Air Serbia will continue to expand its network from Belgrade after unveiling its first new destinations for summer 2022, including Valencia, Bari, Palma de Mallorca and Rijeka. The airline has announced that it will start operations from Belgrade to Trieste and Bologna in Italy, bringing the total number of destinations in the country to six. Connections to Trieste will start on June 2nd, Bologna will follow on June 6th. Both are served three times a week by ATR72 aircraft. In 2019, Air Serbia operated twice-weekly flights between Niš and Bologna, while its predecessor Jat Airways operated three-weekly flights between Belgrade and Trieste until May 2011.
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Commenting on the recent route network expansions, Bojan Arandjelović, Air Serbia’s Head of Network Planning and Scheduling, said: “The decision to introduce new destinations in Italy is the result of the strategic importance of renewing and strengthening our presence in one of the most important ones visited countries in the world. Italy is an extremely important market for both our airline and Serbia due to the close economic ties between our two countries. We are particularly pleased to start direct flights to Trieste, the city with the largest Serbian diaspora in Italy, while the connections to Bologna will also help strengthen our cultural and economic ties with Italy.”
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Air Serbia is expected to announce additional new destinations for its network in the coming weeks, complementing the above routes, as well as the airline’s new seasonal services from Niš to Athens and from Kraljevo to Tivat, which are scheduled to launch this June. “In the period ahead, we will continue to develop in this direction and look forward to introducing more new routes,” Air Serbia Sales Director Boško Rupić said this week. In the year before the 2019 pandemic, Lisbon was the busiest unserved Belgrade Airport route on the continent, followed by Cologne, Manchester, Bologna, Trieste, Malaga, Kraków, Valencia, Dublin, Luxembourg, Catania and Vilnius. Since then, flights to Luxembourg have been launched by Luxair and codeshared by its Serbian counterpart, while flights to Valencia, Trieste and Bologna will be launched by Air Serbia in April and June respectively. The Serbian airline has also announced that it will resume operations from Belgrade to Madrid, Venice and Nice, which have been suspended since the pandemic began, and will increase its frequencies to Rome and Milan to pre-pandemic levels. In addition, there are plans to resume the seasonal connections to Rostov-on-Don introduced last year.