AnadoluJet and Nordwind plan new Belgrade routes


Turkish Airlines’ lower cost unit Anadolujet and Russia’s Nordwind Airlines plan to introduce new flights to the Serbian capital. Anadolujet intends on launching a two weekly service from Ankara to Belgrade starting June 24, each Thursday and Sunday. Although it was unsuccessful in gaining regulatory approval to commence flights between Antalya and Belgrade, EX-YU Aviation News learns the new service from the Turkish capital will get the go-ahead from the Serbian Civil Aviation Directorate. Anadolujet has a major base in Ankara with forty year-round routes and a further nineteen seasonal destinations. Flights are yet to be put on sale, however, the service is expected to operate in the afternoon, with a 14.00 CEST arrival into Belgrade on the Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Russia’s Nordwind Airlines plans to introduce its second destination from Belgrade after Moscow. The carrier intends on launching services from St Petersburg. Based on the filed schedule, the airline would run the flights once per week, each Sunday, as soon as it is granted regulatory approval. However, it is questionable whether the Russian carrier will receive a permit from the Serbian Civil Aviation Directorate under a stringent bilateral air service agreement between the two countries, which recently saw S7 Airlines knocked back from launching operations to the Serbian capital. The three-hour flight would depart St Petersburg just after midday, arriving in Belgrade at 14.20 CEST.

The Turkish capital has not been served from Belgrade up until now. At one point, Qatar Airways maintained its flights from Doha to Belgrade via Ankara, however, it did not have fifth freedom rights to sell tickets between the two cities. In the pre-pandemic 2019, a total of 10.787 passengers flew between the two based on OAG data, while the figure stood at 4.078 in 2020. Turkey and Serbia have launched a “Safe Travel Corridor” for Covid-19 vaccinated passengers, with vaccination certificates recognised by the two countries. Those that have received both jabs can travel freely between the two without any restrictions or PCR test requirements. Those under eighteen that have not been vaccinated are also free to travel. On the other hand, St Petersburg has the largest volume of indirect traffic between Belgrade and Russia, despite being served seasonally by Air Serbia. In 2019, 11.654 passengers travelled indirectly between the two cities. Air Serbia will restore operations to Russia’s second largest city from June 8 with a two weekly service.

Belgrade Airport has seen a number of carriers launch new operations this year. So far they include Nordwind Airlines, Air Serbia, Wizz Air, SkyUp Airlines and KLM, with Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, Luxair, Aegean Airlines and Eurowings to follow. During the January - April period, Nikola Tesla Airport saw its passenger numbers decline 27.8% compared to 2020 or 51.1% compared to same period during the pre-pandemic 2019.


Comments

  1. Anonymous09:01

    Nice! Finally flights to Ankara

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    1. Anonymous11:12

      Will be blocked by the Serbian Authorities.

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    2. Anonymous11:14

      Read the article...

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    3. Anonymous15:38

      Love people who comment but have not read the article.

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  2. Anonymous09:03

    Great news

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  3. Anonymous09:05

    It seems ESB has quite good potential.

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    1. Anonymous09:45

      Without doubt.

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    2. Anonymous09:56

      Best part about ESB is that you can connect to the regional network thus avoiding the massive airport in IST. ESB is a nice and modern airport, not too big and chaotic.

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    3. If you have beeno on new IST aurpirt you will see not a primile if chaos quite different to Ataturk. Only competitive prices will favor ESB

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    4. Anonymous12:07

      Transfer time under 2.5 hours is risky at the new airport. ESB is not like that.

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    5. Vlad13:10

      That's hyperbolic. I had a 55-minute connection at the new IST which I cleared with 15 minutes to spare.

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    6. Anonymous15:42

      You do realize that taxi times at the new IST can take up to 35 minutes?

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    7. Vlad19:24

      You do realise that this taxi time is built into block time?

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    8. Anonymous20:40

      @15:42

      That was before the 3rd parallel runway opened. Now max 13-14 mins taxi time.

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  4. Anonymous09:05

    Doubt Nordwind will get approval unless they schedule it as a charter.

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    1. Anonymous09:08

      Hopefully they do that, we need any new business we can get at BEG.

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    2. Anonymous12:36

      Agree. Hopefully flights will start.

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  5. Anonymous09:07

    Oh I am sure LED is not going to happen just like S7 wasn't allowed to launch flights. JU-SU duopoly won't allow it. Luckily covid restrictions will pass and then all these airlines can fly normally to BEG. Btw Nordwind has upgraded their flight to A321 in the next two weeks.

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    1. Anonymous09:09

      Nordwind started Moscow off as a charter which allowed them to start flights and then they eventually just changed it to scheduled route and the CAD didn't do anything about it.

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  6. Anonymous09:11

    Air Serbia should have launched Ankara long ago.

