MAT increases passenger figures in the first half of 2008

MAT, the national airline of Macedonia has increased passenger figures by 3% in the first half of 2008. Compared to the first half of 2007(when 91.314 passengers were carried), the airline carried 95.382 passengers this year, which translates into a gain of 3% over the same period last year. The average seat load factor (SLF) increased significantly to 73.5%, compared to 65% in the first half of 2007 (+8.5%), on 1281 flights which were operated.

MAT has recently increased its fleet with the addition of two Boeing 737-500 aircraft bringing their fleet number to 3 and allowing them to access new markets. Some of MAT’s plans include opening new lines to Germany and Northern Italy which could be in operation as early as October, as the winter season in the aviation industry begins.

Currently the 6 monthly EX-YU passenger figure leader board looks like this:
1. Croatia Airlines
2. Jat Airways
3. Adria Airways
4. Montenegro Airlines
5. MAT Macedonian Airlines
6. BH Airlines