easyJet continues to expand Belgrade operations
Low cost airline easyJet will launch three weekly flights between Rome’s Fiumicino Airport and Belgrade starting March 31, pending government approval. The low cost airline has already put tickets for the upcoming route on sale. Rome becomes easyJet’s third destination to be served out of Belgrade following Milan, launched last year, and Geneva, which was inaugurated yesterday. easyJet will have strong competition on the route, going head to head against both Air Serbia and Alitalia. This summer, Air Serbia will operate double daily flights to the Italian capital while Alitalia will offer ten weekly services. As a result, passengers travelling between the two cities will have the choice of up to 27 weekly flights to choose from. Details on the new service can be found here.
easyJet’s route from Rome to Belgrade is the latest addition to a long list of new services being launched by airlines to and from the Serbian capital this year. They include flights to Geneva by both easyJet and Etihad Regional, Larnaca by Wizz Air, Beirut, Budapest, Varna, Sofia, Kiev and Warsaw by Air Serbia, Lisbon by TAP Portugal and Barcelona by Vueling Airlines. According to regulations set out by the Serbian Ministry of Transport, easyJet will not be eligible to receive benefits on the Rome service since the airport can only offer discounts to airlines on new routes if they are not already operated by another airline. Such discounts are approved for a period of no less than twelve months and no longer than two years and cannot exceed 50% of the route’s expenses.
Meanwhile, during the week, TAP Portugal began selling tickets for its upcoming new flights from Lisbon to Belgrade. The airline will launch three weekly flights to the Serbian capital starting July 2. Further flight details can be found here. On the other hand, Belgrade will bid farewell to one of its customers since Adria Airways will pull the plug on its flights from Ljubljana on February 5 after almost four years.