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Air Serbia to expand European network

Air Serbia has scheduled the launch of flights between Belgrade and Porto, its second destination in Portugal. The new service will commence on November 10 and operate twice per week, each Monday and Friday.
As exclusively revealed by EX-YU Aviation News back in June, the carrier had applied for slots at Portugal’s second busiest airport, which were later granted. Porto will be maintained alongside Lisbon, which was launched this April and has quickly become one of the airline’s most successful new routes introduced this summer season. The carrier will increase frequencies to the Portuguese capital this winter from two weekly maintained during the summer months to three weekly rotations starting October 29.

Belgrade and Porto have never been linked with a scheduled nonstop air service. Porto Airport, which like its counterpart in Belgrade is managed by VINCI, is considered the country’s leisure gateway. As the Spanish region of Galicia is nearby, just 120 kilometres by car, 10% of passengers travelling through Porto Airport are estimated to be of Galician origin. Porto will become Air Serbia’s 23rd new route launched this year. Furthermore, it becomes the carrier’s seventh destination on the Iberian peninsula following Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca and Valencia. Prior to the summer of 2019, the Serbian carrier did not serve a single destination in the region on a scheduled basis.

Commenting on the development of the carrier’s network, Air Serbia’s General Manager for Commercial and Strategy, Boško Rupić, said, “Our destination network was expanded this year with over twenty new cities, including Lisbon. Flights between Belgrade and Portugal’s capital have been quite popular since the beginning, as evidenced by the continuously high load factor. However, in Europe’s westernmost country, there are other charming cities that always attract visitors, and one of them is Porto. You will be able to go on tourist or business trips to that city starting from November 10 via Air Serbia’s nonstop service”. The introduction of flights to Porto is one of several novelties the carrier will be revealing in the lead-up to its tenth anniversary on October 26.
Further flight details for the new Porto service can be found here. Tickets are now available for purchase through the airline’s website.


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