Aeroflot further delays EX-YU flight resumption


Russia’s national carrier Aeroflot has delayed the planned resumption of flights from Moscow to Ljubljana and Tivat until April 30 at the earliest as authorities have not given the go-ahead for services to Slovenia and Montenegro to resume. Operations were initially scheduled to restart on March 28 after more than a year. Flights to Zagreb were not scheduled to resume in March and the route’s fate remains unknown at this point. The Russian carrier has only restarted services to Belgrade out of all the former Yugoslav markets. Flights are capped by the Russian government at two per week per operator. Both Russian and Serbian citizens can enter each other’s countries with a negative PCR test. Russia has so far only allowed the resumption of flights to twenty countries. 

In late 2018, Aeroflot launched daily services from Ljubljana to Moscow and saw excellent results on the route, increasing capacity shortly after the launch and scheduling two daily rotations for the 2020 summer season, however, those never materialised due to the Covid pandemic. In 2019, a total of 72.498 passengers flew between the two cities. On the other hand, Russia is Montenegro’s largest air travel market. In 2019, 631.571 passengers flew between Moscow and Tivat alone, with Aeroflot, S7 Airlines, Ural Airlines, Red Wings and Yamal all serving the route. 

The resumption of flights between Moscow and Belgrade has resulted in a travel boom between Serbia and Russia. Tour operator TUI Russia noted a surge in bookings to Serbia immediately after the restoration of flights in October. “Serbia has never been in such demand before. And the New Year holidays were sold out quickly. The most popular destination was the Kopaonik mountain resort, which accounted for about 70% of all sales to Serbia. The resumption of additional flights to Belgrade from April will reduce the cost of airfares”, the tour operator said. Last Sunday, Russia’s Nordwind Airlines commenced flights from Moscow to Belgrade, becoming the third carrier on the route. Aeroflot continues to upgrade its capacity on the service, deploying the wide-body Airbus A330-300 aircraft between the two capitals on one of its two weekly flights for most of December and January. It has also scheduled the twin-aisle aircraft for February 6, February 20, March 6 and March 13. On the other hand, Air Serbia, limited by the two weekly flight cap, has operated numerous charters to Moscow, on occasion using its wide-body A330-200 as well.


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  1. Anonymous09:01

    Crazy to think it will be over a year without flights to Moscow from Slovenia.

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    1. Anonymous22:02

      It will be year without flights to Moscow from many markets worldwide.

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  2. Anonymous09:02

    "In 2019, 631.571 passengers flew between Moscow and Tivat alone"

    WOW

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    1. Anonymous09:04

      I'm surprised they don't fly to Podgorica.

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    2. Anonymous09:04

      I am not surprised, most passengers are tourists from Russia as well as Russians who purchased property next to the sea.

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    3. Anonymous09:12

      Aeroflot will just send all the passengers to Tivat via Belgrade, JU has a code on all SU flights ans SU has a code on all JU flights.

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    4. Anonymous09:55

      All? In your mind.

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    5. Anonymous09:57

      Yes all, because there is no other way to reach Tivat with Aeroflot other than via BEG.

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    6. Anonymous10:02

      For like a 4 months outside summer season.

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    7. Anonymous10:07

      Even in summer. If Aeroflot does not resume flights to Tivat, how do you suggest Aeroflot could shuttle passengers to Tivat?

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    8. Anonymous11:11

      Most Russian citizens arrive via Istanbul, using Turkish Airlines. Very few come with AirSerbia.

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    9. Anonymous11:14

      Since when does Turkish Airlines fly to Tivat?

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    10. Anonymous11:17

      Pogdorica?

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    11. Anonymous11:29

      We've been talking about Tivat the entire time. Not Podgorica.

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    12. Anonymous12:25

      Tivat and Podgorica are very close and when you have no other option, It's normal to fly to TGD instead of TIV, it was always like that, even in 70s. Many tourists arrive to TGD and are then transferred to the seaside as it is very, very close. Anyone who has ever been to Montenegro knows that.

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    13. Anonymous19:49

      Any numbers or logical arguments to back that claim of TGD? To me it makes zero sense. JU has multiple daily flights to both Moscow (with SU codeshare) plus multiple daily flights to TGD/TIV.

