Air Serbia delays service resumption


Air Serbia has pushed back its resumption of commercial operations from April 13 until May 1 as a result of the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. Up until last weekend, it was selling tickets for services from Belgrade starting April 13. In a statement this afternoon, the company said, "Due to the global pandemic of the coronavirus and in accordance with the instructions of the competent state authorities, Air Serbia cancelled all its commercial flights for the transport of passengers until the end of April". Wizz Air, which also initially planned to resume services from the Serbian capital on April 13 has moved its service resumption by two weeks, pending government approval. Additional adjustments remain highly possible, depending on travel restrictions and traffic demand.

Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport remains closed for commercial flights until further notice, while the airports in Niš and Kraljevo are closed until May 12. The Serbian carrier still has flights scheduled to launch to six new destinations out of Belgrade from June 1, including Amman, Chisinau, Geneva, Lviv, Rostov-on-Don and Florence, although their fate remains uncertain at this point. The carrier is also due to inaugurate services from Kraljevo to Thessaloniki in early May, however, these will have to be rescheduled due to the airport’s closure.

Air Serbia has been grounded since March 20 following the closure of all of the country’s airports for commercial traffic. Since then, it has been running an average of two daily flights to repatriate stranded citizens and bring medical supplies and aid. Rescue flights have so far been operated to Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Bratislava, Bucharest, Doha, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Larnaca, Los Angeles, London, Malta, Moscow, Paris, Stockholm, Tel Aviv, Thessaloniki, Vienna and Warsaw. More repatriation flights, including a service to the United States, are expected in the coming days. The airline has also run numerous flights to China to transport medical equipment and supplies. These have included operations to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu.

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  1. Anonymous09:07

    That was to be expected

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  2. Anonymous09:08

    Any indication of what vwill happen with the new routes?

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    1. Anonymous09:15

      They will probably get cancelled.

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    2. Anonymous09:18

      I don't think so. They'll just be delayed

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    3. Anonymous09:24

      I think... you think... they think.... so all speculation. The fact is that no one knows.

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    4. @anon 9:24 +1000

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  3. Anonymous09:09

    That's a lot or repetriation flights.

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  4. Anonymous09:11

    It was pushed to May 1st because the airport is closed for commercial services until 30.04.

    Lufthansa is set to be the first airline to return on that day.

    Btw the airport is clsoed until then because the government wants to avoid masses returning for Easter. Especially since 300.000 gastos returned in March and most of them were infected.

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    1. Anonymous09:13

      You know that most of them are infected??

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    2. Anonymous09:16

      LH has already announced they will not be flying until 3 of May.

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    3. Anonymous09:28

      Catholic Easter is 12.4. Orthodox 19.4. So why then they don't open aiprort on 20th April, but in May? Your theory is just dream.

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    4. Anonymous09:30

      "most were infected" lol

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    5. Anonymous10:11

      You are obviously not a Serb because if you were you would know the government wants to avoid masses coming for Easter. As for gastos that's what the officials said, I'm sure they know a thing or two. Novi Pazar has boomed these days because an infected baker from Slovenia worked and basically infected whoever entered his shop. As for not opening the airport right after Easter, they still want to avoid people coming before and around Easter festivities.

      You have no theories, no alternatives but all you do is bitch and nag. That's not a constructive attitude so change it.

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    6. Anonymous10:47

      slow it down dear. yes im not but i can see that Serbia has 2000 cases ... and you said "MOST" of the 300 000 returnees are infected which is a shamless FAKE NEWS ... and thank god it is a fake news . stay to facts in this terrible times. thank you

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    7. Anonymous11:09

      That's what the government said 'dear' so if they are spreading fake news tell them that, not me.

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    8. Anonymous11:56

      They did not say that all 300.000 were infected, they said thats how it spread in serbis because all gastos thst returned home without knowing they had the virus.

