Air Serbia wins Kraljevo flight tender


Air Serbia will commence operations out of Kraljevo’s Morava Airport after winning a tender to carry out scheduled air services declared to be of public interest from the central Serbian city. The airline was the sole bidder and will be the beneficiary of 5.63 million euros over the next three years in order to maintain year-round flights to Vienna and seasonal summer services to Thessaloniki. In total, 300 return flights will be operated to the Austrian capital for the duration of the subsidy contract. The route has been allocated 3.32 million euros. On the other hand, 184 return services will be run from Kraljevo to Greece’s second largest city, for which the Serbian carrier will pocket 2.25 million euros. The company will receive the remaining 50.174 euros to cover operational start-up costs at Morava Airport.

In its decision to award the Serbian carrier the multi million euro contract, the Ministry for Construction, Transport and Infrastructure said, “The offer made by Air Serbia in the amount of 659.191.258 dinars (5.63 million euros) fulfils all the requirements set out in the public procurement law and the tender documentation. The offer made by Air Serbia has been deemed acceptable”. Airlines had until this morning to declare whether they were interested in commercially launching any of the two routes without subsidies. Had anyone declared interest, the selected route would have been removed from the tender and no incentives would be offered, however, the carrier in question would have to launch flights within the timeframe set out in the tender brief. As no carrier raised interest, no airline other than Air Serbia will be able to maintain flights from Kraljevo to either of the two cities.

Under the tender conditions, Air Serbia must launch three weekly flights between Kraljevo and Vienna next month, while three weekly services to Thessaloniki should commence in mid-March 2020. As a result, Air Serbia will now maintain flights to the two cities from both Belgrade and Kraljevo. Furthermore, the airline will serve three cities in Serbia, following Belgrade and Niš. All flights from Kraljevo will be maintained with the regional ATR72 turboprop aircraft. The government has allocated funds for the construction of a second runway in Kraljevo next year, which will enable it to handle larger jet-engine aircraft without restrictions.




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  1. Expected, good news

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  2. Iznenadjen, ali ne i uvredjen...

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    1. a pomalo ozlojedjen...tango Sojic, smiruje zivci, spusca pritisak :)

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    1. Why hahah and exactly? Look a bit down to see why it makes sense.

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    2. Do you think he knows?

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    3. Probably not

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  4. 5.6 millions for two routes and one of them seasonal?

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    1. For 3 years. Unlike Nis, this subsidy is not per year.

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    2. Nice way of hiding its real intention of giving JU subsidies by presenting it as being for Kraljevo only. I mean for that money they could fly 5 times a day on an Airbus.

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  5. It looks like they will have to lease one more ATR72-500

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  6. 100€ per passenger? (its an ATR from what i understand)

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    1. Yes
      "All flights from Kraljevo will be maintained with the regional ATR72 turboprop aircraft. "

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    2. They can give away free tickets now and still be profitable while getting good LF to prove that the route is needed hahahha

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    3. tha amount of money is excessive

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    4. What a surprise! :)
      BTW, 100 EUR per passenger?If that's true - wow!Latest Wizz subsidies for SKP - 12eur, for OHD - 8 eur.
      But on the other hand I am glad that these people will have some kind of choice, no matter the questions - where, what, who, how much.

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    5. Following comments

      - Bravo ___ (any country)
      - bad news for ____ (any company)
      - Televisa presenta
      - hahahahah

      should be actually forbidden as they are fully pointless

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    6. You are forgetting JU also needs to open a crew base in Kraljevo and to hire more people in Belgrade plus move some maintenance equipment and people there and so on.

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    7. They don't have to do any of that. They are not opening a base in Kraljevo at all. They will just fly two routes to Kraljevo in a W formation from Belgrade. They might have one mechanic on board the ATR for the flights but that's it. No one opens a crew base for 5 weekly flights.

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    8. @anon 10:04

      Dont be so realistic.

      Don't you know Serbs like always to find the reason why something won't be working even when they have no idea what they are talking about?

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    9. How come no one ever complains how OU gets all the PSO yet when JU gets subsidies to operate flights out of INI or KVO it's the end of the world?

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    10. @anon 10:53

      Dont turn this into OU vs AS contest. Both get complained about as they should.

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    11. @anon 11.24

      It is not the same and complaints should not be the same.

      OU has been receiving PSO for many years now on all domestic routes and this is the first year that JU gets money to fly rom INI and KVO.

