Cuban official discusses Havana route with Air Serbia

Cuban official

HAVANA, March 30th Cuban official in Serbia, Leyde Rodriguez Hernandez, has held talks with Air Serbia’s management over the potential introduction of flights between Belgrade and Havana. Mr. Rodriguez Hernandez met with Air Serbia’s CEO, Jiri Marek, as well as the airline’s General Manager for Commercial and Strategy, Boško Rupić. The diplomat was updated on the tourism market in Europe and Serbia, as well as Air Serbia’s priorities for 2023.

The two sides agreed to maintain communication and establish appropriate conditions for the eventual introduction of nonstop flights between Belgrade and Havana that would be supported by local tour operators.

Last year, Air Serbia said it was close to launching flights between the two capitals, but the service did not materialize. At the time, the airline also held talks with the Cuban airport operator Ecasa.

Earlier this month, Mr. Marek told EX-YU Aviation News that while Air Serbia is interested in long-haul leisure flights, the carrier’s core operations are its priority. “For us, leisure destinations will be more opportunistic, and by that, I mean niche destinations, not strategic ones.
We will be looking at winter leisure destinations. Obviously, we would work a lot with tour operators. In the past, we were looking at Mombasa or Zanzibar and some other options, but this will always be in synergy between us and the tour operators.
The market is growing, and the leisure segment is maturing so, sooner or later, it may happen, but it is not a priority for the time being”, Mr. Marek said.