Air Serbia is expected to add $1 billion to the Serbian economy in 2016 according to forecasts published by the UK-based global consultancy Oxford Economics today. Air Serbia is expected to provide 13.230 people with employment and add $210 million to the Serbian economy through its core operations including expenditures on fuel, maintenance costs and local Serbian suppliers. This includes 1.650 direct jobs at Air Serbia in Serbia, 5.450 indirect jobs supported by the airline’s procurement of goods and services and 6.130 additional jobs supported by staff spending their wages in Serbia. According to the study, Air Serbia is expected to carry almost 550.00 international visitors, predominantly from Europe and North America, to Serbia in 2016. The Oxford Economics report also noteas that Etihad Airways, which holds a 49% share in Air Serbia, will support 3.900 jobs through its operations in Serbia this year, which equates to an economic contribution of $45 million. In a statement, Air Serbia's CEO, Dane Kondić, said, "The contribution that Air Serbia makes to the national economy and the job market in Serbia cannot be overstated. As this research shows, we support thousands of jobs directly, through our airline operations, and indirectly, through the powerful domino effect that Air Serbia has on stimulating economic activity throughout the country". He added, “Our flights benefit many jobs in Serbia, such as the local suppliers we use for inflight catering, to the many industries that rely on business from air travellers, including hotels, restaurants and other tourism and hospitality-related sectors. “The Oxford Economics report clearly shows that Air Serbia’s role in improving air connectivity and growing inbound tourism creates important employment opportunities for Serbian nationals, and our aim in the years ahead is to build on this contribution”.