      At the same time OU received huge money before (more than 100 mil EUR) Croatia joined EU and now even additonal, illegal 30 mil EUR

      JU is getting financial help from GoS every year but they increase the network and they fly to US - something OU is surely not doing

      Difference is huge and in this case I don't get why JU is being blamed for doing something one EU carrier has already been doing for many, many years

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    12. Preach anon 11:30h

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    13. So difficult to live in reality, anon 12:40?

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    14. There will be 83 EUR per flight subvensions to VIE and 92 EUR per flight to SKG

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  7. Surprise surprise

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  8. It is obvious that after Vinci took over BEG Serbian Government works to develop other airports in Serbia at the same time suppporting national air carrier.

    It is actually win-win situation.

    Maybe UZC is next

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    1. It seems like it
      https://www.exyuaviation.com/2019/10/serbia-targets-uzice-airport-opening-in.html

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  9. " The airline was the sole bidder"
    You don't say

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  10. Cestitam,srecno na novim rutama AS

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  11. The other day I drove to Novi Pazar and back to Belgrade. It's only now that I fully understand and appreciate the importance of this airport. One thing that surprised me though was that the airport wasn't that close to the city, it was maybe half-way between Kraljevo and Cacak (total distance 37 km). Reaching Belgrade from anywhere in Rashki okrug (especially cities such as Rashka or Novi Pazar) is a nightmare. Roads are in good condition but there are so many turns, villages, trucks, buses ...

    On top of that, there is no highway (yet) from Obrenovac to Belgrade so you are forced to drive on the local road through inhabited areas such as Barich or Umka.

    I am sure KVO flights will be welcomed by all those who not only live in Rashka but also in and around the Kosovskomitrovacki okrug.

    In a way I think this airport has more potential than INI, especially since the area isn't as poor.

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    1. It would be nice to have KVO-BEG flights

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    2. I think that can't happen because BEG doesn't have dedicate gates for domestic flights. I am sure both KVO and INI could work. Especially now that INI lost LX and its onward connections from ZRH.

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    3. It did not have any gates for domestic flights prior to 2006, still it had domestic flights.

      Anyway, KVO is too close, they should start Niš and possibly Užice.

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    4. KVO is further away than INI, because travel distances are measured in time, not km.

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    5. Plus INI has the highway all the way to the airport, KVO doesn't. Also I think back then T1 was used for domestic flights and they were not physically linked with T2. That was changed about a decade ago when they fixed some stuff at the airport like when they added terminal space between gates.

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    6. Well, it will kinda have a motorway all the way from Belgrade to Čačak within days...

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    7. Did they start with the construction of Obrenovac-Belgrade? Btw this highway is best news for Valjevo as well, nw they can easily chose between BEG or KVO.

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    8. Obrenovac-Surčin is about to open in December. We`ll have to wait for Surčin-Novi Beograd, but it should be easily reachable via the (unfinished) bypass.

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    9. Opening date of Obrenovac - Surcin highway is 18. december... Plus they will commence construction of the Moravski koridor next year which will provide for a full highway connection between Kraljevo and Belgrade. Expected completion date, according to the media, is the end of 2022

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    10. That's going to be truly fantastic, those highways were desperately needed.

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  12. Are flights really going to start on 1st December like the tender requests. It just seems beyond logic that they are supposed to start operations in 6 days.

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    1. Well they knew that they were getting this even before the tender was public, so I think they had ample time to prepare

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    2. I agree but they have to put tickets on sale. They will be flying empty all of December.

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    3. Based on the subsidy they can fly empty with a profit until the end of the year.

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    4. I would not be that sure.

      If they offer good price they could fill up the planes quite quickly especially in the period 20.12-10.01.

      The news about opening new route spreads quite fast in diaspora and filling out ATR is not that difficult as filling out A319/320.

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    5. I am sure OS isn't too happy about this. First they get Wizz Air on VIE-PRN and now they get JU from KVO.

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    6. Why don't they fly to at least INI?

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    7. I think they are losing money everywhere plus they can't compete with Wizz from VIE and FR from BTS.

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    8. "It just seems beyond logic that they are supposed to start operations in 6 days."

      it was beyond logic to ask Wizz to apply for the tender without ATR's. logic is not a criteria

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    9. I very much doubt FR is earning much with BTS. go and check their prices

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    10. They cut Weeze and Skavsta, they would have cut BTS as well if they were losing money.

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    11. BTS must be one of their most loss-making route oberall, it will be the next to be cut

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    12. If you say so ... even if you seem to be forgetting that there is a growing Serbian community in BTS.

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    13. Have any of you ever flown the INI BTS route?
      The flights are constantly packed both ways.

