Saturday, April 28, 2012

Jat to launch Kraljevo flights

Jat from Kraljevo to Istanbul this June
Serbia’s national carrier Jat Airways will launch a two weekly service from the country’s newest airport in Kraljevo to Istanbul. Services will be inaugurated this June twice per week, every Wednesday and Friday, with the 66 seat ATR72. The airline has said it has made such a decision due to strong interest. Tickets for the new service will be on sale from next month. It has long been tipped that Istanbul will be the first city to be served from Morava Airport in Kraljevo since the Turkish government also invested into the construction of the new airport.

The routing of the new service will be Belgrade - Istanbul - Kraljevo - Istanbul - Belgrade. It is believed the route can be successful as Kraljevo is located in the Raška District and is close to the town of Novi Pazar, which has a significant Bosniak and Muslim population with close ties to Turkey. Previously, many in the region opted to fly to Istanbul out of Priština.

Jat’s announcement yesterday that it will launch flights from Kraljevo generated significant media coverage. Work on the construction of Morava Airport’s terminal is entering its final phase with work to be completed by the end of next month. Soon after the extension of the airport’s runway will begin so in the future it can handle larger aircraft such as the Boeing 737. Such construction work will not affect incoming traffic. Jat Airways operated a promotional service from Belgrade to Kraljevo on October 5, 2011 with an ATR72.

20 comments:

  1. I think that Jat should paint one ATR72 in regional livery and commence routes like INI-KVO-VIE, INI-KVO-ZUR, INI-KVO-FRA, INI-KVO-MXP, INI-KVO-CDG.. This way they full one airplane and make the routes profitable. cheeres

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  2. Is it going to be a brand new scheduled flight from Belgrade, or will Jat downgrade Istanbul from 733 to ATR?

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    1. This seems to be a good plan, hope it will work.

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    2. Belgrade does some of it's IST flights with an ATR. At least the did one time recently I flew BEG-IST

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  3. zar ne bi bilo isplativije da letovi budu BEG-KVO-IST-KVO-BEG? a ako kapacitet zafali, onda da se predje na 733. cisto sumnjam da ce ova politizovana ruta zaziveti i ziveti duze od jedne sezone..

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    1. ne, posto onda ljudi bi hteli da letu sa Turkish Airlinesom posto oni bi jos letili non stop za Beograd, a Beograd - Istanbul sa Jatom bi bilo sa 1 presed, i to puno ljudi ne volu .. poz

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  4. Ovi sto ne volu nek ne volu

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  5. Jel KVO skracenica za Kraljevo?

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    1. Ne, jos nema zvanicne IATA oznake za Kraljevo.

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  6. What about connections? Belgrade most likely won't receive any from this route for now, what about in Istanbul, will Jat code share with Turkish on these flights?

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    1. \Very good question and it would be excellent if they will as that would would definitely bring a few passengers.

      AlexLondon

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    2. I would actually love to see BEG-KVO tickets sold for price of airport tax + small overhead, as this would be required positioning flight for JU - it would be a cool opportunity to fly to Western Serbia from the capital.

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  7. Municipal governments should consider subsidising the route if necessary to make it happen. Given the aircraft type, it shouldn't be nearly as costly as in the case of INI and WindJet.

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  8. to make airport for just 2 flights per week? And where are those lines to Germany etc. that was planed?

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    1. it can't all happen all at once, runway expansion is ongoing as well...

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  9. Good for JU and KVO, way to go. Just to develop INI a bit and it could all work fine.
    Off topic, can anyone explain to me essential difference between Bosniak and Muslim?

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  10. A Muslim confess to Allah and the profet Muhammad, it can be different nationalities. A Bosniak referr themselves as slavic muslim believer origin from river bosna area. Before christianity many Bosniaks were bogumils and ddnt want to become ortodox or catholic. The welcommed the ottomans with both hands...soory for of topic

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    1. I do apologise for OT but I must add here, true, Bosniaks are Slavic Muslims, but this part "Before Christianity many Bosniaks were bogumils"..... Most of the people in Bosnia region in medieval times were Bogumils (WHICH IS FORM OF CHRISTIANITY!!! - their customs and beliefs we the most similar to nowadays Protestantism. The Bosnian Church (Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian: Crkva bosanska Latin: Ecclesia bosniensis) is historically thought to be an indigenous branch of the Bogumils that existed in Bosnia during the Middle Ages. Adherents of the church called themselves simply Krstjani ("Christians"). As it wasn't a stabile Church and suppressed by much stronger Catholic and Orthodox Churches, Bosnian Church had largely disappeared during 15th century or so and most of its followers converted to Islam, it must be mentioned that a huge number of Catholics and Orthodox population were converted too(different reasons for that!), years and centuries after Bosnian Church had disappeared.

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    2. Most Muslims in Serbia are not even Bosniaks but Gipsy people (Roma).

      When you ask them what is their nationality they say Serbian.

      Source: Myself and nearly every other Gipsy here i know of.

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