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    14. Anonymous22:40

      ''To me it makes zero sense''
      Are you even aware of the size of Montenegro or how close TGD and TIV are? TK had multiple daily flights to both Moscow and Podgorica too. If the price and convenience are superior i wouldn't be surprised if more people chose TK rather than JU. I am not the original poster and i don't know what airlines Russians are choosing to get to Montenegro, but it surely doesn't make zero sense

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    15. Anonymous07:15

      So no numbers or anything, just some anti-JU theories. I see, thank you. If we are to use facts and logic then your argument as well as the one above make zero sense since MOW-BEG-MNE market is much higher in terms of frequencies of passenger numbers. But sure, people will rather fly on a daily TK flight to MNE.

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    16. Anonymous10:56

      Anti-JU theories hahahah, so you can't have a normal discussion here without being accused as anti-JU. As i said, i don't know what airlines Russians are flying to MNE. Do you have numbers of how many Russsians are flying to TIV via BEG? Again, before the pandemic there were 2 daily TK flights to TGD and even more to Moscow. Now tell my why on earth, does it not make sense for people to choose TK instead of JU? Are you that delusonial?

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  3. Anonymous09:03

    Will they ever resume ZAG?

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    1. Anonymous09:12

      I hope ZAG doesn't become a seasonal route and that it returns on a year-round basis.

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    2. Anonymous09:14

      Don't think that will happen.

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    3. Anonymous09:14

      I hope ZAG returns, seasonal or not

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    4. Anonymous09:16

      Was ZAG daily on Aeroflot?

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    5. Anonymous09:17

      I think daily in summer, 4 weekly in winter.

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    6. Anonymous09:42

      It was downgraded to SSJ even before covid, it happened once they launched LJU

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    7. Anonymous14:54

      What means downgraded to SSJ?

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    8. Anonymous19:38

      SSJ=Sukhoi Superjet 100

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    9. Anonymous19:39

      It's downgraded because SSJ has fewer seats then the Airbus A320-family fleet which was used before.

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    10. Anonymous19:39

      Meanwhile LJU was upgraded from SJJ to A320-family fleet.

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    11. Anonymous20:02

      Was ZAG daily with a320?

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    12. Anonymous07:17

      ZAG was on A320 before SU launched LJU then A319 started appearing until finally they downgraded the route to SSJ. LJU on the other hand was constantly boosted from the moment it was launched. SU even planned double daily flights on the A320.

      LJU was severely underserved and finally LH Group's monopoly was crushed.

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    13. Anonymous13:25

      Nonsence. SU doesnt have A319 for more then 5 years.

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  4. Anonymous09:03

    I find it interesting that they fly year round to TIV in normal circumstances.

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    1. Anonymous22:00

      Well have you seen the passenger numbers?

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  5. Anonymous09:05

    Let's not forget that in spite of the Rasha eVisa introduction for EU citizens, it seems to be frozen. Serbs don't need visas to enter RU and vice versa.

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  6. Anonymous09:08

    As they postponed so many routes so many times I have doubts they will start LJU and TIV on 30th April.

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    1. Anonymous09:08

      Both LJU and TIV were very busy for them so I am sure they will be back.

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  7. Anonymous09:09

    Maybe an opportunity for Croatia Airlines to start flights to Moscow?

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    1. Anonymous09:09

      I don't think they will. They cancelled their seasonal LED flights.

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    2. Anonymous09:11

      I think their logic is that it's easier to just send passengers via VIE, MUC or FRA.

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    3. Anonymous09:13

      What opportunity? Is Russia allowing flights to Croatia?

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    4. Anonymous09:35

      OU thought about it a few times but always gave up on the idea.

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    5. Anonymous09:36

      It's questionable whether they will resume the seasonal LED flights, let alone launch Moscow.

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    6. Anonymous09:38

      I think OU could make Moscow work seasonally. Azur Air applied to fly Zagreb seasonally from 2020 but dropped the plans before the pandemic.

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    7. Anonymous09:39

      OU could easily operate daily Q400 flights to DME.

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    8. Anonymous09:40

      Could the Q400 make it?

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    9. Anonymous09:43

      What a fun it would be for passengers to fly with Q400...

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    10. Anonymous09:43

      Lol

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    11. Anonymous09:44

      Also that rotation would be way long to have an aircraft deployed somewhere.

