Ahmad Al Haddabi, Abu Dhabi Airports’ CEO, welcomed the arrival of Air Serbia in the Middle-Eastern airport: “Abu Dhabi Airports welcomes Air Serbia to Abu Dhabi as we look to strengthen our links with major European cities. The use of Abu Dhabi as a connection between Europe and the Middle East reinforces the capital’s position as an international aviation hub, and Abu Dhabi Airports looks forward to offering its world-class services to yet another strategic airline partner.”
- Air Serbia expanded its international network as it refreshed its image under the new partnership with Etihad Airways. Beginning on 27 October, the carrier added services from its Belgrade (BEG) base to both Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) and Abu Dhabi (AUH). 737-300s are deployed on the Turkish route, while A319s will serve the Middle-Eastern hub of Etihad Airways. Services to Istanbul, which will see a frequency increase to daily from 1 January 2014, face competition from Pegasus Airlines’ four weekly schedule. On the route to Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways already provides daily frequencies . Dane Kondiæ, Air Serbia’s CEO, welcomed the launch of Abu Dhabi services: “The new Air Serbia is good news for travellers, increasing route network choices regionally and across the globe. It is good news for the business, with new investment and a strict commercial mandate that will secure the airline’s long-term future. And it is good news for the Serbian economy, helping to develop tourism and trade routes over the long term.” Air Serbia also plans to launch another seven new routes between January and April 2014, in addition to rescheduling existing operations to optimise connections via its hub in Belgrade.