Soon in Belgrade
The low cost airline easyJet intends to launch flights from Milan Malpensa Airport to Belgrade this summer season, pending government approval. According to the “Aviokarta.net” portal, the airline has requested to be issued a license by the Serbian Aviation Directorate with plans to inaugurate four weekly flights from midsummer. easyJet first made contact with Serbian authorities in 2010 when it requested more insight into the market.
easyJet’s arrival will shake up Jat Airways’ existing monopoly on the Belgrade - Milan service. The Italian low cost airline attempted to break Jat’s hold on the route late last year when it launched flights between the two cities. However, the service only lasted a few months before it was suspended several weeks ago. Jat does good business on the route, with Alitalia code sharing on the service.
easyJet is no stranger to the EX-YU region with flights to Ljubljana, Zagreb and Priština as well as seasonal summer flights to the Croatian coast. However, it hasn’t been all smooth sailing for the no frills airline in the region. Last year it suspended flights from Dortmund and Paris to the Croatian capital and also discontinued its Ljubljana - Paris service. It maintains flights from London-Stansted and London-Gatwick to Ljubljana and Zagreb respectively. On the other hand, Priština enjoys easyJet services to Basel and Geneva.