Category Archives: Air Serbia

Air Serbia starts flights to Valencia

Air Serbia issued this statement:

Today, April 21, with flight JU594 operated by Airbus A320 aircraft, Air Serbia will establish direct flights between Belgrade and Valencia for the first time. The Serbian national airline will be operating flights to its third destination in Spain twice a week – on Wednesdays and Saturdays during April and May, and as of early June, on Thursdays and Sundays.

The Serbian airline’s inaugural flight will be officially sent off from Nikola Tesla Belgrade Airport and welcomed at Valencia Airport, the tenth busiest airport in Spain, located eight kilometers from the city and contributing significantly to the economic development of the entire area. On that occasion, a ceremony will be held, with the attendance of Ambassador of Spain to Serbia, H.E. Raúl Bartolomé Molina, Ambassador of Serbia to Spain Katarina Lalić-Smajević, and representatives of Air Serbia and the airport.

After Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia, Air Serbia will soon launch flights to its fourth destination in Spain – Palma de Mallorca.

Seasonal flights on this route will be operated from June 11 to October 29, twice a week – on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Air Serbia adds an Airbus A319, redeploys its A330 on flights to Zurich and Barcelona

Air Serbia has made this announcement:

The latest addition to Air Serbia’s jet fleet, an Airbus A319, with the registration of YU-APN, was given the visual identity of the Serbian national airline at Montpellier, France. The arrival of the aircraft to Belgrade is expected in late April or early May, and is planned to start flying at the beginning of the main part of the summer season.

The new Air Serbia jet will have a configuration with 144 seats. During the refurbishing of the cabin, which will be carried out at the Serbian capital, the new airplane will have Recaro 3520DE seats installed, designed to take up less room and offer greater comfort to passengers.

The plane is equipped with two IAE V2524-A5 engines, is 33.84 meters long, with a wingspan of 35.8 meters. It has a maximum cruising speed of about 871 km/h, while its maximum range at full capacity is 6,940 km.

The latest aircraft will be the tenth Airbus A319 in Air Serbia’s fleet, which also includes one Airbus A330 and A320 each, one ATR 72-600 and ATR 72-500 each, and three ATR 72-200 planes. The Serbian national airline started a major renewal of its regional fleet in January, which will be finalized by the end of the year.

In other news, the company is redeploying its Airbus A330 on its Zurich and Barcelona routes during peak travel days.

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Air Serbia to scale back its Moscow operations after criticism

Air Serbia will scale back its flights to Moscow to once a week again according to Bloomberg.

As previously reported, the carrier recently increased the number of flights to three flights a week and also with use of its larger Airbus A330-200 aircraft due to increased demand. Air Serbia became a European way out of Russia in the age of sanctions.

The flag carrier is scaling back its flights to Russia due to criticism that is was profiteering.

Air Serbia continues to fly to Moscow

Air Serbia, despite western sanctions, continues to fly to Russia.

Air Serbia is one of the diminishing number of foreign airlines still flying to Russia.

Due to rising demand, the carrier is now assigning its Airbus A330-200 to the Belgrade – Moscow route.

Air Serbia is making a large profit on the route now while Ukrainians fight to survive.

Turkish Airlines and Air Serbia further expand their codeshare cooperation

Turkish Airlines and Air Serbia announced the further enhancement of their commercial cooperation with a codeshare agreement expanding to destinations both from Turkish Airlines’ and Air Serbia’s networks. The codeshare expansion agreement was officially signed in Istanbul in the presence of the two airlines’ CEOs – Bilal Ekşi and Jiří Marek.

The two carriers, who already codeshare on both airlines’ routes between Belgrade and Istanbul, further enhanced their cooperation with Air Serbia adding its JU marketing code on Turkish Airlines’ brand AnadoluJet’s flights between Turkish capital Ankara and Serbian capital Belgrade. At the same time, Turkish Airlines has added its TK marketing code to Air Serbia’s routes between Niš and Istanbul, as well as Kraljevo and Istanbul, thus providing passengers on mentioned routes access to Turkish Airlines’ global network.

Both airlines already codeshare on below flights:

From Belgrade: Banja Luka, Tivat, Ankara

From Istanbul: Ankara, İzmir, Adana, Antalya, Dalaman, Gaziantep, Kayseri, Konya, Trabzon, Gazipaşa, Bodrum, Odessa, Kiev, Amman, Cairo, Tel Aviv, Nis, Kraljevo

Air Serbia carries 71% more passengers in January, year over year

Air Serbia Airbus A319-132 YU-APF (msn 3317) (50 Years) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 956839.

