The Nikola Tesla Airport in Belgrade is expecting a busy year with the addition of over thirty new routes to its network this summer.
The airport of Belgrade will offer a total of over 130 scheduled routes, excluding charters, with Air Serbia taking the lead in expansion. The carrier has already announced the launch of 20 new routes for the year and three new destinations over the winter. They plan to announce two more destinations soon. Air Serbia is also increasing the frequency of flights to ten existing destinations such as Barcelona, Bucharest, Berlin, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Larnaca, Ljubljana, Milan, Rome, and Vienna.
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Among foreign airlines, Wizz Air is positioning its fourth Airbus A321 aircraft in the city and adding five new routes, as well as increasing the frequency of flights to Dortmund, Beauvais, Eindhoven, and Rome. Anadolujet is launching flights from Izmir later this month, airBaltic from Riga in May, Jazeera Airways from Kuwait City in June, and Aeroitalia is expected to offer services from Forli to Belgrade in April, although these have yet to be confirmed.
Additionally, Lufthansa will be significantly increasing frequencies on its flights to Belgrade from German cities, Austrian Airlines will enhance the capacity of flights from Vienna, and KLM will be offering more services on its Amsterdam route compared to last year. Overall, more than 100 new weekly flights are expected to be added during the summer.
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Belgrade airport’s high travel season
The Belgrade Airport is preparing for the high travel season with the opening of its new central processing building, which will increase passenger capacity, as well as a renovated A gate wing and a new runway. The operator, VINCI, has been hiring more staff to handle the expected increase in demand.
Although VINCI has not provided a passenger projection for the airport this year, Air Serbia’s CEO, Jiri Marek, believes the airport will see seven million passengers, making it the busiest on record. “The expanded airport will be able to accommodate up to fifteen million passengers annually. This year, we anticipate handling seven million passengers, with three million being carried by Air Serbia. This leaves us with plenty of room for growth.
The airport’s improved connectivity will bring competitive advantages and attract passengers from other hubs to Belgrade,” Marek stated recently.
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