|Zadar Airport to hold talks with Etihad and Air Serbia next week|
Zadar Airport will hold talks with Etihad Airways and Air Serbia in Abu Dhabi next week to discuss possible flights to Belgrade in 2016. According to the “Slobodna Dalmacija” daily, talks will be held between the Managing Director of Zadar Airport, Irena Ćosić, as well as Djordje Najdanović, in charge of schedule planning at Air Serbia and Gyula Prohaszka, Senior Manager for Network Development at Etihad. “We will hold talks as we want to present Zadar Airport and its offer. I hope to return from this meeting with good news for the 2016 season. Air Serbia already flies to four destinations in Croatia - Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik and Pula”, Ms. Ćosić says.
According to the airport, services between Zadar and Belgrade would generate significant interest and would connect the coastal city with far away markets. “This is a great opportunity for Zadar because we know this route would have excellent loads. Today, new routes are secured by offering your product on the market. You can’t sit with your hands crossed”, Ms. Ćosić explains. She adds, “As a result, we have to present our offer to carriers that could be interested in our market and Air Serbia is one of those”. According to “Slobodna Dalmacija”, the airport could offer service discounts to the carrier.
The possible resumption of flights between Zadar and Belgrade next year would mark the first commercial service between the two cities in 25 years. JAT Yugoslav Airlines operated its last service from Zadar to Belgrade on August 3, 1991. In its last year of normal operations, Yugoslav Airlines was already recording a significant drop in passenger numbers across its domestic network. However, in 1990 JAT carried 340.000 passengers between Serbia and Croatia alone. Travel between the two republics accounted for 34% of all domestic air travel. Air Serbia has a considerable presence in Croatia, operating seasonal flights to Dubrovnik, Split and Pula and double daily year-long services between Belgrade and Zagreb, which were launched last December.