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AnadoluJet to launch new service in Belgrade

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Air Serbia, Turkish Airlines and Pegasus Airlines welcomed almost half a million passengers on flights between Belgrade and Istanbul last year, with the route continuing to grow until 2023 as well. The sharp increase in passenger numbers, up almost 90% compared to 2019 before the pandemic, results from a revised air service agreement between Serbia and Turkey, favoring national airlines and allowing more frequencies, as well as close cooperation between Air Serbia and Turkish Airlines, resulting in an extensive codeshare agreement and possible joint venture. In addition, tourism exchanges between the two countries have increased significantly, there is a notable increase in the number of Turkish workers in Serbia, while a greater number of Russian travelers transferred over the route have also generated more traffic. Air Serbia and Turkish Airlines welcomed a total of 380,004 passengers between Belgrade and Istanbul’s main gateway last year. Additionally, Pegasus carried an additional 81,730 travelers between its Sabiha Gokcen hub and the Serbian capital, for a total of 461,734 passengers between the two cities.

Turkish Airlines aims to complete the certification of AnadoluJet by the 2024 summer season, when the carrier will begin operating as a separate entity. It currently uses its parent company’s designation code “TK”. The Turkish flag carrier incorporated AnadoluJet as a new wholly-owned subsidiary on August 7, 2023. Until now, AnadoluJet was a division of Turkish Airlines. The group will announce a rebrand for the carrier as a standalone company in the coming months. AnadoluJet will soon apply for its own air carrier certificate and operating license, even though the division already operates more than seventy aircraft and has its own staff. Turkish Airlines is banking heavily on AnadoluJet, a carrier targeting budget-conscious passengers and ethnic traffic, as a driver of regional growth. It plans to increase the division’s fleet to more than eighty aircraft by the end of this year, even before its complete split.

Further flight details for the new Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen – Belgrade service are available here. Tickets are now available for purchase on the AnadoluJet and Turkish Airlines websites.

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