Soon in BelgradeThe Bulgarian national carrier, Bulgaria Air, will commence flights from its hub, Sofia, to Belgrade this winter. A source within the national carrier has confirmed to EX-YU aviation news that the airline is likely to begin 3 weekly flights at the start of the 2011/2012 winter season. The airline is yet to request flight permits and slots and is expected to do so next month. Originally, Bulgaria Air was to officially announce the route launch earlier this month as the flights were to be operated in cooperation with Jat Airways, however, the Serbian national carrier backed out of the deal at the last minute.
Bulgaria Air has never flown to the Serbian capital but has previously operated within the EX-YU region with flights to Skopje. The airline announced in 2007 that it would begin flights to Belgrade at the start of the 2007/2008 winter season, although those never materialised.
Bulgaria Air was set up in 2002 as the successor to the defunct Balkan Airlines. The airline recently ordered 7 Embraer E190 jets, which will form the essence of its regional network fleet. They are scheduled to arrive in early 2012. In the last 2 years Belgrade has seen the arrival of several new airlines from the region including Malév, TAROM, Croatia Airlines and Adria Airways.