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Air Serbia has its best month in August for 2021

Air Serbia, the national airline of the Republic of Serbia, carried more than 300,000 passengers in August 2021 via scheduled and charter flights, from its hub in Belgrade, as well as the airports in Niš and Kraljevo. The result achieved represents the highest number of passengers carried in a month in 2021, and is the continuation of the constant growth during summer months.

The last time Air Serbia carried more than 300,000 passengers in just one month was in the pre-pandemic year of 2019, which was a record year for the national airline by all parameters.

“We are extremely satisfied that the trend of stable growth during the past few months continued in August as well. The results achieved show that a very good and successful summer is now behind us. On the other hand, we are aware that the situation with the coronavirus pandemic is deteriorating in certain countries, as well as that travel restrictions are being reactivated more frequently. For that reason, we will make plans for the coming period with a dose of caution, focusing on carefully observing the development of the situation, and reacting quickly in accordance with the current measures and demand in the market,” said Jiri Marek, General Manager Commercial and Strategy, Air Serbia.

Since the beginning of the summer season, the Serbian national airline had a constant growth of passenger numbers. In July, 63 percent more passengers have been carried than in June, while the result in June was 68 percent better than the one in May. Thanks to the record results during May and June of this year, in the second quarter of 2021, Air Serbia reported a market share of 52 percent at the Belgrade airport, which represents a growth of as many as 9 percentage points compared to the second quarter of the record-breaking 2019.

Air Serbia to extend flights to three Russian destinations throughout October

Celebrating 90 Years (including JAT)

Air Serbia, the national airline of the Republic of Serbia, due to good results achieved during the summer season, decided to extend the period during which it will fly to three destinations in the Russian Federation – Saint Petersburg, Krasnodar, and its new destination Rostov-on-Don. Even though it was initially planned to operate flights until the end of September, it was decided to continue them until the end of the summer season, i.e. until the end of October and subject to further developments regarding the demand and travel restrictions, Air Serbia will decide on possible flying to these three destinations during the forthcoming winter season, as well.

Air Serbia plans to operate nearly 500 flights and carry about 60,000 passengers between Belgrade and its four destinations in the Russian Federation from the start of the year until the end of August. The load factor on the routes is over 80%.

Serbian national airline will continue flying to its destinations in Russia at the same dynamic – up to eight times a week to Moscow and twice a week to Saint Petersburg, Krasnodar and Rostov-on-Don.

Due to high demand among passengers from the region and the Russian Federation, Air Serbia boosted the frequency of its Moscow service in May, and restored the temporarily suspended flights to Krasnodar and Saint Petersburg in early June, as well as launched a new service to Rostov-on-Don. Thanks to direct flights to four important economic, industrial and cultural centres of Russia, the Serbian airline represents the main gateway for traveling to our region and beyond for passengers from the world’s biggest country.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Serbia Airbus A319-132 YU-APB (msn 2296) (90 Years) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 954808.

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Air Serbia carried 63 percent more passengers in July compared to June

Air Serbia continues to record growth with 280,958 passengers carried in July 2021, which represents the highest number of passengers since September 2019, and a 63 percent increase compared to June in the current year. Of the total number of passengers, 74,797 were carried on charter flights, which is the greatest number of charter passengers since August 2019, while 206,161 were carried in scheduled traffic from the airports in Belgrade, Niš and Kraljevo.

By carefully monitoring changes in travel restrictions and demand, in July, Air Serbia operated flights to 41 destinations as a part of its scheduled operations. The most popular destinations of the Serbian national airline during last month were Tivat, Podgorica, Paris, Zurich, New York and Moscow.

In May 2021, the national airline operated flights to 30 destinations, carrying more than 100,000 passengers, and already in June, it had a 68 percent growth with more than 170,000 passengers, and flights to 38 destinations.

Air Serbia increases flight frequencies to several European destinations after traffic was up 68% in June

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Due to increased demand, Air Serbia, the Serbian national airline, will in the period from July 13 to September 29 increase the number of flights to several European destinations – Amsterdam, Stockholm, Oslo and Vienna.

By adding one weekly flight on Tuesdays, the number of flights to Oslo will reach up to four a week in the period between July 13 and August 17. Along with the aforementioned changes, passengers will have access to an additional 1,728 seats on the flights to the Norwegian capital – a destination which, despite the pandemic, became one of the most popular destinations in Air Serbia’s network very quickly after its introduction in July 2020.

By introducing 12 round-trip flights to Amsterdam in the period from July 14 to  September 29, Air Serbia will offer its passengers an additional 3,456 seats on this route. Along with the planned increased frequency of flights, the Serbian national airline will be operating up to six weekly flights to the Dutch capital.

On the Belgrade-Stockholm route, six round-trip flights will be added in the period between July 15 and August 19, providing an additional 1,728 seats. In the aforementioned period, Air Serbia will operate up to four flights a week to the capital and largest city of Sweden.

