|Kiev Airport announces new Air Serbia flights|
Kiev's Boryspil International Airport has announced that Air Serbia will launch flights from Belgrade to the Ukrainian capital this summer season. Boryspil Airport's spokeswoman, Oksana Ozhigova, said plans are currently in place for the Serbian carrier to commence operations on June 2. Flights will initially operate three times per week, before gradually increasing to six weekly services. Ms Ozhigova added that besides Air Serbia, new arrivals at Boryspil Airport this summer will include Aegean Airlines, which will introduce flights from both Athens and Larnaca, as well as Mahan Air from Tehran and Ellinair from Heraklion. Last month, Air Serbia's Chairman, Siniša Mali, said the carrier was considering inaugurating services to Kiev, while in January, the Ukrainian Ambassador to Serbia, Oleksandr Aleksandrovych, noted that flights between the two capital cities would launch this summer.
Air Serbia itself has not issued an official statement on the new route launch and flights are yet to be loaded into the system. Ukraine's Aerosvit Airlines suspended services between Kiev and the Serbian capital in June 2011 citing "technical reasons". The carrier has since filed for bankruptcy. On the other hand, Air Serbia cancelled plans to launch daily flights to the Ukrainian capital from May 29, 2014 due to security reasons, stating at the time, "The safety of our guests and crew is paramount to the airline". Meanwhile, direct flights between Ukraine and Russia have been discontinued since last October. Foreign carriers are now benefiting, with some 680.000 passengers, who travel between the two countries by air, now seeking alternatives. Foreign airlines operating flights to both Ukraine and Russia have seen this as a drawcard for boosting services to Kiev.
Air Serbia will increase frequencies on a number of routes in its network this summer, including Amsterdam, Berlin, Bucharest, Dusseldorf, Sofia, Dubrovnik, Pula and Split. It will also resume other seasonal flights such as Malta and Varna. The airline has so far confirmed it will introduce services from Belgrade to New York on June 23, while the Mayor of Ohrid has said Air Serbia will inaugurate seasonal summer flights to the lakeside city this June, following talks with the carrier last week. Meanwhile, officials from Bihor County in Romania told the "Bihor Online" portal that they are continuing their talks with Air Serbia over potential services from Belgrade to Oradea, which, according to them, would commence in autumn. The 2016 summer season begins on March 27.