Monday, October 3, 2016

Air Serbia introduces paid stopover

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Air Serbia has introduced a stopover paid by carrier (STPC) for passenger travelling between New York and a number of its destinations via Belgrade. Both business and economy class passengers flying to/from New York from/to Athens, Banja Luka, Beirut, Bucharest, Larnaca, Ljubljana, Sarajevo, Skopje, Split, Thessaloniki, Tirana and Zagreb with a transit time between 8 and 24 hours will be offered prearranged hotel accommodation in Belgrade with airport transfer provided by Air Serbia. The STPC can be arranged either through the carrier’s call centre or travel agent’s network. It is not available online. During its heydays, JAT Yugoslav Airlines offered the same STPC service to its passengers transferring from or onto its Asia, Australia and North America flights in Belgrade, being one of the first carriers to provide the complimentary service behind KLM which introduced the concept.

15 comments:

  1. Air Serbia is slowly but surely taking on the format of a world-class airline. Congrats to another great service addition!

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    1. Air Serbia is light years ahead of any other ex yu airline. Good work.

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  2. As if their JFK route wasn't losing enough money.

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    1. Anonymous October 3, 2016 at 10:51 AM

      Your short-term thinking capacity is indicative of your hater mentality.

      Good work, JU.

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  3. It is a good approach and I welcome it but I am afraid that once they lodge passengers into hotel Slavija which is usually used for this the feedback on the service from users will be negative!!....

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    1. Slavija is no longer used. They use Crowne Plaza now.

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    2. Postoji i druga Slavija koja je mnogo bolji hotele sto nema pojma lik koji piskara gluposti.

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    3. That other Slavija ("Slavija Lux") used to be better at time of construction which was in the 80s. I don't think anything has been invested in that hotel ever since. Recall reading a trip report where the guest said that the phone directory had the dialing code for the Soviet Union :)))

      Anyway, Air Serbia doesn't use it anymore. Furthermore, I hope that they differentiate between C and Y class guests and put them in different hotels. Not everybody should be put in the same hotel.

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  4. Terms and conditions: https://www.airserbia.com/Data/Files/STPC_ENG.pdf

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  5. Who on earth would go for this? Eight hours spent in BEG means you get eight hours less in New York. ;)

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    1. There are obviously people going for it since they have introduced it and it seems people flying to/from Split are also going for it. The majority of people look at price and will wait if needed especially if for that price they also get a free stay at a 5* hotel for a couple of hours.

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    2. A lot of people are taking advantage of longer transit times in BEG to explore Belgrade, its quite common.

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    3. Why not see two capitals instead of just one?

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  6. Great way to pull tourists into Belgrade and make them spend a bit of their dollars. Everyone scores!

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