Ural Airlines schedules Belgrade launch


Ural Airlines has scheduled the launch of its first service to Belgrade, after receiving approval from Russian authorities to commence operations from five Russian cities to the Serbian capital. The airline has scheduled and put on sale flights between Moscow Domodedovo Airport and Belgrade starting next Saturday, July 24. Initially, it plans to run one weekly rotation. However, it is highly likely the Serbian Civil Aviation Directorate will block the carrier from introducing the flights, as was the case with S7 Airlines, which also put tickets on sale between Moscow and Belgrade only for the Serbian regulator to refuse issuing a permit. Serbia and Russia have a stringent bilateral air service agreement in place. Although revised in 2013 to allow airlines other than Aeroflot and Air Serbia to maintain operations between the two countries, it still heavily favours the two national carriers.

Travel between the two countries has flourished during the coronavirus pandemic. Aeroflot currently maintains daily flights between Moscow and the Serbian capital with its wide-body Airbus A330-300 aircraft, while Air Serbia runs eight weekly rotations, as well as frequent charters with its A330-200 jet. In addition, Aeroflot recently launched flights from St Petersburg to Belgrade, while Nordwind Airlines has introduced services from both Moscow and St Petersburg this year. Furthermore, Air Serbia has restored operations on all of its routes to Russia including St Petersburg and Krasnodar, while it also inaugurated flights to Rostov-on-Don this summer.

In addition to Moscow, back in April Ural Airlines received approval from Russian authorities to launch services to Belgrade from St Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Samara and Kazan, however, these are yet to be scheduled. Ural had previously flown from Domodedovo Airport to Belgrade in 2016 but terminated the service after nine months due to strong competition. The airline carried over nine million passengers in 2019 and boasts a fleet of 51 Airbus aircraft including the A320neo. There are currently 25 weekly scheduled flights between Belgrade and Russia, with over 4.700 seats on sale between the two each week.

Further details for the new Moscow - Belgrade service can be viewed here.



Comments

  1. Anonymous09:03

    Watch the CAD block them.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous09:04

      I don't understand why. It's not like they are threat to anyone...

      Delete
    2. Anonymous09:08

      Well maybe a threat to JU & SU.

      Delete
    3. Anonymous09:09

      `1 weekly flight? Why let Nordwind Airlines fly then?

      Delete
    4. Anonymous09:16

      Maybe N4 has good political connections.

      Delete
    5. Anonymous09:19

      Not really. N4 nearly got blocked too. But N4 was just lucky because they were the first ones in. N4 started by officially applying for a charter permit, even though they were selling tickets online. Then Air Serbia got upset because it has to compete against someone and asked the CAD to block them. And the CAD actually did and one flight was cancelled back in February but then the Russian aviation authority got upset and threatened to block Air Serbia so they retreated like mice and N4 got its permit.

      Delete
    6. Anonymous09:23

      Thank goodness there is open sky with EU otherwise they would be blocking anyone who dare launch flights.

      Delete
    7. Anonymous09:41

      That's what's great about Serbia, JU's parasitic tendencies aren't holding the market hostage and in many ways JU is forced either to fight or retreat.
      That's why I always laugh when I remember Marek's comment from the other day how they have strategic planning. They have no such a thing and their lack of marketing is best proof of that.

      Delete
    8. Anonymous09:51

      Is it a cynical laugh, a skeptical laugh, or a joyful laugh?

      Delete
    9. Anonymous09:59

      It's a sad laugh because this guy receives a huge salary and then he make such statements.

      Delete
    10. Anonymous10:09

      I don't think they will block them. I looked at their website and tickets are not that cheap, I think they have a lot of customers already.

      Delete
    11. Anonymous10:12

      So how do the research, plan, analyze information for a new route without a strategic planning department?

      Delete
    12. Anonymous10:18

      JU strategy is to look for market with almost no competition and to go for it. When they launch Rostov they were the only foreign airline there. Same with Oslo and Geneva. Now we see how well they do there and I hope it is not like Budapest, Varna, Warsaw and so on.

      Israel airlines are flying to BEG now but JU is not flying to TLV. Another strategic move at JU?

      Delete
    13. Anonymous10:25

      Ok, so you admit JU has a strategic planning development.
      And good observation, when JU realizes there is a demand for a new city, and there is no competition, then that is great for Air Serbia.
      Sometimes new routes fail due to low demand, little marketing and PR, but at least they try.

      Delete
    14. Anonymous10:41

      Just because they have a strategic department doesn't mean it is doing a good job or that it's worth all the subsidies JU receives.

      Delete
    15. Anonymous10:58

      The strategic decision to enter the South Russian market was excellent and appears to be successful. Krasnodar, Rostov and later maybe Soči.

      Delete
    16. Anonymous11:00

      I hope JU manages to keep up with LH in FRA, OS in VIE, KL in AMS and especially LX in ZRH. Swiss seems to be going crazy with 21 weekly flights and many of them with A320 and A321. This is the first time in 20 years that Swiss has the upper hand on this market.

      Delete
    17. Anonymous11:13

      Good observation. JU needs to fight back hard now, not to lose market share. At least not without a fight.

