of almost 40% compared to April 2013. The airport expects to see significant traffic over the Easter weekend. Similarly, its main customer, Air Serbia, has witnessed record passenger numbers so far this month. According to the Serbian Civil Aviation Directorate, Belgrade Airport will continue to see strong growth over the summer months as a record 32 foreign carriers will operate flights to and from the Serbian capital, eight of which are charter airlines.
So far in 2014 many airlines have announced the launch of new routes to Belgrade including easyJet, Wizz Air and Air Serbia. In the coming months Etihad Regional, Vueling, TAP Portugal and Air Cairo will launch scheduled services to the city, while Croatia Airlines will resume its seasonal flights to Belgrade. In addition, several carriers have been issued permits to operate charter flights such as Aegean Airlines, Freebird, Nesma Airlines and Onur Air. On the other hand, Belgrade Airport saw Adria Airways discontinue services to the city earlier this year while Wizz Air has announced plans to shelve two routes and cut frequencies on several flights from its Belgrade hub.