Category Archives: Air Serbia

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.

Air Serbia now flies to Oslo

Air Serbia on July 16 with flight JU 450, using an Airbus A319, launched direct flights between Belgrade and Oslo. The national airline will be operating flights to the Norwegian capital two times a week, on Thursdays and Sundays.

When it comes to northern Europe, the national airline also operates flights to Stockholm and Copenhagen, and the introduction of flights to and from Oslo will enable better connectivity with Scandinavia for the entire region. Once the flight schedule reaches full capacity, Air Serbia will provide its passengers with good connections from Oslo via Belgrade to Sarajevo, Tivat, Podgorica, Skopje, Bucharest, Sofia, Thessaloniki and other destinations in its international network.

Oslo flight schedule:

FlightNo. Place of departure Time of departure Destination Time of arrival Frequency Date of first flight
JU450 Belgrade (BEG) 06:05 Oslo (OSL) 08:55 Thu 16 July, 2020
JU451 Oslo (OSL) 09:40 Belgrade (BEG) 12:25 Thu 16 July, 2020
JU454 Belgrade (BEG) 17:05 Oslo (OSL) 19:55 Sun 19 July, 2020
JU455 Oslo (OSL) 20:40 Belgrade (BEG) 23:25 Sun 19 July, 2020

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Air Serbia postpones start of scheduled passenger services by two weeks

Air Serbia, the national air carrier of the Republic of Serbia, will postpone the start of scheduled flights from the planned June 1 to June 15, 2020, in view of the European Commission’s recommendation regarding the extension of temporary restrictions. As many of the countries affected are served by Air Serbia’s network, the Serb flag carrier is compelled to postpone the start of its anticipated scheduled air services.

Nevertheless, the relaunching of flights to a limited number of destinations (London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Zurich, and Vienna), announced for the period beginning from Monday, May 18, will go forward as planned. In keeping with the European Commission recommendation, flights to these destinations will be operated at somewhat reduced frequencies than originally planned. Air Serbia is also closely monitoring possible re-opening of the region, and ready to prioritize regional flying and adjust to new opportunities and returning demand within the region.

“Our fleet and our staff are ready to resume scheduled passenger services at any time. The start and scope of our services, however, depend not only on us but on the decisions and guidelines of national, foreign, and international bodies and civil aviation authorities, and on the changes in the travel restrictions valid in the countries we serve. We are closely following the decisions of competent authorities, while adjusting our operation and plans to present conditions”, said Duncan Naysmith, Air Serbia CEO.

Earlier, Air Serbia had announced the gradual relaunching of flights after the break caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the various travel restrictions introduced globally. The airline announced changes in its anticipated flight schedule for the 2020 summer season, with reduced frequencies to some and temporary suspension of flights to other destinations.

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Air Serbia suspends all operations

Air Serbia suspended operations on Thursday, March 19, 2020.

The airline issued this statement:

Due to the situation resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and the temporary suspension of all commercial international traffic, Air Serbia will temporarily suspend passenger transport as of Thursday, March 19, 2020.

In the meantime, the Serbian national air carrier’s full resources are placed at the disposal of government authorities to support all activities that are required in the interest of the Republic of Serbia.

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Air Serbia honors 92 years of flying in Serbia

Air Serbia made this announcement:

Air Serbia, as a successor to the tradition of the first national airline, Aeroput, marks 92 years since the first flight. The historic first flight from Belgrade to Zagreb on 15 February 1928, lasted two hours, and was preceded by two years of planning and fundraising to realize the exciting and risky idea of establishing an airline company.

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The foundations of Serbian civil aviation were laid out with the vision of pilot and aero-engineer Tadija Sondermajer. Under his command, an airplane of the type Potez 29-2, symbolically named Belgrade, flew into history. Citizens and government officials in Zagreb welcomed it, and five journalists and photo reporters from the Belgrade newsrooms preserved its first trip above the clouds from oblivion. Neither the high cost of tickets at the time, nor the fear of passengers of flying managed to hinder the further development of Serbian aviation.

“We are proud that, 92 years after the historic first flight, planes with recognizable colors of the Serbian national airline fly to as many as 61 destinations, and we will increase that figure soon. We are grateful to our predecessors who bravely paved the way for Air Serbia to thrive today. By nurturing the same fervor and love for flying, we continue to recognize the opportunities and overcome obstacles in the extremely dynamic civil aviation market through further development and expansion,” said Air Serbia CEO Duncan Naysmith.

