Split - Belgrade flights commence tomorrowExcitement is building ahead of the first commercial flight between Split and Belgrade in over twenty years which will take to the skies tomorrow, June 1. Croatia Airlines will have the honour of operating the first flights between the two cities, twice per week, every Monday and Friday. Services will be carried out with the 76 seat Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft. In just over a month, on July 3, the Serbian national carrier, Jat Airways, will compete against its Croatian counterpart on the route with another two weekly flights. So far, booking numbers have been strong for both.
Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport is preparing ahead of the arrival tomorrow. Television crew and local officials will attend the arrival ceremony. Meanwhile, the fire department is rehearsing the water cannon salute for when the jet taxis towards the gate (as can be seen in the video below). The last flight to operate between Split and Belgrade was on August 6, 1991 as JAT Yugoslav Airlines flew for a final time on what was then still a domestic service.
This Saturday, Jat will resume flights from Belgrade to Pula. On June 15, the Serbian carrier will also resume flights to Dubrovnik, its third destination in Croatia. The two countries will see the most flights between one and other since the dissolution of Yugoslavia. This summer, “aviation diplomacy” will serve as another tool towards reconciliation between the two countries.
EX-YU aviation news will have insight on the exact passenger numbers for each of the abovementioned flights and will publish them in the days to come.