EX-YU flag carriers cut flights by 56% in January


The national carriers from the former Yugoslavia - Air Serbia, Croatia Airlines and Montenegro Airlines - plan to cut their number of operated flights by an average of 55.9% in January when compared to the same month last year based on this morning’s inventory update. As a result, there will be 2.588 fewer flights at the start of next year than in January 2020. Capacity will be reduced by 57.4% with 289.846 fewer seats on offer. 

Air Serbia 

From January 1 until the end of the month, Air Serbia plans to run 1.013 flights (return service included) and has 112.494 seats on sale. Compared to the same month last year, the number of flights have been reduced by 59.3% and capacity by 59.5%. At this point, during January, it plans to maintain operations to 28 cities from Belgrade. They include Athens, Amsterdam, Banja Luka, Brussels, Berlin, Copenhagen, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London Heathrow, Larnaca, Ljubljana, Moscow, New York, Oslo, Paris, Podgorica, Prague, Stuttgart, Sarajevo, Sofia, Skopje, Stockholm, Tivat, Tirana, Vienna, Zurich and Zagreb. From Niš, the airline will maintain its route to Hahn, twice per week. Top routes based on both frequencies and capacity will be Zurich, Podgorica, Paris, Istanbul and Tirana.

RankDestinationTotal flights (one way)
1Zurich54
2Podgorica45
3Paris32
4Istanbul31
5Tirana28

RankDestinationTotal capacity (one way)
1Zurich7.752
2Podgorica4.842
3Paris4.416
4Istanbul4.278
5Tirana2.928

Croatia Airlines 

Croatia Airlines now plans to operate 705 flights (return service included) during the month of January, down 59.6% on the year before, with 67.708 seats on offer, representing a decrease of 62.9%. The carrier will maintain services from Zagreb to fifteen domestic and international destinations. Among them are Amsterdam, Brussels, Dubrovnik, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Paris, Pula (via Zadar), Rome (via Split), Sarajevo, Skopje, Vienna, Split, Zurich and Zadar. International flights will also be operated from Split to Rome, Frankfurt and Munich. From Zagreb, Croatia Airlines’ aircraft will frequent Frankfurt the most, followed by Dubrovnik, Split, Amsterdam and Copenhagen.
   
RankDestinationTotal flights (one way)
1Frankfurt75
2Dubrovnik70
3Split69
4Amsterdam31
5Copenhagen11

RankDestinationTotal capacity (one way)
1Dubrovnik7.632
2Split6.604
3Frankfurt6.410
4Amsterdam3.648
5Paris1.228

Montenegro Airlines 

Montenegro Airline will run 320 flights (return service included), declining by 18.6% on January 2020, with the capacity to welcome 34.880 passengers throughout the coming month, decreasing by 21.8%. It will operate flights from Podgorica to Belgrade, Frankfurt, Paris, Ljubljana and Zurich, while from Tivat it will only serve Belgrade. The airline is adding additional frequencies to Frankfurt, Zurich and Vienna up until mid-January. The most frequent destinations will be Belgrade, Ljubljana, Frankfurt, Zurich and Vienna.
    
RankDestinationTotal flights (one way)
1Belgrade106
2Ljubljana15
3Frankfurt11
4Zurich10
5Vienna9
5Paris9

RankDestinationTotal capacity (one way)
1Belgrade11.554
2Ljubljana1.635
3Frankfurt1.199
4Zurich1.090
5Vienna981
5Paris981




Comments

  1. Anonymous09:02

    Sad. They will have less flights and capacity in January then they do in the last 2 weeks of December.

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    1. Anonymous09:55

      Very small numbers when you think about it across 3 airlines.

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    2. Anonymous09:57

      Well there is the issue of the global pandemic.

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  2. Anonymous09:03

    Shows how bad the situation is currently.

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    1. Anonymous21:58

      All things considered, the number of flights and offered capacity is quite good actually.

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  3. Anonymous09:04

    I;m surprised YM has much less flights removed compared to JU and OU.

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    1. Anonymous09:05

      Because they fly very few routes/flights in January anyway.

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    2. Anonymous09:07

      Or because they were unrealistic and have not cancelled a lot of flights which will eventually get cancelled. Simply so they can generate cash flow.

