Air Serbia boosts operations across network


Air Serbia has increased frequencies on a number of its existing destinations for the coming summer season, both within the region and further afield. The Serbian carrier will boost operations on its flights from Belgrade to Barcelona, Larnaca, Ljubljana, Madrid, Rome and Zagreb, while seasonal increases to cities such as Athens and Thessaloniki will commence earlier on in the year than usual. During the 2020 summer season, the Serbian carrier will maintain three weekly services to both Barcelona and Madrid, which were introduced as new routes this year with two weekly flights. Furthermore, the carrier will grow its Larnaca service from seven to nine weekly, while flights to Rome are currently scheduled to run ten times per week during the summer months, up from seven.

Regionally, Air Serbia will maintain the additional frequencies it introduced to Ljubljana following the collapse of Adria Airways in late September, with the carrier to run seventeen weekly flights between the Serbian and Slovenian capitals, up from twelve for the majority of the 2019 summer season. Operations will be increased to Zagreb as well, with services to operate thirteen times per week, up from eleven. Furthermore, frequencies to Athens and Thessaloniki, which would be increased from the start of the summer timetable in late March, will now grow as early as late January. The airline plans ten instead of seven weekly flights to Athens and six instead of five weekly services to Thessaloniki to be maintained from January 30 until the summer, before they are both increased to the usual double daily operation. The frequency growth on existing services will complement the introduction of over a half a dozen new routes, which are expected to go on sale towards the end of January. The carrier will be adding at least two additional aircraft to its fleet next summer to maintain its schedule.

The airline’s General Manager for Commercial and Strategy, Jiri Marek, recently said, “We went through a massive transformation last year. During that transformation process we saw capacity stagnation. Our first big change was announcing nine new routes in June 2019 but we knew that you can’t just announce nine new routes and expect for the revenue to come in. We also had to make major changes to our commercial strategy. October was our first, let’s say, turnaround month. All the KPIs [Key Performance Indicators] you can imagine in the airline industry went positive and many of them in the double digits. Passenger numbers, load factor, capacity, revenue was positive, RASK [Revenue per Available Seat Kilometer] was also positive and that was only the first month. November was even better. We had 25% growth in passenger numbers on 12% capacity, 8% load factor increase, double digit revenue and positive RASK again”. He added, “We are sitting on a market which is itself growing at around 9%. The Q3 GDP was the highest in Europe at 4.8% and will continue next year. I am extremely positive, at least for us and our region, that next year will be great. We are planning an 18% increase in seats and we will announce ten new destinations in two to three weeks, so from our side it is very positive”.




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  1. Great to see they are keeping LJU 17 weekly.

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    1. Zagreb up too

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    2. Great news for ZAG, they need any good news they can get.

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    3. I remember a time when people claimed no one would fly on JU in ZAG.

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    4. Times have changed.

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  2. They are really attacking Wizz Air to Larmaca!

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    1. Yup and daytime flights are staying until the end of the summer season which is great. So they are really bringing the fight to Wizz which is great as they used to charge €250 without luggage.

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    2. As I can see flight to LCA is already possible to reserve, on Fridays's morning departure from BEG at 06:30. Great schedule.

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    3. Those two flights are truly fantastic, both for locals and for transfers. Mind you, with these flights they will finally offer convenient connections to JFK, ok it will be one weekly from JFK to LCA but it's a start. Same way Dubrovnik and Sarajevo are going to have one weekly departure in the morning in order to connect onto JFK.

      Tuesday JU 884/885

      BEG-LCA 17.10-20.35
      LCA-BEG 21.20-22.55

      Friday JU 880/881

      BEG-LCA 06.30-09.55
      LCA-BEG 10.40-12.15

      They will also offer connections from KRR to LCA which is really smart as until now passengers had to connect in Moscow or Minsk.

      KRR-BEG 04.05-05.45
      BEG-LCA 06.30-09.55

      LCA-BEG 21.20-22.55
      BEG-KRR 23.40-03.15


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    4. Hope they add more flights to KRR in 2020

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    5. Thumbs up for LCA daytime flight :)

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    6. What schedule will Wizz have to LCA?

