Belgrade airport handles more than two million passengers
Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport handled more than two million travelers in the first half of the year and is on track for a full recovery in 2022. It handled 542,000 passengers in June, representing a 10% decrease compared to 2019 before the pandemic. The number of aircraft movements was down just 4% from the same month three years ago. In the first half, the airport welcomed 2,136,000 customers through its gates, 82% of pre-pandemic figures. A total of 27,703 commercial flights were recorded in the January-June period, or 88% of 2019 levels.
The recovery is mainly fueled by Air Serbia, which this summer launched a number of new routes from the Serbian capital, as well as an increase in traffic from foreign carriers. Among them, Turkish Airlines added the most capacity compared to 2019 before the pandemic, with a growth of 76%, while Wizz Air’s capacity increased by 42%, the low-cost airline also having a third aircraft based in the city. “This season, passengers can travel to more than 100 destinations, as almost all routes that were operational before the pandemic have now been restored, while sixteen new destinations have been added and many charter flights are available to hotspots. most popular summer holidays. “, said the airport.
July also started on a high note, but staff shortages at a number of Western European airports, which led to passenger caps and flight cancellations, could impact numbers. Both Lufthansa and Eurowings have reduced operations to the Serbian capital, while Air Serbia has had to reduce service to London Heathrow and limit the number of passengers on flights from Amsterdam. On the other hand, this month saw the launch of Hainan Airlines’ service from Beijing. “The ongoing modernization, reconstruction and expansion of Belgrade Airport aims to stimulate traffic growth, add value and improve passenger experience and comfort. We have a strong ambition to become a new hub in Eastern Europe,” said airport general manager François Berisot.