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    3. Anonymous09:24

      It's not a good sign that you still can't buy tickets on YM website. Is there a way to check if their accounts have been blocked?

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    4. Anonymous10:32

      They have just restarted ticket sales.

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    5. Anonymous21:58

      False alarm :D

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  4. Anonymous09:07

    Soon OU and JU will be the only two ex-yu carriers.

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    1. Anonymous09:08

      Seems like it's heading that way.

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  5. Anonymous09:07

    Is there any plan for Romania to lift the silly flight ban to Serbia? There have been no flights between Bucharest and Belgrade for almost a year.

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    1. Anonymous10:16

      Is the Italy flight ban still in force?

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    2. Anonymous10:17

      I think they are allowed to fly now but they literally can't carry anyone on these flights as the entry conditions are much harsher than the rest of EU.

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    3. Anonymous22:00

      Well W6 will fly MXP-PRN in a few days so I don't think there is a flight ban but like anon above said, the entry and leave rules are so strict, there is little point.

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  6. Anonymous09:11

    Air Serbia will cancel more flights if compulsory PCR tests are introduced for entry into Serbia which is being discussed today.

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    1. Anonymous09:14

      Nonsense, PCR will apply only around the holidays so probably until 08.01. Even if someone doesn't have the test he goes into isolation for five days and can leave early if there are no signs of the China virus developing.

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    2. Anonymous09:15

      Pretty much everything you wrote is wrong. The suggested self isolation period by the crisis committee is 10 days (not 5) and you can't "leave early if there are no signs". Stop posting nonsense.

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    3. Anonymous09:34

      We will know in a few hours if they will introduce it, from when and what are the rules.

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    4. Anonymous10:20

      The crisis committee has their meeting at 15.30 so we will know after that.

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    5. Anonymous17:19

      They just announced. All foreigners entering Serbia from DEC20 to JAN10 will need a test. Serbian citizens can enter with negative test. If they don't have one they have to self isolate for 10 days. Isolation can be ended early if they get a test done and it's negative.

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    6. Anonymous18:38

      so gastos from lets say Germany won't need tests but Germans stil do need one? o_O

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    7. Anonymous18:50

      Yes, because under the constitution you can't restrict your own citizens from entering your country. The same rules apply in Germany and other civilized countries.

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  7. Anonymous09:13

    I wonder if OU is keeping AMS as 31 because of KLM which is being extremely aggressive and ferocious in Zagreb.

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    1. Anonymous09:16

      I would assume that they re keeping it because there is demand. Because of that demand KL is increasing to double daily as well.

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    2. Anonymous09:26

      The trip report from the other day shows the flight on kL was not even 50% full. I doubt the route is performing well. KL is trying to kill LH Group.

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    3. Anonymous09:31

      So you decide a route's success based on load factors based on a single flight in one direction on a flight taken on Sunday? Well done. You are right, KLM is increasing flights to Zagreb to double daily to loose money as quickly as it can because Croatia is it's most important market in the world and it must crush Lufthansa. The rubbish some people write here.

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    4. Anonymous09:31

      Yeah KL/AF group will kill them lol.

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    5. Why KLM kill Croatia airlines? Since they are code sharing!

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    6. Anonymous12:45

      I think the codeshare has ended. Not 100% sure.

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    7. Anonymous23:16

      Because AF KL did the same in LJU where they had codeshare with JP.

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  8. Anonymous09:14

    Tirana with more capacity by Air Serbia than New York.

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    1. Anonymous09:57

      Well it's not surprising. I think there are 2 weekly flights to JFK in January.

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    2. Anonymous22:01

      JFK is right after TIA on terms of capacity next month. Number 6 on the list.

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  9. Anonymous09:17

    Sad

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  10. Anonymous09:18

    More will be cancelled in a week or two

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    1. Anonymous22:01

      Why?

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    2. Anonymous22:06

      Because more and more countries are going into hard lockdowns, reducing demand. For example Germany and Netherlands announced strict lockdowns today and it lasts until the middle of January.

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  11. Anonymous09:18

    Considering the situation, it's good these 3 airlines are still in operation.

