Monday, March 7, 2011

Jat returns to Spain

From April in Spain
Jat Airways will commence scheduled seasonal summer flights to Costa Brava in Spain, resuming services to the country after 14 years. Jat will inaugurate services to Girona - Costa Brava Airport on Spain’s North-Eastern coast on April 23, the airline’s acting CEO, Vladimir Ognjenović announced. Flights will operate twice per week, every Tuesday and Saturday. Ognjenović says that return ticket prices will amount to just under 200 Euros. Spain has been an increasingly popular destination with Serbian holiday makers in recent years. In the past few summers Jat operated one off charter flights to Girona. All the flight details for the new service can be found here.

With turmoil in Northern Africa, Jat is set to heavily reduce flights to Monastir, Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada this summer. The airline has also suspended flights to Tripoli in Libya as battles rage in the country.

Jat has also announced its results for 2011 so far. In the first two months of the year the airline handled 136.385 passengers, up by 11% on the same period last year. The average cabin load factor stood at 56%, an increase of 6%. In February alone, Jat handled 67.635 passengers, an increase of 24%. If the evacuation flights from Libya were to be added, passenger numbers increased by 28%. Flights to Montenegro continued to see an increase in passengers, with figures rising 18% compared to February last year. The number of passengers on charter flights, on the other hand, continues to plummet.


  1. Funny that Jat is introducing scheduled flights to a low cost airport. No legacy carrier flies there, and the major user is Ryanair. Wonder who will provide ground handling services?

  2. Riiiiiiiiiiight because people are really going to fly with Jat to an airport in the middle of nowhere.

    People running Jat seriously have no clue when it comes to airline business.
    Aren't they aware that Spanair, a member of Star Alliance operates flights to Barcelona's El Prat?
    Not to mention that Spanair charges less while offering much greater comfort?

  3. Girona will be a charter flights for serbian touroperators but with some seats on free market sale for individual tourists.

  4. Don`t forget that Girona flights in S10 have been heavily loaded by Kontiki`s AGX charter flights from BEG.
    Now, after Tourism Fair in Belgrade a week ago, tourist agencies registered even bigger booking for Spain for this summer, following North African crisis.

    I think that this is very good and competitive move of Jat.

    By the end of extended summer season, we will see the numbers

  5. Peter from SydneyMarch 7, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Those load factors are absolutely atrocious! 56% are they doing anything to fix this (probably not)?

  6. If they are going to be for the tour operators then why fly them at 5 in the afternoon?
    Those people are going for holidays, schedule the flights at 00:00 after the plane does another cycle.

  7. JAT flew to Spain on its scheduled flights in 1996 and 1997. Please correct the information in the text

  8. Almost every post here have mistake.

  9. Has mistakes...


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