Air Serbia completes Croatia expansion


Air Serbia will today introduce its sixth destination in Croatia, marking the resumption of flights between Belgrade and Zadar after 28 years. It follows on from the resumption of services to Rijeka earlier this month. As a result, the carrier will now serve Zagreb and Rijeka on a year-round basis, and maintain seasonal services to Dubrovnik, Split, Pula and Zadar. "We are proud to be able to help bring closer the people and economies of the two countries. We are confident that the flights will enhance travel options and will further contribute to the development of bilateral trade and tourism. Our intention is to further develop year-round inbound tourism, by offering our guests all of these destinations in Croatia", the carrier said.

Air Serbia is offering over 165.000 seats between Belgrade and its Croatian destinations this summer season. Apart from introducing flights to Zadar and Rijeka, the airline has also increased frequencies to both Zagreb and Dubrovnik this summer. Air Serbia now operates eleven weekly flights to the Croatian capital and daily services to Dubrovnik, both up by one weekly service on last year. The carrier has also increased capacity to Split by maintaining all of its six weekly flights with the jet-engine Airbus A319 aircraft. Recently, Brač Airport also expressed interest in services from Belgrade. "Over the past few years we have held a number of talks with Air Serbia with the aim of establishing nonstop flights to Belgrade. The short length of the runway, which has been extended, was one of the obstacles but no longer poses a problem to our cooperation", Brač Airport's General Manager, Tonči Peović, said. He added that the airline could maintain up to three weekly seasonal flights from the Serbian capital with an ATR72 aircraft. Serbian tour operators have also requested for Air Serbia to introduce services to the Croatian island.

On the other hand, Croatia Airlines has decreased its seasonal offering from Split to Belgrade with the carrier maintaining two weekly services instead of three. It has put 5.800 seats on sale between the two cities this summer. "Belgrade has been regularly evaluated on behalf of our network planning department, however, in our analysis, the new routes introduced over the past three years have all shown greater demand, which is why they have been given priority over the Belgrade route", the carrier said. Croatia Airlines introduced two weekly services to Belgrade in 2012, which were increased to three weekly in 2014. This year, the carrier will maintain flights to the Serbian capital until September 23.

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  1. Anyone know the loads on today's Zadar flight?

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    1. Full flight today. Almost entire plane has already checked in even though there is another 4 hours until the flight.

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    2. Yes it's full. If you want to book a ticket for today's flight you will see there are no seats anymore.

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    3. Nice. Good to hear.

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    4. Is Croatia the country with most destinations in Air Serbia´s network?

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    5. Currently. They have 5 destinations in Germany but from July/August they will have 8 destinations in Germany.

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    6. These new destinations in Germany are the one being launched from Nis?

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  2. I'm still surprised at them operating Rijeka year round and not for example Dubrovnik

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    1. What surprises you? When DBV gives them money like RJK and ZAD do they will fly there in winter.

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    2. DBV does actually give incentives to airlines that fly there during winter.

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    3. They have TIV close to DBV in winter to cover the market.

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    4. Still think that there are more ties between Rijeka and Belgrade. That's why.

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  3. Now it's time for Romania.

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    1. +1000000 long overdue and makes more sense than Croatia since the market is much larger and not as seasonal.

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    2. Well I think that Air Serbia does some market research and analysis and opens routes based on those, not emotions and couch expertise. So that's why they fly to 6 destinations in Croatia and one in Romania.

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    3. Well, Romania and Ukraine are massive markets. Maybe the next opportunities should be sought out there.

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    4. Anon 09.11

      Since you seem to be an expert can you tell me what research could give priority to Croatia over Romania? Here are top 5 airports:

      Romania:

      1. OTP 13.820.428
      2. CLJ 2.782.401
      3. TSR 1.517.309
      4. IAS 1.256.640
      5. SBZ: 662.468

      Croatia:

      1. ZAG: 3.366.310
      2. SPU: 3.124.067
      3. DBV: 2.559.412
      4. PUY: 717.187
      5. ZAD: 603.819

      Romania: 19.985.241
      Croatia: 10.3703795

      I think JU should do some more analyses to see why they can only operate 8 weekly flights to Bucharest on a regional turboprop when the market is booming and it almost reached 14 million, that market alone is larger than all of Croatia.

