Air Serbia is constant to take a look at choices to broaden its lengthy haul community however its major focus is returning to normality following the market-wide disruption attributable to the coronavirus pandemic. Responding to EX-YU Aviation Information’ query regarding lengthy haul enlargement, Air Serbia’s CEO, Duncan Naysmith, stated, “Our greatest focus at this stage is getting again to some type of normality. At this cut-off date we fly 28 locations, whereas pre-Covid it was 62 locations. As well as, we’re flying over 800 constitution flights this summer season as nicely. We proceed to take a look at lengthy haul locations. We take a look at China, USA, and Canada as nicely. At this cut-off date we’re relying on normality, however we at all times search for alternatives to broaden our lengthy haul flights”.
Competitors on flights from the area to the US is on the rise, with United to introduce operations from New York to Dubrovnik this summer season, whereas Bulgarian start-up GullivAir just lately obtained approval to begin operations from Sofia to the States. Commenting on elevated competitors within the area and the impact it could have on Air Serbia’s New York operations, Mr Naysmith stated, “When it comes to competitors to the area, we welcome it. What you’ve to keep in mind is that we even have a regional connectivity community. At this level we fly 3 times per week to New York and by the top of Might we’ll fly as much as 4 instances per week. Our consistency is there, and our product proposition is likely one of the finest at school”.
Mr Naysmith famous that New York has been one in all Air Serbia’s most worthwhile routes in 2020 and 2021. “Regardless of the pandemic, our transatlantic flight has continued to ship constructive outcomes. We had been one of many few airways which have flown to New York all through the pandemic. New York in 2020 and 2021 is one in all our most worthwhile routes”, the CEO stated. Primarily based on pre-pandemic information, in 2019, China (excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan) was the most important unserved lengthy haul market from Serbia, intently adopted by the US, as soon as the New York operation is excluded, then Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, India, Thailand and Japan.