British Airways to suspend flights to Belgrade

British Airways has confirmed that it will suspend flights between London Heathrow and Belgrade from the end of September, less than a year after the start of operations between the two cities on October 31, 2023. In a statement to EX-YU Aviation News , the airline said: “We regularly review our schedule and, for commercial reasons, have made the difficult decision to suspend our flights to Belgrade from September 29, 2024. We are contacting affected customers to apologize and offer them alternative options. , including a rebooking or full refund.” . Alliance member Oneworld said he would review the possibility of restoring flights between the two cities next summer.

British Airways only returned to Belgrade last winter season, after a thirteen-year hiatus. At the time, the airline said: “We have chosen one of the best slots at Heathrow for this flight, serving both point-to-point and transfer passengers, particularly the east coast of the United States, Canada and Australia. . We offer seamless connectivity to these regions, especially New York and Miami, which are very popular outside of Belgrade.” British Airways currently maintains three weekly services to the Serbian capital with its A320 family fleet. It faces direct competition from Air Serbia, as well as indirect competition from Wizz Air, which operates flights from London Luton.

Both Air Serbia and Wizz Air have responded to the arrival of British Airways in the Serbian market. This summer, the Serbian flag carrier will maintain nine weekly flights to Heathrow throughout the summer season, while last year it introduced its eighth and ninth weekly rotations in May. Wizz Air operates daily flights between the two capitals, compared to six weekly flights last season. Both companies have also reduced their fares on both respective routes since British Airways began operations to Belgrade. During the first quarter of this year, a total of 51,508 passengers flew between Belgrade and London Heathrow and Luton airports, 31.8% more than in the same period in 2023.

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