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  13. So I assume Vienna will be operated as a triangle flight BEG-VIE-KVO-VIE-BEG?

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    1. It probably means BEG-VIE will be boosted from current 14 to 17 weekly.

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  14. This must be quite old photo, admin.

    Even YU-ANP is there :-)

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    1. Why?
      what happend with ANP?

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    2. Does this photo helps?
      https://media.tangosix.rs/2017/04/20170404_130116-01-1600x900.jpeg

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  15. I wonder what will happen with AS when/if Vucic and company lose power. They have made AS one of their flagship success stories and I wonder if a potential next gvmt will keep pouring money in it and doing the same.

    Of course, it does not seem that they will lose power anytime soon but still it would be interesting to see what would happen. Lets hope that the current investments will make it profitable without subsidies in the future.

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    1. The best option then would be to sell the remaining 51% state share in the company. Considering its growing size it could actually be of interest to someone.

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    2. No government will touch JU just like none dared shutting down Jat Airways or even JAT.

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    3. Once Serbians start looking at JU as Serbian and not SNS company (although SNS helped it to be established) it will be much better.

      All Serbian Goverments had to pour money in JAT and Jat although it was not eestablished by them.

      I see no reason why any new Government would not support JU. After all, Serbian people work there, taxes are collected there, money stays in Serbia, many new foreigners as well as diaspora are regularly visiting Serbia by bringing more money, new possibilities with new routes for leisure and business travelling, better regional development (INI, KVO)...

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    4. Thing is that unlike Jat or JAT, Serbia benefits much more from Air Serbia. More flights out of BEG, more Serbs employed, supporting local economy and their fares are finally extremely realistic. On top of all that, JU is convenient and offers and ok onboard experience. The fact they are boosting regional and European flights also helps the local economy, especially tourism.

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    5. "The fact they are boosting regional and European flights also helps the local economy, especially tourism".

      Very correct. Therefore we have so many regional comedians here

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    6. nothing will happen. it will stay as it is

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    7. Свако мало понавља се питање "шта ће бити са Ер Србијом кад ови оду са власти?"

      Увек се бринем за ментално стање оних који се то питају. Зар не знају да је Аеропут-разни јатови-Ер Србија преживео ратове, комунисте, Милошевића и све после њега? Зар не знају да свака околна држава гледа да упумпа што више пара у авијацију јер свако нормалан зна колико то доприноси економији државе? Зар не знају да су баш "жути" годинама очајнички тражили решење за јат и да је баш Динкић био кључан за овај дил са Етихадом? Ако и поред овога треба нацртати одговор на питање шта ће бити после, одговор је све исто! Нове власти ће убацити пар својих људи, они ће после пар месеци да најаве "огромне промене које ће Ер Србију вратити на пут профитабилности" а на крају ће се свести на рецимо укидање Њујорка и још 1-2 линије, и можда ће увести бесплатан сендвич. То је то. Гарантовано. Ајде више не смарајте са овим истим питањем по 100-ти пут. Мало је болесно.

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  16. Will the fares from Kraljevo be low like from Nis?

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    1. Yes. That's the whole point of the subsidies.

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  17. These subsidies are illegal under EU law.

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    1. Serbia is not in EU though and it doesn't look like it is getting in any time soon.

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    2. Lucky that Serbia is not in the EU then :)

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    3. Luckily for AS, Serbia is not even close to entering EU in the foreseeable future.

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    4. why is it illegal? if I remember correctly, W6 got similar to fly from BUD to numerous cities in the region. not to mention the money they get ti fly out of North Macedonia. plus, this is not anything new, you have sh**load of these examples throughout Europe, and nobody gives sh**

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    5. Not to mention udruzeno oglasavanje fund, all domestic PSO routes in Croatia and ILLEGAL cash provided to OU by Croatian Government

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    6. Wizz in Macedonia is gettig peanuts compared to this

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    7. Wizz might be getting peanuts but MKD is receiving much less than Serbia is from JU. You are comparing apples to oranges.

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    8. Anon 11.00

      +10000000

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    9. I've just checked prices for Skopje - Berlin and Belgrade - Berlin. Date of trip January 2020 Tue - Tue, return filghts with Wizz from Skopje and AirSerbia from Belgrade.

      Return flight from Skopje is ~70eur and from Belgrade is ~79eur. So difference is only 9 euros, but for those 9 euros you have much better timetable (almost for everyone), AS uses Tegel terminal A and the most important you can take 50cm luggage as carry on + one more bag, while with Wizz you can take only one bag with max size of 40cm.

