Alitalia and Air Serbia have expanded their codeshare agreement to provide air travellers with enhanced connections between Italy and Serbia, and further across Europe and the Middle East.
As part of the deal, Alitalia will place its “AZ” flight code on Air Serbia’s services between Belgrade and eight international destinations, including, Athens, Berlin, Istanbul, Stuttgart, Thessaloniki, Tirana, Vienna and Abu Dhabi (effective 10 November), to increase the total number of codeshare destinations with Air Serbia to 20.
In turn, Air Serbia will place its “JU” flight code on Alitalia’s domestic services between Rome, Perugia and Pescara, as well as on international flights between Milan and Abu Dhabi. The codeshare also covers flights from Rome’s Fiumicino airport to 14 cities including Abu Dhabi (from 10 November), Athens, Berlin, Bilbao, Düsseldorf, Istanbul, Malaga, Malta, Marseille, Nice, Tel Aviv, Tirana, Toulouse and Valencia, to bring the total number of codeshare destinations with Alitalia to 37.
All existing services between Italy and Serbia, operated by the two national airlines, are already part of the codeshare agreement.
John Shepley, Chief Strategy & Planning Officer of Alitalia said: “Italy and Serbia share strong ties in terms of business and commercial trade, as well as tourism. Thanks to the expanded codeshare agreement, Alitalia will witness new traffic flows, of both leisure and business travellers between Italy, Serbia and beyond.”
Dane Kondić, Chief Executive Officer of Air Serbia, said: “We are excited to strengthen our codeshare agreement with Alitalia to provide business and leisure travellers with more choice and convenience when flying on our respective networks. This development has considerably deepened our European network and at the same time made Italy more accessible to Air Serbia’s guests, who can now take advantage of easy connections over Rome to 16 destinations in Italy and abroad. We last expanded the agreement in September 2015 and to see such growth in our cooperation in just one month is fantastic.”
The new codeshare flights are available for sale on the airlines’ websites, www.airserbia.com and www.alitalia.com, as well as through travel agents.