|Air Serbia heading to Tirana from September|
EX-YU Aviation News can exclusively reveal that Air Serbia will launch flights to the Albanian capital Tirana this summer season. The service is expected to be inaugurated in September and run three times per week. It will be operated with an ATR72. In a related development, the Serbian carrier will boost its operations to Prague which have so far proved extremely popular with passengers. The airline will run an additional weekly flight to the Czech capital each Friday, totalling eight per week. Air Serbia is expected to make an official announcement regarding the launch of its Tirana service and the boost to its Prague flights soon.
Services between Belgrade and Tirana will resume for the first time in six years. Air Serbia’s predecessor, Jat Airways, suspended flights between the two capitals in 2008 as part of its cost cutting scheme which also saw the termination of flights to Damascus, Prague, Malta and Tripoli, some of which were later resumed. The playing field at Tirana Airport is somewhat different this time around. Albania’s national carrier, Albanian Airlines, ceased operations in 2011 while the country’s largest airline, Belle Air, collapsed in December last year. This has given other airlines an opportunity to attract transit passengers from Tirana through their respective hubs. On the other hand, Air Serbia introduced flights to Prague in December 2013, which have proved popular with both point to point and transit passengers alike.