The airports in Belgrade, Sarajevo and Tivat have all registered their busiest September on record, with the latter two recording double digit growth.
Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport handled over half a million passengers last month, the first time it has managed to do so in September since opening its doors to the public over fifty years ago. The figure represents growth of 6% compared to last year. During the month, the airport also saw its busiest 24 hours on record when it welcomed 21.187 travellers. The number of aircraft movements grew 4% when compared to September 2015. Over the first nine months of the year, Belgrade Airport handled over 3.8 million passengers. “This gives us a realistic expectation that we will welcome our fifth-millionth passenger by the end of the year", the airport said in a statement. During the first three quarters, it also recorded 16% growth in the volume of processed cargo.
This month, the airport is set to open its 21.000 square metre de-icing platform, which will have the capacity to cater for two narrow-body or one wide-body aircraft. The platform includes underground storage for de-icing fluid and will accommodate all necessary equipment. The de-icing platform will reduce holdover time, speed up aircraft movement and ease congestion at the gates. The project, valued at 4.8 million euros, also includes the extension of the taxiways which lead to the platform. The airport’s General Manager, Saša Vlaisavljević, says that other infrastructure upgrades scheduled to commence this year include the overhaul of Terminal 1’s ground floor and gate area, as well as the completion of the hall connecting the airport’s two terminals which will feature a new check-in area. Work on the installation of an automated baggage handling system is also expected to start.
Sarajevo maintained growth in September with the airport registering 91.123 passengers, an improvement of 15.2% on 2015. The number of operated flights also grew, totalling 1.171, an increase of 7.8%. As a result, the airport has now handled 676.073 travellers, up 8.6%. This month, two carriers will suspend their operations to the Bosnian capital, including Air Arabia and Swiss International Air Lines, while Turkish Airlines will reduce frequencies from Istanbul. On the other hand, with the onset of the 2016/17 winter season on October 30, Adria Airways, Pegasus and Flydubai will operate more services than last year.
Tivat Airport also saw its busiest September on record by handling 164.496 passengers, up 25% on last year. A total of 836 aircraft movements were recorded, representing an improvement of 20%. During the past nine months, Tivat Airport welcomed 899.287 travellers through its doors, an increase of 9.9%. It is on track to eclipse the one million passenger mark for the first time by year’s end, which would make it the eighth airport in the former Yugoslavia to do so. Today, Tivat is expected to overtake its 2015 end-of-year result which totalled 910.534 passengers. During the first quarter, the airport saw 5.324 aircraft movements, an increase of 10.7% compared to the same period last year.