As June comes to a close, Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport has recorded its busiest month in history. According to a press release from the airport, it anticipates handling some 455.000 passengers this June, an increase of 30% compared to the same month last year, making it its most successful since opening its doors to the public 52 years ago. “As a result, Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport continues to record the biggest increase in traffic volume and passenger numbers out of all the other capital city airports in Europe”, the airport says. It adds that growth is being driven primarily by Air Serbia.
The good results come despite the airport’s second busiest airline, Wizz Air, suspending two of its routes, Charleroi and Sandefjord, this May and Adria Airways’ departure earlier this year. On the other hand, Air Serbia has launched a handful of new routes and significantly increased its number of flights compared to its predecessor Jat Airways, which found itself at its lowest last summer with massive network reductions due to a fleet shortage. In addition, Vueling Airlines recently launched flights from Barcelona while TAP Portugal will inaugurate services from Lisbon to the Serbian capital tomorrow. Air Cairo has also commenced scheduled flights from Hurghada, which it is considering shifting to Cairo from the start of the 2014/15 winter season and Etihad Regional began operating flights from Geneva. On the other hand, Germanwings will suspend its flights from Stuttgart this winter while Swiss International Air Lines and Turkish Airlines will reduce their frequencies.
Belgrade Airport has also announced it has completed the second of four phases of its multi million euro expansion project, which has so far seen it upgrade its facilities, open new gates and add capacity. Serbia’s busiest airport has completed the refurbishment of its C concourse gates, adding an additional new gate to the existing six. Another 311.3 square metres of space has been added to the C concourse, complimenting the reconstruction of the existing 2.304 square metres. The price tag of the entire project is estimated at 52.985.000 euros, funded entirely out of the airport’s own finances. The project will continue with phase three, which involves the expansion of the remaining A concourse gates, thus completing the upgrade of all of the airport’s departure and gate lounges. The project will culminate with the fourth and final phase which will see the construction of a completely new floor stretching over 4.900 square metres, to be built above the current terminal two building.