Air Serbia ranks eighth on the list of the world’s oldest airlines still operating, and the year in which it celebrates nearly a century since its first flight will be marked by the establishment of the route from Kraljevo to Thessaloniki in March, as well as the introduction of six new destinations from Belgrade in June.

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Air Serbia to introduce six new routes in 2020

Air Serbia enters 2020 with six new routes in Europe and the Middle East. With these new flights, the offer of the Serbian national air carrier, after the significant expansion in 2019, will continue this year. Starting in June, the national airline will establish routes from the Serbian capital to Geneva, Amman, Rostov-on-Don, Florence, Lviv, and Chisinau.

Aircraft with the airline’s logo of a stylized two-headed eagle will land at Geneva airport three times a week, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Air Serbia will operate four weekly flights on the new route to the Jordanian capital, Amman, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. Belgrade and Rostov-on-Don, an important city and port in southern Russia, will be connected with four weekly flights, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

The Serbian flag carrier will operate two weekly flights between Belgrade and Florence in central Italy, on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Flights to the west Ukrainian city of Lviv will be operated four times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Belgrade and the Moldovan capital Chisinau will be connected with four weekly flights, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.

In addition to the new destinations, Air Serbia will be improving connectivity by adding new frequencies on existing routes, such as Prague, Zagreb, Tirana, Skopje, Bucharest, Ljubljana, Dubrovnik, Tivat, and Larnaca. When it comes to Istanbul, the destination launched two months ago, from April the Serbian national airline will increase the number of weekly flights from the existing three to seven times a week.

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Air Serbia introduces additional flights to Istanbul, has a record year in 2019

Air Serbia will increase the number of flights between Belgrade and Istanbul at the beginning of the high season, so that it will fly to the city on Bosporus seven times a week. The national carrier currently operates flights to the popular Turkish destination three times a week – Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Air Serbia restored the Istanbul route on December 11, 2019 after a two-and-a-half year break. National carrier’s aircraft are now landing at the new International Airport Istanbul, which was opened in 2018.

On the financial side, Air Serbia had a record year in 2019:

  • Passenger numbers increased by 9.5 per cent to 2.81 million, a record high
  • Total ASK (Available Seat Kilometres, number of seats multiplied by the number of kilometres flown) increased to 4.45 billion
  • Passenger load factor is 72 per cent
  • Flights from two more hub airports in Serbia established
  • 23 new flights established – ten from Belgrade, twelve from Niš and one from Kraljevo
  • Ancillary services sales increased for 28 per cent

In addition to introducing new routes and establishing operations in two more airports in Serbia in 2019, Air Serbia delivered growth and accomplished record results in the number of passengers carried.

During the year, the airline carried a total of 2.81 million passengers on scheduled and charter flights, which represents a milestone result since it began operating as Air Serbia. The number of passengers carried increased 9.5 per cent, compared to 2018. Regular flights increased by 9 per cent, and charter flights by 23 per cent more passengers compared to the previous year. After a successful summer season, the positive results continued in the off-peak season period of 2019, when almost 25 per cent more passengers were carried compared to the same period last year. At the end of October last year, Air Serbia celebrated another historic moment and welcomed its 15 millionth passenger in its six years of operations.

During 2019, Air Serbia operated a total of 33,322 flights, 2,370 of which were charter flights of Aviolet, the charter brand of the Serbian national airline.

Network capacity, measured in Available Seat Kilometres (ASK), rose to 4.45 billion. The average passenger load factor in Air Serbia was 72 per cent in 2019, while sales of increasingly popular ancillary services grew 28 per cent.

Duncan Naysmith, Air Serbia CEO, stated: “In 2019, we delivered the largest network expansion and carried more passengers since we had started operations as Air Serbia. By launching new flights from as many as three airports in Serbia, we have confirmed our position of regional leader in the sphere of commercial aviation and given our contribution to the development of business and tourism in Serbia, as well as regional interconnectivity. During the previous year, we have carefully selected new destinations, further improving the integration of our international network and providing our guests with more choice and more benefits.”

