Thursday, May 1, 2014

New flights across EX-YU

New airlines and flights launching this week

With the start of May, several airlines will be launching new flights across the former Yugoslavia, looking to benefit from the May Day holiday, which is being observed across the region. Both today and in the coming days, many airlines will launch their seasonal charter flights to the Croatian coast. On Saturday, Croatia Airlines will begin charters from Split to Ostersund in Sweden while on Monday, Germania will launch its charters to the seaside city from Toulouse. Following the success of its Dubrovnik - Athens seasonal service, Croatia Airlines will inaugurate flights from Split to the Greek capital this Saturday. Services will operate once per week until October 4, with a 144 seat Airbus A319. Further flight details can found here. Zadar will also welcome a new seasonal service during the weekend with Germanwings launching flights from Berlin. The route will operate once per week until the end of the 2014 summer season, with more details available here.

Meanwhile, Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport will see the launch of two new routes today. Etihad Regional will inaugurate its three weekly service from Geneva, making it the third airline to operate between the two cities. Regional will face off against easyJet and Swiss International Air Lines on the route, making it one of the more contested from Serbia’s busiest airport. Service details are available here. In addition, Air Serbia had today launched its first of three weekly flights to Varna, on the Bulgarian coast, which will increase to four weekly from June 16. The carrier’s CEO, Dane Kondić, says, “The launch of our new service to Varna is perfectly timed to help connecting passengers enjoy a seamless journey to this popular holiday destination. The increased frequency of service to four times per week from June 16 will be of benefit to holidaymakers throughout the entire region, offering connectivity to mainland Europe and global destinations through our Belgrade hub”. Further details can be found here.

Further South, Alitalia will today launch flights from Rome to Skopje Alexander the Great Airport. The new service will operate on a daily basis and marks Alitalia’s return to the Macedonian capital for the first time since it suspended daily flights from Milan on January 8, 2008. The flights will be operated by Alitalia’s subsidiary Alitalia CityLiner on the 88 seat Embraer E175 jet. Further details on the new service can be found here. On the other hand, Turkish Airlines will, from tomorrow, again boost its Sarajevo flights. The Turkish national carrier will launch services from Istanbul’s second airport, Sabiha Gokcen. The new flights will run three times per week and will compliment the carrier’s eighteen weekly flights between Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport and the Bosnian capital. As a result, Turkish Airlines will offer up to four daily flights between the two cities on selected days this summer. The new Sabiha service will go head to head against Pegasus Airlines’ daily flights with more details available here.

29 comments:

  1. Too bad that JU service to Varna didn't make it today. It was diverted to Sofia due to fog in Varna.

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  2. bas super. srecan sam sto ce konacno exyu prostori ucestvovati u velikom broju u evropskom aviosaobracaju.. mogu misliti koliko bismo bili snazna drzava u aviosaobracaju da smo ostali yu.. sigurno bi pametni ljudi iz raznih drzava osnovali i neki nas lowcost koji bi leteo sirom evrope.. verujem da bismo imali bar 4-5 aviokompanija sa nasih prostora: norwegia, wizz i slicni bi bili cak i daleko iza nasih kompanija.. bili bismo snazna drzava, privreda i avioindustrija.. eeee.. kakva steta, a jos gore je to sto i posle 20 god. od ratnih desavanja, a pritom govoreci isti jezik, ne mozemo sesti za sto i dogovarati se da bar ojacamo jednu privrednu granu.. no, nije ni ovo lose, bar sto se tice srbije, makedonije, pa i hrvatske.. videcemo kako ce slovenci zavrsiti godinu sa potpunom promenom politike adrije.. srdacan pozdrav!

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  3. A bit off-topic: there are many upbeat comments here about BEG and other airports in the region. Is anyone investing in the stock? BEG airport stock has risen considerably in the past year:

    Belgrade Stock Exchange AERO: http://www.belex.rs/eng/trgovanje/hartija/dnevni/AERO
    Current ownership structure: http://www.crhov.rs/?Opcija=22&odabraniemitentjmb=16F89700C102D0D9&isin=749CE67DA375A1D8EDC3F0EF

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  4. Nice to see Alitalia back in Skopje :) Hope they stay this time around

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  5. Zagreb-Sofia route by the end of 2014!

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  6. Has anyone got an info about talks between JU and TK about operation reciprocity between BEG and IST?

    As well as returning to Ataturk?

    Thx

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  7. Vueling uspostavlja liniju Split-Firenca

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  8. "from Serbia’s busiest airport"

    What would be other Serbia's busy airports?

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    1. Tokyo Narita and Haneda

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    2. Hahahaa, dream on.....

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    3. Need to relocate my outdoor toilet. You free on monday? Standard pay 25e and my old trousers...

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  9. OT: Why was BA849 from ZAG to LHR diverted to Rome today? And Flightradar24 shows it happened above Klagenfurt, so not immediately after take off... Weird!

    Heathrow arrivals just said 'Contact Airline'

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    1. According to thebasource.com, British Airways A319 G-EUPL operating BA849 Zagreb – London Heathrow diverted via Rome Fiumicino this afternoon due to problems with the standby altimeter. A spare was provided by Air France at Rome Fiumicino.

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    2. Just out of curiosity, why didn't they get in Zagreb? I mean, OU must have it, after all, they do use the A319.

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  10. FV lands at noon time and goes back @ 5 almost 6 PM. Does it mean they have no better way to use the plane but to wait in Belgrade? Or maybe they will use it for one or two rotations from Belgrade on behalf of AirSerbia?

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    1. They could fly to Lyon or Tirana

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    2. there was a rumor that they might fly BEG-TIA

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  11. Can somebody tell me how are AirSerbia flights to Banja Luka going? Have Sofia loads improved a little? Tel Aviv?

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  12. Turkish carrier AtlasJetis eyeing Tivat as a possible destination.

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  13. Turkish carrier AtlasJetis eyeing Tivat as a possible destination.

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  14. Air Serbia's flight from Varna arrived a little late this morning with 20 passengers out of which 18 connected onward. Some of the destinations were Zurich, Athens, Istanbul...

    Furthermore, Etihad Regional's aircraft looks pretty amazing on the inside, really cosy. The inbound flight had 32 passengers while the outbound had 24.

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    1. There was no flight to Varna, it was cancelled due to fog.

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    2. Well, where did that flight come from this morning then? ;)
      There were connecting passengers and luggage on JU's flights this morning. They might have diverted to Sofia until the fog lifted in Varna.

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  15. I looked online and Air Serbia offers horrible connections in Belgrade from Varna... Not only pricing but timing, they definitely lose to their competition. I see why their frequency is not higher and am happy even with the beginning 20 pax on this route..

    Best of luck to Air Serbia and all new routes to all ex-yu cities! Hope to see JU open up Kraljevo, Morava, BCN, Tirana, St. Petersburgh, Zagreb, and even Geneva soon....

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    1. Varna has good connections to destinations that are served twice per day such as Paris, Zurich, Vienna... it can also offer connections to cities which have a split schedule, as is the case with most route within JU's network.

      By the way, today both flights to Budapest had around 50 passengers.

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