Split awaits Belgrade flightsAfter nearly 2 decades, the capital of Serbia will be connected with direct air links to the Croatian coast. Following talks between Jat Airways’ acting CEO, Vladimir Ognjenović, and the CEO of Croatia Airlines, Srećko Šimunović, flights between Belgrade and Pula, Dubrovnik and Split are set to be launched this summer. A scheduled all year round service between the two largest EX-YU cities, Zagreb and Belgrade, will commence at the start of the 2011/2012 winter season in late October. While it hasn’t been revealed which airline will serve each route it is certain that Croatia Airlines will operate the flights from Dubrovnik to Belgrade and Jat Airways from Belgrade to Pula. The two airlines will reveal all, including their schedules for the abovementioned flights, at the upcoming Tourism Fair in Belgrade which lasts from February 24 until February 27.
After the meeting Vladimir Ogenjnović said, “We have defined our strategic goals during the meeting, which concern the future of both airlines. In the next couple of weeks, our teams will specify all of the details". Srećko Šimunović noted that, “This meeting has immense significance as cooperation between two neighbours has been initiated. The political climate has allowed us to cooperate, while joint interest has united us”.
The final ever flight between Dubrovnik and Belgrade (once known as the Adriatic Arrow service) was operated on August 6, 1991. That same day services between Belgrade, Split and Zagreb were also suspended, never to be reinstated again. Flights to Pula operated during the 2008 summer season.