Sunday, March 3, 2013

New arrivals across EX-YU

New flights to Priština, Podgorica and Sarajevo

Priština Airport is anticipating a busy summer this year with the launch of several new destinations. This season, SAS Scandinavian Airlines will be inaugurating services from Oslo, Stockholm and Gothenburg to Priština, joining its existing flights from Copenhagen. The services from Norway and Sweden will operate on a seasonal basis and will launch from July 2. Furthermore, Pegasus Airlines will introduce flights from the resort city of Antalya on top of its existing flights from Istanbul starting May 20. Priština Airport started the year off strongly, handling 121.633 passengers in January, or an increase of 7.4%. During the year the airport will open its brand new passenger terminal.

On the other hand, while Podgorica may have lost Croatia Airlines as its customer this week, it will soon be welcoming Alitalia. The Italian national carrier launches flights between Rome and the Montenegrin capital from March 26. Services will operate three times per week with details available here. In addition, Ural Airlines from Russia will launch seasonal flights from Moscow, Nizhny Novogorod and Ufa from June 1. All flights will operate with an Airbus A320, catering for the large amount of Russian tourists visiting Montenegro. Podgorica will look to improve on last year’s results. The airport handled 620.117 passengers in 2012, making it the ninth busiest in the former Yugoslavia, behind Tivat but ahead of Sarajevo.

On Thursday Sarajevo itself welcomed a new arrival. Pegasus Airlines launched services from Istanbul, making it the third airline to operate between the two cities. The inaugural service from Turkey’s largest city was carrying 119 passengers on board the Boeing 737-800. A total of thirty weekly flights are planned between the two cities this summer season, to be shared between Pegasus, Turkish Airlines and B&H Airlines. Additionally, Kuwait Airways will launch seasonal flights from Kuwait City to the Bosnian capital with the widebody Airbus A300. However, for now, plans for Wizz Air to launch flights to Sarajevo have fallen through.

27 comments:

  1. You forgot Air Cairo from Hurghada to Belgrade three times weekly from 28th march and Easyjet from Milan Malpensa to Belgrade also three times per week from 19th april.

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    1. I don't think Serbian government will allow those flights... Cause Jat is flying on that route, and its one of most profitable routes for that airline.

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    2. Air Cairo already got a licence and Easyjet request is under reconsideration and it will be known soon. I believe it will be granted rights for that route.

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    3. Air Cairo's got o license but will not fly any sooner because of poor demand. Easyjet is still selling tickets for Belgrade-Milan route so they obviously expect the route will be given the clearance by Serbian CAD.

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  2. Easyjet have been refused permission to fly to Belgrade as it would hurt jat!

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    1. Hi. Welcome to yesterday.

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  3. Todays little article is about airports in forward thinking countries, not where pilots and corrupt politicians pull the strings

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    1. Very fast forward countries...Laughable and joke of the day :-D

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    2. +1, i am from serbia, and i have to say that for instance Macedonia and Croatia and the Muslim part of Bosnia are less corrupt then Serbia! Its a real shame for a country to deny easyjet, thats a scandal people

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    3. Corrupt pilots??? Lolllllll no the pilots don't pull the strings they are simply protecting there jobs which you should be happy about because instead of easyjets pilots flying to beg get out for a 2 euro coffee and fly back the jat pilots will remain in a job holding to there 2k-4k pay and keep it cycling in the economy.... So sad people think stupidly I'm all for every airline to be banned western influence is what corrupted all of ex yu they bring there cheap products and fuck the industry this is all sectors and that's the reason the economies are a failure look at croatia one of the best tourism countries in the world and they get no more then 30% of the revenue from the total figure why? Because everything was bought out everything is in western hands... Good on the pilots if the gov won't help the company out they might as well do it themself

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  4. Norwegian have done these routes since 2009 to PRN, Now SAS have joined but SAS are more expensive than Norwegian. Austrian will get up the frquency between PRN-VIE for 3 days with two daily flights to 5 days. BA is thinking about an return to PRN from Gatwick. Easyjet have set up 100 routes extra for the summerseason on the routes between PRN-GVA and PRN-BSL. Belle Air Europe is giving them an hard game. Offering werry cheap tickets, They carryed 1,700 000 PAX for 2012 and have set hub at PRN and SKP. They have their base at Tirana International Airport.