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  7. Anonymous09:11

    It's interesting that Turkish Airlines has relegated everything in Ankara to Anadolujet. They only fly Istanbul now.

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    1. Anonymous09:14

      Anadoloujet has lower costs and Pegasus had a large Pegasus presence. They couldn't make enough money with their mainline service. They used to have it once upon a time, I think around 2010.

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    2. AnadoluJet is owned by Turkish Airlines, its theirs LCC.

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  8. Anonymous09:12

    I would not put Aegean flights to HER and RHO as new service, because those are truly charter flights, you can not buy tickets directly, just thought travel agencies

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    1. Anonymous09:31

      They operate on regular basis. They are not one off flights. They actually operate more than once per week.

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    2. Anonymous09:34

      Both Heraklion and Rhodes are twice per week. Aegean is also increasing ATH-BEG from 2 to 3 weekly from the first week of July.

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    3. Anonymous00:51

      Aegean is flying the Athens route with their own equipment right? Not Olympic?

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  9. Anonymous09:12

    Pad od 50% i nije tako loš s obzirom na okolnosti,Letovi iz St.Petersburga će biti blokirani,JU se mora zaštititi.

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    1. Anonymous09:16

      ЈУ се може само краткорочно заштити. Ове рестрикције ће бити уклоњене након нормализације ситуације. Не заборавимо да је Red Wings без проблема летео за Београд пре пандемије, чак су планирали и 4. лет.

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    2. Anonymous09:24

      Srbija može blokirati svaki let van EU.Kada bi Aeroflot rešio da pokrene LED-BEG onda bi nastao problem jer su oni zaštićeni od strane države.

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    3. Anonymous09:36

      Србија не може више блокирати јер је споразум ревидиран. Од 2013. године JU и SU нису означене као једине компаније које могу летети између Србије и Русије. Зато је Red Wings са лакоћом добио дозволу од Србије пре короне.

      Нажалост као резултат пандемије Русија је увела посебне рестрикције које видимо и дан данас. Оне ће ускоро проћи и све ће се вратити на старо.

      Друго рећи да Србија може блокирати сваки лет изван ЕУ је нетачно. Са многим државама као што су УАЕ имамо споразум о Отвореном небу.

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    4. Anonymous09:44

      Ali zasto onda Srbija nije dozvolila S7?

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    5. Anonymous09:49

      I treba LED da blokiraju. Ali slobodno mogu da otvore linije poput: VOG, KUF, KZN.

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    6. Anonymous09:57

      Зато што су тренутно на снази посебне мере које је увела Русија. Оне су ванредне и трајаће докле год се корона не смири.

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    7. Anonymous10:53

      Nije mi logicno da Srbija blokira zbog ruskih mera. Ako su ruske mere treba Rusi da ih blokiraju a ne mi. Koliko mi je poznato S7 ne bi ni pitao Srbiju da mu Rusija nije izdala dozvolu.
      Dakle zbog ruskih mera Srbija ne izdaje dozvolu iako ju je Rusija izdala. Zvuci sizofreno.

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  10. Anonymous09:15

    Very good news regarding ESB. It's Turkey's IT capital and IT makes up 10% of Serbian GDP so hopefully there can be some business flow as well.
    Now we need IKA to come back.

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    1. Anonymous10:32

      Agree. IKA was good performer and its huge market. Also it would be great to have direct link with Saudia Arabia.

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  11. Anonymous09:22

    Will they have code share with JU also on BEG-ESB route?

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  12. Anonymous09:25

    Fantastic news. Also great to hear about the vaccination certificate

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    1. Anonymous09:25

      What I meant was to say the restrictions free travel for vaccinated people.

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    2. Anonymous12:46

      They are concluding those with a lot of countries at the moment :) good for travel

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    3. Anonymous00:51

      Yes, with Germany too. But I think only for residents of Germany.

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  13. Anonymous09:28

    It is thanks to TK-JU codeshare that Ankara flights will start.

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    1. Anonymous09:36

      Well TK profited from the code-share so it's good for them.

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  14. Anonymous09:29

    Well done Belgrade

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    1. Anonymous09:30

      Considering the situation having all these new routes is quite an achievement.

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    2. Anonymous15:44

      From yesterday Germany removed mandatory quarantine for all those coming from Serbia. Vaccinated people can travel freely. I expect this market to start its slow recovery.

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    3. Anonymous16:34

      But still Germany does not allow the entry to the Serbian people who do not have EU residence permit.

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  15. Anonymous09:29

    Russian market will perform even better now that more flights will be allowed.

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    1. Anonymous09:36

      And Aeroflot has A330 scheduled on all flights from Moscow to Belgrade

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    2. Anonymous00:50

      When do they start sending widebodies on regular basis?

