Air Serbia has taken the decision to suspend operations between Belgrade and Istanbul, effective 14 March.

The decision was made as a result of declining point-to-point passenger traffic and yield on the route, which has underperformed company expectations, and follows in the footsteps of other airlines that have withdrawn from the Turkish market.

The Airbus A319 aircraft currently serving Istanbul will be redeployed on other, more profitable routes to ensure the airline’s capacity is best-utilized to meet air travel demand on its network.

Air Serbia will continue to serve the Turkish market with seasonal flights through its charter brand, Aviolet, and is exploring additional options to provide air connections to Turkey through other partners.