Flydubai has revealed its upcoming plans for the former Yugoslav market which will include more flights to Sarajevo and the launch of operations to Montenegro. On the other hand, the airline has ruled out the possibility of introducing services to Ljubljana or resuming operations to Zagreb for the time being. Speaking to EX-YU Aviation News, Flydubai's Commercial Senior Vice President, Jeyhund Efendi, said, "The former Yugoslavia is an important market for Flydubai. We have been flying there since 2011 when we began our flights to Belgrade. In 2012 we launched flights to Skopje and in December 2014 we began flights to Sarajevo. Demand for these routes remains strong as passengers are able to travel to Dubai and beyond through our efficient aviation hub, offering links to 264 points around the world. The routes have also provided those from the Middle East, Gulf and beyond our network with easier access to discover this part of the world".
During the 2017 summer season, Flydubai plans to operate daily flights to Sarajevo from late June, four weekly to Belgrade and two weekly to Skopje. Operations to Zagreb, which were discontinued this winter, will not be resumed. "There are no immediate plans to relaunch flights to Zagreb, but we continue to look for more opportunities to serve the market in the future", Mr Efendi said. The service was popular with Slovenian travellers as Flydubai offered a bus transfer between Ljubljana and the Croatian capital, connecting onto its Dubai service. Despite talks with Ljubljana Airport over possible flights, the Commercial Senior Vice President noted, "Flydubai is always looking at exploring new opportunities for our network, but at the moment we do not have any immediate plans for Ljubljana".
In October of last year, Flydubai confirmed it would commence services to Montenegro during the first half of 2017, however, the hybrid carrier is yet to decide whether the flights will operate to Podgorica or Tivat. The decision came days after the airline chartered a promotional flight to Tivat carrying media, tour operator representatives, business leaders and airline executives. "I can confirm with all certainty that we will launch flights. In the near future we will release all details relating to our planned operations to Montenegro”, Flydubai's CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith, said at the time. However, asked which city will be served, Mr Efendi said that a decision is yet to be made, noting that the country is "an interesting market".