      So spare me the excuses because their failure to consolidate and expand in Romania like LOT and Aegean makes no sense.


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    5. Last Anon: The fact that a certain market is booming does not necessarily mean it will work out for a certain Airline, Air Serbia in this case. Serbia and Croatia have cultural and historical ties and Croatia is becoming a popular destination for Serbian tourists again. On the other hand, traffic between Romania is limited.

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    6. If traffic was limited then RO wouldn't be flying 9 times per week with flights perfectly timed for OD passengers. There is a lot more potential for transfer passengers. Not to mention that Romanian tourist arrivals are on rise. Look at JU in KRR , HEL, MAD or BEY. What cultural ties does Serbia have with those markets? None. However JU managed to position itself there something it failed with most regional flights, like it was mentioned before look at VAR, BUD, OHD... A large market shows there is potential, there are passengers. Only question is if an airline can get them to fly with them.

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    7. And just to add, LO flies 3 times a day to OTP while Romania and Poland have no cultural, political or whatever ties.

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    8. Romania and Croatia are different markets:
      Romania has strong intra country traffic because of bad road/rail infrastructure. Therefore, passenger statistic is, lets say, little bit "twisted" when comparing 2 countries
      Romania has 2 domestic airlines, Tarom & BlueAir. BlueAir is LCC.
      Romania has very strong presence of global LCCs

      You can add economic, personal, touristic, etc. ties to Croatia which generate some level of traffic to Serbia.

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    9. You also forgot that JU can reconsider VAR and BOJ. There is a huge Russian traffic in summer between Russia and BOJ. JU can have a significant transfer traffic via BEG.

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    10. Romania has a population of 20 million Croatia has 4 million.

      Romania: 19.985.241
      Croatia: 10.3703795

      By this Romania would have to have 50 million passengers to be considered equal. So Romania is really lacking behind Croatia. Just imagine there were no WIZZ or Ryanair in Bucharest?

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    11. Yes, the only difference is that Croatia is a tourist destination while Romania isn't meaning most destinations in HR can be served on a summer seasonal basis while Romania can be flown the whole year.

      Total passengers in 2018:

      Romania: 21.858.724
      Croatia: 10.637.848

      Romania added 2 million new passengers last year which is great given that it barely has any tourists.

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    12. There is just no point to fly to more Romania cities. Romanians are not coming in some major numbers to Serbia and neither are Serbian people going in droves to Romania. Every Romanian city has nonstop flights to every Italian village at low cost prices. What would be the point.

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    13. What a primitive comment. So what's the point of having daily flights to Tirana, Beirut or Krasnodar since there is barely any point to point traffic? What are Aegean, LOT or even Austrian Airlines doing in secondary Romanian cities? It's time to update your mindset and join us in the 21st century.

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    14. LOT ima samo jedan let dnevno iz Kluza. Imaju samo letove do zapadne Evrope gde rade i tesko da mogu da budu kao jedan Bejrut. Nemaju Rumuni OU i Adriu vec ozbiljnije kompanije.

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    15. Па да, по вама ЈУ не би возио ни једног трансферног путника. Ако их возе из Солуна, Атине, Каира, Софије...не видим зашто не би и из Румуније. Стално понављате једно те исто.

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    16. ali ne vozi recimo iz Turske i Mokdavije i Rumunije cenovno osetljivo trziste.

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    17. JU should pick which battles to fight. Romania is among those that should be generally avoided currently, too many players, very price aggressive market. Probably only service to Bucharest should be little but upgraded, aspeccialy during high season.

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    18. А путници из Софије, Скопља, Тиране, Сарајева, Каира, Бејрута... нису осетљиви када је у питању цена?
      Турци су једни од најбројнијих туриста у Србији а ЈУ није успела да се избори за део колача иако је држава лимитирала конкуренцију.

      Ајде да причамо мало о Израелу где ЈУ није успела да обезбеди посао са њиховим агенцијама већ су им ускочиле Аркиа и Исрер. Уз све то, да ли знате да наши попови и монаси када путују у Израел то не чине из Београда већ из Софије одакле лете са Визером? Да ли је ико уопште свестан тога у ЈУ? Ја се кладим да није... а и да јесте вероватно их брига.

