New flights to Priština, Podgorica and Sarajevo
Priština Airport is anticipating a busy summer this year with the launch of several new destinations. This season, SAS Scandinavian Airlines will be inaugurating services from Oslo, Stockholm and Gothenburg to Priština, joining its existing flights from Copenhagen. The services from Norway and Sweden will operate on a seasonal basis and will launch from July 2. Furthermore, Pegasus Airlines will introduce flights from the resort city of Antalya on top of its existing flights from Istanbul starting May 20. Priština Airport started the year off strongly, handling 121.633 passengers in January, or an increase of 7.4%. During the year the airport will open its brand new passenger terminal.
On the other hand, while Podgorica may have lost Croatia Airlines as its customer this week, it will soon be welcoming Alitalia. The Italian national carrier launches flights between Rome and the Montenegrin capital from March 26. Services will operate three times per week with details available here. In addition, Ural Airlines from Russia will launch seasonal flights from Moscow, Nizhny Novogorod and Ufa from June 1. All flights will operate with an Airbus A320, catering for the large amount of Russian tourists visiting Montenegro. Podgorica will look to improve on last year’s results. The airport handled 620.117 passengers in 2012, making it the ninth busiest in the former Yugoslavia, behind Tivat but ahead of Sarajevo.
On Thursday Sarajevo itself welcomed a new arrival. Pegasus Airlines launched services from Istanbul, making it the third airline to operate between the two cities. The inaugural service from Turkey’s largest city was carrying 119 passengers on board the Boeing 737-800. A total of thirty weekly flights are planned between the two cities this summer season, to be shared between Pegasus, Turkish Airlines and B&H Airlines. Additionally, Kuwait Airways will launch seasonal flights from Kuwait City to the Bosnian capital with the widebody Airbus A300. However, for now, plans for Wizz Air to launch flights to Sarajevo have fallen through.