Saturday, June 1, 2013

EX-YU Aviation News turns 5!

Five years on and still going strong

EX-YU Aviation News turns five today, Saturday June 1. That’s five years of blogging about the highs and lows of commercial aviation in the former Yugoslavia. Over the past five years the blog has grown to include new route launches, vintage photos from year’s long gone, global aviation news, impressive livery designs, polls and news flashes. With over 1.582.000 visits, 1.834 articles, over 26.880 comments from visitors and 478 new route launches, EX-YU Aviation takes a look back at the news which generated the greatest interest over the past five years.


1. Skopje’s time to shine, July 20, 2010
2. Tripoli flights suspended, March 24, 2011
3. Jat and Etihad formalise cooperation, April 15, 2013
4. EXCLUSIVE: Etihad - Jat tie up details, April 12, 2013
5. EXCLUSIVE: Etihad launching Belgrade flights, April 8, 2013


1. Swift Air (Chicago - Belgrade), 2011
2. Flydubai (Dubai - Skopje), 2012
3. Darwin Airline (Geneva - Niš), 2012
4. Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi - Belgrade), 2013
5. Qatar Airways (Doha - Zagreb), 2012


1. EXCLUSIVE: Etihad - Jat tie up details, 147 comments
2. Summer charters to North America, 128 comments
3. Jat and Etihad formalise cooperation, 120 comments
4. Qatar in Belgrade as Pegasus announces flights, 102 comments
5. Qatar’s Belgrade service in doubt, 93 comments

The most popular photo ever published on EX-YU Aviation News with 4.196 views was…


 JAT DC-10, Melbourne Airport, 1989

Over the past five years commercial aviation across the former Yugoslavia has changed dramatically. Since 2008 we witnessed the demise of MAT Macedonian Airlines, Turkish Airlines’ takeover and exit from B&H Airlines, historic passenger numbers at Croatia Airlines, Dubrovnik Airport, Belgrade Airport and Pristina Airport. We saw new terminals opened at Skopje and Dubrovnik, the arrival of new aircraft for Montenegro Airlines, the arrival of Wizz Air and Ryanair’s first base in the former Yugoslavia. We witnessed European aviation come to a standstill as a result of volcanic ash, the global economic crisis and the fuel price crisis. What the next five years have in store remains to be seen.

Thank you for your continued support
EX-YU Aviation News


  1. Čestitam. Samo tako nastavite....

  2. Thanks for providing us with daily dose of aviation news and keep up the good work!

  3. The only website in the world I follow every day. Keep it up!

  4. congratulations from London, UK! Well done!

  5. Congratulation from Czech Republic!

  6. Keep working well!

  7. "the arrival of new aircraft for Montenegro Airlines"

    1. +1. I thought Croatia Airlines would of featured in one way or another in your highlights! Ovbiously ex-yu aviation news is based in Serbia, or is even run by someone from jat! But anyway Happy Birthday and I wish you many more years of success! I do enjoy my daily fix of aviation newsfrom the ex-yu region! Greetings from England!

    2. What is 6 brend new Q400 for Croatia? That is for sure not important, but 2 for Montenegro... woooow!!!!

    3. What r u bitching about? You can't help it that most of the people reading this are in fact from Serbia, and therefore more interested in thing related to Serbia (or Mne even), then Croatia. Just note the number of comments on Cro articles compared to the ones on Ser.

  8. Thanks for the effort!

    Never before did we have this much Aviation info available to us from the Ex Yu region.

    Like the oldies like to say in Australia,
    Epi brzdaj farken!

  9. Congratulations, keep up the good work.

  10. Srekjen Rodenden :) One of the best aviation websites out there. Although, Skopje did not shine yet..

  11. The first website that I check everyday. Thanks a lot for your super informations everyday! Congratulations from Basel, Switzerland

  12. Thank you Ex Yu Aviation!

  13. Congratulations, Ex-Yu Aviation News. This is one of the few web-sites I check on a daily basis. Keep up the the good work. Don't listen to the vocal minority that is complaining about this and that. The majority is reading this blog, feeling happy and thankful for what you "Ex You Aviation" are delivering. THANK YOU!

    1. Kao da sam ja pisao. Slazem se 100%.
      P.S. Pisite malo cesce o aerodromu Ohrid.
      Najlepsi pozdravi iz Ohrida

  14. Congratulations from Zagreb! And keep up the good work!

  15. You are doing a great work. Contents are current, writing is informative, and your English is really good. Congratulations on great 5 years and I wish you many more.
    If I can, I would suggest that you incorporate the ex-YU fleet information, something like:
    which is not updated any more and contains only info on Serbian and Montenegrin aircraft.

    All the best from Chicago.

  16. Congratulations and thank you for the excellent work. Always an interesting read!

    What will the next five years hold for exYU aviation? Perhaps a registered forum to stop trivial comments and offensive posts ;)

  17. Среќен роденден / Srećan rođendan,

    Честитки и поздрави од Wizz Air HQ, Женева.


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