Menzies Aviation, a leading service partner to the world’s airports and airlines, has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Air Serbia, a leading airline in the wider Balkan region, to form a joint venture to support the Serbian national flag carrier’s ambitious growth plans.
As part of the planned cooperation, Menzies will deliver passenger and ramp services at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport (BEG) beginning in February 2024. The agreement, Menzies biggest deal in Eastern Europe to date, will see local teams manage more than 22,000 turns in the first year at the largest and busiest airport in Serbia.
The move is the latest step by Air Serbia to expand its network. With approximately 50% market share in BEG, the airline successfully grew its network to 15 new destinations in 2022, with a further 23 routes in 2023 including the United States, China, Greece, Italy, Germany, Poland and many others. It is also set to launch a new service between Belgrade and Porto in November, adding Portugal’s second-largest city to its destination network.
Menzies Aviation is the leading service partner to the world’s airports and airlines, with operations on six continents, at more than 255 airports in 60-plus countries, serving more than 4 million flights a year and handling over 2 million tonnes of cargo. Supported by a team of over 40,000 highly trained people, the company provides complex and time-critical ground services, including passenger, lounge and ramp services; air cargo services, including handling, warehousing and wholesale freight forwarding; and fuel services, including fuel farm management and into-plane fueling.
Belgrade Airport has been severely criticized lately for flight delays and long queues, while Air Serbia had to cancel or delay flights due to a lack of baggage-loading staff at the airport and an insufficient number of special pushback vehicles.
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