Jat from Kraljevo to Istanbul this JuneSerbia’s national carrier Jat Airways will launch a two weekly service from the country’s newest airport in Kraljevo to Istanbul. Services will be inaugurated this June twice per week, every Wednesday and Friday, with the 66 seat ATR72. The airline has said it has made such a decision due to strong interest. Tickets for the new service will be on sale from next month. It has long been tipped that Istanbul will be the first city to be served from Morava Airport in Kraljevo since the Turkish government also invested into the construction of the new airport.
The routing of the new service will be Belgrade - Istanbul - Kraljevo - Istanbul - Belgrade. It is believed the route can be successful as Kraljevo is located in the Raška District and is close to the town of Novi Pazar, which has a significant Bosniak and Muslim population with close ties to Turkey. Previously, many in the region opted to fly to Istanbul out of Priština.
Jat’s announcement yesterday that it will launch flights from Kraljevo generated significant media coverage. Work on the construction of Morava Airport’s terminal is entering its final phase with work to be completed by the end of next month. Soon after the extension of the airport’s runway will begin so in the future it can handle larger aircraft such as the Boeing 737. Such construction work will not affect incoming traffic. Jat Airways operated a promotional service from Belgrade to Kraljevo on October 5, 2011 with an ATR72.