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    7. 11 weekly to LCA is pretty impressive.

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    8. I looked into dummy booking for the summer. They are now also offering Larnaca in cooperation with Bulgaria Air as well, via Sofia. The price is not much higher at this point than the non stop flight with 1 hour in Sofia. I haven't noticed that before.

      JU 122 ATR 72 Obavlja Air Serbia
      JU 7709 EMBRAER EMB 190 / EMB 195 Obavlja Bulgaria Air

      Interestingly, they also changed the flight numbers to LCA completely. Night flight JU506 became JU886

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    9. 800 series is for Middle East, 500 never made sense for Cyprus.

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    10. Thanks to JU, BEG will be one of the most competitive transfer hubs in Cyprus next year:

      WAW - LO - 6
      ZRH - LX - 8
      FRA - LH - 8
      MUC - LH - 7
      PRG - OK - 4
      KBP - PS - 7
      AMS - HV - 3
      MSQ - B2 - 7

      Only airlines that will have more flights than JU to their hubs are A3 (obviously) and OS (14).

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  3. will they open flights to brac in sommer 2020?

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  4. I dont understand this comment about RASK being positive. RASK is by definition always positive. Its revenue, not profit.

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    1. I think he means positive as in good.

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    2. Exactly as in they made money in October.

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    3. But Rask is always in good. Its the very top line in the financial statements.

      Maybe he meant change in Rask?

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    4. Probably positive trend in RASK development.

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    5. "RASK positive" means higher Revenue per ASK than the same period in the year before

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  5. I also dont understand the comment about October being the first turnaround month, when all KPIs went positive. So is he saying that until then these KPIs or at least big part of them were going down? So they were going down also after June additions? If so, by now it would only be two months when they are going up (Oct, Nov). Kind of very fragile growth. Better watch out then jump to press ahead of your ceo and boost yourself. In particular if you compare KPIs on a monthly basis (Oct 19 to Oct 18) rather than on accumulated yearly (Jan-Oct 19 to Jan-Oct 18), which he seem to be doing.

    And also why is he not talking about such crucial KPIs like ebitda or ebitdar? Ie how are they behaving.

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    1. I think he meant first positive month outside the busy summer months. Until now JU was losing during winter months, October included.

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  6. Nice to see them focus on Greece this year as it's a massive market and like this they can offer connections to JFK in winter too.

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  7. So seven million for sure!

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  8. So right now we are looking at additional 15 frequencies from JU next summer?
    On top of 19 extra ones by foreign airlines.

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    1. And that's without the new routes included.

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  9. Meanwhile Wizz is sleeping while JU and other airlines boom.

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    1. Wizz just doesn't seem interested in expanding in Serbia.
      On most of their other bases are adding aircraft and flights. Plus they have much larger operations than BEG.
      Wizz Air bases and aircraft based on each one:

      Budapest 13 (14 from 06/20)
      Bucharest 11 (12 from 06/20, 13 from 07/20)
      London Luton 11
      Warsaw 8 (9 from 06/20)
      Katowice 8
      Cluj Napoca 7
      Gdansk 7 (8 from 07/20)
      Vienna 7 (8 from 07/20)
      Sofia 6
      Skopje 5
      Kyiv 4
      Kutaisi 4 (5 from 07/20)
      Chisinau 3
      Cracow 3 (4 from 07/20, 5 from 08/20)
      Timisoara 3
      Vilnius 3
      Craiova 2
      Debrecen 2
      Iasi 2 (3 from 08/20)
      Riga 2
      Sibiu 2
      Tuzla 2
      Varna 2
      Wroclaw 2
      Belgrade 2

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    2. They also closed some routes in the region starting with TSR-BLL, TSR-DSA and SBZ-BSL.

