Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 in review

The year that was … 2011
Historic passenger and traffic growth, a new airport, bankruptcies, government bailouts, failed privatisation and a bag of corporate corruption insured 2011 to be one of the more eventful years in commercial aviation in the former Yugoslavia. Read below for the most important EX-YU aviation news of 2011 by month.


New CEO for Adria Airways chosen in face of financial trouble
New terminal plans revealed for Priština Airport
Tunisia flights suspended due to revolution


Skywings International based in Skopje declares bankruptcy
Wizz Air announces flights to Skopje
Construction of Kraljevo’s Morava Airport begins
B&H Airlines and Jat Airways begin evacuation flights from Tripoli
Montenegro Airlines suspends Priština and Skopje due to unpaid debt


Tender for the construction of Zagreb’s new terminal begins
Jat announces return to Spain after fourteen years
Adria Airways expands Priština base operations
Flights to Tripoli suspended as no fly zone introduced
Iran Air begins refuelling stops at Belgrade Airport
Wizz Air opens Belgrade base


Banja Luka Airport faces closure
Montenegrin government bails out national carrier
Overhaul of Ohrid Airport completed
Chicago - Zagreb - Belgrade flights announced for summer months
Air Arabia launches Tuzla flights

~ MAY ~

Croatia Airlines turns twenty
Ten companies in Zagreb terminal bid
Montenegro Airlines orders new jet
B&H Airlines suspends Vienna and Frankfurt flights
Eagle flies into Montenegro Airlines Fokker nose cone

~ JUNE ~

Adria celebrates fifty years
Adria requests 50 million Euro bailout
Jat Airways resumes Dubrovnik service after two decades
Chicago - Zagreb - Belgrade flights cancelled hours before inauguration
Croatia Airlines launches Belgrade service

~ JULY ~

Mat Airways ceases operations
Record year for Croatia Airlines
Construction begins on new Priština Airport terminal
B&H suspends Stockholm and Gothenburg


The tender to find a partner for Serbia’s “new Jat” begins
Flydubai announces Belgrade flights


A new era for Skopje Airport as new terminal opens
Adria announces network suspensions
B&H Airlines launches Pescara flights
airBaltic expresses interest for the “new Jat”
Croatia Airlines and Adria join forces
Adria saved from bankruptcy


First flight to Kraljevo Airport
New Maribor based airline Golden Air launches flights
EX-YU aviation news reveals party politics at Jat Airways
Golden Air grounded
Dubrovnik Airline grounded
Baltic Aviation System buys Jat tender documents


Family rules at Montenegro’s airports
Qatar Airways announces Zagreb flights in 2012
Jat Airways announces Croatia expansion in 2012
Qatar Airways announces Belgrade flights in 2012
US blocks Adria jet sale to Iran


Baltic Aviation System looses Jat interest
Single offer for Zagreb’s new terminal
Record year for Tivat Airport
Belgrade Airport tops three million passengers
Belgrade Airport expansion begins

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See you in 2012!


  1. Thank you for a fantastic site. All the best and happy new year!

  2. In Qatar Airways press material dated 11th December 2011 Zagreb is once again mentioned as 2012 new destination, but, unfortunatly, no announcement of Belgrade.

    source: Qatar Airways Press release
    “2012 will be as exciting as 2011 with nine new destinations set to join Qatar Airways’ global network – namely, Baku (Azerbaijan), Tbilisi (Georgia), Helsinki (Finland), Zagreb (Croatia), Perth (Australia), Mombasa (Kenya), Zanzibar (Tanzania), Kigali (Rwanda), and Gassim (Saudi Arabia).”

  3. Happy New Year 2012 !
    I wish everyone on this blog and to the ones who run this blog all the Best and especially Health !
    Best regards !

  4. srecna nova godina svima ! :) happy new years to all religions and nationalities of europe and former yugoslavia!

  5. @Purger

    Only time BEG was on record was Al Baker's interview to the media, after Dubai Air Show (when that list was announced, including ZAG). He did mention a number of new destinations apart from the list, but there were only three he specifically named - BEG, KBP and LED.

    Now, ZAG is still "more official" as well as the rest of the list you quoted, but announcement from Al Baker himself is the next best thing in my opinion. Hopefully, we'll see some progress soon enough, as both cities don't have the dates yet. What about billaterals?

    This Dec 11th list seems like just a recycle of an old press release as a 2011 recap, I wouldn't look too much into that.

  6. Can you, please, give me source where this Al Baker's interview was printed? Because I can not find it.

  7. Can you, please, give me source where this Al Baker's interview was printed? Because I can not find it.

  8. BEG Airport CEO said in an interview a few days ago that in 2012 Astra Airlines will begin seasonal flights to Belgrade from Thessaloniki while Qatar Airways will fly from Doha with an A320.

  9. @Purger

    Sure, this is the original article - It was later quoted on Flyertalk and, but this is the actual source.

    However, there was nothing besides hearsay from that point on. I don't have a clue where do people get this A320 info from, but it sure is not any QR official source.


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