Soon in DubrovnikS7 Airlines and Malmo Aviation have announced flights to the Croatian coast next summer, while Belle Air Europe will be launching another destination from Priština, thus strengthening its base.
The number of Russian tourists visiting Croatia has sharply increased over the past few years and Russian carriers are looking to cash in. S7 Airlines has announced that it will launch flights from Moscow Domodedovo Airport to Dubrovnik from June 7, with a one weekly flight. The service will compete against Aeroflot which will operate daily flights to Dubrovnik (up from three weekly this year) from June 1, although services originate from its base at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. Furthermore, S7 will resume flights from Moscow to Split, which were launched during the 2011 summer season, with an added weekly service, totalling to two per week. Flight details for the Moscow Domodedovo - Dubrovnik flights can be found here. Meanwhile, Malmo Aviation will launch services from Billund in Denmark to Split. Flights will operate from June 23 once per week with details available here.
Belle Air Europe plans to inaugurate flights from Priština to Hannover in Germany next summer. It will be the fourteenth destination to be served by Belle Air from Priština. Flights are set to take off in late June. Belle Air is fast becoming the most dominant airline at Priština Airport. Since Belle Air (which operates flights from Priština to Switzerland) and its subsidiary Belle Air Europe are coded as separate airlines they have been recorded as the third and fourth busiest airlines operating out of Priština in 2011 respectively. However, if the two are combined they are ahead of competition with a 19% share of flights from the city, in front of Adria’s 15% and Austrian’s 12%. Several days ago the Swiss based Helvetic Airways launched services from Priština to Bern. After Germany, Switzerland is the biggest market out of Priština Airport.