Jat to launch Warsaw flights this winter
Jat Airways has added an eleventh new destination to its 2013/14 winter season schedule. The airline plans to launch flights to Warsaw in Poland starting October 27. As EX-YU Aviation News learns, the Serbian carrier has requested slots at Chopin Airport. Flights will operate on a daily basis with an ATR72, with the flight time taking two hours and fifteen minutes. According to the slot request, the Serbian carrier will operate three of its weekly flights in the morning, while the other four would run late in the afternoon. Jat has not operated flights to the Polish capital since the breakup of the former Yugoslavia.
JAT Yugoslav Airlines launched services from Belgrade to Warsaw in the 1960s and would operate flights on and off over the next thirty years. Originally the service operated via Prague before being suspended. Flights were resumed on June 16, 1963 and Warsaw was used as a stopover to Copenhagen before being suspended once again. On April 15, 1983 nonstop flights to the Polish capital were launched and would run until the start of the 1990s.
Currently, LOT Polish Airlines operates flights between the Polish and Serbian capitals on a seasonal summer basis. The airline maintains six weekly flights between the two cities. Last winter the carrier discontinued the service citing high seasonality. However, earlier this year LOT hinted it is considering reinstating flights between Warsaw and Belgrade throughout the winter months.
At the recent IATA slots conference in Copenhagen, Jat unveiled a list of new destinations. They include Abu Dhabi, Banja Luka, Beirut, Budapest, Bucharest, Cairo, Kiev, Ljubljana, Prague and Varna. As this is a preliminary schedule changes are expected. It has been tipped that Jat’s new winter network will be officially unveiled at a press conference this Thursday, which begins at 11.00 CEST. Exact flight times for the Belgrade - Banja Luka service are now available and can be viewed here, while times for the Abu Dhabi flights can be found here.