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  5. I dont get it, how does a country gets the right to allow/disallow a company? I never heard at AMS that a company is refused just to protect 'there KLM'. It's all open market and if 2 or 12 companys whant to fly the same route why not? If they all have the right papers and licence why not?

    Here you can fly to London with so many companys, every 15 minutes one goes there, i never heard the Dutch minister saying stop the others on this ( or other ) route just to protect your own company :/

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  6. It is easy to play the free-market argument after several decades of protectionism. Had Europe employed an open skies regime a few decades ago, the state of European airline companies would not differ from the current tendencies in the United States - three quarters of the airline industry gets dominated by a handful of companies, specifically, AA and UA.
    I am a proponent of measured protectionism, ultimately this supports the employment of a skilled labor force in all countries. Otherwise, in the long run there would only be three players in Europe: LH, AF-KLM and BA. The rest of Europe would be employed to clean, fuel with Shell or BP oil and replace malfunctioning parts (that were produced in France or Germany) during turnaround. In fact, in addressing the comment regarding AMS, ask yourself why does the European Union restrict non-EU airlines access in the EU - including fifth freedom rights? If we were truly free-market, the aforementioned major European players would have to compete directly against Emirates and the Chinese :)

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    1. If you think that way, JAT has enjoyed state protection for eight decades.
      EasyJet should pull all political strings to get the license. JAT existence is not benefiting Serbia, Serbian people or anyone but its employees and corrupt politicians.Actually, it is a burden to taxpayers. Anyone who says otherwise is either an employee or quasi-patriot who's never flown before. BTW, I'm from Serbia.

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    2. Anon@04:52 +1, perfectly correct.

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  7. Montenegro gets the most exotic airlines and connections in the former Yugo!

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  8. Wow,you know how much people were on Pegasus first flight from SJJ.
    Do you also know LF of flights from Belgrade with Pegasus?

    Nice to see they can fill their planes...its to be seen how massive increase of frequency will have impact on this in summer.
    Interesting also to see airlines opening new routes and increasing capacity everywhere but not in BEG!

    I think discrimination like in case of Easyjet is the reason for this and will have negative impact on BEGs numbers this year.
    A year which is thus already lost because of incompetence of
    stupid politicians.

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    1. "Interesting also to see airlines opening new routes and increasing capacity everywhere but not in BEG!"

      Can you show us a few examples?

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    2. Seriously now, hell with your EasyJet! There are 20-30 airlines flying to Belgrade and no body complains, Air Cairo being the last one to announce new services. I am not for blind protectionism but asking to fly on exact the same days as JU flies to Milan is outright provocative and belligerent therefore they shouldn't be issued rights under such conditions. No one will die because one LCC will not come to Belgrade, what's all the fuss about it? You're afraid to get a step further from your Western masters you idiots? Pegasus is doing great business in Belgrade while the reason FlyDubai reduced the number of flights it's because they thought they're gonna fly to SJJ. Because of that they'll not have an available frame until the summer time-table. But we've got QR on the other side to more than compensate for it, which is by the way cheaper than FZ. Besides few points in Eastern Europe, i would say that the network from Belgrade is very decently covered now, with or without new low-costers.

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    3. Thank you, finally someone showing some reasonable thinking on here.
      On top of everything else let's not forget that several other carriers are increasing their flights to BEG from this summer.

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    4. People tend to forget easyJet is neither Serbian nor Italian airline.

      There is also no reciprocity to talk about - all of JAT's routes are between *Serbia* and other countries - completely unlike easyJet's request.

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  9. Pegasus will increase number of frequencies from BEG, from 4 to 5 at least, maybe 6. Already on sale.

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    1. Hope TK will suffer. Hell with them.

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    2. That'll be from which date?

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    3. Well they have already added a fifth flight in April, to be operated on Monday.

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  10. Germania airlines will start on 30.06 two weekly flights from pristina to lpndon gatwick.Tickets are on sale at Air Prishtina.

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