After a break of twenty years, one of the most popular internal routes in former Yugoslavia has been re-established, with Croatia Airlines following Serb national carrier, JAT Airways, in announcing direct flights from Belgrade to Split, according to a report in the Dubrovnik Times
on March 7, 2012.
The flights will operate from June 1 to September 28 to cover the main tourist season, with the Adriatic coast once more a popular destination for Serbs, as the region moves on from the recent conflict. Return flights will start at 126 euro, while one-way tickets from Belgrade will be available from 94 euro and 87 euro from Split, according to the Croatia Airlines website
The announcement comes shortly after the airline announced the resumption of the first direct flights between Belgrade and Zagreb, and JAT flights to Split, both reported by Digital Journal
The news is particularly welcome on the island of Hvar, which traditionally has a very strong relationship with the Serbian capital, with Croatia's premier island being arguably the most popular destination for Belgrade tourists before the recent troubles. The bond is still strong, and grass roots initiatives such as the hugely popular Days of Hvar Cuisine
at Restaurant Saran have helped strengthen links. Direct flights to Split make the island much more accessible than previously.