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The Year of Air Serbia's Expansion

Issue 18 - 2023
The Year of Air Serbia's Expansion

On 8 May 2023, Air Serbia carried more than 1,000,000 passengers whereas in 2022 this significant achievement was only reached on 8 July, two months later. In the so far most successful pre-pandemic year 2019, the Serbian national airline reached the number of one million passengers on 25 June, i.e., a month and a half later compared to the current year. Bearing in mind the existing trends, Air Serbia expects to exceed the figure of three and a half million passengers carried in 2023.

“We knew this outcome was to be expected when we registered our 500,000th passenger in 2023 in mid-March, and we anticipated more success and soon. Just two months later, we are breaking our records again. For the first time since we have been operating under the name of Air Serbia, we have already handled one million passengers in May. We have reason to be satisfied with outstanding monthly results with ten consecutive record months in terms of the number of flights and passengers carried, and a profitable first quarter of 2023. The achieved results motivate us to be even better and more efficient in the coming period," said Jiri Marek, CEO of Air Serbia.    

Air Serbia Summer Schedule

In the summer season, Air Serbia operates scheduled and seasonal flights to more than 80 destinations across the world, 20 of which are destinations Air Serbia did not fly to in 2022. Air Serbia’s network is strengthened with more than 20 destinations, such as Budapest, Tel Aviv, Ankara, Catania, Izmir, Lisbon, Cairo, Hamburg, Gothenburg, Cologne, Naples, Marseille, Florence, Heraklion, Krakow, Varna, Ohrid, Crete, Rhodes, Palermo, and Chania. 

The most frequent Air Serbia destination during the summer flight schedule are Tivat with 40 weekly flights, followed by Podgorica, Zurich and Istanbul with 21 flights, Vienna with 18, Budapest with 17, i.e. Athens, Larnaca, Ljubljana, Paris, Skopje, Tirana and Zagreb with 14 weekly flights. Among the most frequent destinations of the Serbian national airline are Rome with 12 flights per week, Prague with 11, Amsterdam and Milan with 10. Nine times a week, Air Serbia will fly to Barcelona, Bucharest, London and Sofia, while the national airline will fly to Berlin and Thessaloniki eight times a week. 

From Belgrade Directly to Chicago O'hare International Airport

In addition to New York, which Air Serbia has been flying to for nearly seven years, on 17 May 2023 Air Serbia launched direct flights between Belgrade and Chicago (O'Hare International Airport - ORD) after more than a 30-year hiatus. Until 11 June, flights will be operated twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, while as of 12 June, Belgrade-Chicago flights will be operated three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. 

By launching flights between Belgrade and Chicago, Air Serbia enables good connections from the “Windy City” for its passengers, via Belgrade, to a large number of attractive destinations in its growing network. 

By increasing the number of flights between Belgrade and New York to 7 weekly flights and by commencing flights to Chicago, during the summer season the Serbian national airline will offer up to 10 weekly flights between the capital of Serbia and North America. 

Air Serbia & Turkish Airlines Codeshare Cooperation

Recently, the national airlines of Serbia and Turkey, Air Serbia and Turkish Airlines, have expanded their codeshare partnership by adding marketing codes on flights to additional destinations within their networks. By introducing direct flights between Belgrade and Izmir, both airlines have added their codes on additional flights to Turkey, including Turkish Airlines' marketing code on Air Serbia’s new direct route between Belgrade and Ankara. The Serbian national airline has added its "JU" code on Turkish Airlines flights between Istanbul and Sao Paulo, thus allowing for the first time the presence of Air Serbia’s marketing code in the South American market, as well as on Turkish Airlines flights from Istanbul to Almaty and Abu Dhabi. The national airline of Turkey has placed its "TK" code on Air Serbia flights to Ohrid in North Macedonia. 

The Serbian and Turkish national airlines have already expanded their existing cooperation in the field of codeshare agreements several times. Thanks to the partnership between Air Serbia and Turkish Airlines, Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey and a global transportation hub, is accessible via flights from Belgrade, while passengers flying from Istanbul via Belgrade have the best possible connectivity to the wider Balkan region. 

Air Serbia is the proud successor of the first national airline Aeroput, established on 17 June 1927, and of JAT and Jat Airways. The company ranks eighth on the list of the oldest airlines in the world that are still operating. Air Serbia has been among the leaders of civil aviation from the start and since 1961 a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Air Serbia has been operating since 26 October 2013 under its current name and with a new name and new identity. 

In passenger and cargo traffic, Air Serbia serves over 80 destinations in scheduled and charter traffic in Europe, the Mediterranean, North America, Asia, and Africa. 

In addition to the Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, Air Serbia also flies from Niš Constantine the Great Airport, and the international airport "Morava" near Kraljevo.

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