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.