Last year, the growth of network capacity of Air Serbia was enhanced with the launch of as many as ten new flights from its home Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport – eight scheduled flights throughout the year to Kiev, Madrid, Barcelona, Rijeka, Krasnodar, Helsinki, Cairo and Istanbul, as well as seasonal flights to Nice and Zadar. During 2019, the national airline launched operations at two more airports in Serbia. Based on the results of an international tender for flights of public importance announced by the Government of Serbia, 12 new flights from the Niš Constantine the Great Airport were introduced, as well as a flight to Vienna from the Morava Airport near Kraljevo. The introduction of new flights last year expanded the network of the national airline to include 61 destinations. In spring, Air Serbia will also start operating seasonal flights to Thessaloniki from Kraljevo.

In 2019, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) certified Air Serbia for the level two NDC (New Distribution Capability) standard, placing it among leading international airlines which adapted their distribution systems to the latest forms of communication. Air Serbia thus became one of the first airlines in Southeast Europe to receive a level 2 NDC certificate, and the first airline in the world with the latest 19.2 version of the certificate, which defines the potentials for product distribution.

During the year, Air Serbia signed a new codeshare agreement with the Finnish airline Finnair, increasing the total number of codeshare partnerships to 14 and expanding its virtual codeshare network to 94 destinations.

During 2019, the national airline continued the digitalization and personalization of products, in line with the long-term strategy and international aviation trends.

In 2019, Air Serbia celebrated two important anniversaries – the sixth anniversary since it had started operating under that name, and the 92nd anniversary as the successor of its glorious predecessors Aeroput and JAT, which makes it the eight oldest airline in the world which is still in business.

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Record results for Air Serbia in October

Air Serbia made this announcement:

Air Serbia continues to deliver exceptional operating results from the summer season even in October, which traditionally used to be considered a month of less intense traffic. The airline had 240,696 passengers, which is 13.37 per cent more compared to the 212,314 passengers from October last year and which is at the same time the best result for this month since the launch of Air Serbia. Passenger Load Factor on flights from Belgrade was increased for 3 percentage points to 75 percent.

Exceptionally good results were also accomplished in charter traffic, with the Aviolet charter brand carrying 30.13 per cent more passengers compared to October last year. During the last month, the airplanes of the national carrier operated flights to 45 destinations from Belgrade and 12 from Niš, compared to the 37 destinations from the Serbian capital in the same period last year.

“We are very satisfied with the results achieved and we are convinced the trend will continue in the coming period. New destinations, launched in June as the result of careful strategic planning, proved to be the right move which generated significant growth. We are also happy that, with our results, we had contributed to the development of Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, whose growth reached almost 10 per cent in Q3 2019,” stated Air Serbia CEO Duncan Naysmith.

By establishing direct flights to as many as nine new destinations from Belgrade and 12 from Niš, the national carrier had its greatest expansion since it started operating under the name of Air Serbia.

Finnair and Air Serbia establish a new codeshare partnership

Finnair and Air Serbia, the national airline of the Republic of Serbia, have agreed on a codeshare agreement in order to provide their passengers enhanced travel opportunities within their networks in Europe. In addition, the new codeshares will also offer good connectivity between Serbia and key destinations in the USA and Asia.

According to the new agreement, starting from 27 October, Air Serbia’s “JU” code will be added on flights operated by Finnair between Helsinki and Vienna, Prague, Berlin, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Oslo, Riga, Tartu, Vilnius and Tallinn. Air Serbia’s code is also added on a large number of flights operated by Finnair within Finland, such as flights between Helsinki and Turku, Tampere, Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Kuopio, Kajaani, Kokkola, Pietarsaari, Vaasa, Kemi Tornio, Oulu, Ivalo, Kuusamo and Rovaniemi.

Finnair’s “AY” code is added on Air Serbia operated flights between Belgrade and Helsinki as well as on flights between Belgrade and Vienna, Prague, Berlin, Tirana, Bucharest, Sofia, Skopje, Podgorica, Sarajevo, Tivat, Larnaca and Thessaloniki.

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Atlasglobal Airlines expands its relationship with Air Serbia

AtlasGlobal Airlines (Turkey) Airbus A330-203 TC-AGD (msn 819) AYT (Andi Hiltl). Image: 946931.

Atlasglobal Airlines is expanding its codeshare relationship with Air Serbia. As a result, Atlasglobal has added five new destinations via Air Serbia.

The carrier is adding codeshare service to Prague, Berlin, Zurich, Sofia and Kiev.

Top Copyright Photo: AtlasGlobal Airlines (Turkey) Airbus A330-203 TC-AGD (msn 819) AYT (Andi Hiltl). Image: 946931.

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