Royal Jordanian emergency at Belgrade

A Royal Jordanian Airlines Airbus A310-300 on route from Amman to London Heathrow made an emergency landing yesterday at 14.38 at Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Airport following decompression in the cabin. There were 154 passengers and 14 crew members on board at the time of the landing. A new aircraft has been flown over for passengers to continue their journey. It departed at 21.00 on Saturday. It was the second emergency landing within a month in Belgrade following the emergency landing of German charter company XL on October 18 when instruments reported engine trouble. Belgrade Airport has been praised for the way it handled the situation.

Meanwhile the airport is reporting the first drop in passenger numbers since August 2005. In the month of October, 202.274 passengers passed through Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, a decrease of 3% compared to last year when the airport had 208.421 passengers. The global financial crisis is blamed for the drop in passenger numbers although the airport will have an overall increase in passenger numbers by the end of the year. Meanwhile a feud with Montenegro Airlines is not helping the airport’s image. More news about this within the next few days.