Friday, December 23, 2011

New flights to Croatia and Priština

Soon in Dubrovnik
S7 Airlines and Malmo Aviation have announced flights to the Croatian coast next summer, while Belle Air Europe will be launching another destination from Priština, thus strengthening its base.

The number of Russian tourists visiting Croatia has sharply increased over the past few years and Russian carriers are looking to cash in. S7 Airlines has announced that it will launch flights from Moscow Domodedovo Airport to Dubrovnik from June 7, with a one weekly flight. The service will compete against Aeroflot which will operate daily flights to Dubrovnik (up from three weekly this year) from June 1, although services originate from its base at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. Furthermore, S7 will resume flights from Moscow to Split, which were launched during the 2011 summer season, with an added weekly service, totalling to two per week. Flight details for the Moscow Domodedovo - Dubrovnik flights can be found here. Meanwhile, Malmo Aviation will launch services from Billund in Denmark to Split. Flights will operate from June 23 once per week with details available here.

Belle Air Europe plans to inaugurate flights from Priština to Hannover in Germany next summer. It will be the fourteenth destination to be served by Belle Air from Priština. Flights are set to take off in late June. Belle Air is fast becoming the most dominant airline at Priština Airport. Since Belle Air (which operates flights from Priština to Switzerland) and its subsidiary Belle Air Europe are coded as separate airlines they have been recorded as the third and fourth busiest airlines operating out of Priština in 2011 respectively. However, if the two are combined they are ahead of competition with a 19% share of flights from the city, in front of Adria’s 15% and Austrian’s 12%. Several days ago the Swiss based Helvetic Airways launched services from Priština to Bern. After Germany, Switzerland is the biggest market out of Priština Airport.

10 comments:

  1. 0 comments?

    It must be because the topic is related to Croatia and Kosovo...

    If it were INI or Kraljevo there'd be tons of comments already.

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  2. Or we can start discussion about BEG airport web page.

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  3. In a couple of years the croatian airports will boost dramatically after joining the EU.
    The figures about Pristina Airport are amazing, the growth rate is steadily strong, unbelievable...

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  4. Nice to see S7 in the region. Too bad it's intended only for Russian tourists, local population will not really benefit from weekly flights, except through tourist income.

    Also, impressive growth for PRN. Imagine if they only had a proper airline based there. There is huge potential there, I wouldn't be surprised if PRN was busiest ex YU airport in 15-20 years.

    Rgds from BEG

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  5. When NATO forces leaves Kosovo pax figures will be at most 700 000 pax per year(500 000 tickets per year are sold to NATO related personel)

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  6. @Last Anonymous
    I would love to see some evidence to support your 500,000 NATO/KFOR related claim.

    I will venture a prediction. You're talking out of your a$$, not least because currently the total number of KFOR troops (inc. NATO and non-NATO nations) is 6,679 members. You do the maths.

    Also, someone asked a few days ago why is PRN doing so well. Have you ever thought of adjusting your view of PRN so that it matches reality rather than adjust reality so that it matches your view of PRN, Kosovo and Albanians in general. Just a thought.

    Peace out!

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  7. It's quite possible that all international staff based in Kosovo buy a lot of tickets (not just KFOR, there is also UN and EU staff)...

    But, if they were a majority, you would be seeing a lot of BRU or even US flights. Instead, flights are going to cities with significant Albanian/Kosovo diaspora. So, it's quite clear who are the airlines targeting here.

    I think it's entirely plausable that PRN will see further rise in pax numbers. It serves a market of 2 mil people, mostly young (so prone to travel), with HUGE diaspora, so many family visits in both directions. Also, ground transportation in hindered with restrictions from Serbia (IDs and reg plates), thus planes are more attractive than busses, trains, cars, which is not the case in the region.

    Not that much C demand unfortunately, and that's what keeps major airlines away to some extent.

    Rgds from BEG

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  8. Yay - more Russian scum on holiday in the Balkans. While their tourist rubbles are welcome, their slapstick, arrogant/ignorant behaviour akin to a retarded bear, is less welcome :-I

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  9. To visit Kosovo:
    People know very good how Albanians are...they were never victims of Serbian prejudices.

    It is not very political correct to say this...but Albanians deserve their bad image very much !

    Maybe there are good people among them ...but as better you know them ...you will know those are always the Ashkali or Egjipqanit who are the good ones !
    My respect goes to the so called Magjups !

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  10. But regardless what the reputation (deserved or non-dserved) of Kosovo Albanians might be, at least they haven't butchered tens of thousands of Serbs. So I wonder what's worse? A bad reputation or proven genocide enablers and perpetrators. I'll let you ponder that for a while, while obviously denying it in public.

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