Air Serbia has achieved a significant milestone in 2023 by surpassing its total passenger count for 2022 by the end of August. With 2.76 million passengers carried since the beginning of the year, the airline is on track to exceed its pre-pandemic record of 2.81 million passengers in the first week of September.
Despite facing numerous challenges this summer, including adverse weather conditions, refueling bans, airport staffing issues, a global shortage of spare parts, and other unfavorable circumstances, Air Serbia has excelled. During July and August, the airline transported over a million passengers to more than 80 destinations worldwide, breaking pre-COVID records. July saw a remarkable 27% increase in passengers compared to July 2022 and a staggering 39% increase compared to the same month in 2019. August continued the trend as the 14th consecutive record-breaking month.
Jiri Marek, Air Serbia CEO, commented, “The current summer season will be remembered for numerous challenges… Despite it all, during July and August, we carried over a million passengers to more than 80 destinations worldwide, thus breaking our records set even before the COVID-19 pandemic. The most intensive month was July… Good results were also recorded in August… At this moment, we are already intensively preparing for the upcoming winter season, which is expected to be very dynamic.”
Key destinations during July and August 2023 in the region included Tivat and Podgorica. In Western Europe, Zurich, Paris, and Amsterdam topped the list, while the broader Euro-Mediterranean zone saw high demand for Istanbul, Larnaca, Athens, and Barcelona. Among long-haul destinations, New York ranked among the top ten in terms of passenger numbers during these two summer months.