Jat back in Pula and DubrovnikOver the weekend Jat Airways launched seasonal flights to Dubrovnik and Pula, with solid passenger numbers recorded on all flights. The airline’s service to Dubrovnik on Friday saw 63 passengers, out of a total 66 seats onboard the ATR72. The return leg to Belgrade also fared well with 32 passengers onboard. Jat resumed flights to Dubrovnik last year after almost two decades. In 2011 it had to compete with Croatia Airlines but this summer it will be the sole carrier on the route.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, Jat resumed flights to Pula which last operated in 2010. A total of 55 passengers boarded the ATR to the seaside town while 16 people flew on the return leg. The Serbian national carrier has signed a three year contract with Pula Airport to operate flights to the city until at least 2015. “I am certain that after a two year break this route will be successful. Last time around the average cabin load factor amounted to 90%. Our aim is for these flights to become an all year round service, even if it means having a one weekly flight because there is interest for them”, Bruno Rogović, the General Director of Pula Airport said.
On the other hand, Jat has been forced to cancel many of its planned peak summer season frequency increases due to a fleet shortage. Unlike last year, this summer season Jat is operating numerous lucrative charter flights, stretching the fleet to the limit. Some of Jat’s aircraft have been late in coming out of maintenance forcing the airline to rebook passengers on other flights. Over the weekend Jat’s most popular services were it’s sold out flights to Girona, Moscow, Antalya, Amsterdam, London Heathrow and Bodrum in Turkey.