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    3. Anonymous00:52

      25th of May
      https://www.exyuaviation.com/2021/05/aeroflot-to-run-wide-body-belgrade.html

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  16. Anonymous09:30

    The more the merrier.

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    1. Anonymous09:42

      It is good to see that new routes are being launched now.

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  17. Anonymous09:30

    Fingers crossed these start.

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    1. Anonymous00:49

      TK will, N4 not so sure.

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  18. Anonymous09:41

    Belgrade is rising again.

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  19. Anonymous09:42

    I like that there are two European legacies starting flights - KLM and Luxair. But also great to see some more LCC lines.

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  20. Anonymous09:42

    How many flights out of BEG today?

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    1. Anonymous09:43

      Check on their web page

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    2. Anonymous09:45

      45 scheduled departures

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    3. Anonymous09:48

      Is that good result?
      How many flights would have been in the same period of 2019?

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    4. Anonymous09:52

      It's pretty good considering Budapest has 21 departures today.

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    5. Anonymous09:58

      Interesting

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    6. Anonymous10:02

      Prague also 21 departures today

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    7. Anonymous10:09

      It's really impressive how when demand to the west collapsed BEG started growing to the east. We got the two airlines from Kiev, widebody flights from Moscow, introduction of Rostov, resumption of KRR and LED, Hurgada started much earlier, FZ boosted flights and so on.

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    8. Anonymous10:30

      This is very good result for BEG

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    9. Anonymous10:46

      If you consider there is travel ban into the EU this isn't all that bad.

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    10. Anonymous13:12

      Ljubljana has 4 (four) departure today
      and 1 (one!) tomorrow.
      Belgrade rocks!

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    11. Anonymous15:44

      Is LH the one departure tomorrow? That's bad, demand can't be that weak!

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    12. Anonymous21:46

      Yes tomorrow is just 1 LH to Frankfurt.
      Not that wednesday will be much better: just 2 flights: one to Franfurt and TK to Istanbul.

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    13. Anonymous00:38

      Incredible how few flights there are from LJU.

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    14. Anonymous00:49

      That's what happens when you loose your national airline and the airport has no back up plan even though it was aware for years that the end was near.

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  21. Anonymous09:50

    Bravo BEG!

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  22. Anonymous10:30

    The number of airlines flying to BEG isn't that bad at all actually.

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  23. Anonymous10:41

    Anadolujet is really expanding in Ex-Yu.

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    1. Anonymous12:34

      +1

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    2. Anonymous12:36

      Nordwind too actually.

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  24. Anonymous10:47

    At least some optimistic signs. Wish them and the VINCI team all the best.

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  25. Anonymous10:48

    We will see another new airline start flights this year when Air Montenegro begins BEG next month.

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    1. Anonymous00:46

      Not sure that's gonna last.

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  26. Anonymous12:34

    The operational schedule for Ankara is great for a weekend trip.

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    1. Anonymous00:46

      Exactly. I think we will see tourists in both directions.

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  27. Anonymous12:35

    How come all this demand for flights from Russia to BEG?

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    1. Anonymous12:36

      Russians don't have many places they can travel too. Although there were still more flights prior to pandemic.

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    2. Anonymous12:37

      That's true but it would be interesting to see is the P2P demand the same, decreased or increased. Many of the Russia flights, especially by Aeroflot, were purely used for transfers.

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    3. Anonymous12:46

      Tourism arrival stat can help you with that

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    4. Anonymous09:16

      2.500 from Russia to Serbia and 1.000 from Serbia to Russia, during Q1.

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  28. Anonymous15:20

    Nice +

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  29. Anonymous15:26

    Its very unrealistic that these flights will happen .

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    1. Anonymous15:41

      Why? Read what it says

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    2. Anonymous16:33

      Hehe, of course these flights will happen

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    3. Anonymous00:44

      The guy posted this at 15.25 always posts such spam. You can recognize his punctuation and style of writing. Always comments on Serbian topics. Once he introduced himself as someone from Croatia, another time as someone from Albania. In short, he is a troll.

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  30. Anonymous17:15

    Why was Antalya not given regulatory approval? Is there a specific reason..or?

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      https://www.exyuaviation.com/2021/04/serbian-regulator-block-anadolujet.html

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  31. Anonymous17:59

    Really good to see those passenger numbers finally improving.

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    1. Anonymous00:45

      Yes, half of 2019 numbers but the rate of decline is decreasing.

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  32. Anonymous00:47

    I'm really surprised by the amount of indirect traffic with Ankara. I have never ever heard anyone from Serbia going there. Any idea where this traffic is coming from.

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    1. Anonymous00:47

      Although mind you LED is performing pretty good too considering there are flights. So quite a lot of indirect traffic there too.

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    2. Anonymous00:50

      The question is then why can't Air Serbia be successful in LED year round and instead flies it just for a couple of months?

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