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    12. Anonymous09:56

      Q400 cannot make it to Moscow. But there is demand for OU on that route for sure.

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    13. Anonymous09:58

      Q400 on such a route would be torture for passengers

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    14. Anonymous10:02

      The discussion is pointless. Q400 does not have the range to reach Moscow from Zagreb. Simple as that.

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    15. Anonymous10:11

      They could operate it via Warsaw and offer connections on lo

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    16. Anonymous10:12

      Well no they can't because they have no codeshare or commercial agreement with LOT to Tivat.

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    17. INA had oil fields concessions in Siberia. Construction companies from Croatia worked a lot in Russia. Tourists both ways year by year more and more. Far East - China, Korea, Japan-shortest and best way to go. And Croatia Airlines operated SVO,for all above mentioned reasons. But then they decided to quit it in order to provide transfers and feed Mutti. Very good! Bravo Hrvatska!

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    18. Anonymous14:38

      And they should for profitability feed nothing? Or fly daily to Kansas City and 3 daily to TGD?

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    19. @An.14.38
      The fact that you repeatedly accuse me of something I never said, speaks a lot about you. I suggested daily ZAG-NYC, yes, and gave examples of cities, listed in the Routes, which could feed NYC-ZAG from one side, through alliance partnership, and yes, I mentioned TGD as one of the cities which could feed the service from the other side, by flights operated by OU, and in the situation when YM ceased operations. I am actually sorry for you for not being able to understand what I suggested , no matter what your reasons are. And I am kindly asking you to stop writing lies about me because people can actually find here exactly what I wrote and conclude that you just make fool of yourself proving to be right with lies. And speaking of OU profitability,please don't, because everybody knows that OU is deep in red, and makes no profit at all, on the contrary, it survives just by immense state subventions and aid. And unlike me, who suggest change of unprofitable model, and instead feeding others for peanuts, start its own serious operations, which have market and potential, you suggest to keep the status quo, and even write lies about me, simultaneously not giving one single suggestion what to do. And just the last sentence - whatever reply you give and whatever lie you write, I will not discuss with you any more because you simply don't deserve it.

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  8. Anonymous09:17

    Unfortunate

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  9. Anonymous09:18

    Well this is shaping up as another terrible year.

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  10. Anonymous09:19

    :(

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  11. Anonymous09:20

    They are a great airline. Hope to welcome them back.

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  12. Anonymous09:21

    Good to here there is so much demand for SVO-BEG flights at the moment.

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    1. Anonymous09:28

      Since the majority of Russians are going to Kopaonik, it would be more convenient if there were flights to Nis.

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    2. Anonymous09:35

      At the moment flights without restrictions (quarantine) are allowed only between BEG and SVO.

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  13. Anonymous09:24

    The Russian government does not want to announce a clear date for resumption of air traffic to most international destinations. There are many influential people in Moscow who do not want this happen any time soon.

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    1. Anonymous09:27

      Russia has been so odd with these flight restrictions

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    2. Anonymous10:03

      Russia is in no rush at all to re-open their borders.

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    3. Anonymous07:27

      Serbia vaccinated 5.3% of its population against covid. I hope that once we pass 10% restrictions will be lifted, especially with places like Russia and Turkey. We are currently sharing 6th position with Malta.

      1. Israel 50.2%
      2. UAE 29%
      3. Seychelles 26%
      4. UK 11.7%
      5. Bahrain 8.5%
      6. USA 7.5%
      7. Malta/Serbia 5.3%
      9. Iceland 4.5%
      10. Denmark 3.8%

      Remaining ex-YU countries:

      Slovenia 3.1%
      Croatia 1.7%
      N. Macedonia 0%
      Montenegro 0%
      Bosnia 0%

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  14. Anonymous09:32

    Will Aeroflot be sending ore A330s to Belgrade?

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    1. Anonymous10:27

      For February they are sending A321s on both days but they originally planned to the that from mid January but sent A330 last two Saturdays.

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    2. Anonymous10:30

      Read the article guys. It tells you the exact dates

      "It has also scheduled the twin-aisle aircraft for February 6, February 20, March 6 and March 13."

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    3. Anonymous18:54

      Oh. I didn't see! That's great news.

