Soon in BelgradeAlbanian Airlines will commence flights to Belgrade in the first half of 2011, according to the Albanian Minister for Economy, Trade and Energy, Ilir Meta. Meta announced the new service at a Serbian business forum in Tiranam, the “Macedonian Information Agency” reports. The Serbian Secretary for Aviation, Miodrag Miljković, welcomed the news and said the service could commence if Albanian Airlines has such intentions.
Jat Airways operated flights between the Albanian and Serbian capitals until 2008 when the service was terminated along with the likes of Prague and Gothenburg in a series of cost cutting measures. Albanian Airlines operates two BAe 146 jets. The airline has suffered greatly at the hands of Albania’s low cost airline Belle Air, which is the country’s leading carrier. Visa restrictions for Albanian passport holder for entry into Schengen zone countries will be abolished on December 15, 2010 which is expected to result in an increase in travel from the country. Albania abolished visas for Serbian citizens in April this year while Serbia reciprocated with the same measure several days ago.