BELGRADE (Serbia), August 10 (SeeNews) - Flag carrier Air Serbia carried more than 400,000 passengers in July - the largest number of travellers transported in a single month since the airline began operating under its current name in October 2013, it said.
The number of passengers transported in July this year on regular and charter flights through Air Serbia's home airport in Belgrade, as well as the airports in Nis and Kraljevo, was 47% higher compared to the same month in 2021 when the company transported 276,101 passengers, it said in a statement.
Air Serbia's passenger traffic to attractive summer destinations in Europe more than doubled compared to July last year, with travellers carried to Barcelona up 172%, 133% to Larnaca, 128% to Dubrovnik and 62% to Athens. The Belgrade-Madrid route, which was suspended last year because of the pandemic, immediately upon renewal reached the pre-pandemic 2019 levels, the company said.
The Serbian flag carrier also noted that there is strong demand year-round for destinations like London, which has seen a 151% growth in passenger numbers, Zurich (+87%), Istanbul (+43%), Berlin (+40%) and New York (+27%). Increased mobility of Serbian diaspora from European cities towards the region was followed by growth on regional routes, as Sarajevo has seen growth of 67%, Skopje 71%, Ljubljana 35% and Zagreb 52%, compared to last year, Air Serbia said.
In 2021, Air Serbia carried 83% more passengers compared to 2020.