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Air Serbia signs deal to run subsidised flights on 12 intl routes from Nis

Author Iskra Pavlova
Air Serbia signs deal to run subsidised flights on 12 intl routes from Nis Photo: All Rights Reserved

BELGRADE (Serbia), May 10 (SeeNews) – Flag carrier Air Serbia has won a tender to operate subsidised services on 12 international destinations from the Konstantin Veliki Airport in the eastern city of Nis, the Serbian government said.

The contract, which will help link 10 less developed Serbian municipalities with European states like Germany, Austria and Italy, among others, was signed on May 9, the government said in a statement on Thursday.

Air Serbia was the only bidder in the tender which was opened last month, even though other companies had also shown interest, the transport ministry said earlier without elaborating. 

As of June 15, Air Serbia is expected to launch flights from Nis to Germany's Nuremberg, Hannover, Friedrichshafen, Frankfurt and Karlsruhe, Austria's Salzburg, Italy's Bologna and Rome, Sweden's Gothenburg, Hungary's Budapest, Slovenia's Ljubljana and Montenegro's Tivat.

With the project, Serbia hopes to boost the economic and tourism development in its less developed southern and eastern regions, via linking them with Serbian diaspora of some 1.2 million people.  

In August 2018, the government in Belgrade signed a contract to take over the management of Nis airport from the city government, in order to enhance investment in the airport.