Air Serbia launching Banja Luka, Prague, Ljubljana and Bucharest
Today Air Serbia begins the expansion of its destination network with the launch of four new routes over the next ten days. Flights to Banja Luka will be inaugurated today with a special promotional flight. Paying customers and members of the press will have the chance to fly the airline’s Airbus A319 between Belgrade and Bosnia and Herzegovina’s second largest city. Due to the promotional nature of the flight, the timing of the service has been modified with passengers to depart Belgrade at midday and return in the evening. Air Serbia’s CEO, Dane Kondić, is also expected to be on the flight. Air Serbia’s predecessor, Jat Airways, last operated services to Banja Luka in 2009, however, the flights failed to attract passengers. Air Serbia will operate daily flights to the city with an ATR72. Photos from he inaugural flight can be viewed here.
This morning Air Serbia launched flights to Prague. The new destination has proved a star performer in the airline’s network. As EX-YU Aviation News learns, the Czech capital has become the most popular destination to be introduced by the airline. Air Serbia faces no competition on the route. Jat Airways suspended its flights to Prague in 2009 as part of its cost cutting measures. ČSA Czech Airlines followed suit as it downsized on its own network. Flights between Belgrade and Prague will operate on a daily basis with an ATR72
From December 10, Adria Airways will lose its monopoly on the Ljubljana - Belgrade service. Air Serbia will launch daily flights between the two cities with an ATR72. Adria has been unchallenged on the route since 2011 when Jat Airways suspended flights to the Slovenian capital. Air Serbia’s Ljubljana flights have proved popular with passengers transiting through Belgrade to Moscow, Thessaloniki and Athens. Recently, Adria CEO Mark Anžur commented on the competition his airline will face, “We fly to Belgrade and we will see how things play out. At this moment Adria is not threatened”.
Finally, in ten days time Air Serbia will inaugurate flights to Bucharest in Romania. It will mark the first time a Serbian airline has operated scheduled flights between the two cities since 1999. Air Serbia will compete against TAROM Romanian Airlines which operates daily flights. TAROM will reschedule its services from December 10 so as to better compete against the Serbian carrier. Air Serbia will operate flights to Bucharest with an ATR72 on a daily basis.