Air Serbia plans to grow its fleet by another two aircraft in 2020, while its overall capacity will increase 12% during the first quarter of next year, EX-YU Aviation News
Speaking at the CAPA World Aviation Outlook Summit, the airline’s General Manager for Commercial and Strategy, Jiri Marek, said the company was undergoing a journey from a “steady evolution to almost revolution”, adding it was one of the fastest growing carriers in South East Europe. Marek did not specify the aircraft type Air Serbia will be adding next year.
As EX-YU Aviation Portal writes, in 2019, Air Serbia introduced a ninth Airbus A319 to its fleet and wet-leased a Bombardier CRJ900 over the summer months. The airline will require additional aircraft in the coming period with new routes planned for 2020 from three airports in the country.
Marek emphasized that one of the airline’s main goals over the year was to increase its overall average cabin load factor. Air Serbia also plans to grow its charter traffic in 2020 following a record year.
In addition to the recently announced leisure flights to Morocco, which are due to commence in late March, Air Serbia will, for the first time, deploy its wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft on charter services.
The airline will utilize the 254-seat jet on charters to Palermo in mid-February, as well as to Genoa in mid-March.
In 2018, Air Serbia ran 958 charter services and carried 223,000 passengers. In 2019, the number of charters have grown to over 1,000.