Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 in review

The year that was … 2012

2012 was by no means an uneventful year in the aviation world of the former Yugoslavia. Belgrade and Dubrovnik broke their 1987 passenger records, Turkish Airlines withdrew from its partnership with B&H Airlines, Wizz Air set up a base in Skopje, Croatia Airlines and Adria Airways cut their losses, Priština Airport went from strength to strength and the world’s “best airline”, Qatar Airways, launched flights to Zagreb and Belgrade.

These are just some of the major developments which took place over the past 366 days.


Skopje Airport starts 2012 on a high 


Severe winter weather disrupts traffic across EX-YU
Malév collapse leaves EX-YU without Budapest link
Belgrade Airport launches reconstruction and expansion project
B&H Airlines begins flight cancellations
Aéroports de Paris wins Zagreb Airport concession
Zagreb Airport trade unions slam Paris takeover

~ MARCH ~ 

Turkish takes back B&H’s A319
Croatia Airlines staff launches industrial action
AEA calls for EX-YU airline unification
New look economy class for Croatia Airlines
Ryanair anger after Montenegrin government reveals airline plans

~ APRIL ~ 

Ryanair rejects Montenegro deal 
Priština terminal construction progresses

~ MAY ~ 

Construction of Morava Airport in Kraljevo completed
Qatar Airways inaugurates Zagreb flights
Split - Belgrade flights resume after twenty years

~ JUNE ~ 

Belgrade completes terminal upgrades
Turkish Airlines pulls out of B&H 
Flydubai announces Skopje launch 
Jat Airways turns 85 
British Airways announces Zagreb launch 
Government bailout for Montenegro Airlines 

~ JULY ~ 

Croatia Airlines and Adria amongst Eastern Europe’s best 
Jat unveils new cabin interior
Banja Luka Airport saved from closure 


Adria Airways put up for sale
British Airways announces Priština suspension 
Belgrade Airport breaks 24 hour record 


Butter saves the day at Croatia Airlines
Ryanair abandons passengers in Rijeka
Air France announces Belgrade suspension


Darwin Airline announces Niš launch 
Air Arabia announces Priština launch
Ljubljana Airport on eight year low
Wizz Air opens Skopje base 


Airbus offers Jat twelve jets
Jat Serbian Airlines from March 2013 
Montenegro Airlines accused of debt cover up
Qatar Airways inaugurates Belgrade flights 
EU investigates Adria over state aid
Sarajevo Airport cancels expansion plans
Aid for Croatia Airlines ahead of EU entry


Dubrovnik Airport eclipses 1987 record
Maribor Airport opens new terminal
Snowstorms hit EX-YU airports
Cabin crew outrage over insulting recording 
Ryanair to open Zadar base 
Alitalia to Podgorica, Air Berlin to Tivat 
Pegasus Airlines to Sarajevo 
Flydubai to Sarajevo in 2013

Wherever you are in the world tonight have a great and safe evening.
See you in 2013!


  1. Was a crazy year... but 2013 at the balkans can always be crazyer :D

  2. Happy New Year to everyone! Hope you all have a great night. It's always a pleasure to read and exchange news and comments on this blog. Let's hope for even more good news and success for ex YU airlines in 2013.


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