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    3. Seems like W6 is slowly finding out why FR closed their base in TSR

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  10. Nadajmo se i nekoj dugolinijskoj najavi

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    1. Džaba se nadate.

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    2. Sve je ovde dzaba kad je upitanju AS,ali videcemo.Niko nije mogao ni da predpostavi da ce u dve godibe uvesti 32 nove rute pa eto,desilo se. Al nekima je i to DZABA

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    3. Још један А330 би морао да иде током ЈУ валова а за то у овом тренутку једноставно нема места на аеродрому.

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    4. JU could use the 2nd A330 to operate another split schedule operation as ARA currently does at the same times, or they could add departures during the middnight wave where there is adequate room, for example:

      JU506 BEG JFK 0030 0440
      JU507 JFK BEG 0700 2140

      This would give them better connectivity to destinations such as ATH, SKG, LCA, BEY, CAI, KRR.

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    5. Would would want to arrive to New York at 04.40. :O

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    6. JFK sees a few intercontinental arrivals between 0430 and 0600, as well as US domestic.

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    7. Really? Which ones arrive that early from Europe?

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    8. I did say intercontinental, not Europe, but randomly checking I see:

      CZ399 CAN JFK 0410
      DL469 TLV JFK 0528
      LY1 TLV JFK 0530
      DL421 ACC JFK 0606
      DL472 GRU JFK 0617

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    9. Nice but I guess for JU it would make no sense since they don't offer connections at JFK like DL and LY do? In my opinion they can keep on boosting their 07.30 and 13.10 departures.

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    10. There are some transfers in pax, as well as cargo.

      https://www.exyuaviation.com/2019/02/air-serbia-cargo-posts-record-results.html?m=1

      Midnight TATL departures would improve their connectivity with destinations in the midnight wave, which would be ideal. Just a thought. This would also bring minimal disruption at BEG.

      YYZ also sees a few intercontinental arrivals between 5-6am: DEL, DXB, SCL, GRU, BOM, BOG.

      Boosting flights at morning and midday waves is becoming difficult as JU is expanding, while the A330 occupies 2 parking positions in concourse C during times when space is limited.

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    11. That's why they need to boost the 07.30 departure as that period isn't as busy as the 13.10 one. Also with a 00.30 departure they would have to introduce a whole regional wave of departures (OTP, ATH, TIA...) since the wave that arrives at that time comes from western and northern Europe.

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    12. As discussed below, there are a couple flights departing at 8pm arriving back into BEG around 11pm. Retiming a couple flights more shouldnt be too hard.

      The midnight wave would actually better accomodate ATH, OTP and TIA, giving more options out to those destinations.

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  11. How come they are increasing ATH and SKG in the middle of winter?

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    1. And also where are they going to find spare capacity?

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    2. ATH is getting three night flights, they have spare capacity at that time.

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    3. Ah I see. Thanks. Are tbe Thessaloniki ones at night too?

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    4. @9.38 presumably because there is demand.

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    5. Because they are reducing seasonality, the biggest ex-YU killer after promaja.

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  12. Seems all of these increases have already been loaded on the system. Nice.

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  13. And I remember how people thought Spain would not work. Seems to have been their strongest new market.

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    1. True dat. People were saying no chance in Spain, the market is not there. So what has changed? Five years on let's say, more Yugo diaspora there? More leasure travel in both directions? Transfer pax?

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  14. Did Vueling fly 3x per week Barcelona-Belgrade last summer? I notice they will in 2020.

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    1. Yup three weekly so BEG-BCN will be 6 weekly in summer 2020

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    2. I see I thought it was 2. Good to know. 6 weekly and two airlines is not bad although Vueling should really do something about their schedule.

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    3. The schedule is bad but their on time performance is even worse. Imagine you have a flight at 01.40 that is constantly delayed by at least an hour. With JU having great times they should have found planes to respond accordingly.

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  15. What is the point of all these announced increases when only a few additional flights during holidays are creating delays (inconveniences); yesterday and today lots of delayed flights accross the entire network
    ( Opusteno a la Srpski!)

