Earlier this month, the Albanian Civil Aviation Authority announced that Air Albania, the national flag carrier airline of the country, will launch flights during the first week of September.
News from Bosnia and Herzegovina Airlines and Air Serbia, the two carriers are strengthening their cooperation. The Bosnian airline may be offering flights from its Serbia counterpart soon.
On Friday 3 unions connected with Croatia Airlines (CA) said a general strike by the national air carrier’s employees will start tomorrow if demands are not met. According to the news the employees are just trying to get benefits of an agreement already struck last year in a collective bargaining agreement.
According to news from Ryanair, Croatia will invest some 1.4 million euros in order for budget airline to set up a base in Zadar. Scheduled to open in April 2013, it is thought the base will afford Croatian tourism a shot in the arm ROI wise.
In a move to ensure Serbia has a national air carrier, the government there is proposing making money loser JAT Airways into a debt free and more updated version of itself. Freeing up the beleaguered airline of debt and leasing new EADS Airbuses would guarantee a rejuvenated national airline. At least this is what Serbia’s leaders envision.
With Summer nearing an end the EX-YU aviation industry faces some tough decisions ahead. Former Yugoslavian carriers, now fragmented toward their own regional goals, may have to deal alone with insurmountable financial troubles.
In airline news from the Balkans, low cost airline Wizz Air is set to launch will launch their flights between London Luton Airport and Brussels South Charleroi to the Slovenia’s capital this Winter.
In travel news from Turkey, inbound tourism there has taken a hit so far this year as March saw a nearly 10 percent drop over the same period in a year ago. The Tourism Ministry reported just short of one and a half million tourists arriving in March.
Amid accusations Montenegro Airlines desires some kind of monopoly on the Balkans country’s airspace, CEO of the company, Zoran Djurišić, announced his invitation to executives of three of the former Yugoslavia’s biggest carriers, Croatia Airlines, Jat Airways, and Adria Airways, to a sort of summit on the Budva Riviera.