The Nikola Tesla Airport serviced 5.34 million passengers in 2017, an increase by 9% compared to a year before, whereas the transport of goods and mail increased by 40%, the Belgrade Airport announced on January 3.
In 2017, the airport's services were used by an average of 445,285 passengers a month, that is, 14,364 passengers a day or 599 per hour, the press release says.
The Nikola Tesla Airport has been realizing a constant increase in the number of passengers in the past 18 months, as well as absolute monthly records in the number of passengers.
In July, the all-time daily record in the number of passengers was broken four times, and a new absolute daily record was set on the final day of the month, with 23,139 passengers served. The absolute monthly record was set in August, when 641,371 passengers were serviced.
The press release also reminds that the offer of flights from Belgrade was extended in 2017 by the launch of the national airline's flights for Venice, whereas Hainan Airlines linked the capitals of Serbia and China, through Prague, after 17 years.
The low-cost airline Wizz Air launched flights to Friedrichshafen, Nuremberg, Hannover and Malta, Atlasglobal launched flights to Istanbul, and the low-cost airline Transavia launched flights to Amsterdam.
In ten days, the Iranian national airline Iran Air will link the capitals of Serbia and Iran by launching direct flights after 27 years. Two weeks from then, another Iranian airline, Qeshm Air, should launch flights to Tehran, as announced. Vueling is launching flights to Barcelona on March 24, and easyJet is to launch flights to Basel on July 31.
The press release also points out that this year's tourist season was the most successful one in the history of the Nikola Tesla Airport and that the number of passengers on charter flights was 28% higher compared to 2016.
In 2017, the airport realized a high degree of punctuality, with 85% of the departures carried out on time, whereas the percentage of flights with long delays amounted to 2.5%.