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Air Serbia to unveil an additional three new routes

Air Serbia has confirmed it soon plans to announce an additional three new routes to launch this summer season on top of the nineteen it already revealed in late 2022. The carrier has said one of the three will be Cairo, which it last operated prior to the coronavirus outbreak. Furthermore, the carrier is expected to return to the Middle East, while it is also considering entering a new market in Western Europe. As a result, 2023 will mark Air Serbia’s biggest network expansion to date. The carrier plans to grow its passenger numbers between 10% and 20% this year and handle over three million travelers.

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Air Serbia served Tel Aviv, Cairo and Beirut in the Middle East and North Africa region, although the Lebanese capital was terminated just prior to the global health emergency as a result of the Middle Eastern country’s economic crisis, which has since worsened. As its replacement, the Serbian carrier planned to launch a new service to the Jordanian capital of Amman, however, those too were shelved on two occasions. Once because of Covid in 2020 and a second time in 2022 when it was quietly removed from the network prior to its launch. Air Serbia recently concluded a codeshare agreement with Qatar Airways, which, among several dozen destinations, also includes placing its codes on its Qatari counterpart’s flights from Belgrade to Doha and from Doha to Muscat in the Middle East. It also codeshares with Turkish Airlines on services to Tel Aviv, Amman, and Cairo in the region.

Commenting on its 2023 network expansion plans, Air Serbia recently said, “We are proud of the fact that, including charter destinations, we are approaching nearly 100 destinations in the upcoming summer season within our growing network. We want to position ourselves as the leading regional airline in this part of Europe and we believe that so far, we have been successful in this respect. We would like to continue doing so in the future”. Air Serbia’s new destinations, which are to be launched in the next few months, so far include Budapest, Ankara, Catania, Izmir, Heraklion, Hamburg, Chicago, Gothenburg, Cologne, Naples, Florence, Marseille, Chania, Rhodes, Corfu, Palermo , Kraków, Varna and Ohrid. They will join Malta, Tianjin, and Malaga, which were introduced during the 2022/23 winter season and will be served in the summer as well.

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