Air Serbia, the national airline of the Republic of Serbia, has announced plans to launch flights between Belgrade and Saint Petersburg, the second-largest city in Russia, on 18 June 2016.
Subject to government approval, the non-stop service will be operated every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday using an Airbus A319 aircraft configured with eight Business Class and 120 Economy Class seats.
Situated on the banks of the Neva River, Saint Petersburg has a population of more than five million people and is known for its rich cultural heritage and historic city centre, which is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Dane Kondić, Chief Executive Officer of Air Serbia, said:
“The introduction of flights to Saint Petersburg, one of the most fascinating cities in Russia, will establish an exciting new air bridge between our countries and build on our existing flights to the capital of Moscow”.
“The new service represents a weekly capacity of 768 seats and will enable us to capture the significant demand for point-to-point travel between Belgrade and Saint Petersburg, enhance the flow of trade and strengthen the long-held and friendly bilateral relations between Serbia and Russia”.
“Close to 42,000 Russian tourists visited Serbia in 2015 and total two-way trade between our states during the year was valued at nearly USD 2.5 billion. This service is a great opportunity to strengthen these tourism and commercial ties. Our flights have also been carefully scheduled to offer business and leisure guests from Russia seamless connectivity over our Belgrade hub to key destinations in the Balkans and Southern Europe, where we have an extensive network of flights.”
The new flights will complement existing one-stop codeshare services to Saint Petersburg via Moscow with Aeroflot, ensuring business and leisure travellers have multiple flight options to the popular European city every week.