      I'm glad that Skopje & Ohrid have more connections and more passengers then before and I will certainly use Wizz route to visit North Macedonia but comparing it with service in other countries in the region with domestic airlines is ridiculous.

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    10. Don't forget that from Belgade you also have easyJet so there is additional flexibility. Luckily BEG is not an airport where one airline controls close to 75% of traffic.

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  18. Still no changes to BEG-VIE-BEG schedule so maybe they will actually add another 3 BEG-VIE flights which will then go to Kraljevo.

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  19. This could actually impact INI-VIE (Wizz) and INI-BTS (Ryan) flights. And considering the 3 euro tickets Ryanair is selling between INI-BTS I think that route might be most impacted.

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    1. I still think bus companies will be the most impacted here, especially those from western Serbia.

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  20. Air Serbia is growing in Belgrade so there is room to add extra flights from other airports. Imagine flying for two hours and then having to drive for another two to your hometown. That is why KVO will be popular, it cuts travelling time.

    I flew into BEG last night from VCE (55 pax) and the airport was rather full meaning that night flights had good loads. It was so nice to see a busy airport in winter time.

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  21. Happy for Kraljevo and happy for Rodney Marinkovic :)

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    1. haha,

      best comment for a long time

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  22. The lethargy of Wizz Air and Ryanair is amazing. You serve them money on a silver plate and they don't even apply for it. Come one guys where's the competition spirit just for fun :-D

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    1. They like more to complain afterwards

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    2. lol. they will be an ATR for 3 weekly flights from Kraljevo. Yu just made our day.
      not to mention the bizzare criteria of the tender.

      somthing else is lethargic

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    3. Why didn't they apply for INI?

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    4. opening a call centre? ahah

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    5. Ok, they didn't have to apply for KVO or INI but why is Wizz Air so disinterested in BEG? Airlines are already boosting their schedule for next year while all they did was to boost FKB from 2 to 3 weekly. LOL

      BEG is booming and they are not doing anything, anything at all.

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    6. even if they applied, they can't fly to KVO due to runway weight restrictions

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    7. Is it such a big problem for company that is the biggest in Europe to open call center?

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    8. The tender does not require you open a call center in Serbia. It simply requires you to have 15 Serbian speaking employees at your call center.

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    9. Ahahahah and it is a reason for so big companies like FR or W6 not to fly to INI?

      And actually they would get more money back with all subvensions from GoS.

      Hilarious!

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    10. "The lethargy of Wizz Air and Ryanair is amazing. You serve them money on a silver plate and they don't even apply for it."

      True, it took Wizz three tries to apply for subsidy in SKP last year. No one else applied, so it looks like tender was tailor made just for Wizz, money waiting for them on a silver plate and yet they were so lethargic.

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  23. Mislim da nece uvoditi dodatne letove za VIE zbog KVO. Bice dovoljno da tri jutarnja polaska pomere na 6h i avion bi se vratio oko 13h za trci talas.

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    1. А кога ће возити на том лету у 06.00? Пошто колико ја знам 45 минута је минимум за преседање.

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    2. Istog onog koga voze u 7.05h

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    3. BEG-VIE 06.00-07.20
      VIE-KVO 07.50-09.20
      KVO-VIE 09.50-11.20
      VIE-BEG 11.50-13.10
      Pod uslovom da dobiju slotove za VIE :)

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    4. Анон 11.06

      Са летом у 06.00 не би возили путнике из Москве, Ларнаке, Бејрута, Краснодара, Тиране, Скопља, Солуна ...

      Уз све то сви локалци би се прешалатали на ОС који би имао неупоредиво бољи ред летења од ЈУ.

      Уз све то авион који слеће у 13.10 у Београд не би имао кога да вози пошто је минимум преседање 45 минута. То значи да би прва конекција била могућа тек у 13.55.

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    5. Za let BEG-VIE ima dovoljno i P2P putnika. Odaberu 3 dana kad ima naj manje transvera i to je to.

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    6. Ер Србијини летови за Беч су већ овако и онако пуни, овог лета су повећали капацитет на неколико недељних летова а и они су били пуни на крају. Дефинитивно има простора за још летова од стране ЈУ, само је питање када ће их увести.

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  24. So is Kraljevo getting a completely new runway? That seems a bit extravagant considering they will have 6 flights a week.

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    1. Obviously the plan is to have more flights in the future with larger aircraft.

