Soon in Priština
Following recent talks with the Kosovo Civil Aviation Authority and the Ministry of Infrastructure, Air Arabia is prepared to launch flights from Sharjah to Priština this winter season. The low cost airline has expressed interest to operate two weekly flights to Priština, with services to be inaugurated some time during the winter of 2012/2013, the Kosovo Civil Aviation Authority confirms. Air Arabia has been carrying out a feasibility study for the past few months and has recognised the potential of the Kosovan market, especially considering the amount of people gravitating to Priština Airport. The airline is confident that the new route will be popular with travellers.
Recently, the General Civil Aviation Authority of the United Arab Emirates and the Kosovo Civil Aviation Authority signed an Air Services Agreement, thus paving the way for Air Arabia to launch flights to Priština. Air Arabia’s base, Sharjah, is some eighteen kilometres from Dubai. The airport in Sharjah offers passengers connections to other cities in the Middle East and Africa, as well as India and Sri Lanka.
Air Arabia has previously operated flights to the former Yugoslavia but has had little success. Last year the airline launched two weekly flights from Dubai to Tuzla, operated by the Airbus A320. Originally, a total of 31 flights were planned for the summer season, however, due to extremely poor loads, they were cancelled less than a month after services were inaugurated. On average, the airline had less than five passengers booked on each flight, officials at Tuzla Airport said at the time of the cancellation. In less than two weeks, Air Arabia’s low cost rival, Flydubai, will launch flights to Skopje while continuing to maintain its services to Belgrade as well.