Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Emirates has no plans to fly to EX-YU

Emirates rules out flights to the former Yugoslavia

Emirates, one the world’s largest international carriers, has said it currently has no plans to fly to countries of the former Yugoslavia. Speaking to the “Austrian Aviation” portal, Martin Gross, Emirates’ Area Manager for Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Bosnia, says the region has been well connected by Flydubai, which currently maintains services from its hub to Belgrade, Skopje, Zagreb and Sarajevo. “In these markets, we cooperate closely with Flydubai, which has expanded rapidly in the region”, Mr Gross says. The Area Manager adds that while all cities could be potentially served by the Middle East’s largest airline, “there are currently no concrete plans to fly to these cities”.

Flydubai commenced operations to the former Yugoslavia in November 2011 when it inaugurated services to Belgrade. This was followed up by the launch of its Skopje route in November 2012. Last December, the airline commenced services to Zagreb and Sarajevo. Flydubai will add additional flights from its hub to Belgrade, Zagreb and Sarajevo this coming winter season. From October 25, the hybrid airline will operate an additional weekly service from Dubai to the Serbian and Croatian capital cities for a total of four weekly flights. In addition, it will run an additional weekly service to Sarajevo, compared to last winter season, for a total of three weekly flights. On the other hand, it will maintain two weekly services to Skopje during the winter.

Flydubai was founded by the government of Dubai but is not an Emirates subsidiary, although the two cooperate closely. The airline has proven popular in the region, notably during the summer months and the Christmas and New Year holiday period. The airline captures a significant number of diaspora passengers from Australia and New Zealand heading to the former Yugoslavia, who are able to purchase a single Emirates ticket from their home cities and transit to their final destination via Dubai. However, Flydubai has also faced increased competition in the region with Qatar Airways operating flights to both Zagreb and Belgrade and Etihad and Air Serbia also offering services to Abu Dhabi. In response, the airline has introduced a business class section on all of its flights to the former Yugoslavia, as well as range of other promotions on the market.

31 comments:

  1. I remember some Insnsnns insinuations about Emirates A332 or A333 maybe being a regular visitor in BEG

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  2. And now waiting for EK is for sure coming any day now to BEG bandwagon.....and namely INN-NS! Maybe he has Tim Clark on hotline with some top secret news.... :D

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    1. Jeste da znam nekoliko uglednh ljudi ali ne poznajem G Clarka nazalost , a ja ne odlucujem nista u EK tako da je i dalje moguce da ce doci .
      INN-NS

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    2. A ksko ce doci... da li si uopste procitao tekst u kome ekplicitno kaze da nece doci?

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    3. Why would Emirates fly to Belgrade when you have regular service between BEG and Dubai with flydubai, and with Etihad and ASL to Abu Dhabi as well?

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    4. Pa to bi znacilo wide body na LYBE stalno .
      FZ i EK su za mene isto i zato se nadam da ce EK doci u BEG u narednim godinama.
      INN-NS

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    5. Nije bitno ako su za tebe isto, nisu subsidary nisu nista, kako je pisalo u tekstu, samo zajedno saradjuju. Ne trebas se nadat, nema sanse da EK posalje widebody u BEG ili ZAG. Mozemo se samo nadati widebody letove Americi i mozda Aziskim zemljama kako pomalo pocinje stizat u ZAG i valjda ce se isto to desit u Beogradu.

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  3. To day wizz startu with Ohrid - London flights, wish them luck on that route!

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  4. Thank you for this news ex-yu. This should finally put some rumors to rest.

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    1. Anyone with any sense would be fully aware that Emirates won't fly to any ex-yu airport soon. Confirmation isn't required.

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    2. I agree, but every now and then we were reading these 'announcements'. Hopefully common sense will now prevail and those guys can refer to EK as wish list, not as hot news from reliable sources.

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    3. If Etihad/Air Serbia haven't been launched, Emirates would have started Belgrade a year or two ago. I do expect them to launch Bucharest any time though.

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    4. And there it is again :D

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    5. I got flamed a few months back when I said that EK will not come to BEG or ZAG or LJU or SKP or any of the ex-YU cities anytime soon. I stand by my statement but have to add...

      EK is known for throwing a surpise once in a while - out of the blue, so at the same time, we never know. I know for a fact - not in INN-NS way but genuine non-troll, that BEG was seriously considered last year, as stand alone and as a tag-on, and it simply did not work... not mature enough for EK criteria.

      However, that day will definitely come... http://gulfnews.com/business/aviation/emirates-eyes-100-new-destinations-from-dubai-world-central-1.1532561

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    6. And again....

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  5. Molim vas da se ova vest prebaci na srpski forum da nick YU-AMC ovo pročita, već 5 godina priča kako Emirates samo što nije uveo let za Beg, i tako već godinama lupa gluposti.

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    1. And I had mentioned it, but not before opening of OTP. I guess I was wrong in thinking it could be in the short term. I worte a couple days back that BUD doesnt seem to be performing as good as they hoped.

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    2. Well, they are upgrading it to 77W which is significant capacity increase in both cabins vs A332

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    3. They'll gonna try to be more competitive by offering extra seats at a lower price. We'll only know in Spring 2016 how it's gonna play out. 77W seems too much of a capacity for Budapest.

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    4. From 2012 problem with Budapest is simple: there is no national carierr WizzAir is not enough.

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  6. There are many cities in Europe that Emirates shoud start flying to before they even consider ex-Yu. Belgrade was on Emirates' radar years ago, back in the time when Jat Airways use to fly to Dubai. But then the crisis came along, then Fly Dubai was created which is a perfect match for low-yielding markets like ex-Yu countries and they simply no longer see the need to fly to Belgrade or Zagreb or any other ex-Yu city.

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  7. What happened to those plans that Qatar Airways will start flights to Sarajevo. The Bosnian Ambassador announced these flights.

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  8. Bucharest can easily be the next EK destination in the area.

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  9. OT ima li da je neko putovao prosle nedelje preko Shipola kakva je nova provera sada tamo?

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    1. http://www.aviokarta.net/vesti/3168-nova-organizacija-kontrole-putnika-u-amsterdamu/

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  10. EK will start to fly to Bologna from November 3th 2015.
    Flights will be daily.

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  11. http://www.blic.rs/Vesti/Svet/566638/CUDA-MEDjUGORJA-Papa-razotkriva-obmanu-tesku-11-milijardi-evra

    Može da ima posljedice po avijaciju..

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    1. Najvise bi posljedica bilo po SPU.

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    2. Najvise bi posljedica bilo po OMO - bar procentualno gledano. Njima 95% putnika ide za Međugorje...

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  12. OT: Adria Airways Tehnika taday sign a contract with Swiss and Wizz Air for mentinance of A320 family aircraft and they look forward for 4th new mentinance hangar.

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