Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport has registered its busiest October on record with 438.980 passengers handled during the month. The figure represents growth of 9.3% on 2015. The number of aircraft movements also improved from last year's 4.870 to 5.098 this October, up 4.7%. During the month, the airport welcomed its four-millionth passenger of the year. Furthermore, the volume of processed cargo grew 19%. The management expects for the five million passenger mark to be reached for the first time in history by year's end. Overall, the airport handled 4.249.497 passengers over the past ten months, an increase of 1.9% on the same period last year.
The airport anticipates for numbers to continue growing into November with a stronger winter season expected. The number of flights will increase 5% during the 2016/17 winter season which began on Sunday. A total of 22 airlines will maintain operations to 55 destinations. Apart from Air Serbia, which has boosted its flight offering compared to last winter, LOT Polish Airlines will operate an additional three weekly flights, while Swiss International Air Lines, Alitalia, Flydubai and TAROM will run an extra weekly service to the Serbian capital compared to last year. In addition, Wizz Air will run another weekly flight to London Luton Airport during the first half of the winter season and will continue to maintain services to Baden Baden which were launched this summer. Etihad Airways will boost capacity on its flights to Belgrade with all services to be maintained with the Airbus A320 aircraft (instead of the A319). Arkia Israeli Airlines and Isair will operate seasonal flights between Tel Aviv and the Serbian capital this winter.
On the financial front, Belgrade Airport has also seen its figures improve. During the first three quarters, it registered a net profit of nineteen million euros, an increase of 13% compared to the same period last year. Revenues stood at 54.4 million euros. The solid financial results come as the airport continues its privatisation process. It is expected to be either sold or put up for concession by mid-2017 with the latter being the more liklier option. Fraport, Vinci, Bouygues Bâtiment International, China's Friedmann Pacific and two companies from the United Arab Emirates are believed to have shown interest in the possible concession.