Serbia, Air Serbia became the European airline with the most weekly flights from Istanbul airport

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Thanks to the growing demand for flights between Belgrade and Istanbul, and the cooperation with Turkish Airlines that is continuously improved, during the upcoming winter season, Air Serbia will operate up to 17 flights per week between the two cities, instead of the current 10.

Starting on November 7, the number of flights between those two destinations will gradually increase, and passengers can expect as many as 6 flights a day during the summer season of 2023. Three flights will be operated by Air Serbia, and the remaining three by Turkish Airlines, with which Air Serbia has a code-share cooperation.

This partnership will make Istanbul the best-connected global hub available for flights from Belgrade, while passengers flying from Istanbul via Belgrade will have the best possible connection to the wider Balkan region. At the same time, Air Serbia will become the European airline with the most weekly flights from Istanbul airport.

“After a multi-year break, in December 2019, Air Serbia resumed flights to Istanbul. In just three years and despite the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to the cooperation with Turkish Airlines, we have progressed from zero to the planned three flights a day.

During the winter season, in addition to 17 weekly flights from Belgrade, Air Serbia will also fly to the largest city of Turkey twice a week from Niš and Kraljevo. We continue to expand code-share cooperation outside of Istanbul. We started cooperation with Anadolujet, a subsidiary of Turkish Airlines, on flights between Belgrade and the Turkish capital, Ankara, where an increase in the number of flights can be expected.

Air Serbia and Turkish Airlines also plan to expand their partnership to include flights between Belgrade and Izmir, in order to further improve the connection between the two countries,” said Jirži Marek, General Director of Air Serbia.

Turkish Airlines and Air Serbia continue to explore further opportunities for commercial cooperation. In the future, this could lead to a potential joint venture, which would allow both companies to offer improved and competitive air services between Turkey and Serbia and to expand their offer and amenities for passengers.

Air Serbia and Turkish Airlines signed a Memorandum of Understanding in June of this year, during the 78th annual general assembly of IATA in Doha, and in the presence of general directors – Bilal Ekši and Jirži Marek. This document agreed to strengthen the existing cooperation in the area of ​​code-share partnership, cargo operations and loyalty programs for frequent flyers, as well as the development of cooperation options in passenger lounges in their networks, Avio Portal writes.