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    9. Anonymous14:06

      Let's be honest. They have no idea how many people are infected in Serbia (nor Croatia). They both did less than 20.000 test (Slovenia did nearly 30.000)

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    10. Anonymous18:47

      Gastos is a derogatory term so please refrain from using it. It says everything about you and nothing about the group of people you are referring to. Also, did you count and test all of them? Perhaps think before you speak, or even better, don't speak at all as you have clearly got nothing to say. Sometimes silence is golden - as they say.

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    11. Anonymous22:12

      no it doesnt. im a gasto too. greets from Germany

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    12. Anonymous01:14

      Most Serbs living in Germany moved during the 1960s and 1970s as Gastarbeiter or "Guest workers" when Serbia was part of Yugoslavia, this is quite normal and forms part of the history for nearly 50 years. No wonder why Serba is so well connected to the rest of Germany

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  5. ASL was not flying to PRG. It was Smartwings, and the flight itself covered by companies employeeing our citizens (e.g. Brose, Panasonic etc.). So, Serbia had next to zero contributions there.

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  6. Anonymous09:36

    What will be the future ASL policy against "infested gastos" flying on their planes? Since it is a state owned airline, and state policy is obviously infected gastos no, infected gastos money yes what will be future ASL moves in that direction? Reduction of flights to Austria, Germany and Switzerland? Refusal to fly people without being tested before flight?

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    1. Anonymous09:45

      Are you serious? Come on man

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    2. Anonymous10:01

      Yes I am it is a current state narrative and it can be easily checked and proved it the newspapers, TV, online portals etc. ASL has luckily diversified so they are not relying entirely on flying gastos flights so it would be nice to know how will this affect ASL flying when all this ends.

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    3. Anonymous10:13

      I don't understand why there is still so much hate towards JU on here. Every topic be ones so toxic so fast.

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    4. Anonymous10:19

      There is no hate. Just a legitimate question. What will ASL network look like when this thing ends? What will gasto routes look like? Will there be reduced demand for flying to Serbia from DE, CH, AT if 28 days quarantine after arrival stays? There are so many questions to discuss and people see only hate.

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    5. Anonymous10:37

      It's an idiotic question because everyone knows that JU doesn't have a special box you tick 'gasterbajter' when booking flights. People buy them freely so JU will not be affected in any way or form no matter how much you want them to shrink.

      It's one thing to ask legitimate questions but this paranoia is a whole different level.

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    6. Anonymous10:44

      I don't see any hate here relax man, even though I may not see on the same level as him on the issue of gastos. Ok?

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    7. Anonymous11:10

      No, it's not ok because every time there is a topic on JU some smart concerned guy comes along and spreads a new conspiracy theory. This hate and jealousy is really getting old, there is no more constructive discussion when it comes to JU because of a certain group of people.

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    8. Anonymous11:15

      I knew it anon 11.10. Thanks. Corona is just a conspiracy theory and if god wants it will only spare JU.

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    9. Anonymous11:58

      All JU topics end the same, very predictable by now

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    10. Anonymous13:13

      I support the ban and agree it should be prolonged. Lives are more important than aviation.
      Gastos should stay away for now. Can celebrate abroad.

      Just wondering when they start opening up the country, how will they identify who is gasto and who not?

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  7. Anonymous09:49

    That is bad news...

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    1. Anonymous16:41

      ...for coronavirus. It is good news for citizens as there will be less channels for virus to spread.

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  8. Anonymous10:16

    airBaltic received €150 million from the government. Hopefully JU gets as much so they can keep on building a major hub from which the whole region will benefit. BEG has many unique destinations compared to many other Balkan airports.

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    1. Anonymous10:21

      Good thing for Belgrade is that Budapest expects to lose many destinations which will create less competition. Budapest boomed due to turism which was killed by Corona.

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    2. Anonymous10:27

      Yes I heard that too about BUD. Although there is huge demand for BUD, airlines will cancel flights, because they do not want to fly (too lazy). But good that JU can grow much to reroute all that big demand via their Hub.

