|Belgrade Airport records weaker November results|
Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport has recorded its second consecutive month of declining passenger numbers with both Air Serbia and foreign carriers reducing their operations to and from the Serbian capital in November. The airport welcomed 299.113 passengers, a decrease of 5% compared to the same month last year. The figure was accompanied by a notable decline in the number of operated flights, which stood at 3.907, down 9.7% on November 2014. Over the past eleven months, Nikola Tesla Airport handled 4.469.083 passengers, an increase of 3.7% compared to the same period in 2014. Aircraft movements stood at 54.396, up 0.5%. The airport needs to handle a further 169.495 passengers in December in order to surpass 2014s end-of-year result and register its busiest year on record, which it is expected to achieve.
Despite discouraging trends over the past two months, Belgrade Airport's Managing Director, Saša Vlaisavljević, is adamant the airport will continue to grow in 2016. "Over the past four years, Belgrade Airport has seen its numbers grow year on year. To be more precise, an additional 1.5 million passengers have been added, meaning numbers have doubled. It is interesting to note that this year an average of 13.517 passengers were handled on a daily basis, or 563 per hour, which is nine travellers per minute. Estimates show that our growth trend will continue in 2016 as well, averaging between 4% and 6%", Mr Vlaisavljević says.
Next week, Air Serbia will boost its operations in the lead-up to the holiday season, maintaining a similar number of flights to that of last year, but only until mid-January. At the end of the month, on December 30, Russia's Ural Airlines will launch seasonal winter flights from Moscow's Domodedovo Airport to Belgrade, catering for Russian tourists visiting the Kopaonik ski resort on behalf of the TUI Russia tour operator. Flights will run twice per week for most of the winter season until March 23, 2016. Other than the inaugural service on December 30, all others have been put on sale through the airline's website and are available for booking for individual travel as well. The first three flights are currently scheduled to operate with an Airbus A321, after which the service will be maintained with an Airbus A320. Initially, it was planned for Yamal Airlines to operate the flights. So far, for next year, LOT Polish Airlines, Wizz Air and Air Serbia have confirmed new routes from Belgrade, with LOT resuming flights from Warsaw, Wizz introducing services to Baden-Baden and Air Serbia launching New York City. Flight details for Ural Airlines' Moscow service can be found here, while further information for Wizz Air's Baden-Baden flights can be viewed here.