Budget airline Ryanair is considering introducing flights between Malta and Niš Constantine the Great Airport during the summer of 2017. According to Niš Airport's General Manager, Vladica Djurdjanović, discussions between Serbian and Maltese local authorities, as well as Ryanair, are currently under way. "A significant number of people from southern Serbia live and work in Malta and this service would be profitable. Business representatives from the town of Leskovac have reached an agreement with the mayor of one Maltese city and have entered negotiations with Ryanair". The no frills carrier boasts an operational base in Malta. The budget airline will launch its first of four new routes to Niš on September 4. Air Serbia currently maintains three weekly flights between Belgrade and Malta on a seasonal summer basis.