In the period from July 17 to September 25, with the introduction of 11 additional flights, i.e. 3,168 additional seats, Air Serbia will operate up to seven weekly flights to Vienna.

The increase in the number of flights is a result of increased traffic in June:

In June 2021, Air Serbia increased its market share at Nikola Tesla Airport, carrying a total of 54.1 percent of passengers who used the services of Belgrade Airport during that month. In addition, the Serbian national airline carried 170,413 passengers in June, which is the largest number of passengers since December 2019 and an increase of 68 percent compared to May this year.

Carefully monitoring the changes in travel restrictions and demand, Air Serbia operated up to 38 destinations in scheduled traffic during June. The most popular destinations of the Serbian national airline last month were Tivat, Podgorica, Paris, Moscow, Zurich and New York.

“The results we accomplished in June are a product of strategic planning, efficient recognition of business opportunities, and a quick reaction to changes within the market. We are pleased the situation is slowly heading towards a positive direction and the demand for air transport is constantly increasing. As a regional leader, we remain committed to intensifying the volume of air traffic wherever we can, in order to continue to provide strong connections between cities in the region, in Europe, as well as the entire world,” stated Jiri Marek, General Manager Commercial and Strategy at Air Serbia.

During the previous month, record-breaking results were also reported in regards to the number of visits to the Air Serbia Premium Lounge. The lounge of the Serbian national airline welcomed 3,252 guests in June, which is a growth of 33 percent compared to the same month in 2019. In this record-breaking month, there were on average 108 passengers a day in the Premium Lounge, while the absolute record was achieved on 21 June, when 177 passengers used lounge services.

Thanks to record results during May and June this year, Air Serbia recorded a market share of 52% at Belgrade airport in Q2 2021. This represents a growth of as much as 9 percentage points compared to Q2 2019, which by all parameters represented a record year for the Serbian national airline, when Air Serbia recorded a 43 percent share at its hub.

Air Serbia and Luxair establish partnership agreement, Air Serbia increases flights to Montenegro

Air Serbia Airbus A319-132 YU-APE (msn 3252) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 954338.

Air Serbia and Luxair have established a new partnership agreement.

In other news, Air Serbia is increasing the number of flights to Montenegro with this announcement:

Due to high demand, Air Serbia has provided in July a total of 12,340 additional seats on flights to the Montenegrin coast. The Serbian national airline has made additional 10,228 seats available to passengers by introducing 43 round trip flights to Tivat this month. Also, the introduction of a different aircraft type on existing flights on this popular route has made another 2,160 seats available.

With reference to the concerned changes, Air Serbia will operate up to 54 flights a week to Tivat in July, while the number of daily flights on this route will range from six to as many as eight.

In July, Air Serbia plans to operate three daily flights to Podgorica, that is, up to 21 flights a week, and Serbia’s flag carrier will operate a total of 322 round trip flights to both of its destinations in Montenegro. In order to provide greater capacity, one return flight to Podgorica on Sundays will be performed by an Airbus A330 with 257 seats.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Serbia Airbus A319-132 YU-APE (msn 3252) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 954338.

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Air Serbia is recommencing flights to its popular destinations

Remembering Nikola Tesla

Air Serbia has made this announcement:

Starting from May 28, 2021, Air Serbia will recommence flights to its destinations on the Croatian coast – Dubrovnik and Split. The flights to popular vacation destinations in Dalmatia will be operated two times a week, on Mondays and Fridays, and from 13 June, the third weekly flight to Split will be added on Sundays.

In addition to seasonal routes, Air Serbia will recommence its scheduled services to Bucharest on June 4, 2021. The Serbian national airline will be operating flights to the capital of Romania three times a week – on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays. By the end of June, it is planned to increase the number of weekly flights to Bucharest to five, by adding one flight on Sundays and Mondays each.

In addition, the company will also recommence flights to Thessaloniki, and will be resuming flights to Prague and Sofia from June 4, 2021.

During the summer season, the Serbian national airline will be operating flights to Thessaloniki seven times a week – twice daily on Mondays and Fridays and once daily on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. A direct flight on this route lasts one hour and 15 minutes on average.

For the majority of the summer season, Air Serbia will be operating flights to Prague two times a week – on Mondays and Fridays. A direct flight between the Serbian and Czech capitals lasts one hour and 40 minutes on average.

It is planned to operate Air Serbia flights to Sofia three times a week – twice daily on Mondays and once daily on Fridays. Direct flight between the capitals of Serbia and Bulgaria lasts one hour and five minutes on average.

“We are glad that the summer season is approaching and, judging by the apparent changes in demand, the situation is developing in a positive direction. We are pleased that we have the opportunity to enable passengers to plan their summer vacation in popular coastal destinations such as Dubrovnik and Split, for which there is traditionally a lot of interest because of their beauty and proximity. The air connection to the capital of Romania is also very important to us, primarily for economic reasons,” said Jiri Marek, General Manager, Commercial and Strategy, Air Serbia.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Serbia Airbus A330-243 YU-ARB (msn 973) (Nikola Tesla) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 953667.