      Ово су само два очигледна примера. ЈУ је статична и генерално неспособна да се пробије на страна тржишта, небитно да ли је у питању довођење страних туриста у Србију или привлачење трансферних путника. Е зато имају толике осцилације из сезоне у сезону јер лети други оставе довољно мрва које они могу да покупе.

      ЈУ има суштински проблем и док се то не реши неће бити озбиљна компанија. Еџиан и ЛОТ су се реформисали и паметно развијали те су постали то што су данас. ЕрБалтик је други пример ако вам он више одговара јер је по величини сличнији Ер Србији.

      Да ли сте свесни да ће ове зиме ЈУ летети 3 пута недељно за Стокхолм и 7 пута недељно за Москву док ће Аерофлот имати три лета на дан? Колико Кинеза дође у Србију сваког месеца? Да ли је ЈУ потражила начин како да довози барем део њих? Очито да им је Москва отпала као опција јер је Аерофлот увео свој лет (трећи на дан, прошле зиме). За Абу Даби више не лете, са Катаром не сарађују а то не чине ни са Туркишем. Дакле ово је још једна промашена пословна прилика за нашег националног авио-превозника. Али добро, зашто нас било шта више чуди када смањују Москву у тренутку када број руских туриста расте 30% на месечном нивоу. Њихова логика је вероватно та да не могу да се изборе са Аерофлотом и Ред Вингзом јер ето, то ти је то и таква је ситуација. Барем су повећали број чартера за Египат након што је и ту држава ограничила конкуренцију.

      Али добро, честитам им на субвенционисаним линијама ка Задру и Ријеци. Свака вам част, само тако наставите.

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    19. Too many players in Romania? You mean like in TSR where FR left?

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    20. Nemanja, samo bi budala propustila priliku da leti subvencionisanu liniju sa sigurnom zaradom.

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    21. Alo Pozega koga briga, neka lete gde hoce. Da ima para u Rumuniji vec bi leteli tamo. Cak i bukurest nema potraznju za vise od ovog. Oladite.

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    22. Ama Aegan ima vec drugu godinu gubitke vece od 30 miliona evra. Navodite gubitnike. Da li zaista mislis da ce kinezi letetei sa JU iz Moskve kada lete sa SU do nje? Ti jednostavno nemas pojma o avijaciji.

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    23. Aman o cemu pricas, Aegean je imao 67.9 miliona evra profit prosle godine. Ne znam ko ovde nema pojma o avijaciji, bolje cuti:

      https://en.about.aegeanair.com/media-center/press-releases/2019/2018-financial-results/

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    24. Nisam Anon koji je napisao za gubitak ali taj minus je bio u Q1 2019, negde oko 35miliona...

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    25. Svake godine je Q1 u minusu, posle nadoknade. Prosle godine je minus u Q1 bio 30 miliona a na kraju godine profit of 68 miliona.

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  4. 165,000 seats vs 5,800 is a significant difference.

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    1. OU ops to Belgrade are really disappointing.

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    2. That's quite a lot of capacity. Hope they succeed in filling it.

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    3. And that's just summer. I assume on annual level they have close to 200,000 seats.

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  5. Brac-Belgrade could be an opportunity for OU.

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    1. Doubt it. They fly only Zagreb from Brac during the summer.

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    2. OU also flies charters whole summer between Brač and Graz, but still only 2 destinations.

      All other lucrative as short charters to Austrian cities are done by CSA now with ATR72 - probably because OU doesnt have the metal in summer.

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  6. JU get's significant feed on its Croatia flights in summer from other destinations. Them serving 6 destinations shows its working for them.

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  7. So which destinations in CRO are left unserved?

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    1. Osijek, Brac and Losinj

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    2. It's not that hard, findout yourself!

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    3. They are running out of cities to add in Croatia :D

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    4. Besides them, there are also airports in Udbina and Varazdin :)

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    5. Ploče aerodrom, if it even still exists?

      Wonder why they don't lengthen the runway there to 2000m

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  8. These will mostly carry foreign tourists going to Croatia or the Croatian diaspora going back home. Besides Serbs who have family links with Croatia I don't see numbers booming this year due to security reasons.

