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Sunday, April 20, 2014

~ HAPPY EASTER ~

Osijek

To all marking the day, 
Have a safe and enjoyable holiday. 

Wishing you a Happy Easter!

Sretan Uskrs!

Niš

Hristos voskrese! Vaistinu voskrese!
Христос вoскрeсе! Ваистину вoскрeсе!

Bay of Kotor

Христос воскресе! Навистина воскресе!

Ohrid

Vesele velikonočne praznike!

Piran

Don’t forget to visit tomorrow for the latest news from the aviation world of the former Yugoslavia!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Belgrade Airport handles millionth passenger

Belgrade Airport welcomes 2014's millionth passenger

Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport has today handled its millionth passenger for the year, over a month ahead of 2013, as it continues to record unprecedented growth. In a statement, the airport said, “These results have confirmed previous estimates that, with the beginning of the summer season, Belgrade Airport will continue to record the biggest growth in passenger numbers and traffic volume out of any other capital city airport in Europe”. It adds that growth is being primarily driven by Air Serbia. The airport notes that while its workload has been significantly increased over the past few months, all departments continue to carry out their duties successfully.

Within the first nineteen days of April, the airport handled 214.704 passengers. Estimates suggest it will welcome 350.000 passengers through its doors by the end of the month, an increase of almost 40% compared to April 2013. The airport expects to see significant traffic over the Easter weekend. Similarly, its main customer, Air Serbia, has witnessed record passenger numbers so far this month. According to the Serbian Civil Aviation Directorate, Belgrade Airport will continue to see strong growth over the summer months as a record 32 foreign carriers will operate flights to and from the Serbian capital, eight of which are charter airlines.

So far in 2014 many airlines have announced the launch of new routes to Belgrade including easyJet, Wizz Air and Air Serbia. In the coming months Etihad Regional, Vueling, TAP Portugal and Air Cairo will launch scheduled services to the city, while Croatia Airlines will resume its seasonal flights to Belgrade. In addition, several carriers have been issued permits to operate charter flights such as Aegean Airlines, Freebird, Nesma Airlines and Onur Air. On the other hand, Belgrade Airport saw Adria Airways discontinue services to the city earlier this year while Wizz Air has announced plans to shelve two routes and cut frequencies on several flights from its Belgrade hub.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Germanwings sees low Sarajevo demand

Germanwings’ Berlin flights off to a bumpy start

Germanwings has warned of poor ticket sales on its newly launched service from Berlin to Sarajevo. The airline inaugurated flights from the German capital to Sarajevo this Tuesday but has already advised it could cancel the service soon, indicating poor advanced ticket sales. The airline recently informed the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Germany that demand for the new route has been poor and flights could be cancelled during the initial trial period. The Lufthansa subsidiary called on authorities in Bosnia for assistance. Germanwings will operate flights from Berlin to the Bosnian capital every Tuesday and Thursday morning with a 150-seat Airbus A319.

Since the request, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina has informed the country’s Foreign Trade Chamber to promote the new service to its business partners. Germanwings already has a notable presence at Sarajevo Airport, with flights from Cologne and Stuttgart as well. With no direct or indirect competition on these routes, the hybrid low cost/full fare airline has been performing well on its Sarajevo flights. However, as of late, there have been increasing suggestions the airline could face off against Wizz Air, which is believed to be close to announcing services from the Bosnian capital. Wizz Air’s arrival to Sarajevo has been tipped for several months now and its recent announcement to downscale operations from Belgrade could see it push for flights from Sarajevo sooner rather than later. It has been suggested the airline will launch several routes out of the Bosnian capital as early as this winter.

Sarajevo Airport is currently served by only one low cost airline, Pegasus, and two hybrid low cost/full fare carriers - Germanwings and Norwegian Air Shuttle. However, Bosnia’s busiest airport has aspirations to attract more no frills airlines and passengers alike. The airport is in the planning stages of opening a low cost terminal. The building is presently being used by the airport’s management, which will move to its new headquarters by the end of the month and, as a result, vacate facilities for low cost airlines.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Air Serbia maintains growth momentum

Air Serbia’s passenger numbers continue to soar

Air Serbia has continued to record strong passenger growth in March. The Serbian national carrier welcomed 132.412 passengers on board its aircraft, an increase of 60.8% compared to last year’s 82.336 travellers. The airline’s average cabin load factor stood at 58%. The highest overall cabin occupancy was recorded on services from Prague to Belgrade, Belgrade to Ljubljana and Bucharest to Belgrade. March marks the carrier’s fifth month of consecutive passenger growth. During the month, the airline launched two new routes - to Sofia and Budapest. In the first quarter, Serbia’s national carrier handled 368.389 passengers, an increase of 66.3% compared to the same period last year.

MonthPAXChange (%)
JAN127.432 63.5
FEB108.545 77.1
MAR132.412 60.8

Meanwhile, yesterday, the airline announced plans to boost frequencies and capacity on its services to the Adriatic coast due to strong demand. “Air Serbia will provide even more convenient flights and connections to these popular summer destinations on the Adriatic coast for passengers from Serbia and other European countries”, the airline said in a statement. From May 27, an additional daily flight will operate to Tivat, totalling three daily services. Flights to Tivat will also see a big boost in capacity as services will operate with a mix of ATR72, Airbus A319 and A320 jets. “The upgraded aircraft will also mark the introduction of Air Serbia's highly regarded business class service on this route”, the airline adds. Furthermore, the carrier will introduce another three weekly flights to Dubrovnik from May 30, to be operated with the Airbus A319. As a result, a total of six weekly flights will be offered to the coastal city. An additional one weekly A319 service will be added to Split from May 30, with a total five flights per week. The additional frequencies will run until September 15 after which the original schedule will come back into force.

Finally, Air Serbia has announced changes to its in-flight menus this month. The airline says its meal choices offer improved versions of Serbian specialities with most ingredients used to prepare the meals produced in Serbia itself. The airline adds it plans to make menu changes and improvements every three months. Furthermore, a choice of meals has been introduced for passengers with special dietary requirements.