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Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport Welcomes Record 7m Passengers

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Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, part of the VINCI Airports network, achieved a remarkable milestone by welcoming over seven million passengers. This surpasses passenger numbers in 2019. The lucky seven millionth passenger traveled from Lisbon, Portugal, also part of the VINCI Airports network.

Air Serbia and Belgrade Airport Award 7 Millionth Passenger

The fortunate record-breaking passenger received a flight voucher courtesy of Belgrade Airport and Air Serbia to celebrate the occasion. This entitles the winner to a free round trip to any chosen destination.

“Nikola Tesla Airport is our home base and a vital hub from which Air Serbia passengers travel for a large number of destinations to which we fly from Belgrade. Seven million passengers have used the airport’s services so far in 2023, and more than half of them flew with Air Serbia. Hence the desire to celebrate this success together. I congratulate the Belgrade Airport on the achieved result, and I wish Ms. Kandic who today received two airline tickets from us to the city of her choice from the Air Serbia network have a pleasant stay at the chosen destination,” said Milan Malović, Air Serbia COO.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome more than 7 million passengers this year, especially considering the fact that we surpassed the record of 6.2 million passengers in the pre-pandemic 2019. This result was largely contributed by Air Serbia, which also recorded a record number this year passengers and new routes, as well as significant traffic of other partner airlines. The dynamic recovery of traffic and continuous works on expansion, modernization and capacity increase show that we are well on our way to making our airport a key hub in our region. I congratulate Ms. Kandić, I hope that this gift-trip will bring her a lot of good memories,” said Francois Berisot, Belgrade Airport CEO.

A Remarkable Recovery for Belgrade Airport

Nikola Tesla Belgrade Airport.

During the first nine months of this year, the airport experienced an astounding 42 percent increase in passenger traffic compared to the previous year. It is a remarkable 25 percent increase compared to 2019. In addition, the number of flights operating through the airport during this period exceeded 62,000. That is a 26 percent increase from the previous year and a 15 percent increase from 2019.

Belgrade Airport Improvements

Belgrade airport, under the management of VINCI Airports, is undergoing significant modernization and improvement projects, with completion expected by 2023. These projects include constructing a new, spacious central terminal area, operating a new second runway, and reconstructing the main runway.

Belgrade airport’s new central terminal.

Enhancements include renovating the central contact parking and access roads and ensuring convenient terminal access. The airport will also introduce a Kiss and Fly zone for short-term stays.

The expansion and modernization efforts at Belgrade Airport are ongoing. All major projects are scheduled for completion by the summer season of 2024. These improvements will allow the airport to accommodate up to 15 million passengers a year.

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