|Air Serbia handles over two million passengers in nine months|
Air Serbia has recorded one of its strongest summer seasons in decades by handling 913.135 passengers during the third quarter (July - September), an increase of 11% compared to the same period last year. August proved to be a record-breaking month, with a total of 319.263 passengers travelling with the airline, a 7% increase compared to the same period in 2014. During the three months, the airline's dedicated charter brand, Aviolet, welcomed almost 100.000 passengers on more than 400 flights to holiday destinations in Turkey, Greece, Egypt and Italy. Air Serbia’s passenger carrying capacity, measured in Available Seat Kilometres (ASK), stood at one billion by the end of Q3 2015, an increase of 3% over the same period last year. Air Serbia Cargo also achieved 30% growth over 2014, carrying 865 tonnes of freight during the third quarter.
Throughout the first nine months of the year, the airline welcomed over two million passengers on board its aircraft, an increase of 15%. "In the first nine months of 2015, Air Serbia carried the same number of passengers as it did during the whole of 2014 combined", the carrier's CEO, Dane Kondić, said. He added, "Air Serbia's results in 2014 were incredible and we are on track to post even better numbers". James Hogan, the Vice Chairman of Air Serbia and President and CEO of Etihad Airways, said, “The third quarter results clearly indicate that the turnaround strategy is working and Air Serbia is on the right track to duplicate the success seen in 2014 and deliver robust operational and financial results in its second full year of operation”.
Similar to its part-owner Etihad, Air Serbia does not post its profit margins or average cabin load factor in its quarterly results. However, the total operating revenue from January to September rose 29%, from 142.2 million euros last year to 182.7 million euros in Q3 2015. During this period, on-time performance also improved, from 72% to 80%. “We continue to grow not just in revenues and passenger numbers, but more importantly also in reputation, performance and maturity, emerging as a regional industry leader in a relatively short period of time", Mr Kondić concluded. Meanwhile, Etihad Airways will operate 730 flights in and out of Serbia by the end of the year, carrying some 52.000 passengers. The majority of them, over 50%, started their journey in the Australasia region, followed by the rest of Asia and the United Arab Emirates.