Air Serbia maintains record New York results

Air Serbia has extended its record passenger run on its first transatlantic operation, to New York, with figures exceeding that of its previous best result achieved in 2018. According to available data so far provided to EX-YU Aviation News by the United States Bureau of Air Transport Statistics, the Serbian carrier welcomed 19.210 passengers on board its Airbus A330-200 aircraft on flights to and from the Big Apple from January until April, representing an increase of 11.5% on its previous best result set five years ago. The figure also represents an improvement of 15.2% on 2019 and is up 53% on the same period last year.

Air Serbia also achieved record high load factors on board its aircraft. During the four-month period, the average cabin occupancy rate across all its New York flights averaged a high 89.3% on its two wide-body aircraft, which can seat 257 and 268 passengers respectively. As a result, the airline has recorded one of the highest load factors on flights to and from JFK Airport among European carriers. Average loads have improved 9.3 points from 80% in 2018 and are up 13.5 points from 75.8% during the same period in 2019. Last year, the average loads stood at 69.7% for the four-month period.
Air Serbia’s New York route performance, 2023

The airline’s CEO, Jiri Marek, recently said the carrier would further grow its operations to New York if it had spare capacity. This summer, it is maintaining up to one daily flight between its Belgrade hub and the Big Apple. Two months ago, the carrier also introduced operations to Chicago, while services to Miami are being evaluated as its potential third destination in the Unites States. The US Department of Transportation recently approved a wide-ranging codeshare agreement between jetBlue and Air Serbia, which will see the US carrier place its designator code and flight numbers onto its Serbian counterpart’s services between Belgrade and New York, as well as between Belgrade and Chicago. On the other hand, Air Serbia will place its flight numbers onto 26 jetBlue destinations from New York to other points in the United States and the Dominican Republic.

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