Soon in Belgrade
The national carrier of Belarus, Belavia, will launch services from Minsk to Belgrade starting September 19. Flights will run twice per week, every Monday and Thursday onboard the fifty seat Bombardier CRJ200. The service will operate with a stop in Budapest. The Belarusian carrier has requested fifth freedom rights on the Budapest - Belgrade - Budapest sector. However, so far the airline has not been granted such rights. Tickets are already on sale but only on between Minsk and Belgrade and vice versa (though they are not yet available on the airline’s website). Flight details for the Minsk - Belgrade service can be found here while further information for the Budapest - Belgrade sector can be found here.
Belavia first announced plans to launch services to Belgrade in November last year after the two countries agreed on a bilateral air agreement. Several years ago it was planned for the airline to launch winter charters from Minsk to Niš Constantine the Great Airport, however, the airline and hoteliers at the nearby mountain resort of Kopaonik failed to reach an agreement. Thus, the flights never went ahead. Several airlines from the former Soviet Union have operated flights to Belgrade in the past few years. They include airBaltic from Riga, Aerosvit from Kiev and Uzbekistan Airlines which operated flights from Tashkent to New York via the Serbian capital.
The Belarusian national carrier offers an extensive network to Russia and will hope to attract transit passengers from Belgrade. The Belgrade - Moscow route is one of the busiest operating out of the Serbian capital with 28 weekly flights planned over the peak summer months. In May alone Aeroflot and Jat carried a combined total of 21.953 passengers between the two cities. Belavia has previously said it is especially hoping on attracting passenger from Belgrade to Saint Petersburg. Belavia becomes the third new scheduled airline to launch flights to Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport this summer season following easyJet and Etihad Airways.