Soon in Venice
Slovenia’s Adria Airways will launch flights from Priština to Venice this December. It will be Adria’s second destination from Priština to Italy as the carrier already operates services to Verona, which have proved a big hit for the airline. Flights to Venice are a late addition to the 2012/2013 winter season timetable, as they were not mentioned at the recent winter launch promotion in Ljubljana. Flights to Venice will be inaugurated on December 14 and will operate once per week, every Friday. At this point, tickets can only be booked through the “Air Prishtina” tour operator, both in person and online. Further flight details can be found here.
Adria has had success on its services from Priština. It already operates direct flights from the city to Ljubljana, Frankfurt, Munich and Verona, with the latter launched earlier this year. According to the Kosovo Civil Aviation Agency, the Slovenian national carrier was the fourth busiest from Priština during the 2012 summer season. With its new one weekly flight to Venice, Adria will be in direct competition with the low cost Belle Air, which runs a two weekly service to the Italian city.
Adria is the only former Yugoslav airline to have a secondary base outside of its borders. There have also been other attempts by national carriers in the region to open bases in neighbouring countries. Montenegro Airlines has attempted several times to open a base in Belgrade since 2006 but so far hasn’t received the green light from local authorities to do so. In 2010, Jat Airways attempted to open a base at Skopje Airport following the collapse of MAT Macedonian Airlines. However, its subsidiary Aeromak was denied a license by the Macedonian Civil Aviation Directorate.