Air Serbia is reporting a hopeful return of passengers:

In January 2022, Air Serbia operated 1,641 scheduled and charter flights, via its home airport in Belgrade, as well as airports in Niš and Kraljevo. Despite the strong influence of the coronavirus Omicron strain, more than 90,000 passengers were carried, which is 71 percent more than in January 2021, which was also affected by the winter wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are extremely pleased to have started this year with performance growth, which is the result of our adaptation to life with the coronavirus. By increasing the number of passengers carried in January by as much as 71 percent compared to the same month last year, we have shown that we are ready for the strong expansion we are expecting in the coming period. These results also prove that our decisions, as well as our strategy, are on the right path, which we believe will help us to be stronger in the coming months, to the mutual satisfaction of both us and our passengers”, said Boško Rupić, Head of Sales at Air Serbia.

In January, the Serbian national airline launched new PSO routes from Niš Constantine the Great Airport and Kraljevo Morava Airport, thus enabling passengers from different parts of the country to reach European destinations in the Air Serbia network.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Serbia Airbus A319-132 YU-APF (msn 3317) (50 Years) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 956839.

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Air Serbia carried 83% more passengers in 2021 than in 2020

Air Serbia issued this traffic report:

  • 1,586,665 passengers were carried – 83 percent more compared to 2020
  • 39 percent more traffic compared to 2020
  • Average load factor was 64 percent
  • Load factor on flights to New York reached up to 80 percent
  • The share of direct sales channels was increased from 35 percent in 2019 to 52 percent
  • Air Serbia Cargo saw its performance increase as much as 55 percent compared to the pre-pandemic period

After 2020, which was marked by the biggest crisis in the history of global aviation, Air Serbia carried 1,586,665 passengers in 2021, which represents an increase of as much as 83 percent. Although 2021 was also marked by the coronavirus pandemic, the average load factor on Air Serbia flights was 64 percent.

For the best part of 2021, the Serbian national airline has continuously recorded a market share at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport of close to or even more than 50 percent, exceeding the pre-pandemic result from 2019 and further solidifying its leading position at the Belgrade airport.

In 2021, Air Serbia’s volume of traffic increased 39 percent compared to 2020. The accomplished result is 35% lower than in pre-pandemic, record-breaking 2019, but it is significantly above the European average in 2021, which was -44 percent compared to 2019.

“Being flexible, adapting quickly to the market changes, using sound resource management and constantly embracing innovations, we managed to accomplish satisfactory results during the biggest global crisis in our industry. We are glad that the previous year was better than 2020 and we are prepared for a strong expansion in the coming period. The challenges we successfully overcame represent a firm foundation for further development and continuing to implement the strategy planned before the pandemic. We are looking forward to a further expansion in European and Middle Eastern markets, which awaits us from April and June, when we will be launching flights to as many as 12 destinations from the Serbian capital. We began a stage of continued growth as a regional leader, and we are on track to meeting the goals set already now for 2023 – reaching the pre-pandemic levels from record-breaking year 2019,” said Jiri Marek, CEO of Air Serbia.

Ten of Serbian national airline’s most popular routes, which posted the best performance in 2021, were between Belgrade and the following destinations – New York, Moscow, Tivat, Paris, Podgorica, Zurich, Istanbul, Amsterdam, London and Athens.

During the summer season, from mid-April to the end of October of 2021, Air Serbia operated a total of 1,100 round trip charter flights, carrying approximately 140,000 tourists to popular resorts in Turkey, Egypt and Greece, as well as other tourist destinations around the world. The most popular charter destinations among Serbian travellers last year were Antalya in Turkey and Hurghada in Egypt.

Air Serbia’s direct sales channels grew by 17 percentage points – from 35 percent in 2019 to 52 percent in 2021.

On flights to New York, in 2021, Air Serbia reported an average load factor of 71 percent, reaching as much as 80 percent during the summer months. Performance from the transatlantic route almost reached the pre-pandemic levels. Since the launch of flights in June 2016 until today, Air Serbia carried more than 360,000 passengers between Belgrade and its destination in North America.

Air Serbia Premium Lounge at the Belgrade Airport was visited by 29,090 guests during 2021, marking the second-best result since it was founded in 2015. Last year, Air Serbia signed cooperation agreements with Luxair, Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways and Fly Dubai, as well as with the Collinson Group, which owns world-famous travel programs at airports around the world – “Priority Pass”, “LoungeKey” and “Lounge Pass”.