    Still, BEG-RJK could be bad news for OU's ZAG-PUY which probably relies on transfer passengers from Istra.

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    1. Despite your personal issues, there are a lot of Serbian people going on holiday to Croatia.

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    2. Exactly. Serbians love Istria, Rijeka and the Islands.

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  9. Next on the Croatian market they should work on making more routes year round.

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    1. I think that eventually the flights to Zagreb will be returned to double daily.

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  10. Their seasonal summer flights to Croatia must be doing well if they are adding two new destinations, more frequencies and more capacity.

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    1. RJK and ZAD are subsidized so they don't care how they perform. They can fly empty and JU would still be ok.

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    2. But they are adding flights to Zagreb and Dubrovnik and increased capacity to Split. These are not subsidized.

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  11. Bravo Hrvatska!

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  12. I think 2 p/w is good to start off with in ZAD and RJK. They should consider Dubrovnik year-round.

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    1. Sta raditi u Dubrovniku zimi?

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    2. Pa nemoras se kupati. Mozes skoknut na vikend vidjet malo sunca ;)

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    3. Actually Serbs who want to see the sun in winter go to Egypt or Tunis. That's why both SM and TU have flights in winter. Plus they can swim there.

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    4. Not in Tunisia. Still TU flies TUN -BEG once weekly all winter long. Wealthier pensioners spend there three weeks.

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  13. ZAD and RJK inviting JU to fly year-round is really bad news for OU. It shows how weak they have become. After Aegean entered their winter charter business now JU is taking away passengers on scheduled flights. This is something guys in Zagreb should think about in stead of coming up with new food options for passengers.

    Soon enough they will be limited to ZAG alone.

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    1. It's been happening for years with OU, not just in terms of JU expansion but other airlines as well.

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    2. Croatia Airlines could have done much more on the CRO-SRB market and much more in advance then Air Serbia, as they were in a better position before Air Serbia was launched.

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    3. OU missed the boat with Serbian market but I understand considering how stretched their fleet is.

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    4. I think JU and OU have different kinds of passengers on BEG-CRO flights. I'm certain JU carries a large portion of transfer passengers whereas OU's are only point to point tourists from Serbia.

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    5. @ Anon 9.55.

      So when OU missed out with the Serbian market you imply that Croatia has become the favourite destination, since all those passengers are Serbs flyin to now 6 destination in Croatia? NICE :)

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  14. So it took 28 years but finally there are flights BEG-RJK and BEG-ZAD. Wow.

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  15. Good news for both countries.

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  16. I hope that Zadar will survive this summer and be back next year.

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    1. I'm sure it will. Same way Pula, Dubrovnik and Split have all survived for years now.

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  17. I remember few years ago when Air Serbia introduced daily flights to Zagreb and how people were so sceptical about it... Yet now Air Serbia is flying in all these Croatian airports, amazing really! Great example of cooperation and leaving bad things between two countries behind.

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    1. I wish these flights signified actual cooperation. Croatia has tried to sabotage Air Serbia in every way possible on the state level. Luckily, local organisations are more economically oriented.

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  18. Rijeka will also be operated with A319 on some days in July and August, not just ATR.

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  19. Todays JU flights to Croatia!

    BEG - ZAG 56 (ATR)
    ZAG - BEG 62 (ATR)

    BEG - ZAG 20 (ATR)
    ZAG - BEG 32 (ATR)

    BEG - ZAD 63 (ATR)
    ZAD - BEG 35 (ATR)

    BEG - RJK 42 (ATR)
    RJK - BEG 30 (ATR)

    BEG - DBV 97 (319)
    DBV - BEG 84 (319)

    BEG - SPU 140-4 (319)
    SPU - BEG 92-2 (319)

    We only have PUY missing today

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    1. Those loads are quite good actually. I'm a bit surprised about the evening Zagreb flight though, especially on a Friday.

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    2. Considering the majority of flights are with ATRs and they don't need to many passengers to break even, these are good.