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  25. Очекивана и реална, али изнад свега радосна вест са Краљевачком Моравом затекла ме је у Краљевачкој болници. Где се лечим. Сама вест ће ме брже подићи из боличке постеље. Одмах ће ме пут одвести на Мораву.
    Када се буде завршила цивилна писта са Карго и Консигнационим терминалом Краљево је обезбедило будућност. Свима честитке ирадост

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    1. Brzo ozdravljenje i sve najbolje Rodni!

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    2. Get well soon Rodney!

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    3. Thankyou son. Hope will bi soon on Airport.
      Rgds... To all... .☺💒😇✈🌐✈

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  26. Da li neko zna kada ce se pojaviti KVO pin na Flightradar24.com?

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    1. Kad se ce pojaviti na airserbia.com?

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    2. We will add it until the end of this week on FR24.

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  27. Politicians must have been mad when they were reading about "Air Belgrade" here lol

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  28. nobody needs that airport im sorry. just a waste of populist money

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    1. I bet this month's salary that you don't live anywhere near KVO.

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    2. Ok than can we expect KVO - Tivat flights ?

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    3. Montenegro should subsidize KVO-TIV flights.

      After all we bring them the tourists

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    4. Well truth be told seems like all routes besides BEG are subsidized at YM.

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  29. Is there a way to buy the Sukhoi jet and station 2 of them in KVO?
    It can become a small base.

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    1. I truly hope not

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    2. Yes, of course there is a way. Would expect those Sukhois to actually fly from KVO or just to be stationed there? :)

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  30. Where can I book flights? KVO-VIE?

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  31. I also can't wait to book tickets for this route! When do ticket sales start?

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    1. You can't book because ticket sales haven't started yet. Agreement with the government was signed yesterday so sales should begin by the end of the week.

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  32. So if I want to fly on Monday I have to wait until 3 days before the flight to book?!

    I hope that they don't make the same mistake as they did with Budapest in failing to make this a weekend friendly flight - Fridays/Sunday/Monday. That way the gastos can come for weekends to KV and surrounding areas for weekend trips with their friends.

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    1. They won't start the flights on Monday. It will probably start just before 25th December.

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  33. Living in North Europe, I just hope the departure time ex VIE will not be 07:50am as somebody wrote above. There was some text in Serbian there, will this be the schedule or did someboedy just suggest this? I would like to be able to fly in from AMS/RTM/EIN to VIE and then connect to KVO (separate tickets of course). With a departure time that early, that would be impossible. Then only KVO-VIE would be an option. Not only 'gastos' hope to use this line... ;-)

    Additionally I hope they will code share with OS (very likely not, I know), so more (and shorter) connections / better prices would be possible. That way they'd really open KVO up to the world!

    If anybody finds out that ticket sales started, please announce that here! Thank you.

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  34. AS site has been down all day. No way to check if flights can be booked from KVO yet.

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    1. Site is working fine for me. They haven't added them yet.

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  35. So, first flight is tomorrow? lol

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    1. No. The article says that flights will launch during December, not 1st December.

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    2. No, flights were always supposed to begin on 1 December, says even on the wikipedia site og the airport:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morava_Airport

      But clearly not the case. Ticket sales haven't even started. However, 1 December was the plan!

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    3. I wouldn't use Wikipedia as a reference. They added Air Serbia as the operating carrier 2 weeks before Air Serbia was even declared the winner. Anyone can edit Wikipedia.

      It was highly unlikely that flights would start on December 1 if the tender only ended on November 25. The flights will certainly start in December. My bet is just before Christmas.

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  36. Ok, just read.

    https://mgsi.gov.rs/lat/dokumenti/odluka-o-proglasenju-linija-u-javnom-interesu-u-vazdusnom-saobracaju-koja-se-odnosi-na

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  37. Sorry, I don't speak Serbian, what does it say?

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  38. Decision to declare lines of the public interest (GOS)
    1. KVO-VIE-KVO will run from dec 1 2019 to dec 31 2021 and
    2. KVO-SKG-KVO from mar 10 20(21)to oct 15 20(21)

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    1. For goodness sake Mihajlo it is obvious they moved the launch date for Vienna because it is conpletely unfeesable to start the route within 10 days. Besides the CEO of Kraljevo Airport said today that the flights will begin in the middle of December.

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    2. Anon, I know all but that is a facts. In that case, we expect to be informed. Anyway, KVO is not on the flight radar yet.

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  39. VIE I get KVO as a destination, but is SKG a logical second? Wouldn't North Italy (Fiat), FCO, FRA, TIV, TGD or IST have been a better 2nd destination?

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    1. A lot of serbians is working in Greece during the summer, becose of that, SKG is the second. Italy? No, INI-BLQ with LF 30-35% is enough for Italy from central and south Serbia

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