Jat back in DubaiJat Airways will relaunch services to Dubai on Moday March 26, 2012 after a five month suspension. Despite a strong backlash from employees, particularly from the pilots, the route was suspended on the orders of the acting CEO despite good results achieved over the years. However, unlike before, Jat will now have direct competition from the low cost Flydubai and has given the airline a five month head start. Jat will operate services to Dubai three times per week via Larnaca in Cyprus with flight times remaining the same as in the past several years. According to inside sources, bookings for the flights are going extremely well, all of them coming from the Serbian diaspora in Australia. The route is popular with those from Australia as a Special Prorate Agreement between Jat and Emirates makes it easy for passengers to depart from four cities in Australia and two in New Zealand and transit through Dubai with a short connection time onwards to Belgrade.
Dubai is not the only new service Jat is launching next summer. It will resume seasonal flights to Dubrovnik and Ohrid in Macedonia and inaugurate flights to Pula and Split. A recent agreement between Russia and Serbia will now allow for new routes to be added between the two countries with Jat considering launching flights to St. Petersburg.
Flight details for the Belgrade - Dubai service can be found here.