Transport Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:43:09 +0000 en-gb Air Serbia partnership to shape future of young Serbians Air Serbia partnership to shape future of young Serbians

Hundreds of new jobs have been created in Belgrade and Abu Dhabi as a result of Air Serbia's partnership with Etihad Airways.

Over 300 Serbian-nationals work for Etihad Airways and the employment opportunities have created career paths for many young Serbians. These include the first group of young Serbian nationals selected for the graduate management programme.

Throughout H1 of 2014, Air Serbia enhanced its workforce with 300 new professionals. The majority of these new jobs are in commercial roles, with a focus on the airline's call centre operations.

CEO, Air Serbia, Dane Kondić commented on this result: "The partnership with Etihad Airways brings many exciting and extraordinary employment opportunities for Serbian nationals that would not otherwise have been possible. We are growing our workforce and, for the first time, investing in skills that give people more than a job – we are offering careers.

"I am very proud that we have now recruited Serbia's inaugural batch of female pilots. We have ensured the transparency and advertising of all employment opportunities, something which rarely ever happened in the past, ensuring that all Serbians have an open and equal opportunity of gaining employment with Air Serbia," Kondić added.

President and CEO, Etihad Airways, James Hogan also noted: "The partnership between Air Serbia and Etihad Airways is strong and collaborative. It gives me great pleasure that Air Serbia is succeeding and to see capable young Serbians on the graduate programme learning skills in Abu Dhabi, which will stay with them forever."

Air Serbia's rapid growth is said to continue to stimulate the creation of a significant number of new jobs for Serbian nationals. The carrier currently has over 50 vacancies, with an active hiring process currently underway for pilots and cabin crew. It is planning to re-launch the cadet pilot scheme, which will provide stream of internationally qualified young pilots.

]]> (Tatiana Tsierkezou) Transport Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:30:01 +0000
Athens International Airport hosts 'Feel Free to Feel Green' exhibition Athens International Airport hosts 'Feel Free to Feel Green' exhibition

Further highlighting its dedication to green initiatives and in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Athens Video Art Festival, Athens International Airport is hosting an 'Environment and Culture' exhibition from September 3 until December 31, 2014.

The exhibition is to display contemporary pieces by local and international artists, promoting environmental awareness under the theme of 'Feel Free to Feel Green'.

Visitors to the exhibition can enjoy video art, animation, installations and digital images, plus more. They well be granted the opportunity to explore the relationship between modern man and the environment, as well as the role technology plays nowadays.

The 'Feel Free to Feel Green' exhibition will be presented in the 'Art & Environment' showroom on the departures level and is open to the public 24 hours a day.

]]> (Tatiana Tsierkezou) Transport Mon, 08 Sep 2014 14:00:20 +0000
Aegean Airlines announces boost in results for H1 of 2014 Aegean Airlines announces boost in results for H1 of 2014

Aegean Airlines has reported improved results for the first half of 2014, resulting from the benefits of its network expansion and from cost synergies with Olympic Air.

Consolidated revenue increased by eight per cent to €388.6 millio, compared to the combined revenue of both companies in 2013. Consolidated pre-tax earnings reached €22 million from €7.2 million and after-tax earnings rose to €16 million from €6.9 million in 2013.

It should be noted that due to seasonality the first half is traditionally said to be the weakest semester in performance.

Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air carried 4.3 million passengers in the first half of 2014, 16 per cent more than the previous year, achieving further improvement on load factor to 76 per cent from 74 per cent, despite the high number of new destinations launched during the period.

In June 2014, the company reached a historic milestone by exceeding one million monthly passengers for the first time. Traffic in the domestic network surged by 19 per cent, driven mainly by lower fares which boosted demand for main markets as well smaller island destinations. International traffic out of the eight aircraft bases rose by 13 per cent, with Athens registering a higher growth rate of 17 per cent, as the market recovered for the first time since 2008.

Managing director, Aegean Airlines, Dimitris Gerogiannis commented: "Olympic Air synergies are gradually maturing bringing unit cost improvements and increased flows from connectivity. Our investment in incoming leisure and tourism over the last five years now brings tangible results for Aegean. This is so, despite the significant rise in competitive capacity to our market as well as new source market related challenges faced in Russia and Ukraine.

He added: "We are benefiting from scale economies and network development and we will continue to gradually but consistently pursue this strategy while making new investments in quality and competitiveness as most recently with our decision to take delivery of seven brand new Airbus A320 aircraft in 2015/2016."

]]> (Nataly Hami) Transport Thu, 04 Sep 2014 09:32:31 +0000
TAROM celebrates 60th birthday with special promotional fares TAROM celebrates 60th birthday with special promotional fares

Romanian flag carrier, TAROM, is gearing up to celebrate its 60th birthday on September 18, 2014, with a special promotion valid throughout the first week of September.

The offer comprises reduced fares for those looking to travel between Bucharest and Amman, Barcelona, Beirut, Dublin, London Madrid, Nice or Paris.