      Delete
    18. Anonymous12:51

      I think their strategic department decided to strategically have less frequencies to VIE and ZRH. I mean it's a good strategy to have daily flights to VIE on a 31 year old ATR when your competition has 16 weekly on the E95.

      Delete
    19. Anonymous14:53

      Love the sarcasm.

      Delete
  2. Anonymous09:04

    So this will be the fourth airline flying between Belgrade and Moscow?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous09:10

      Yes, if the Civil Aviation Directorate doesn't stop them.

      Delete
  3. Anonymous09:04

    Their fares seem decent compared to the competition.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Anonymous09:07

    Good news

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous09:16

      Don't get your hopes up. Air Serbia is uncompetitive against anyone so they will give the orders to block Ural. Got a feeling.

      Delete
    2. Anonymous09:43

      This year they have 0, yes zero, charters to Heraklion. Why? Well because they couldn't compete against Aegean and Wizz Air. So they are focusing on Turkey where CAD blocked Anadoloujet and Egypt where anyone else besides Air Cairo can't dream of operating flights. Remember the saga with Al-Masria and their A332 the past few years?

      Delete
    3. Anonymous09:52

      Or maybe it's a lack of available aircraft?

      Delete
    4. Anonymous09:59

      Nope, they have a few charter flights to Chania so it's not an issue of having or not having planes. Also they will fly to some other Greek destinations so the absence of Heraklion is extremely interesting.

      Delete
    5. Anonymous10:15

      Well maybe that's just it, they fly to all those destinations you mention and as a result they have no available planes.

      Delete
    6. Anonymous10:19

      Mhmmm sure that's it, they don't have planes so they only don't fly to Heraklion where they have two competitors.

      Delete
    7. Anonymous10:23

      And not to mention that Heraklion is second Greece airport by number of passengers so it could work and with transfer and direct passengers. But Mr. Marek is strategic planner, so no.

      Delete
    8. Anonymous11:01

      Didn't know that Heraklion is second biggest Greek airport.
      Good point that they could get lots of transfers from Balkans.

      Delete
    9. Anonymous11:01

      Well you saw that they don't have enough aircraft. lol

      Delete
    10. Anonymous11:11

      Yeah, too bad, Heraklion would be a great addition.
      Do you think it could work year round?

      Delete
    11. Anonymous12:24

      I am pretty sure that could work year round. Maybe novembar and February could be problematic, but other months for sure.

      Delete
    12. Anonymous02:47

      Why flying to Heraklion when you can fly to Chania ?
      Chania is Cretes second airport and as good .

      Delete
  5. Anonymous09:08

    Let's hope they launch.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Anonymous09:08

    Congratulations BEG!

    Almost every week we get good news about new airlines / routes in Belgrade. Even in the normal times it would be extra ordinary and especially in these crazy circumstances.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous09:32

      +1

      Delete
    2. Anonymous09:38

      BEG is making a really strong comeback

      Delete
    3. Anonymous09:53

      And fairly fast too.

      Delete
  7. Anonymous09:08

    I'm surprised how modern their fleet is. All Airbus. Although they have MAXs on order.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Anonymous09:10

    Are there still caps on flights between Moscow and Belgrade?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous09:15

      Yes. 8 flights per week by each country at the moment (Aeroflot 7 + Nordwind 1, Air Serbia 8).

      Delete
    2. Anonymous09:22

      It makes no sense.

      Delete
    3. Anonymous09:44

      Actually it's 8 to Moscow alone. SU, N4 and JU have LED flights and JU flies to ROV and KRR.

      Delete
  9. Anonymous09:11

    I hope CAD won't limit the market in order to protect JU. Local market profits the most like this.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous09:15

      It's not really about the CAD. They get the order from Air Serbia and then do it. The CAD itself does not care.

      Delete
    2. Anonymous09:28

      Well, Air Serbia >>> Government of Serbia >>> CAD.

      Delete
  10. Anonymous09:14

    Fantastic news

    ReplyDelete
  11. Anonymous09:14

    Nice, but what is the point with one weekly frequencies?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous09:20

      There is a limit on the number of flights between Moscow and Belgrade. So they start off with one and will eventually grow. Nordwind started a second route within 6 months of launching Moscow-Belgrade.

      Delete
    2. Anonymous09:22

      Maybe they know they can't get more than that. Better something than nothing.

      I'm sorry about this because of hotel industry

      Delete
  12. Anonymous09:20

    Still nothing on INI-Russia market, could it work with 2pw?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous09:26

      Red Wings used to operate some Nis charters in 2017.

      Delete
    2. Anonymous09:31

      Great idea. And help tourism in southern Serbia.
      2pw should be able to work with a low coster.

      Delete
  13. Anonymous09:28

    When does Red Wings resume flights?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous14:48

      Belgrade and Yerevan are the only two international destinations that they have on their drop down menu. Hopefully soon.

      Delete
  14. Anonymous09:30

    Good. The more foreign visitors the better.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Anonymous09:31

    What is this airline like? Are they LCC?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous14:49

      It's a full service airline but they have fares without baggage and meals.

