, the national airline of the Republic of Serbia, and Turkish Airlines, the national airline of Turkey, announced an additional enhancement of their commercial cooperation with a new Memorandum of Understanding, officially signed in Doha during 78th IATA Annual General Meeting in the presence of the two companies’ CEOs - Bilal Ekşi and Jirí Marek.
Within the scope of agreed MoU, both parties will negotiate to boost existing cooperation in terms of codeshare, cargo and Frequent Flyer Program (FFP) while developing cooperation alternatives on passenger lounges in their networks.
– It is our great pleasure to announce that Air Serbia and Turkish Airlines will continue to look for new commercial opportunities for creating efficient and mutually beneficial relationships, while considering the option of joining forces to achieve better connectivity and offer for our customers through possible Joint Venture on the services between Serbia and Turkey – stated Jirí Marek, CEO of Air Serbia.
As a part of this expansion of cooperation, starting from July, Air Serbia will introduce additional flights on the Belgrade-Istanbul route, growing into 10 flights per week between Belgrade and Istanbul, while Turkish Airlines will allocate wide-body aircraft to this route twice a week.
During their cooperation so far, the two companies have adopted and upgraded multiple times code-share agreements for flights to destinations within the networks of Air Serbia and Turkish Airlines. Joint flights offer quick and practical connections for passengers travelling out of Istanbul, the biggest city in Turkey and an important air traffic hub in the region, to Belgrade and onward, as well as for passengers travelling from the Serbian capital to Istanbul and onward.
In addition to that, Air Serbia added its JU code to flights of AnadoluJet, a subsidiary of Turkish Airlines, between Turkish capital Ankara and Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. At the same time, Turkish Airlines added its TK code to Air Serbia flights between Nis and Istanbul, as well as between Kraljevo and Istanbul, thus offering passengers access to the global network of Turkish Airlines on the aforementioned flights.