Air Serbia expects it will continue to improve on the path to recovery from the coronavirus pandemic next year, but warned that plans could change in the short term due to the ongoing impact of the virus on the aviation and travel industries. The airline’s CEO, Duncan Naysmith, said: âAt Air Serbia we are placing more trust in plans, strategies and confident steps towards the goal. The year that passed has been very specific – the aftermath of the pandemic is still felt around the world, travel restrictions still apply, and it remains tougher to make plans with the possibility that everything could change in the blink of an eye. However, we can say that this year was better for us than the last. In the first three quarters of 2021 alone, we carried 40% more passengers than in all of 2020. We worked hard, adapted quickly to the relocation situation and kept pace with passenger needs. âHe added:â This ensured that it there was no lack of progress and we achieved better results than the industry average in almost all segments. “
Commenting on the coming year, Mr. Naysmith said, âWe have laid a strong foundation to support the belief that 2022 will be even better. We are further adapting our network, digitizing our operations and improving the user experience. âAir Serbia is expected to start a series of new routes in 2022, which will be subsidized by the state. The airline is generally expected to apply and be selected as an airline on ten routes considered to be of public interest, six of which are scheduled to launch as early as next month. These include connections from NiÅ¡ to Belgrade, Hahn, Cologne, Ljubljana and Istanbul as well as from Kraljevo to Turkey’s largest city.
Air Serbia has stated that their goal is to fully return to 2019 passenger levels. It will then pursue the multilateral development strategy planned before the pandemic and supplement it with elements of its crisis management, which has proven to be successful over the past twenty months. The airline is considering a stronger presence in Central Europe, regional development with possible new routes in Romania and Bulgaria and a return to the Ukrainian and Polish markets. âWe want to position ourselves as the leading regional airline in this part of Europe and we believe that we have succeeded so far. We would like to continue this in the future, âsaid the company.