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  • Joe Breitfeller

Air Serbia to Start Direct Service to Ankara, Izmir and Budapest; Launches Inaugural Tianjin Flight

For summer 2022, Air Serbia will start new direct service from Belgrade to Ankara, Izmir and Budapest. Flights to Izmir will operate twice weekly, while Ankara flights will operate four times weekly. Service to Budapest will be offered up to 17 times per week.


Air Serbia Airbus A330-200 - Courtesy Air Serbia

On Thursday (December 8, 2022), Air Serbia announced the start of new service from Belgrade to Ankara, Izmir and Budapest for the summer 2023 season. Budapest service will commence on March 13, 2023 and will be operated up to 17 times weekly during the peak summer season. Flights between Belgrade and Ankara will start on March 28, 2023 and will operate four times weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. From April 15, 2023, Air Serbia will also launch new Belgrade-Izmir service, which will operate twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays.


In Thursday’s announcement, Air Serbia’s Head of Network Planning, Bojan Aranđelović


“Not a lot of time has passed since we announced the commencement of new services between Belgrade and Istanbul. We are now pleased to announce that starting on 28 March, our company will start flying to Ankara, and as of 15 April, to Izmir as well. Another new destination in our offer is Budapest, to which we are re-establishing operations after a hiatus of several years. Ahead of us is a summer season during which we will start operating flights to four new destinations in Italy, two in Germany, one in France and Sweden each, and we will also surprise our passengers with new summer holiday destinations. We believe that 2023 will be the year in which we will push our limits further, offering direct flights to almost 100 cities around the world.”


In a separate press release on Friday (December 9, 2022), Air Serbia also celebrated the launch of inaugural service to Tianjin in China, with Flight JU702 taking off from Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport at 14:10 today. The flight marks Air Serbia’s return to China for the first time since 2000. The route will be operated with an Airbus A330-200 with departures from Belgrade on Fridays, and the return flight from Tianjin on Sundays.


In Friday’s announcement, Air Serbia’s CEO, Jiří Marek, said,


“We opened a new chapter in our operations by enabling our passengers to fly directly to China, and we believe it will make their travels to this distant destination much easier. For some time, Belgrade has already provided good connectivity of the broader Balkan region to numerous destinations in the world. As of today, it’s possible to fly from Belgrade to China, too. Our company is one of the few in Europe which offer direct flights to this Asian country. We are now flying to Tianjin, and in the future, we hope that we will be flying to other important Chinese cities as well.”


Air Serbia was launched under their current name in October 2013, as the national airline of the Republic of Serbia. The carrier offers service from Belgrade, Niš and Kraljevo to 60 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Africa with both passenger and cargo flights. Air Serbia also offers service to Asia, Australia, North America and Africa via codeshare partners. The airline’s fleet consists of 19 aircraft, including one Airbus A330, 12 Airbus A320 Family and six ATR-72 Family turboprop aircraft.



Source: Air Serbia

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