|Winter season changes for EX-YU airlines and airports|
The 2014/15 winter season begins today and will run until March 28 next year, signalling changes for both the national carriers of the former Yugoslavia, as well as airports across the region.
Adria Airways will operate a total of 144 scheduled weekly flights: 127 of them from Ljubljana, nine from Pristina to Munich and Frankfurt, four from Munich to Lodz in Poland and two from Tirana to Frankfurt. Services from Ljubljana to Prague and Warsaw, launched during the summer, will be maintained over the winter months as well. The Slovenian national carrier will also operate charter flights from Ljubljana to Hurghada and Sharm-el-Sheikh in Egypt, with other charters available during the school holidays, as well as the Christmas and New Year period. Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport will offer 150 flights to nineteen European destinations this winter. All foreign carriers operating to Ljubljana will maintain the same number of flights as last winter season.
Air Serbia will temporarily take over Etihad Airways’ service between Belgrade and Abu Dhabi, with its equipment operating the route twice per day. Additional frequencies will be added on flights to Amsterdam, Podgorica and Prague when compared to last winter season. All new destinations launched during the summer, with exception to Varna, will be maintained over with winter months. Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport will see Germanwings and Etihad Regional suspend their flights from Stuttgart and Geneva from today. On the other hand, Air Cairo begins scheduled winter flights from Hurghada to the Serbian capital, to be operated once per week. TAP Portugal will consolidate its flights from Lisbon to the Serbian capital, with additional frequencies and some services operating via Budapest. Vueling Airlines will run several flights from Barcelona during the holiday period.
B&H Airlines will operate a total of fifteen weekly flights from Sarajevo. The airline will add an additional flight to Belgrade when compared to last winter while the rest of its network remains unchanged. It has been suggested the carrier could launch flights to Skopje via Podgorica in the coming months. Meanwhile, Sarajevo Airport will see the arrival of Flydubai from December 8. Services will operate twice per week. Montenegro Airlines will maintain a similar schedule to that of last winter with additional flights to Belgrade from both Podgorica and Tivat. The airline has said it is close to securing rights to launch flights to Copenhagen via Zagreb. Podgorica Airport will see Ryanair maintain two weekly flights from London Stansted, while its service from Charleroi turns seasonal. Turkish Airlines will operate daily flights from Istanbul.
Croatia Airlines will be offering more flights than last winter, with additional departures from Zagreb to Brussels, Dubrovnik, Paris, Sarajevo and Split. The rest of its network remains unchanged. The airline will maintain sixteen weekly flights from Split to Frankfurt, Munich and Rome, with two weekly flights to be offered from Dubrovnik to the Italian capital. Zagreb Airport will celebrate Eurlot’s inaugural flight from Warsaw today. The Polish airline will operate daily services to the Croatian capital. In addition, Flydubai will launch three weekly flights from the largest city in the United Arab Emirates, connecting Zagreb with Dubai for the first time. Spain’s Vueling will offer four flights from Barcelona to Zagreb, on December 21, 27 and January 3 and 5.
Skopje Airport will see similar operations as last winter. Wizz Air is set to dominate with five weekly flights to Malmo and Basel, four flights to London Luton, three weekly flights to Gothenburg, Eindhoven and Memmingen and two flights each to Bergamo, Beauvais, Charleroi, Hahn and Treviso. Flydubai will maintain two weekly services to the Macedonian capital this winter. Low cost Pegasus will operate three flights per week from Istanbul, while its rival Turkish Airlines will run two daily services. Alitalia, which launched flights from Rome to Skopje during the summer, will maintain the service with six weekly flights. Pristina Airport is not expecting new arrivals this winter with Adria Airways to reduce one weekly flight to Frankfurt. Etihad Regional, which launched flights from Zurich over the summer, will maintain services to Pristina, although, tickets are still available for purchase only through local travel agents.