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    1. Anonymous09:24

      This time next year I think one will be gone

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    2. Anonymous12:45

      I think in terms of robustness and potential to survive all of this mayhem, the flag carriers can be grouped as follows:

      1. Air Serbia (moderate-high chance of survival)
      2 . Croatia Airlines (moderate chance of survival)
      3. Montenegro Airlines (low chance of survival)

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    3. Anonymous14:20

      Everything depends on goverment aid all the time. If goverments give money to these airlines they will survive, if they dont give money all three can say goodbye.

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    4. Anonymous19:06

      The duration of COVID-19 will dictate which airline survives, and not the airlines themselves unfortunately.

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    5. Anonymous21:00

      For the nationalised flag carriers, it will be the duration for which the government is willing to sponsor them.

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    6. Anonymous23:17

      MNE government is selling luxurious cars in order to raise money. I doubt they'll spend it on YM.

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  12. Anonymous09:33

    Next couple of months will be very difficult.

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    1. Anonymous09:37

      More like years.

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    2. Anonymous22:02

      Things will start getting better from Q2 2021.

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  13. Anonymous09:37

    Good luck to all three of them.

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    1. Anonymous19:11

      They will need it.

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    2. Anonymous22:03

      Everyone needs it. Don't get this notion here by some people as if only ex-Yu airlines are reducing flights and in need of state aid.

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    3. Anonymous23:45

      Where did you get that notion? Nobody mentions TAP or any other airline when mentioning ex-yugo airlines. We al know that all airlines and airports are hurting right now. Do we really have to reface every post with; all airlines are feeling the pain?

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  14. Anonymous09:38

    Imagine what February will look like. It's the worst month for the aviation industry even during the best of times.

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    1. Anonymous09:40

      Let's hope the virus situation improves somewhat by then.

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    2. Anonymous09:45

      I don't see any light at the end of the tunnel at the moment unfortunately.

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    3. Anonymous12:09

      @9.40 This won't be resolved in a month.

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  15. Anonymous09:45

    Today situation at airports

    BEG - 36 departures
    ZAG - 17 departures
    TGD - 4 departures

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    1. Anonymous09:47

      What about the others?

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    2. Anonymous09:53

      SJJ-2
      SKP - 7
      PRN - 6
      LJU - 2

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    3. Anonymous09:54

      Tomorrow will be bad for everyone. Tuesdays are the worst day of the week.

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    4. Anonymous12:16

      36 departures is great in the current circumstances.

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    5. Anonymous13:34

      Actually SKP has 12 departures today.

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    6. Anonymous13:45

      nr of departures doesnt mean a lot these days. Look at ZAG, more then double flights then SKP&PRN yet less passengers then both airports in Nov.

      flag carriers are flying with extremely low LF for the time being

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    7. Anonymous20:01

      Neither SKP or PRN have released their numbers for November so I don't know how you can conclude that Zagreb had fewer than them.

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  16. Anonymous09:53

    I think many of the planned flights by ex-yu airiness for January will be cancelled.

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    1. Anonymous09:54

      Most likely

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    2. Anonymous22:05

      Why do you think that? I think they have already done the reductions. Why would they cancel more?

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  17. Anonymous09:55

    JU range of destinations is not bad actually

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    1. Anonymous09:56

      Interesting to see TGD, TIA and IST in the top 5.

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    2. Anonymous10:00

      Isn't TGD always in the top 5?

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    3. Anonymous10:01

      Not surprised for TIA and IST as there are no travel restrictions.

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    4. Anonymous10:18

      ZRH shows how huge the diaspora there is that it can sustain the flights purely based on them travelling. CDG I would say is mostly transfer (both pax transferring via BEG to CDG and BEG based passengers transferring via CDG to US).

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  18. Anonymous10:01

    Pity JU is down to just one destination from INI.

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    1. Anonymous10:06

      Hope they will resume once things calm down.

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    2. Anonymous10:06

      According to media reports, it's uncertain if Kraljevo flights will restart next summer.

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    3. Anonymous10:19

      Nothing is certain for next summer at this point.

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    4. Anonymous10:51

      there is a reason why they are down to just one destination: the latest german numbers are for the month of September and it shows: 9 flights Hahn-INI (one way D->RS) 288 passengers and a LF of 22.2%

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    5. Anonymous11:02

      Yikes

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    6. Anonymous11:17

      And we had people explaining here how subsidies for INI flights were not needed.