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    1. Зато што су јучерашња кашњења проузрокована неспособношћу аеродромских служби. Опет имамо проблем са одмрзавањем авиона, ако погледаш поласке јуче, многе авио-компаније су касниле и по 45 минута иако су стигле на време у Београд. Дакле овде није ЈУ крив већ Ванси.

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    2. И српски се пише малим словом, већ када делимо лекције.

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    3. Mnogo se ceka na odledjivanje aviona.To je glavni razlog kasnjenja juce i danas. Udario minus :)

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    4. U Srbiji je stalno neko drugi kriv ili je neki treci faktor u pitanju. Vreme da se pogledamo u ogledalo i shvatimo da "nas nema na mapi". Po toj logici sporog odmrzavanja neki Irkutsk recimo treba samo sa radi leti !

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    5. Па није ЈУ крив када је аеродром задужен за одмрзавање. Обећавали су да ће све бити ок и да када дође зима да неће бити проблема. Зима стигла а са њом и проблеми. Радим за аеродром и имају доста проблема са кадром, у месец дана преко 50 људи дало отказ. Нико неће да ради под овим условима, људи једноставно неће да трпе толики обим посла без одговарајуће надокнаде.

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    6. Ja sebe u ogledalu vidim,tebe mi je iskreno zao.A kapacitet za odledjivanje aviona pod hitno aerodrom mora prosiriti jer raspored letenja zimi postaje poprilicno gust.Sta ce tek biti sledece zime kad AS doda novih 10 ruta?

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    7. Ето ја ћу ти рећи, ништа. И даље ће се чекати и чекати, авиони ће каснити... јуче Визер за Лутон чекао 35 минута да га одмрзну. Изиџет из Берлина слетео на време, у повратку каснио. Мислиш да неког то брига на аеродрому? Јок.

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    8. А само да пренесем најновији хит управе аеродрома, пошто немају довољно људи и боли их уво да се труде, сада су увели правило да се улаз у гејт затвара 45 минута пре полетања. Тако да су онда тако путници набијену у онај собичак. ЈУ је још и толерантна па пушта али АБ за остале авио-компаније није. Ето флајдубаи је прешао код приватног опслуживача авиона јер нису били задовољни са неспособношћу АБ-а. Толико о томе.

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  16. Nice to see they will keep expanding in 2020.

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  17. Any chances of them increasing Sarajevo? Its been daily for years.

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    1. I think an issue is that they can't add late night/ early morning departures from SJJ.

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    2. It's a shame SJJ is expensive so they can't offer same cheap prices like they do to BNX. Like that they could catch some local traffic and could have some 20.20 departures from BEG like they do to TGD, ZAG, LJU...

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    3. @ nemjee

      Absolutely agree.

      Utilising an ATR for 6 hour rotations on destinations under an hour is a waste.

      JU could expand 2 small waves: 10am and 8pm. Developing this could help them expand into destinations above 3 hours that dont fit the current waves, giving them more flexibility, possibilities to increase current destionations and reduce connecting times. For example:

      JU110 BEG SJJ 0630 0720
      JU111 SJJ BEG 0800 0850

      JU230 BEG ZAG 0930 1045
      JU231 ZAG BEG 1115 1230

      Again in the evening:

      JU624 BEG BUD 1700 1745
      JU625 BUD BEG 1815 1900

      JU114 BEG SJJ 2015 2105
      JU115 SJJ BEG 2135 2230

      Small tweeking with current capacity could be a cheap way to slightly boost the regional network.

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    4. They are already doing that on weekends for certain destinations. Ljubljana, Zagreb, Podgorica, for example flights all change their departure times during weekends.

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    5. Currently or they will be making these changes? Im just seeing currently ZAG 1pw at 8pm (friday) and TGD 4 pw (~10am Mon, Tue and 20,30 Sun, Wed). Nothing with LJU.

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    6. LJU goes on Sundays

      BEG-LJU 20.15-21.40
      LJU-BEG 22.10-23.30

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    7. Thanks for the info. Hopefully more will come from these changes.