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    3. Split is quite busy today :D

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    4. BEG - SPU 140-4 (319)

      If your numbers are true (which we do not know) then it would mean SPU is overbooked. When there are business class passengers first two rows are blocked so capacity on the A319 is 8 in business and 132 in the back. ;)

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    5. SPU probably is overbooked today. These are occupied seats based on passengers who have so far checked in (so people who have checked in online) and there is still several hours before the flight.

      https://i.imgur.com/HE2V1qR.jpg

      https://i.imgur.com/5Y5IpAu.jpg

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    6. Interesting that they managed to overbook economy class, I guess they will just move passengers to business class section.

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    7. Business is already quite full as well

      https://i.imgur.com/a5ImB9v.jpg

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    8. If all passengers show up they will have to compensate them and offer alternative transport. They overbooked my flight to Athens a few weeks ago. They gave me money and put me on the midnight flight to Athens.

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    9. @ Anon: 10.01
      Today is no regular Friday. There was a bank Holiday yesterday in Croatia and in most of Europe.

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    10. Simply there are a few infants who cannot sit in their own seat, rather they sit in their parents lap.

      On the other hand, they still are human beings and counted as passengers :)

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    11. Nice numbers. Congratulation to Air Serbia!
      Nice comments about overbooking. Maybe there is overbooking, but I believe that comment about infants is true.
      There are some options taking in count seat map:
      https://www.airserbia.com/Data/Files/SeatMap_Airbus319.pdf
      so there are possibilities:
      Y144
      J4/Y138
      J8/Y132
      J12/Y126

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  20. AS zaradjuje novac od putnika,Hrvatska od turista koje dovozi AS i svi su na dobitku!

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  21. Is some welcome ceremony planned today in ZAD?

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    1. Doubt it, as it would be politically unwise to say the least.

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  22. They could have flown Belgrade-Zadar-Brac-Belgrade and served 7 destinations in Croatia that way.

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    1. No sure they would be allowed to fly Zadar-Brac.

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    2. But it would probably be one of the most scenic and beautiful flights in the world :)

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    3. Allowance yes, but they most likely would not get 5th freedom traffic rights to transport pax between ZAD and BWK.

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  23. There is scarcely a free seat on any of their Croatia flights in July and August.

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  24. Wondering if the ATR they are sending today will be the same one that used to fly to Zadar 28 years ago :D

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  25. Great news for Zadar. I'm sure these flights will be packed during summer!

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    1. Excellent news for the region, history books and the citizens :)

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  26. Air Serbia needs more regional aircraft and they need them fast.

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    1. JU has no cash for new planes unfortunately

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    2. thats why lessors exist.

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  27. they are missing OHD in their summer schedule (but not after midnight as the genius from Abu Dhabi changed it last time)

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    1. I agree, they should give it another try with normal scheduling.

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  28. They are flying to pretty much every commercial airport in Croatia now. Nice,

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    1. Only OSI is missing, but since its close to BEG they can give it INI flights :)

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    2. Brač and Mali Losinj would make much more sense than OSI

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  29. And to remember certain people on here who claimed JU flights to Croatia were empty. Soon enough JU will become Croatia's favorite airline. :D

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    1. Would be nice. The more choice we have in Croatia the better for all :)

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    2. With all due respect JU is irrelevant in Croatia

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  30. I wonder how many passengers Air Serbia handled between SRB-HR in 2018?

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  31. Interestingly Rijeka and Zadar depart today at the same time.

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  32. Cestitam. Ovo se dugo ceka.

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    1. Finally :) Landed :) Bravo all involved, shows things are getting better.

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  33. With all the new flights things are getting very busy at BEG airport. Exactly six months after the takeover but congestion is not getting better.

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    1. And it won''t until the terminal is expanded. During busy periods there are no more free gates at the airport.

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    2. It's becoming unbearable and during morning there are simply no more free gates. I wonder if LO or someone else wanted to add a morning departure they couldn't unless they depart really early or really late. Vinci must make it their priority to increase capacity at the airport, it's a matter of life and death for the future of Serbian aviation.

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    3. "it's a matter of life and death for the future of Serbian aviation"
      ... good one .... hahahhaha ..

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  34. Didn't JU240, the flight number being used to Zadar used to be the flight number to Paris?

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    1. Yes it used to be. They changes the flight numbers.

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  35. Great news for both countries in general, on account of tourists and business travelers, as well as for passengers from both countries!

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