More passengers, less flightsFor a 16th consecutive month, Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport recorded growth in passenger numbers and has surpassed the two million passenger mark, on track to meet its target to serve three million passengers in 2011. In August, the airport handled 382.787 passengers, an increase of 6.7% compared to the same month last year. This increase is despite the fact that the number of flights operating to the city decreased 4% on last August. In the first eight months of the year, the airport handled 2.102.452 passengers, an increase of 15.3%.
Several airlines have already announced their plans for Belgrade for the upcoming 2011/12 winter season. Tunisair will launch flights from Monastir but will suspend its service from the Tunisian capital Tunis. Wizz Air will be increasing frequencies on some of its flights while Sky Work Airlines from Bern and Flydubai will inaugurate their services to the Serbian capital. During the week, in a press release, the airport revealed that Adria Airways will be increasing their services to Belgrade. Slovenian media questioned how the airline is implementing cost cutting measures and network cuts by increasing frequencies to Belgrade (from six to eight per week). Adria neither confirmed nor denied the news, saying only that they will announce their destination and frequency cuts next week.