Those wishing to make the most of the offer must book by September 5, 2014 for travel up to March 5, 2015.

]]> (Tatiana Tsierkezou) Transport Wed, 03 Sep 2014 12:46:48 +0000
Sarajevo International Airport welcomes jump in passenger numbers Sarajevo International Airport welcomes jump in passenger numbers

Marking a successful month for passenger traffic, Sarajevo International Airport in Bosnia and Herzegovina welcomed a total of 88,591 passengers throughout the month of August, representing an 11 per increase compared to the corresponding month in 2013.

Adding to this, commercial and civil cargo also witnessed a jump throughout August 2014, with a four per cent increase compared to the same month last year.

]]> (Tatiana Tsierkezou) Transport Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:11:09 +0000
Successful H1 revealed by Air Serbia Successful H1 revealed by Air Serbia

H1 of 2014 has proven to be a successful period for Air Serbia, with the airline announcing strong improvements in total revenue, following an increase of 82 per cent to €102 million, compared to €56 million during H1 of 2013.

Between January and June this year, a total of 944,000 passengers travelled with the airline, representing almost 70 per cent more than the corresponding period last year. The carrier's passenger carrying capacity, measured in Available Seat Kilometres (ASKs), was 1,588 million by the end of H1 of 2014, an increase of 85 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Since its launch in October last year, the airline has inducted nine Airbus aircraft, with two Airbus A320 aircraft delivered in Q2 of 2014. This has resulted in the average age of the jet fleet being reduced from 25 years to 10 years.
CEO, Air Serbia, Dane Kondić commented: "The results are very pleasing and demonstrate how effectively the Air Serbia team is working to deliver on the strategy of sustainable growth.

"We are on track to deliver a profitable, strong airline by the end of the current financial year, in line with the commitment of our shareholders, the government of Serbia and Etihad Airways.

"We expect to maintain the momentum for the second half of 2014, as we continue to reconnect the Balkan region and new markets, through a combination of direct flights, as well as expanding our codeshare partnerships. There is no doubt that we are bringing choice, convenience and comfort to travellers."

]]> (Tatiana Tsierkezou) Transport Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:19:32 +0000
Aegean Airlines to enhance fleet with seven Airbus A320’s Aegean Airlines to enhance fleet with seven Airbus A320’s

Aegean Airlines has announced that it is increasing the size of its fleet, having ordered seven new Airbus A320's.

Delivery of the seven aircraft will commence in June 2015 and will be completed by early 2016.

The aircraft will be equipped with Airbus Sharklet fuel saving wing tip devices and will be powered by IAE V2500 engines. Sharklets are newly designed wing-tip devices that cut the aircraft's fuel burn and emissions by up to four per cent on longer sectors.

Chairman, Aegean Airline, Theodoros Vassilakis commented on the news: "Aegean's decision to take delivery of seven new Airbus A320 shows its commitment to invest once more in the on-going qualitative growth of the aviation sector in the country.

"The capabilities are increasing and the existing competitive advantages of the low average age of our aircrafts is further enhanced. We do everything in our hands to further increase the satisfaction of our passengers and certainly our competitiveness," he added.

]]> (Stefanie Saghbini) Transport Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:26:49 +0000
Added bonus onboard TAROM to Belgrade Added bonus onboard TAROM to Belgrade

TAROM Romanian Air Transport (TAROM), the country's flag carrier, is offerings its passengers the chance to double their miles in the airliner's Flying Blue Program when travelling between Bucharest and Belgrade.

Passengers may avail from this opportunity between September 1 and November 1, 2014, valid only for tickets issued after the former date.

TAROM currently operates routes to Belgrade four times a week with flights departing Bucharest at 08:10 and arriving in the Serbian capital city at 08:45 local time. The return flight sets off from Belgrade to the Romanian capital at 09:15, and lands at 11:35 local time.

]]> (Stefanie Saghbini) Transport Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:57:30 +0000
Surge in figures at Sofia Airport Surge in figures at Sofia Airport

Bulgaria Air recently announced that in July, Sofia Airport served a total of 362, 800 passengers at the two airport terminals, resulting in an increase of nine per cent annually.

Bulgaria Air and other companies operating from Terminal 2 were preferred by 68 per cent of the passengers travelling on international and domestic routes. The remaining 32 per cent of the total amount of passengers passed through Terminal 1.

]]> (Nataly Hami) Transport Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:33:33 +0000
Surge in British tourists to Croatia Surge in British tourists to Croatia

Croatia witnessed an 11 per cent jump in British visitors from January to July, 2014, compared to the corresponding period last year.

A 16.5 per cent rise was also witnessed in Irish visitors. In total, between January to July 2014, 231,794 Brits travelled to Croatia, with 25,776 of those hailing from Ireland.

Adding to this, July welcomed a year-on-year rise with 13 per cent more British tourists heading to Croatia, while there was also a 22 per cent rise in Irish visitors.

]]> (Tatiana Tsierkezou) Transport Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:37:02 +0000