easyJet and Air Cairo soon in Belgrade
The low cost airline, easyJet, will be granted a license to launch flights from Milan Malpensa Airport to Belgrade this summer. The decision comes after the Serbian Ministry for Transport originally said it would decline to issue a permit to the no frills airline as the flights would clash with Jat Airways’ service between the two cities. However, the ministry has now issued a nonbinding advisory for easyJet to change the flight times instead, the “Aviokarta” portal reports. easyJet will launch the service between Milan and Belgrade on April 19 and will operate three weekly flights. Further details can be found here. Tickets have been on sale for some time now.
Jat Airways will now face tough competition on the route. The new arrival is expected to see Jat reduce its ticket prices. The airline will find comfort in the fact that it managed to stave off competition on the route in the past. Late last year low cost Air One launched flights between the two cities but cancelled the service this January. Alitalia codeshares on Jat’s flights between the two cities. With this new addition, easyJet will strengthen its position in the EX-YU region. It already operates flights to Ljubljana, Zagreb and Priština as well as across the Croatian coast in the summer.
Meanwhile, another low cost airline, Air Cairo, has also been granted a license to launch scheduled flights between the resort town of Hurghada in Egypt and the Serbian capital. Air Cairo, a subsidiary of the national carrier Egypt Air, will operate three weekly flights between Hurghada and Belgrade (every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday) starting March 28. Services will operate with an Airbus A320.
B&H AIRLINES UPDATE
B&H Airlines has once again cancelled all of its flights today, after operating a flight to Zurich yesterday. The airline is dealing with debt and unpaid loans.