In 2021, Air Serbia Cargo had record results with performance surpassing the pre-pandemic period by as much as 55 percent.

Air Serbia to introduce flights to Hanover, Nuremberg and Salzburg

Air Serbia Airbus A319-132 YU-API (msn 1140) LHR (SPA). Image: 956594.

Air Serbia continues with the strong expansion of its network by launching direct scheduled flights from Belgrade to two destinations in Germany – Hanover as of  June 3, 2022 and Nuremberg as of June 6, 2022, while flights to Salzburg, Austria, are scheduled to commence as of June 7, 2022.

With the announced network expansion, the Serbian national airline will operate flights to as many as eight destinations in Germany – Berlin, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Nuremberg and Hanover from Belgrade, as well as to Frankfurt-Hahn and Cologne from Niš, which will make this country the market with the most Air Serbia destinations.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Serbia Airbus A319-132 YU-API (msn 1140) LHR (SPA). Image: 956594.

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Air Serbia to launch Trieste and Bologna flights

Air Serbia, the national airline of the Republic of Serbia, will commence scheduled flights between Belgrade and Trieste on June 2, 2022, as well as a scheduled Belgrade-Bologna service on June 6, 2022. Flights to both destinations in Italy will operate three times a week – to Trieste on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and to Bologna on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

With the introduction of flights to Trieste and Bologna, and existing flights to Rome and Milan, as well as announced flights to Venice and Bari, Italy becomes the market with the currently largest number of destinations to which Air Serbia operates from Belgrade – six in total.

Air Serbia announces new destinations for the summer

Air Serbia has made this announcement:

Starting on April 21, 2022, Air Serbia will launch new scheduled direct flights between Belgrade and Valencia, as well as seasonal flights to three new destinations in Europe – Bari, Palma de Mallorca and Rijeka, starting from June 5, 2022.

Flights between Belgrade and Valencia will operate twice a week – on Wednesdays and Saturdays, during April and May, and then on Thursdays and Sundays from early June. The national airline will deploy an Airbus A319 aircraft on its third route to Spain, which had no direct service from the Serbian capital so far.

As the Kingdom of Spain’s third-largest city, and the largest port in western Mediterranean, Valencia is known by its beautiful beaches, City of Arts and Sciences, football club, traditional festival of fire – the Falles, and renowned dish – paella. By launching this route, Air Serbia will provide good connections between Valencia and other cities in its network via Belgrade, such as Athens, Bucharest, Dubrovnik, Larnaca, Moscow, Podgorica, Sarajevo, Skopje, Thessaloniki, Sofia, Split, Tirana, Tivat, etc.

From June 5 to October 27, 2022, Serbia’s national airline will deploy its ATR 72 aircraft on the Belgrade-Bari route three times a week – on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays. As a cultural crossroads since the ancient times, Bari is located on the south end of the Adriatic Sea, and is the second-biggest city in southern Italy. Combining the old city, surrounded by an impressive wall and interspersed with narrow streets, and the modern city, built in the early 19th century, it offers an authentic insight into its rich heritage to visitors.

Air Serbia used to operate charter flights to Apulia’s capital city before the pandemic. By launching flights on this route, good connections between Bari and other cities in Air Serbia’s network will be provided via Belgrade, such as Athens, Bucharest, Zurich, Dubrovnik, Istanbul, Larnaca, New York, Sarajevo, Thessaloniki, Skopje, Sofia, Split, Tirana, Tivat, etc.

From June 11 to October 29, 2022, Serbia’s national airline will operate direct flights between Belgrade and Palma de Mallorca twice a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Air Serbia will deploy an Airbus A319 aircraft on its fourth destination in Spain, after Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia. Palma de Mallorca is the biggest city and port on the island of Mallorca, with 300 sunny days a year and is renowned for warm summers and mild winters, turquoise sea and coves with golden sand. As a place with rich history, lively cultural scene and culinary excellence, it offers tourists numerous museums, galleries and palaces, masterpieces of Gothic architecture and over 200 beaches to enjoy.

So far, Air Serbia operated only charter flights to Palma de Mallorca. During the 2019 summer season, a total of 20 charter flights were operated on this route, carrying more than 5,000 passengers. By launching the route, Air Serbia will offer passengers seamless connections between Palma de Mallorca and other cities in its network via Belgrade, such as Moscow, Podgorica, Sarajevo, Tivat, Zadar, etc.

