|Air Serbia adds a quarter of a million passengers in 2015|
Air Serbia has posted strong operational results in 2015, seeing growth in passenger and cargo volumes during its second full year of operation. The airline carried 2.550.000 travellers last year, representing an 11% increase over 2014. During the year, Air Serbia operated 32.384 flights, covering 29.5 million kilometres, including seasonal services operated by its dedicated charter brand Aviolet. The carrier registered a notable increase in its average cabin load factor which stood at 71% in 2015, up 4% on the year before. In addition, its Available Seat Kilometres (ASKs), a measure of its total passenger carrying capacity, increased by 3% to 3.65 billion. Air Serbia's on-time performance at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport also improved, growing 8% to 86%. The overall on-time performance average for the entire Air Serbia network during the year amounted to 84%.
Air Serbia's market share at Belgrade Airport stood at 53% in 2015. The airline's cargo division also saw growth in the total volume of freight and mail flown, which increased to 3.756 tonnes, representing a year-on-year increase of 39%. Air Serbia widened its virtual network during the year by signing new codeshare partnerships with Aegean Airlines, Air Baltic, Air China, Air Europa and LOT Polish Airlines, bringing the total number of active codeshare agreements to fifteen. As a result, the airline's total codeshare network grew to 78 destinations in 2015, up from 23 the year before. At the end of 2015, Air Serbia’s fleet consisted of twenty aircraft, after it added a sixth turboprop ATR 72-500 in May.
The carrier's CEO, Dane Kondić, said, "2015 was a year of strong operational growth at Air Serbia which clearly demonstrated that our development strategy is working and we are continuing to strengthen our business model. We continued to meet our growth objectives, carrying 250.000 more passengers and 1.000 additional tonnes of cargo, and at the same time made a substantial contribution to the Serbian economy through increased trade and tourism”. He added, “We set a very solid foundation in 2015 for continued growth this year, the pinnacle of which will be the launch of non-stop services to New York. Two years down the road and Air Serbia has really found a spring in its step, we are a more confident airline with a clear focus on our commercial mandate and our guests”.
The company said it focused on improving the passenger experience during the year, with the opening of its Premium Lounge at Nikola Tesla Airport, the introduction of wireless on board Internet, web check-in and a new-look website. The airline’s financial results, which are audited by international accounting firm KPMG, will be announced once the audit is finalised in the coming weeks.