|Air Serbia’s passenger numbers and revenue continue to improve|
Air Serbia is the second national carrier in the former Yugoslavia, following Adria Airways, to report its first quarter results for 2015. During the first three months, the Serbian national carrier handled 453.000 passengers, an increase of 26% compared to the 359.000 travellers welcomed over the same period last year. The airline’s passenger carrying capacity, measured in Available Seat Kilometres (ASK), rose by 15% year-on-year to 795 million. The Serbian carrier saw its revenue soar to 39 million euros during the first quarter, up 44%. The amount of commercial cargo handled also improved, with 875 tonnes of freight processed by the airline, an increase of 61%. On-time performance stood at 86%.
Air Serbia’s CEO Dane Kondić, says, “We have continued to reap the benefits of our growth, which is fuelled by the development of our network and the expansion of codeshare partnerships. Our results continue to demonstrate the effectiveness of our business strategy. This is a great sign for our long-term success”. Air Serbia provided no quarterly profit figures in its statement nor did it report on its average load factor. However, the carrier noted it significantly expanded its network through codeshare agreements with Adria Airways, Aeroflot, Air Berlin, Air France, Alitalia, Bulgaria Air, Etihad Airways, Etihad Regional, KLM and TAROM.
Currently, Air Serbia, together with its subsidiaries Air Serbia Catering and Air Serbia Ground Services, employs 2.300 people. The carrier has reiterated that it will continue broadening its workforce and focus on improving passenger experience over the coming months. Mr. Kondić adds, “As in 2014, we will continue to focus on maintaining financial discipline and control over costs. Nevertheless, this year we are committed to investing in what we firmly believe are key areas that will underpin our future success - further development of our workforce and enhancing the guest experience by innovating our products and services”. Previously, the airline said it would start rolling out on board wireless Internet access across its Airbus fleet and open a dedicated business class lounge at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport during the second quarter. “During this year, we will continue to focus on all aspects our guests’ travel experience by innovating our products and services, providing even more choice, convenience and enjoyment. We are confident that this approach will drive our continued success”, the CEO concluded.
EX-YU airline Q1 2015 passenger numbers:
|Air Serbia||453.000||▲ 26|
|Adria Airways||203.663||▲ 8|