Belgrade and Rijeka will be connected twice weekly, each Wednesday and Saturday, from June 15 to September 17, 2022. Air Serbia launched flights to Croatia’s biggest port in June 2019, and the last flights were operated in December of that year, after which they were suspended until further notice, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The route will be served by an ATR 72 aircraft.

Rijeka is the third-largest city in Croatia, known for its urban life, numerous historical buildings in the city centre and a plethora of important cultural events. With the mild Mediterranean climate and traditional hospitality, it attracts numerous tourists. Air Serbia will offer good connections from Rijeka, via Belgrade, to Amsterdam, Vienna, Zurich, Dusseldorf, Milan, New York, Oslo, Paris, Podgorica, Rome, Stockholm and Tivat, as well as to Rijeka, via Belgrade, from Amsterdam, Berlin, Vienna, Brussels, Zurich, Frankfurt, Milan, Podgorica, Rome, Stuttgart and Tivat.

Belgrade-Valencia flight schedule in April and May::

Flight No. Place of departure Time of departure Destination Time of arrival Frequency Flight commencement date
JU 0594 Belgrade (BEG) 17:05 Valencia (VLC) 19:55 Thu 21 April 2022 **
JU 0595 Valencia (VLC) 20:40 Belgrade (BEG) 23:20 Thu 21 April 2022 **
JU 0594 Belgrade (BEG) 17:05 Valencia (VLC) 19:55 Mon 25 April 2022 **
JU 0595 Valencia (VLC) 20:40 Belgrade (BEG) 23:20 Mon 25 April 2022 **
JU 0594 Belgrade (BEG) 17:05 Valencia (VLC) 19:55 Wed 27 April 2022
JU 0595 Valencia (VLC) 20:40 Belgrade (BEG) 23:20 Wed 27 April 2022
JU 0590 Belgrade (BEG) 06:20 Valencia (VLC) 09:10 Sat 30 April 2022
JU 0591 Valencia (VLC) 09:55 Belgrade (BEG) 12:35 Sat 30 April 2022

*All times are local.

**Flights on Mondays and Thursdays will be operated only on given dates during Easter.

Belgrade-Valencia flight schedule from June: :

Flight No. Place of departure Time of departure Destination Time of arrival Frequency Flight commencement date
JU 0590 Belgrade (BEG) 06:20 Valencia (VLC) 09:10 Thu 2 June 2022
JU 0591 Valencia (VLC) 09:55 Belgrade (BEG) 12:35 Thu 2 June 2022
JU 0594 Belgrade (BEG) 17:05 Valencia (VLC) 19:55 Sun 5 June 2022
JU 0595 Valencia (VLC) 20:40 Belgrade (BEG) 23:20 Sun 5 June 2022

*All times are local.

Belgrade-Bari flight schedule: :

Flight No. Place of departure Time of departure Destination Time of arrival Frequency Flight commencement date
JU 0520 Belgrade (BEG) 07:15 Bari (BRI) 08:55 Thu, Sun 5 June 2022
JU 0521 Bari (BRI) 09:30 Belgrade (BEG) 11:10 Thu, Sun 5 June 2022
JU 0524 Belgrade (BEG) 18:10 Bari (BRI) 19:50 Mon 6 June 2022
JU 0595 Bari (BRI) 20:30 Belgrade (BEG) 22:10 Mon 6 June 2022

*All times are local.

Belgrade-Palma de Mallorca flight schedule::

Flight No. Place of departure Time of departure Destination Time of arrival Frequency Flight commencement date
JU 0690 Belgrade (BEG) 06:30 Palma de Mallorca (PMI) 09:00 Sat 11 June 2022
JU 0691 Palma de Mallorca (PMI) 09:45 Belgrade (BEG) 12:05 Sat 11 June 2022
JU 0694 Belgrade (BEG) 17:00 Palma de Mallorca (PMI) 19:30 Tue 14 June 2022
JU 0695 Palma de Mallorca (PMI) 20:15 Belgrade (BEG) 22:35 Tue 14 June 2022

*All times are local.

Belgrade-Rijeka flight schedule: :

Flight No. Place of departure Time of departure Destination Time of arrival Frequency Flight commencement date
JU 0226 Belgrade (BEG) 13:20 Rijeka (RJK) 14:40 Wed, Sat 15 June 2022
JU 0227 Rijeka (RJK) 15:10 Belgrade (BEG) 16:30 Wed, Sat 15 June 2022

*All times are local.