|Belgrade Airport handles record 4.7 million passengers in 2015|
Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport has recorded its best year on record in 2015 in terms of passenger numbers and profitability and has cemented its position as the busiest in the former Yugoslavia. It is also expected to have ranked within the top 100 busiest airports on the continent for a second year in a row. Belgrade welcomed 4.776.110 passengers in 2015, over 137.500 more than the year before. Its numbers represent growth of 3% on 2014. The figure was achieved despite a slight dip in the number of operated flights. There were a total of 58.513 commercial departures and arrivals, down 0.3%. Furthermore, the airport processed 13.091 tons of cargo throughout the year, an increase of 25%. Overall, a total of 13.085 travellers passed through the airport on a daily basis or 545 per hour, which equates to nine passengers per every minute. The number of transfer passengers doubled, growing 52% on the year before.
Despite the airport recording its busiest year since opening its doors in 1962, it has also seen its passenger numbers weaken during the fourth quarter of 2015, with three consecutive months of declining figures, a trend which is expected to continue until the end of the 2015/16 winter season in late March. In December, passenger numbers decreased 6.1%. The downward trend over the past few months has come as a result of Air Serbia, which has cut down on its network during this winter season. Ironically, the carrier has also attributed the most to the airport's overall growth during the year following a busy summer.
Belgrade Airport entered the New Year with the launch of two routes, with LOT Polish Airlines resuming flights from Warsaw on January 2 and Ural Airlines introducing services from Moscow's Domodedovo Airport. The latter, which was originally to operate two weekly seasonal flights until the end of the winter season, now plans to run year-round services. Furthermore, Wizz Air will launch flights to Baden-Baden on March 28, while Air Serbia will inaugurate services to New York in June. In addition, Greek airline Ellin Air will operate summer flights from Crete and Rhodes to the Serbian capital during the peak summer months. Managing Director, Saša Vlaisavljević, forecasts for the airport to register 4 %- 6% passengers growth during 2016. It is believed the airport generated a record twenty million euros in profit last year.
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