      Developing more departures at these times would be good for further expansion into destinations that currently wouldnt fit into their waves, for example MAN, DUB.

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    8. Sarajevo Airport management has got to be the worst. Instead of staying open longer, making allowances to Air Serbia and other airlines who want to fly at 'odd' hours, they seem to have no understanding nor initiative. Too bad for them, and for travelers in Sarajevo.

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    9. Problem here is that SJJ and its customers are the biggest losers, with night flights there would be more options and with more options there would be lower prices.

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  18. Good to see the expansion. I just hope it pays off.

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  19. Great to see further consolidation of existing destinations. I wonder if this regional growth especially to Greece is also aimed at Aegean. They are boosting SKG the same year Aegean is opening a seasonal base there.

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    1. Aegean's SKG base is year round. Next year it will expand greatly with flights to main hubs around Europe like BCN, TXL, BRU, ZRH, MXP, FCO.
      It will be serving 34 destinations next summer from there.

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    2. Let's see how long this time they last, it's not like FR will remain indifferent.

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    3. FR abandoned completely the SKG-ATH route that they used to fly 8 daily!
      Domestically they only fly to Chania.
      And internationally while A3 flies to the main airports FR flies to the remote villages.

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    4. Yet FR carries 90 million passengers, Aegean doesn't.

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    5. Yet FR lost to Aegean in the only market that A3 operates. Greece.
      How many airlines in Europe can say that they successfully defended their market from FR and grew profitably?

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    6. @ANONYMOUS 15:18 must be 5 or 6 years old, his answer is irrelevant, someone can't explain it otherwise.

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    7. The last time I checked Ryanair still operates a base in Athens with over 40 destinations. They are returning to Chania and launching Toulouse. Also they keep on operating to Kiev year-round while A3 turned it into a summer seasonal destination.

      Ryanair is far from being beaten in Athens.

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  20. They are tweaking the summer schedule more than it is visible at first sight. Malta went from JU690 to regular midday wave as JU892/893 leaving Belgrade at 12:20

    Evening flight to Ljubljana JU194 leaves Belgrade at 16:55 on Friday, 18:20 on Saturday, 20:15 on Sunday. That means they will be utilising ATRs like crazy.

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  21. I looked at flights in May and in ATH JU isn't that much behind OS (13 vs 10 weekly flights). In SKG JU will have more flights than OS, 7 vs 8. In peak JU will have 14, OS 7. Impressive.

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    1. Maybe because OS cares about profit?

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    2. Yeah, with such a massive loss...Sure
      LOOL

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    3. OS has been profitable for years now, JU on the other hand ... ;)

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    4. I advise you to check the facts and not your wishes...

      https://simpleflying.com/austrian-airlines-domestic-routes/
      https://liveandletsfly.boardingarea.com/2019/11/08/austrian-airlines-cuts/

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    5. The last time I checked last year they were in the black and this year they will be as well, not a big profit but still a profit. ;)

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    6. Check again :-)

      "Austrian Airlines faces losses not only this year, but also in 2020, as the increase of low-cost carriers at Vienna International Airport has resulted in fierce price wars."

      https://www.cargoforwarder.eu/2019/11/10/austrian-airlines-undergoing-massive-cost-reduction-over-the-next-two-years/

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  22. Nice way to start 2020 :)

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  23. This all looks great but looking at FR24 in the last couple of weeks, a major weak spot in JU's operation is evident. The on-time performance of departures from BEG is pretty bad most of the time. Yesterday morning wave was a disaster and almost not a single flight left even remotely on-time. If you look at Skytrax reviews of JU their on-time performance seems to be a common complaint as well. I would love to see some statistics regarding JU's OTP to see if this is just a bad week or whether this seems to be a general theme but judging from reviews it is more of a general theme. If the summer expansion is to be a success and the airline is to grow, this critical issue has to be addressed.

