Skopje and Sarajevo targeting Spain flights

The airports in both Skopje and Sarajevo have made the introduction of flights to the Spanish market as one of their highest priorities. Both saw one-off Iberia charters from Madrid this summer, operated on behalf of Spain’s Sama Tour, which sells holiday packages to the Balkans. Skopje boasted flights to Barcelona until 2021, which were operated by Wizz Air. The General Manager of airport operator TAV Macedonia, Nejat Kurt, said earlier this week, “We are working very hard on Barcelona which has not been established yet. It was a destination we had before but we hope it will be restored. Our Marketing Director is working very hard on securing those flights”.

Sarajevo Airport is primarily hoping on establishing services to Madrid. The Ministry for the Economy of the Sarajevo Canton, said, “Sarajevo Airport, as our partner, is continuously working on the launch of new routes and Madrid is certainly one we are working hard on. Upon Sarajevo Airport’s initiative, we recently held talks with representatives of Sama Tour on whose behalf Iberia operated two flights to Sarajevo this summer. We discussed the potential of adding extra charter flights, as well as the introduction of scheduled seasonal and year-round operations between Sarajevo and Madrid”.
Currently, the only two markets in the former Yugoslavia with nonstop flights to Spain are Croatia and Serbia, with Slovenia to join on a limited seasonal basis next month when Iberia introduces operations between Madrid and Ljubljana. A total of six airlines maintain flights between the region and Spain. This year, Air Serbia is the largest operator based on the number of flights and capacity, maintaining services from Belgrade to Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid, Malaga, and Palma de Mallorca. It is followed by Iberia, as the second largest with flights from Madrid to Dubrovnik, Ljubljana, Split and Zagreb. Then Ryanair with services from Zadar to Barcelona, as well as from Zagreb to Alicante, Girona, Lanzarote, Malaga, and Palma de Mallorca. It is followed by Vueling with services from Barcelona to Dubrovnik and Split, then Wizz Air with flights from Belgrade to Barcelona, and finally Croatia Airlines with a service from Zagreb to Spain’s second largest city.

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