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    3. Anonymous13:48

      https://hungarytoday.hu/coronavirus-budapest-airport-destinations-developments/

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    4. Anonymous16:06

      @anon 10.27 areline will not fly to bud because they are too lazy? How old are you?

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    5. Anonymous01:23

      Yes Anon1027 beg will grow so much that it's currently closed while BUD remains open :D :D :D

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  9. Najmanje sto predstoji jeste otvaranje aerodroma. Uzletanje Er Srbije i svih ostalih. Korona virus jeste napravila stetu, unervozila ljude i na kraju unistena. Ostaje ziva Srbija i ostali svet. To je za pocetak dovoljno. Onome ko prihvata. Zivela Er Srbija. Sa svima koji se trude u komercijalnoj avijaciji. Rodney. Sydney 🛫😀🛫

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  10. Anonymous10:29

    The expectation is that some measures will be lifted in a number of European countries at the start of May. So this date seems more realistic than mid April.

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    1. Anonymous10:33

      Nice! I wanted to fly to NY in April. I am happy to do my city trip in May now and for 6 days and return back to Europe then.

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    2. Anonymous10:35

      No need to be cynical. I was talking about Europe. If you think this is the end of aviation for all of time and that flights will never resume then I don't know what you're doing here.

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    3. Anonymous10:40

      Thats exactly the point. I do not think it is the end of aviation. I just say that it will take much longer to recover than many here believe. I am in the business and see what effect it has on everyone. Even big players like LH and BA said it will take many years to get back to pre Corona levels. And it is experts saying that.

      Even about Europe. You really think that people will be able to travel to Milan Madrid Barcelona just freely in the next months? Do not forget the overseas travellers that toured Europe and used planes to visit places like DBV, VCE, BEG on a tour. Those will be missing for quite a long time.

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    4. Anonymous10:42

      I didn't say things will return to normal next month, I said SOME measures will be lifted next month which will result in some air traffic being resumed. I don't think it will go back to pre-corona levels in many years to come either but I believe that the airport will reopen for commercial flights next month.

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    5. Anonymous10:46

      Ok sorry for confusion. It it my impression that many here on the forum believe with the opening of the airports things will go back to pre Coronavirus levers immedeatly. Just wanted to put it into perspective.

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    6. Anonymous12:01

      Swedish foreign affairs has prolonged the no fly time to june sltough its not a ban more of a recomendation but people
      Listen to it so from here in sweden it will be much less traveling to at least half of june.

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    7. Anonymous12:12

      Sweden has not taken so drastic measures as all other countries and if we prolonged the no fly time to 15th of june (its a rec not a ban), im sure other countries in europe who alredy has several bans not just in flying but in everyday life they will most deff prolong it aswell, germany is heading in up in deaths and they have not yet resched its peak, and im sure italy, spain, france dont want to open their borders as its going down and stabilizing. You can forget about traveling to at least mid may i would assume even longer, your stupid if you think you will be able to travel freely in apr/may.

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  11. Anonymous16:47

    Any pictures of YU-ARA A330 at Los Angeles LAX during that rescue flight? I was able to find ARA photos from airports in China but can't find any from LAX.

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    1. Anonymous18:47

      Yeah, there are. There's even a video on Instagram of its landing
      I'll try to find it and post it here.

      God bless you all.

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    2. Anonymous03:22

      Can you post the link to photos and video?

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  12. Anonymous18:18

    Air Serbia CEO is hoping to corona to last as possible. This will only result in an income boost due to aid packages.

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    1. Anonymous18:25

      Do you have any source for that claim? Or is it just your twisted imagination?

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    2. Anonymous18:53

      According to you it is just my twisted imagination.

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    3. Anonymous19:52

      According to you, there are no sources. So it is just imagination.

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  13. Anonymous04:21

    According to public statements of Serbian experts quarantine might be removed at the beginning of June at the earliest. It does not mean of course that Schengen borders would be reopened at the same time...

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