SAS launching Sarajevo flights as Turkish Airlines boosts EX-YU presence
Airlines are steadily announcing new routes they intend to operate next summer season, with EX-YU cities high on the agenda for some. Since our last update a month ago there have been further developments. SAS Scandinavian Airlines has confirmed the launch of a seasonal summer service from Stockholm to Sarajevo. The service, which will resume after more than a decade, will operate three times per week starting June 21, 2014. Flights will run until August 30. The airline will go head to head with Norwegian Air Shuttle which operates the route on a yearlong basis. Earlier this year Sarajevo Airport said it was in negotiations with SAS to launch flights to the Bosnian capital. The airport, which has handled record traffic this year, will see two new routes by the end of the year. B&H Airlines has now officially confirmed it is launching flights to Belgrade on December 16 while Moskovia Airlines will inaugurate flights from Moscow on December 20.
Turkish Airlines has also said it is introducing a third daily flight to Belgrade on selected days from next Monday. As a result, the airline will operate seventeen weekly flights between Istanbul and the Serbian capital. Ozgur Boran, General Manager for Turkish Airlines in Belgrade, says the additional frequencies will give more opportunities to businesspeople which will be able to arrive in Istanbul in the morning and depart for Belgrade in the evening on the same day. The new flights also allow for better connections through Ataturk Airport for transfer passengers. As was previously reported, Vueling (Barcelona), Etihad Regional (Geneva), easyJet (Geneva) and Air Serbia have all announced new flights from Belgrade next year.
Belle Air Europe has said in a statement it plans to launch flights from Pristina to Dortmund. It comes despite the grounding of its Albanian sister company Belle Air. No firm date has been given for the new route launch with the airline saying the flights will begin “later on in the winter season”. Belle Air Europe will also operate a holiday service from Skopje to Rome from December 15 until January 15.