U.S. refuses code share cooperation with Air Serbia

U.S. refuses code share cooperation with Air Serbia

The U.S. Department of Transportation has rejected the code share arrangement proposal of Air Serbia, which wanted to offer its services to the U.S. market in cooperation with Etihad Airways and other airlines, people at Air Serbia have told Tanjug.

Serbia's flag carrier is disappointed with the decision of the U.S. Department of Transportation and considers sending an official response to that department.

“We believe that the decision to repudiate the proposed code share arrangement is contrary to global air traffic liberalization trends and that current trade and good diplomatic relations between the two countries were not taken in consideration when making that decision,” said people at Air Serbia.

Also, Serbia has a crucial position in further development of the market of southeast Europe and the Balkans.

Air Serbia started operations as Serbia's national airline on October 26, 2013.

Based at the Nikola Tesla airport in Belgrade, it flies to 29 passenger and cargo destinations in Europe and the Mediterranean.

Air Serbia also offers overseas flights to Asia, Australia and the Americas with its code share partners and Etihad Airways, which has a 49-percent stake in Air Serbia.