Geneva - Belgrade from December 19
Swiss International Air Lines will launch services from Geneva to Belgrade this winter season. The new route will commence on December 19, just prior to the diaspora travel rush for the Christmas and New Year holidays. It will operate twice per week, every Tuesday and Thursday, with an Airbus A320. The new service will primarily cater for the significant Serbian diaspora in Switzerland. The airline has seen a considerable number of passengers from the Serbian capital whose final destination is Geneva but are forced to transit through Zurich. Tickets for the new service are already on sale. Further flight details can be found here.
The Swiss national carrier already operates flights from Zurich to Belgrade. The airline is one of the busiest foreign carriers operating out of Serbia. In May, Swiss International carried 18.600 passengers between Zurich and Belgrade, with an average of 150 passengers per flight. The airline currently operates a twice daily service between the two cities. Geneva will become the third destination in Switzerland to be served from Belgrade, joining the existing Zurich and Basel service. Until the start of this year’s summer season, SkyWork Airlines maintained flights between Bern and Belgrade as well. The service was cancelled due to low interest.
Meanwhile, Russian based Ural Airlines, which applied for a license to launch a one weekly service between Sochi and Belgrade, has withdrawn its application. The airline originally planned to launch flights on June 27. It is unknown why the airline, which runs seasonal summer flights to both Pula and Tivat, withdrew its license request. Ural Airlines had a good chance of being issued a permit since Serbia and Russia recently revised their bilateral air agreement, allowing other airlines, rather than just the national carriers, to operate flights between the two countries.