Travelling amid a pandemic from Amsterdam to Belgrade


Date: September 4, 2020
Flight: JU365

I was originally planning to fly from Barcelona to Belgrade but as flights have not been resumed between the two cities yet, I rerouted myself via Amsterdam, since, for various reasons, this arrangement suited me best, even if it was not on a single ticket. My first leg from Barcelona to Amsterdam was with Transavia which was quite empty, while my second leg was with Air Serbia with around 110 passengers on board the A319.

Amsterdam Airport was not very busy. To my surprise, many people inside the Schiphol terminal were not wearing masks at all. I saw numerous airport staff without masks as well as some pilots and cabin crew walking around without them. Later I was told that the Netherlands is quite lax about these things. The Air Serbia plane from Belgrade arrived early, so I got a chance to take a few shots of it while it was taxing to the gate.

Quiet Amsterdam Airport

Our gate

Our ride to Belgrade

As I said above, the load factor was rather high to my surprise. Because of work, I have been required to travel a few times over the past month, mostly between Spain and Belgium and almost all of my flights were empty. After taking my seat, the pilot came on to inform us about our flight details. There was a large group of Chinese passengers coming on board the plane and some of them were wearing hazmat suits, but they were mostly younger people. In the literature pocket there is the safety card, as well as the new September copy of the inflight magazine and the air sickness bag, which are all in one plastic sleeve. It seemed that this particular plane did not have wifi.


Some passengers in hazmat suits

All passengers on board were wearing masks, as well as the crew who were with masks and gloves.

Due to corona, I wasn’t expecting much in terms of service. However, we all got a bottle of water and a bag of chips. In order to minimise contact between the crew and passengers, there was no sale of food and drinks through the Elevate Deli service.

On board snack

The flight was mostly uneventful. Upon landing in Belgrade it was rather busy because there was a wave of Air Serbia flights that had all arrived within a few minutes of each other - Amsterdam, Zurich, Stockholm, Zagreb, Prague, Dusseldorf, Berlin, Stuttgart, Paris and Berlin if I remember correctly. In fact, all of these arrived within a 25 minutes timeframe.

Passengers preparing to leave

The passport control area has been arranged a bit differently now with lanes set up. There is a “sanitary control area” and a sign that all passengers are getting their temperatures checked through infrared cameras.

After leaving the baggage claim area, there was no one in arrivals since people who are not travelling are not allowed inside the building, but it was busy outside the terminal building with family and friends waiting.

Only passengers allowed in the arrivals hall

But people were waiting outside

Overall, it was a good flight. I guess the notable things were that there was some sort of service on board (as far as I remember chips and water was what you got for free before the pandemic as well) and the flight was much busier than I thought it would be.

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  1. Anonymous09:11

    Nice report.

    Did you have to take off your mask on security in Amsterdam and on passport controls in Netherlands and Serbia?

    1. Anonymous09:29

      Hi! I traveled 10 days ago from BEG to TIV. In BEG, no one asks us to take off the masks. However, in TIV the passport control officer required to see our faces with no masks.

  2. Anonymous09:38

    Great trip report, really happy to see JU do well in AMS. It was always a good performer for them. Seems like some markets are slowly recovering, even IST is going daily! Good for them, at least some markets will do well for them.

    1. Anonymous09:53

      Turkey is a gift to them. IST does well and today they have three charter flights to Turkey, two Bodrum and one Antalya. Yesterday five flights to Antalya and one Bodrum.

    2. Anonymous11:28

      Tirana as well, next week they will have 8 weekly flights which is impressive.

    3. Anonymous11:29

      Forgot to add, a week after that TIA goes to 9 weekly and I see many flights are on A319. I think it's because of JFK since many night flights are upgraded.

  3. Anonymous09:45

    I see they no longer serve just water on their flights. That's a nice and unnoticed change on their behalf. Funnily enough, now that TK has reduced even water service on flights under 2 hours, JU will actually offer a better product on BEG-IST! :D

    1. Anonymous10:21

      Lol! With a junior bottle and a bag of crisps the service is suddenly genuine to a 4 star airline covering 4 continents...

    2. Anonymous10:24

      You do realize that to BEG TK no longer offers water, nothing. They are on par with Pegasus.

    3. Anonymous11:46

      Flew on TK A321neo the other day to Belgrade. LF around 90% and nothing was served, you could barely see the crew.

  4. Anonymous10:20

    They could really give a standard bottle of water and Iva "junior".

    1. How much water do you need for 2 hrs flight ? People are never happy and it is never enough whstever they do. I did the same flight on Aug 24 and it was exactly the same almost sold out .

    2. Anonymous13:10

      What was almost sold out? AMS-BEG?

    3. @LHL - People are happy and to expect at least a small bottle of water on a two hour flight is reasonable. Air becomes very dry during flights. Bottle of water costs airlines just a few cents, so no big expense.

      Otherwise nice report. Surprised that more people in AMS do not wear mask.

    4. Anonymous16:44

      At least a normal country.

    5. Anonymous19:42

      + 1!


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