|Air Serbia launching flights to Warsaw and Beirut|
During this week, Air Serbia will inaugurate flights from Belgrade to the capitals of Poland and Lebanon, marking the the carrier’s return to the two cities following several years of absence. Tomorrow, the airline will launch flights to Warsaw where it will operate daily flights with its Airbus A319. The carrier has slightly revised its original timetable and the service will be code shared by Etihad Airways. The Serbian carrier will go head to head against LOT Polish Airlines, which also operates daily flights between the two capitals. With the airline using its Embraer E175 jet on the route, the Polish carrier offers 574 weekly seats between Warsaw and Belgrade and vice versa while its Serbian counterpart will be offering 896 seats per week including a business class product. LOT has managed to attract a significant number of transit passengers on the route in the past few years.
Commenting on the new service, the CEO of Air Serbia, Dane Kondić, said, “It is my great pleasure to announce that flights between Belgrade and Warsaw will resume after a fifteen year long hiatus. Doubtless, this link between the two capitals will be both very convenient for business passengers and attractive for leisure travellers and tourists. I am confident that the soon to be opened service will provide further opportunities for cooperation between our two countries in various fields, such as the economy, culture and sport”. Flights between Belgrade and Warsaw have an over seventy year history. The first service was launched in 1947 by JAT Yugoslav Airlines. The airline offered regular flights to Warsaw up to 1992 and later between 1998-99, prior to their suspension.
|LOT and Air Serbia to go head to head|
Meanwhile, on Sunday, Air Serbia will be resuming flights to Beirut. The service was initially to launch earlier during the summer season but was postponed until June 1. At the time the carrier said, “The delay to the start of this route has been on account of regulatory requirements and related formalities that need to be completed prior to the commencement of new services”. Flights to Beirut are expected to operate five times per week until July 1 after which services will be increased to daily. However, a revised schedule in global reservation systems shows the service initially operating only three times per week. Flights between Belgrade and the Lebanese capital resume for the first time in eight years when the city was last used as a stopover on flights to Dubai by Jat Airways. The service to Beirut sees large amounts of transit passengers from Western Europe. Flights between Belgrade and Beirut were first launched by JAT on April 21, 1955 via Istanbul.