Busy months ahead for EX-YU airports
A busy summer season is ahead for many airports across the former Yugoslav as airlines have already announced their plans for next year. Adria Airways has previously said it will launch flights from Ljubljana to Prague and Warsaw next summer season. The Slovenian carrier now plans to resume services to London Gatwick as well, starting May 17. The flights will operate on a seasonal summer basis until October 18 and will mark Adria’s return to Gatwick Airport after an absence of almost three years. Details can be viewed here. The carrier suspended flights to Gatwick in 2011 but operated seasonal services to Luton in 2012. The Slovenian national airline is planning a significant expansion next summer with the opening of its new bases in Verona and Klagenfurt and the launch of flights from Tirana to Frankfurt.
Sarajevo is set to see its first nonstop service to Moscow this winter. Moskovia Airlines has announced a surprise launch of flights to the Bosnian capital starting this Friday, November 1. Services will operate throughout the winter season once per week. The news comes several months after the airline operated a promotional flight between the Russian and Bosnian capitals. However, tickets cannot be purchase via the airline’s website. Moskovia is present in the region as it operates flights to Tivat. Meanwhile, B&H Airlines has received all necessary permits to launch its planned flights to Belgrade from December 2.
Spain’s Vueling Airlines yesterday announced the launch of seasonal summer flights from Barcelona to Belgrade. The new service, which will be inaugurated on June 20, will operate on a seasonal summer basis until September 15. It marks the first time the two cities will be connected since the collapse of Spanair. Tickets are already on sale with flight details available here. The new Vueling service will join the seven new destinations Air Serbia plans to launch next summer. In addition, TAP Air Portugal has expressed interest to launch flights from Lisbon to the Serbian capital next summer as well.
Croatia Airlines will inaugurate seasonal summer flights from Split to Athens from May 3. The flights will run until October 4 and operate once per week with more details here. It is the first new destination announced by the Croatian carrier for next summer. Croatia Airlines planed the launch of many new seasonal flights from secondary airports in the country this summer but was forced to shelve them due to cost cutting measures. If finances improve, next summer could see the airline resume some of its planned new services.
After its busiest year on record both Podgorica and Tivat are gearing up for new flights next summer. Following the successful launch of flights from Charleroi to Podgorica this year, Ryanair will launch services from Milan, Barcelona, London, Oslo and Stockholm to Tivat next summer season. Combined, Podgorica and Tivat are estimated to handle 1.5 million passengers by the end of the year with strong prospects for growth in 2014 as well.
Meanwhile, Skopje Airport welcomes Germania this winter which will launch flights from Berlin to the Macedonian capital from December 20. In addition, next summer will see Wizz Air launch flights from Skopje to Charleroi, Beauvais and Frankfurt Hahn as the low cost airline bases its second aircraft in the city. Flight details for the new Wizz Air flights can be found on the right hand side in the new route launches section, starting April 16.