|Air Serbia content with passenger numbers to Montenegro and Croatia|
Air Serbia says it is satisfied with both its passenger numbers and general performance on regional markets such as Montenegro and Croatia. Speaking to the “SEEbiz” portal, the carrier says, “We are satisfied with our loads on all routes. Our average cabin load factor on our entire network amounted to 67% in 2014, an increase of 3% compared to the year before. This is a relatively good result, keeping in mind that during that same period we significantly increased our capacity, by 74%”, the airline explains. During the first quarter of 2015, Air Serbia handled 453.000 passengers, an increase of 26% compared to the 359.000 travellers welcomed over the same period last year.
Commenting on its performance on the all-important Montenegro market, which is the busiest for the carrier, Air Serbia says it has divided the frequency of its services to Tivat into three blocks based on demand. The route will peak at 26 weekly flights during the summer. On the other hand, services to Podgorica will be maintained three times per day since the route is not as seasonal as Tivat. “We are very happy with our cooperation with both airports in Montenegro. We also have decent cooperation with Montenegro Airlines, although there is always room for improvement”, the airline says. According to Belgrade Airport’s financial report, Podgorica was Air Serbia’s third busiest route during the first quarter, behind only Zurich and Paris, with 25.363 passengers handled, an increase of 1.9% on the same period last year.
With four destinations served in Croatia during the summer season, the airline has said it will continue to maintain flights only to Zagreb during the winter months. “At the moment, we are very satisfied with our loads to Dubrovnik and Split. Flights to Pula will resume on June 16 and we are certain they will be very successful”, the airline says. It adds, “We will run services to Dubrovnik until October 24, that is, until the end of the summer season. Currently, we do not plan to maintain this route throughout the winter”. Recently, Zadar Airport’s Managing Director revealed that Air Serbia is considering launching flights to the city in 2016. Following talks with the carrier and its part-owner Etihad Airways, the airport said a decision on the future flights will be made “in a few months”.