Door open for UAE airlines to fly to Priština
The General Civil Aviation Authority of the United Arab Emirates and the Kosovo Civil Aviation Authority signed an Air Services Agreement in Priština last week, opening the possibility for future flights. The two delegations agreed that any number of designated airlines of both parties will have the right to perform scheduled air services. The UAE delegation designated Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, Air Arabia, RAK Airways and Flydubai as UAE national airlines under the agreement. Without its own airline, the Kosovo delegation has not designated any carriers on its behalf, although the side can add its own airlines to the agreement in the future.
The agreement allows full flexibility on routes, capacity, number of frequencies and types of aircraft, in any type of service (both passenger and cargo). The signed memorandum also includes the exercise of fifth freedom traffic rights. In addition, both parties agreed to allow unrestricted non scheduled and charter operations amongst each other.
Within the former Yugoslavia, the United Arab Emirates has free sky arrangements with Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro. Belgrade is currently the only city with links to the United Arab Emirates as Flydubai operates flights between Dubai and the Serbian capital. Within the next few weeks the airline will launch services to Skopje as well. In addition, Flydubai Cargo will become the first cargo operator to offer direct links between the UAE and Skopje.