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  19. Anonymous10:34

    Isn't there some other markets these airlines could try out? Some new opportunities? They have enough aircraft now.

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    1. Anonymous10:35

      And what do you suggest? The pandemic is global. It affects all markets. What could they possibly successfully launch.

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    2. Anonymous10:43

      Well YM is introducing 4 new routes :D

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    3. Anonymous10:52

      @10.34 fair enough but in winter thats not very realistic

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    4. Anonymous11:03

      If they have any plans to look into other markets, they should be putting tickets on sale for summer now.

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  20. my2cents10:50

    I can't see how Montenegro will survive. It seems that code-share with JU is the only thing going for them.
    The fiscal situation in Montenegro is dire, economy won't return to 2019 level until 2023 at the earliest. There just is no money.

    Air Serbia is best positioned to fill the void and deliver the experience by:
    1) Painting a plane in Montenegro livery (Montenegro operated by Air Serbia), that would fly on routes to Serbia
    2) Hiring Montenegrin crew and people in Customer Service and Sales with the accent
    3) White-label Air Serbia website with Montenegro Airlines logo

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    1. Anonymous11:02

      Why would Air Serbia waste money (which it doesn't have). Easier just to put additional flights to TGD. Like they did to Ljubljana when Adria collapsed.

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    2. Anonymous11:50

      "Hiring Montenegrin crew and people in Customer Service and Sales with the accent"

      Thank you for the morning laugh.

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    3. Anonymous11:53

      "Dobar dan, htjela bih da kupim kartu."

      "A ĐE ĆETE?"

      "Njujork."

      "LIJEPO BOGUMI."

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    4. my2cents12:12

      This is just to soften the blow to the pride that some people in Montenegro would experience, and keep the 'flag flying'... virtually.

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  21. Anonymous11:07

    How come JU was booming on IST route and was often sending A320 but now most of the time they reduced it to ATR operation? Is it lack of demand ans what caused it suddenly?

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    1. Anonymous11:14

      A) it's winter
      B) Turkey has introduced complete weekend curfew. But what most people don't know is that it does not apply to tourists. But still, nothing is working. It's a ghost town.

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  22. Anonymous12:05

    YM is really suffering not being able to fly to Russia.

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    1. Anonymous12:09

      Same way EU entry bans are hurting them and all other non-EU carriers.

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    2. my2cents13:13

      Russia bannes flights to many destinations, but it didn't help that Montenegro implemented sanctions toward Russia and banned Russians entering Montenegro during the summer (!?!?)

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    3. Anonymous19:42

      * bans

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  23. Anonymous12:27

    Disaster

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    1. Anonymous12:30

      Same situation across the world.

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    2. Anonymous12:44

      Depressing

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  24. Anonymous12:47

    It will be interesting to see how many of the currently suspended routes will return (if they return).

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    1. Anonymous19:06

      Many routes will be permanently discontinued. Remember how airlines culled their networks during the 2008/9 financial crisis? Ex-yu region was particularly affected.

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  25. Anonymous19:58

    Time to start planning for 2021.

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  26. Anonymous22:07

    Until EU lifts entry bans, there will be no recovery for JU and YM.

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  27. Anonymous08:52

    It is quite annoying to see some ignorant comments here. Everyone apparently deems just to discuss matter beyond their knowledge or even slight understanding.

    All 3 are heavily dependent on their states. Without the states, they would collapse in a matter of days, maximum month. Especially in the current conditions.

    But, it is also imporant to know that all 3 are imporant for the states, otherwise they would not sponsor them. You can alway hire family and relatives to other state institutions. But you cant have a boost to the economy the carriers have, in Croatia and Montenegro in particular. And it is not interest of the state, but its citizens. Do you think you would have as many tourists if not from these 2? It would take years for market to bring bigger players to come, and it would only be in summer months. Rest of the year we would have dull season with not or few flights.

    And if you consider subsidies, it is still money you have to pay, but this time to foreign carriers. And first time things go bad, like now, they all scather away. Or you are not seeing Ljubljana right now? Are we all blind. Their numbers are horrible even with the state subsidies to carriers.

    So please if you dont have something insightful and smart to say, get lost.

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