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  15. Anonymous09:34

    Interesting Aeroflot never considered Skopje

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    1. Anonymous09:35

      It's surprising how poorly Russia is connected with some ex-Yu markets. No flights to Bosnia at all?

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    2. Anonymous12:02

      Neither SKP nor OTP were in the Moscovite radar. Demand was always very low. Russians traditionally visit Serbia, Bulgaria and Crna Gora. After all, traditions and language are quite similar. It is in SKP but guess OHD should be more popularised.

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    3. Anonymous20:52

      On the other hand you have a lot of charters from Russia ,Ukraine, Belarus to Tirana .
      Albania is becoming more and more popular for tourists, well before Corona ...

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    4. Anonymous07:30

      That's because Russian developers bought a lot of land along the Albanian coast. Same with MNE some 20 years ago.

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  16. Anonymous09:37

    Love that plane line up on the photo.

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    1. Anonymous22:02

      The livery is beautiful.

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  17. Anonymous09:39

    It would be great to get also some flights from LED to LJU in the summer schedule.

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    1. Anonymous09:45

      Maybe Rossiya could start flights.

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    2. Anonymous09:46

      I don't think we will be seeing any new route any time soon.

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  18. Anonymous09:46

    Sad to see them delay flights again.

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    1. Anonymous09:51

      I think they will be delayed past April too.

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  19. Anonymous09:47

    I'm a bit surprised about them delaying Tivat. Montenegro has removed PCR requirement.

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    1. Anonymous09:50

      Maybe there is a genuine health concern.

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    2. Anonymous09:51

      Really? They were flying to BEG in November and December during the new wave. And top of that allowing entry for Serbian citizens with negative PCR.

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    3. Anonymous07:32

      Well it could be that Russians already went for summer holidays to places like Turkey so they are not rushing to spend winter on the MNE coast which is not warm. Russians are massively going to Dubai these days, like the rest of Europe is. Here in France people are going crazy for Dubai and I know at least 10 people that went before stricter measures were introduced.

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  20. Anonymous09:50

    I am so glad to see they returned to Belgrade so early and are having success on the route.

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    1. Anonymous14:23

      I am glad too but tickets are horribly expensive (approx 50% higher) than prior to the Covid charade. When you add the PCR testing it became now a luxury to travel.

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    2. Anonymous07:33

      Luckily there is Nordwind now, they are not too expensive.

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  21. Anonymous10:03

    Hopefully they resume it earlier

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  22. Anonymous10:23

    Meanwhile, in Russia:

    https://www.rt.com/russia/513731-mayor-curfew-cancel-restrictions/

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    1. Anonymous10:26

      Interesting. Perhaps it has something to do with their vaccination program.

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    2. Anonymous10:35

      Can be. For sure it is very political. Like the whole Covid-19 thing.

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    3. Anonymous10:37

      Makes you wonder how flights to Slovenia or Montenegro would prove a greater risk.

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  23. Anonymous10:36

    Why am I not surprised that another airline has delayed their return to Ljubljana :(

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    1. Anonymous10:37

      This does not have much to do with LJU or the market. In fact Aeroflot wanted to come back to Ljubljana at the end of March but the Russian government is not allowing it.

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    2. Anonymous18:54

      It's all political

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    3. Anonymous18:55

      Slovenia has quite good relations with Russia.

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  24. Anonymous18:55

    Crazy what this pandemic has done. Aeroflot had 3 daily flights to BEG before the pandemic. Now it's 2.

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    1. Anonymous18:55

      *2 per week that is

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    2. Anonymous19:13

      There would be more if there wasn't a limit on the number of flights allowed. That is why Aeroflot is sending the A330.

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    3. Anonymous20:55

      Can we hope for a second weekly flight with Nordwind ?

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  25. Anonymous21:45

    How many passengers flew SVO-ZAG in 2019?

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  26. Well, this is bad news. :( Looks like another year will be wasted. Their restrictions are political, has nothing to do with Covid that much. For example, Serbia has over 1,500 new cases daily for the past 1,5 month while Bosnia & Herzegovina has barely 500 daily, yet we are under ban to travel to Russia. Great.

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    1. Anonymous07:34

      Of course it's all political, look at what's going on between Brussels and the UK. Also it might have to do with the fact that Serbia is vaccinating people much faster than Bosnia is.

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