Air Serbia now operates 17 flights per week between Belgrade and Budapest under its summer timetable introduced on Monday, the company said.
Depending on demand, additional flights may be launched between the two capitals, Bosko Rupic, Air Serbia’s strategic director, was quoted as saying in a statement.
In addition to the regular flights to Budapest, Air Serbia will operate flights to 20 destinations that were not available last year, the statement said. The first Budapest flight departed and arrived in the Hungarian capital on Monday morning.
Bosko Rupic, Air Serbia’s strategy director, also said that they are constantly monitoring demand and will increase the number of flights between the two capitals. He expressed the hope that the direct flight between Belgrade and Budapest would contribute to better connectivity between the two capitals and speed up the movement of passengers in Europe. According to the announcement, the Belgrade-Budapest route will allow passengers to travel from Hungary to Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, the United States and the Western Balkans with much better connections.
Air Serbia had more than 2.76 million passengers last year, a 73 per cent increase compared to 2021, which was still struggling with closures due to the coronavirus outbreak. The company operated a total of 31,420 flights from its three airports – Belgrade, Nis and Kraljevo – in 2022. In addition, 15 new destinations and seven new aircraft were added to the Serbian airline’s offer last year.
The company said that for the first time since the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic in 2022, Air Serbia was able to make a profit, with profits reaching €21 million (HUF 8078.7 million) last year.
The Serbian state owns 51 percent of Air Serbia’s shares, while 49 percent are held by the UAE airline Etihad.
“Great”! Now, all of our Pm’s Russian oligarch/kleptocrat pals can fly to Bp and enjoy the “fruits” of our country.