Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 in review

The year that was … 2013

2013 proved to be one of the most eventful years in the aviation industry in the former Yugoslavia. During 2013, we farewelled Jat and Belle Air Europe, welcomed Air Serbia, saw the biggest aircraft ever produced land in Zagreb and watched Croatia become the 28th member state of the European Union. Pristina Airport opened the doors to its brand new terminal while passenger numbers soared in Sarajevo, Skopje and Tivat. Ryanair launched its first flights to Montenegro and opened a base in Zadar while Etihad inaugurated services to Belgrade. After several years, Adria Airways saw its passenger numbers bounce back as did Ljubljana Airport while Tuzla Airport saw a revival thanks to Wizz Air.

2013 was also the busiest year for EX-YU Aviation News since going online in 2008. Six of the top ten most read articles since 2008 were all published this year. Apart from the 365 articles published in 2013, a total of 102 “news flash” items were also published. You can view the trends of the year and what caught your eye the most in here.

The following are just some of the major developments which took place over the past 365 days:


Jat’s fleet crisis deepens
Flydubai shelves Sarajevo flight plans


Croatia Airlines to shed its fleet
Croatia Airlines drops Istanbul
Croatia Airlines suspends Podgorica flights

~ MARCH ~ 

B&H Airlines grounded
Serbia and Etihad in Jat takeover talks
B&H resumes normal operations
Skopje Airport amongst Europe’s best
Air Traffic Control Centre opens in Ljubljana
Jat Airways to become part of Etihad’s family

~ APRIL ~ 

Jat - Etihad tie up
Ryanair opens Zadar base
Wizz Air from Tuzla to Basel
EXCLUSIVE: Etihad launching Belgrade flights
Jat and Etihad formalise cooperation
Pristina and Skopje see impressive growth
Ryanair starts strong to Montenegro

~ MAY ~ 

Croatia Airlines crew calls in sick
Croatia Airlines strike begins
Etihad takeover offer revealed

~ JUNE ~ 

First female CEO for an EX-YU airline
Croatian coastal airports surge 
Croatia Airlines and B&H top EX-YU airline safety 
Etihad announces possible equity investment in Jat
Ljubljana returns to growth after two years 

~ JULY ~ 

Adria begins assets sale 
EXCLUSIVE: Jat’s winter network revealed


Done deal! Etihad takes over Jat
Split Airport announces terminal expansion 
EXCLUSIVE: Post war travel record between Croatia and Serbia
Garuda: “Croatia Airlines a logical choice”


EXCLUSIVE: Air Serbia - winter 2013/14
Skopje and Tivat see record summer
No new terminal for Ljubljana Airport
Trade Air launching scheduled flights
Croatia Airlines Dash in nose gear emergency


Montenegro Airlines sacks Serbian staff
Fracture responsible for Croatia emergency
Pristina Airport opens new terminal
Air Serbia ready for takeoff
Air Serbia considering regional acquisition
Croatia Airlines begins search for part owner


Croatia Airlines posts first profit in six years
New airline planned for Croatia 
World’s largest aircraft lands in Zagreb
Sarajevo breaks all time passenger record 
Air Serbia to receive ten A320neos
Zagreb Airport staff on strike
Belle Air Europe suspends all flights
No interest in Croatia Airlines


French take over Zagreb Airport
Split and Pristina neck and neck
Etihad tipped to take over Belgrade Airport
Skopje Airport’s record year under threat 
Belgrade Airport breaks all time record

Wherever you are in the world tonight have a great and safe evening

See you in 2014!


  1. Thank you for your hard work and enthusiasm. Well-done and keep up in 2014!

  2. i wish you and all readers Happy New Year, and more good news in 2014

  3. Happy New Year to all the readers of this blog, also to all the Ex-Yu airports with many great news in 2014!

  4. Happy New Year y'all! :)

    Btw, nice to see that Swiss will be sending its A321 from Geneva today! Way to go!

    1. Awesome :) It would be cool to have that plane next week when I fly back to GVA ;)

  5. Could we see Pegasus launch Zagreb flights?

  6. Valahia Air launch flights from Germany and Switzerland to Pristina PRN and Skopje SKP also.

  7. Happy, prosper and advance New 2014 year to admin and all involving in commercial aviation. Most greeting to QANTAS AIRWAYS, AIR SERBIA, ETIHAD AIRWAYS, Sydney, Belgrade, MORAVA-KRALJEVO airpots ...
    Rod. Marinkovic,AME. Kraljevo Griffith

  8. Dear friends accross ex-Yu, I wish you all Happy and joyfull New 2014!!!
    I wish we could all become better people and to read just positive news and, most of all, comments in next year !!!!
    Great success to Zagreb airport and Air Serbia in next period and lot of positive developments accross all ex-Yu territory...we all deserve that and let cheer each other and be happy for others achevements.
    With just little human effort we can make this place better!!!
    Enjoy tonight wherever you are......
    All the best from Belgrade to Croatia, Bosnia, Slovenia, Montenegro and Macedonia!!!!!

  9. Happy New Year to all participants in this blog, except the mean-spirited ones, of course. Speaking of which, I've just had a very entertaining read through all the cynical, malicious comments made during the year about the Jat-Etihad deal. It's pretty clear who's having the last laugh.

  10. Happy New Year everyone accross ex-Yu, and many great news aviation wise in the upcoming year!


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