Portorož AirportThe Portorož Tourism Board has said it will take legal action against the Serbian carrier, Jat Airways, for failing to commence planed flights from Portorož to Belgrade and Rome. The service, which was meant to commence on December 9, has now been delayed until February 20. Jat Airways says it does not fear a lawsuit, saying that a total of only 14 tickets have been booked for all of the planed flights, thus making it financially unviable to operate the service. “We have no intention of allowing our aircraft to fly empty”, a Jat statement reads.
The Portorož Tourism Board says that Jat, at first, claimed it had technical problems resulting in the delay of the service launch and only later said there was no interest. “On January 20 at least 30 passengers are scheduled to travel on Jat’s flight from Rome to Portorož”, the Board says. The passengers are part of a group of gamblers planning to visit the Portorož Casino as well as casinos in Croatia.