Air Arabia to Priština next month as Flydubai launches Skopje
As was first reported by EX-YU aviation news over a week ago, the low cost Air Arabia has now officially announced it is launching services from its base in Sharjah to Priština. Flights will be inaugurated on November 22 and will operate twice per week, every Monday and Thursday. It will be the first time Priština Airport has been linked to the United Arab Emirates with a scheduled passenger flights. Air Arabia made a brief appearance in the former Yugoslavia last year when it launched flights from Dubai to Tuzla. The flights were cancelled shortly after due to low interest. Tickets for the Sharjah - Priština flights are already on bookable via the airline’s website. Further flight information can be found here.
Meanwhile, Skopje Alexander the Great Airport will see its first link to the Middle East today, as Flydubai launches flights to the Macedonian capital. The two weekly service from Dubai is scheduled to land in Skopje today at 12.40 Central European Time. Airport and airline officials will host a special welcome for the first passengers travelling on the Flydubai flight. The Macedonian Civil Aviation Agency believes that the arrival of the low cost airline will see ticket prices tumble. However, a return ticket for the service is currently averaging just over 400 euros. On the other hand, Flydubai was recently awarded for having the best in flight entertainment system amongst low cost airlines, adding value to money. The low cost airline is currently present in the region with flights to Belgrade. Flydubai has announced it will operate double daily flights to the Serbian capital from December 24, 2012 until January 13, 2013.
Middle East based airlines are showing increasing interest in operating flights to the former Yugoslavia. Earlier in the year Qatar Airways launched services to Zagreb, and will inaugurate flights to Belgrade on November 20. Lebanon’s Middle East Airlines will continue operating its one weekly charter flights from Beirut to Sarajevo throughout the winter months. They will be joined by Air Arabia to Priština and Flydubai to Skopje.