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Friday, February 8, 2013

easyJet to Belgrade from April 19

Spring launch for easyJet's Belgrade service

easyJet will launch services from Milan Malpensa to Belgrade from Friday, April 19. Despite still awaiting government approval, the low cost airline has begun selling tickets for the route on its website. Services are set to operate three times per week, every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Return ticket prices vary from eighty to one hundred euros, depending on the dates. However, easyJet charges extra fees for check in baggage. Further flight details for the Milan - Belgrade service can be found here.

easyJet will go head to head against Jat Airways on the route. The Serbian national carrier plans to operate five weekly flights to the Italian city this summer season. It runs services on the same days as easyJet, while the departure from Belgrade to Milan will be only fifteen minutes apart. Jat saw competition on the service late last year when Alitalia’s low cost offshoot Air One launched three weekly flights. However, due to poor loads the flights were suspended in early January. Milan is one of Jat’s busier routes with the airline attracting both point to point and transit passengers.

easyJet will be the second new arrival in Belgrade this year after Pegasus Airlines launched flights earlier in the month. However, the airport has bid farewell to Niki with Air France to suspend services in a couple of week’s time. These departures, coupled with Jat’s massive network reductions during the winter as a result of an ongoing fleet shortage, will prove difficult for the airport to maintain its passenger growth.

25 comments:

  1. http://www.vreme.com/cms/view.php?id=1096930

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    1. Interesting text which summarizes everything we already know with numbers that unfortunately show very bleak picture. I can't figure out why pilots keep complaining about competition: that is absolutely not their problem! Competition attracts new passengers and many people who would otherwise fly from BUD. It does take away some of their transit passengers, but those would likely be lost anyway. The real reason why Jat is in decline is because their planes are old and extremely costly to fly and maintain. They need more planes, more destinations and more frequencies.
      About the today's blog topic: if Milan is realy Jat's busy route, why did they decrease frequencies, why are tickets frequently on discount (below 150E rt) and why were last summer many flights delayed or cancelled? It would be really good to know Jat's revenue per destination numbers, not just loads (which are meaningless if you sell all seats cheaply)...

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    2. It says in the articke that JAT had 14 flights DAILY to America. Perhaps weekly? Does anybody have the JAT's timetable from those gold ages?

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    3. What happened to YU-AKK and YU-AKL, are they just stored or have been cut to pieces?

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    4. Yes, I have it. How can I help you?

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    5. Purger, can you upload it somewhere so that everybody can have it? It would be great contribution for all of us.

      Thanks in advance.

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    6. As Anonymus says, Purger, please upload it somewhere. I think it can be really interesting for everybody to look at the bright past and compare it with the dark present... Thank you.

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    7. 14 daily flights is too much, the most DC10's JAT had was 7 i believe with a couple leased by Fin Air and Sabena because of the demand. Into consideration should be taken that the B707's left the fleet in the 1980's and that JAT flew to PEK, MEL, JFK, BKK, SIN, DXB, SYD, PER, BOM, KHI, KUL, LAX, ORD, YYZ....

      also on youtube is JAT's tv commercials from the 1980's that mention how many flights a week they flew over the Atlantic.

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    8. Well, I can do that for you when I come back to Zagreb from abroad. Please remind me on Monday.

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    9. Ok. We will remind you. Thanks! I can't wait to see it!

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  2. Happy for new destination and flights but on the other hand it's a pity if it's about other airlines, because BEG has perfect location to be local hub where pax could transfer to flts to Middle East, North Africa and Europe. Serbian government can think about opening brand new JAT with more planes and more interesting routes. Would be better than letting LH transfer all pax to the world via FRA...

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    1. That is not true. Deviation from SJJ, OMO, SPU, DBV, PUY, ZAD, TIV and TGD are much better via LJU and ZAG than via BEG, and for PRN BEG is not even option. Just SKP and OHR have BEG deviation same as ZAG and LJU.

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    2. Depends on for what destinations. Some destinations your comment is valid. From BEG for example, we have connecting pax travelling via IST to N. America, and to the Middle East alot as well fly via MUC, FRA, VIE. If the price is good and soo is the connecting time, pax will come. As well, for those in FF programs, they will look into what is good for them.

      As for the new JAT, no point on opening another company that will go down the same way as this one is at the moment. If the government can bring in new aircraft for the 'new company' then it can bring in capital for the current one!

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    3. Deviation is about costs and timing of total flight.

      So if you have SJJ-BEG-BRU it should be more expensive, than SJJ-ZAG-BRU. Of course price of ticket via BEG can be cheaper but that means Jat will earn less money or even fly with dumping. Also that connection would take more time than via ZAG.

      For sure, BEG has good deviation to Moscow from SJJ, but that is only route on present destination map.

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    4. IST is in a better position geographically and aviation-wise for all that, OP

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    5. For connections to Asia and Africa yes, but for sure not for connections to West (LHR, CDG, AMS, BRU, MAD, LIS...), Central (FRA, VIE, ZRH, MUC, DUS, PRG, BUD...), North (CPH, ARN, HEL, OSL...) and East Europe (SVO, LED, KBP, OTP...).

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  3. Why EZY didn't pick the days JU doesn't fly on? therefore all days would be covered and ALMOST nobody would get "hurt" :-)

    EZy should definitely target Geneva, Barcelona, Lisbon from BEG

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    1. Because they don't care, their goal is to push out Jat. And they have so big system with combination of planes and maximum utilities where this little think are so unimportant to them. And trust me... they hardly know that Jat exists.

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  4. Doubt jat pilots will give Ezy pemission to fly to many other destinations from Beg!

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  5. As I stated recently, next Easyjet destinations from Belgrade will be Geneva, Paris-Orly and London-Gatwick. Berlin may be, Lisbon only during pick summer season, Barcelona probably not.

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    1. is that inside info or just a guess?

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    2. No - that is a load of sh*t. The next destination, if there is one, will almost definitely not be either of those 3 places and certainly not Orly. The only chance to get new slots at Paris Orly is to open destinations to Germany, to anywhere else they won't grant slots.

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    3. Paris-Orly is Easyjet's base as Paris-CDG also is. They already have enough slots there.

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  6. Better Paris-CDG than Orly.

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  7. In that case it might even be difficult to reach 3 million pax, leave alone 4 million! We still have to see how Pegasus performs. The article forgot to mention Sky Work's ceasure of flights next month too. Not to mention the lowering of the flights of fludubai...

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