      Delete
  16. Anonymous09:40

    Hope this route starts.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous14:49

      Tickets are still on sale, so that's a good sign :D

      Delete
  17. Anonymous09:45

    Knowing it's in the CAD's hands, I would not hold my breath that they issue approval.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous09:49

      They only listen to JU.

      Delete
  18. Anonymous09:46

    Nice. They have a big network in Russia. Would be good for transfers.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Anonymous09:46

    When are these silly caps going to be lifted?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous09:48

      It's Russia's doing. Not the other way around.

      Delete
    2. Anonymous10:53

      Shame Russians are not allowing more flights to Moscow. There seems to be more than enough demand.

      Delete
  20. Anonymous09:49

    The more airlines the better since it will help with BEG's recovery.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous09:50

      Not just BEG's but rather the whole country's. I mean these Russian tourists would come here and spend their money in hotels, restaurants, shops and so on. However Air Serbia doesn't really care about that and they want these guys to fly with them for €700.

      Delete
    2. Anonymous09:57

      Won't help Air Serbia though.

      Delete
    3. Anonymous09:57

      It will force them to be more competitive

      Delete
    4. Anonymous10:00

      But this doesn't help the Serbian economy. One flight with Ural brings 150+ people who are coming to spend money here. Look at N4, they are doing really well and their flights are packed and many are with A321.

      Delete
  21. Anonymous09:57

    Good that it's finally an airport other than Sheremetyevo.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous19:34

      And what is wrong with Sheremetievo? best airport in Moscow fyi!

      Delete
  22. Anonymous09:57

    I have a cool idea. For every airline JU blocks they have to launch that route. Ok, they are going to block Ural now, fine... increase SVO to 9 weekly. You blocked S7 as well? Cool, increase SVO by one flight. If they think there is no market then they should let those who disagree with them to operate flights.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous10:19

      Good idea. But in order for those Russians who were/would fly to BEG, Air Serbia would have to reduce their fares. Otherwise those people will go somewhere else.

      Delete
  23. Anonymous10:07

    If Serbia want to promote tourism then it has to stop blocking so many airline. More competition mean cheaper tickets so more people can afford to come.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Anonymous10:15

    Ok, it's clear that Serbia is looking into Russia and China during the last decade. If you want to stimulate travel, you need to allow competition. When will this JU protectionism ever end? This mentality is really outdated. I think this is also the main reason why Wizz Air never really expanded that much in BEG. They are probably putting limits.
    And in the case of Ural, we are talking about 1 weekly flight, for God's sake! How can this be a "threat"?

    ReplyDelete
  25. Anonymous10:46

    really good period for BEG and Serbian aviation. I am so impressed by Indian carriers doing so well in promoting Belgrade. Every day there are between 1 and 3 arrivals from New Delhi. BEG will definitely earn some money from all these fantastic increases. Congratulations.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Anonymous10:52

    Welcome!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Anonymous10:53

    The schedule is good.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Anonymous10:54

    I hope they manage but I'm not sure they will be able to compete against SU and JU.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous11:02

      N4 seems to be doing ok

      Delete
    2. Anonymous14:53

      Why wouldn't they be able to compete against Air Serbia? They have an actual business class product.
      https://cdn.planespotters.net/10290/vp-bbq-ural-airlines-airbus-a320-214_PlanespottersNet_343256_f8b7d8a8c8_o.jpg

      Delete
  29. Anonymous12:39

    Great news for BEG, bad news for JU.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous02:34

      I'm sure they will live.

      Delete
  30. Anonymous12:40

    In my opinion, a decent low fare option between Serbia and Russia would really boost tourism.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous14:57

      That's a fair opinion.

      Delete
    2. Anonymous02:34

      The prices on JU, SU and now even N4 are out of control.

      Delete
  31. Anonymous13:25

    It would be great if BEG get some new legacy carriers. Is there any chance we could see some new carriers this year?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous13:30

      They got two this year- KLM and Luxair.

      Delete
    2. Anonymous14:41

      I clearly said new...

      Delete
    3. Anonymous14:42

      How many new airlines do you expect to launch flights during an ongoing pandemic?

      Delete
    4. Anonymous15:01

      BA, Iberian and TAP would be nice. Oh, love to see SAS too.

      Delete
    5. Anonymous15:41

      BA is not needed in BEG.

      Delete
    6. Anonymous15:46

      I have no expetations. I have just asked. Thats huge difference...

      Delete
    7. Anonymous22:08

      Belgrade is getting Indigo A321neo from DEL tonight!

      Delete
  32. I'm sick of hearing about BEG even though I am from Beograd. The airport and city are doing just fine. I hope the situation in Nis changes. INI has huge potential.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous02:33

      Well the demand seems to be for BEG.

      Delete

Post a Comment

EX-YU Aviation News does not tolerate insults, excessive swearing, racist, homophobic or any other chauvinist remarks or provocative posts with the intention of creating further arguments. A full list of comment guidelines can be found here. Thank you for your cooperation.