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Air Serbia increases frequency of flights to Montenegro, opens charter season with flights to Hurghada

Named "Dejan Stankovic"

Air Serbia will be increasing its capacities on flights between Serbia and Montenegro, by introducing additional flights and more than 3,000 additional seats to both Tivat and Podgorica, during 1 May and Easter holidays. In May, the Serbian national airline plans to operate 15 flights a week to Podgorica, with two flights each day, except on Friday, when it will be operating three flights to the Montenegrin capital. The national airline will be flying to Tivat 9 times a week in May, with one flight every day, except for Friday and Sunday, when it will be operating two daily flights.

Immediately after Montenegro Airlines’ discontinued operations in December 2020, Air Serbia increased the capacities for trips between the two countries and utilized additional resources at airports in Podgorica, Tivat and Belgrade, in order to accommodate all passengers in the new circumstances.

There are currently no travel restrictions between Serbia and Montenegro, and negative PCR tests are not needed in either direction. Air Serbia flights are operated using Airbus A319 and A320 type aircraft, with a greater number of seats.

Photo: The new Airbus A330 aircraft, intended for our New York flights, is embellished with a stylized image of Serbia’s famous scientist and inventor, Nikola Tesla.

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In other news, Air Serbia is opening the summer charter season for 2021 with a total of seven round trip flights between Belgrade and Hurghada, which will be operated until  May 8, 2021, during Easter and International Workers’ Day holidays. The national airline will operate the flights using Airbus A319 airplanes, each with a 144 seat configuration.

During the summer season of 2021, Air Serbia, in cooperation with domestic travel agencies, plans to operate more than 800 charter flights to popular destinations in Turkey, Egypt, Greece and Tunisia.

Charter flights to Turkey will be primarily organized toward the Antalya region, but there are also plans for Bodrum and Dalaman on the Aegean coast. When it comes to Egypt, flights to Hurghada will be operated on a larger scale, with slightly smaller number of flights to Sharm El-Sheikh. As for Greece, passengers can expect travel arrangements with direct charter flights to Rhodes, Crete, Skiathos, Corfu, Kefalonia, and other popular destinations.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Serbia Airbus A319-132 YU-APJ (msn 1159) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 943568.

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Air Serbia to test the IATA digital passport (“IATA Travel Pass”)

Air Serbia, in cooperation with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), from the beginning of April will start testing the IATA digital passport (“IATA Travel Pass”), a mobile application which helps passengers organize their travels simply and safely in accordance with the regulations of countries pertaining to COVID-19 testing or vaccination. In this manner, the Serbian national airline will be one of the first airlines in Europe to become a part of the global initiative, whose goal is the re-opening of borders without quarantines, as well as guaranteeing safe travels and the recovery of tourism and the aviation industry.

The first stage of the trial will be carried out on Air Serbia flights between Belgrade and Zurich, it will last several weeks, and passengers will be invited to participate.

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IATA Travel Pass will allow passengers to store and manage data about COVID-19 test results on their phones, as well as to share their verified status with the airline, in a safe and secure manner, before arriving to the airport. The IATA digital passport will also provide up-to-date information about health regulations in regard to the coronavirus, helping passengers verify whether they meet the latest requirements to enter the destination country.

Air Serbia passengers will have the opportunity to easily and simply create their digital passport. After testing and/or vaccination, national reference laboratories will send protected information into the user’s app in a safe manner. IATA Travel Pass will then compare the necessary requirements for travel with the input user data, and all who meet the conditions for their desired destination will get a green light for travel. The application, as a safe place for storing health information, will not only accelerate the check-in process for flights, but will also create the potential for contactless travel in the future.

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Air Serbia recommencing Moscow flights

Air Serbia has made this announcement:

The JU 0652 Belgrade-Moscow flight on November 9, 2020. will mark Air Serbia’s re-establishment of the air connection with Russian Federation. The national airline plans to operate flights from Belgrade to the capital of Russia twice a week, on Mondays at 13:50 and Fridays at 7:30.

The last flight between the Serbian and Russian capitals, prior to the temporary suspension of air traffic due to the coronavirus pandemic, was carried out on  March 18, 2020.

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Air Serbia recommences flights to Brussels

On August 27, 2020 Air Serbia started the gradual recommencement of flights between Belgrade and Brussels. An Airbus A319 airplane of the Serbian national airline departed to the capital of Belgium this morning at 6:45 am. Flights which were discontinued from July 28 until today will in the coming period be operated twice a week, on Thursdays and Sundays. Depending on travel restrictions and demand, Air Serbia is planning to start operating three flights a week to Brussels by September 22, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Flights from Belgrade will be operated on Thursdays at 6:45 am and Sundays at 5:15 pm.