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    1. Flights today have been more than fine. As mentioned above, yesterday's meltdown was caused by BEG which is incompetent and can't deice planes efficiently. We can blame JU for many things but not this. Generally speaking this winter has been more or less ok.

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    2. Thanks for the insight. I did think that it could have been BEG causing it. Overall they should work together to somehow resolve the issue since I can't imagine its having a favorable impact on JU's network reliability and performance.

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    3. Problem is that in the morning you have Air Serbia, Wizz Air, Lufthansa... and they all depart within 90 minutes. There are only two deicing crews so you can imagine how long the waiting line can become. Yesterday was pretty bad, not just for JU but for foreign airlines as well. Some like TK are lucky because they leave during the quiet times.

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    4. Today Wizz Air is the one that is delayed while all JU flights are going out on time :)

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  24. So LJU is the third busiest for JU in the region after TIV and TGD? Who would have thought. Maybe it's time to add noon flights to ZAG as well?

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  25. Just out of curiosity, why is the KVO-VIE flight operated with a need to position the flight from BEG to KVO? Would it not increase efficiency as well as aircraft utilisation to operate BEG-VIE-KVO-VIE-BEG for instance? This seems critical as the fleet will be stretched quite thin during the summer months.

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    1. Because it messes up connections and it's easier like this.

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    2. So why wouldn't they initiate BEG-KVO, and KVO-BEG flights for pax?

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    3. No domestic gates.

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    4. They still can have international transfer passengers on BEG-KVO-BEG who are coming to BEG or leaving from BEG on international flights. Maybe they even do it, don't know. Anybody knows?

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    5. I think they could actually.

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    6. I too think JU should open the BEG-KVO flights for sale, however some form of domestic transfer facility would need to be set up in BEG to facilitate that.

      - create a dedicated line in passport control for domestic pax.
      - JU should specially tag KVO bound transfer pax with dedicated lables to expidite luggage delivery.
      - a dedicated bus gate should be created to facilitate domestic pax.

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    7. And add INI to the domestic flight network.
      Alitalia flies to Napoli from Rome, which is closer than BEG INI:

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    8. I think BEG-SJJ is closer than BEG-INI!

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    9. It is. But effectively SJJ is further from Beograd than INI. Niš is a 2.5 hour drive to BEG, and Sarajevo is nearly 5 hours due to not so great highways, and no direct motorway.

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    10. I know but we are talking about connecting passengers here. I am sure if they could people from Nish would fly in stead of driving to Belgrade to catch a flight, especially those going to New York.

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  26. For the first time Air Serbia won't have night flights on new year. Nice of them. Afternoon wave was very weak as well

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  27. What a great news to finish 2019!

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  28. Air Serbia and BEG are entering 2020 in style. Foreign airlines have already announced extra flights here and there, Air Serbia is set to announce a new round of destinations soon, they are boosting existing ones... this is all developing quite nicely.
    BEG will have around 6.1 million this year while if this trend continues next year we are looking at close to 7 million, if not more.

    All in all, 2019 was the year of consolidating growth, 2020 will be consolidation of a more important regional player role of BEG and JU.

    Срећна Нова 2020. година!

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  29. This expansion is great because thanks to it Serbia gets more tourists as well. For example this November JU flew to Kiev and Ukrainian arrivals increased by 70% to 809. Same thing happened with Belorussian arrivals in November which grew like crazy all because Belavia introduced nonstop flights. They seem to be doing well here since most flights are on E75 and not on CRJ200 like before.

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  30. I see JU is still flying to RJK, weren't those flights cut?

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    1. According to this site, two flights operate during new year holiday
      https://www.exyuaviation.com/2019/11/air-serbia-downgrades-rijeka-service.html

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  31. Frankly, I do not see how JU makes any money at all. I've been trying to book a flight to North America for the past week, specifically looking for JU combinations - but end up getting Star Alliance carriers only. FORGET trying to book through the AS website to North America, as it gives no results. It's like you have to struggle to book a flight with JU!

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