|Air Serbia to launch five new routes and boost frequencies|
The 2016 summer season is less than a week away and will run from March 27 until October 29. According to its preliminary schedule, Air Serbia will launch five new destinations and boost frequencies across its network. As previously reported, the Serbian carrier will introduce flights to Hamburg, Ohrid, Kiev and St. Petersburg from mid-June and launch its first long haul service to New York. Furthermore, it will add two aircraft to its fleet, a Bombardier CRJ900, which will operate between June and September, and a wide-body Airbus A330-200 jet. The airline will introduce an additional weekly flight to Amsterdam, Berlin, Dusseldorf and Malta when compared to last summer. Within the region, Air Serbia will put a greater focus on Croatia by operating more frequencies and larger aircraft. The carrier will run daily services to Dubrovnik, and will add a further two weekly flights to both Split and Pula. Bucharest, Tirana and Sofa will also see a further two weekly flights, while Tivat will operate up to thirty times per week during the peak of the summer season.
On the other hand, Air Serbia will not be resuming services to Budapest, which were suspended at the start of the 2015/16 winter season. In addition, the airline will reduce frequencies on its Warsaw service from seven to four per week. The carrier is competing against LOT Polish Airlines on the route, which resumed flights to Belgrade in January. The two airlines codeshare on each other' services between the two capital cities. Air Serbia will continue to operate daily flights to Abu Dhabi and maintain double daily operations to Athens, Ljubljana, Moscow, Paris, Skopje, Thessaloniki, Vienna, Zagreb and Zurich. Furthermore, it will operate three services per day to Podgorica. The airline will maintain a significant number of charter flights during the summer months through its leisure brand Aviolet.
Please note that the changes listed below are preliminary and based on current availability in the GDS (Global Distribution System). Furthermore, the table below displays the peak weekly frequency on each route during the course of the summer season. Increases in frequencies to a number of destinations do not come into effect until mid-June. Seasonal flights to Split and Dubrovnik will run until the end of the summer season, while services to Pula, Ohrid, Varna and Malta will operate until mid-September. EX-YU Aviation News will also bring you summer season changes for Croatia Airlines and Montenegro Airlines during the course of the week. Meanwhile, you can review modifications Adria Airways will be making to its network this summer here.
|Destination||Frequency S2015||Frequency S2016||Change||Notes|
|Dubrovnik||4||7||▲ 3||resumes MAY16|
|Hamburg||0||4||▲ 4||starts JUN15|
|Kiev||0||6||▲ 6||starts JUN16|
|Malta||2||3||▲ 1||resumes JUN14|
|New York||0||5||▲ 5||starts JUN23|
|Ohrid||0||3||▲ 3||starts JUN15|
|Pula||3||5||▲ 2||resumes JUN13|
|Split||4||6||▲ 2||resumes MAY13|
|St. Petersburg||0||3||▲ 3||starts JUN18|