Soon in BelgradeThe low cost airline Flydubai has applied for a license to commence 4 weekly flights to Belgrade. The service from Dubai will commence in the first week of November. The no frills airline would be in direct competition with Jat Airways which is scheduled to operate 3 weekly flights from the Serbian capital to Dubai during the 2011/12 winter season. Dubai has been one of Jat’s signature routes and carries mostly transit passengers to and from Australia and New Zealand in cooperation with Emirates Airlines, made possible through a Special Prorate Agreement the two airlines have.
Flydubai, which flies out of Dubai’s terminal 2, operates mostly to the Middle East and West Asia region although has recently begun expanding into Russia and Ukraine. It was created by the Government of Dubai and although it is not a subsidiary of Emirates Airlines, the two are tightly knitted.
Flydubai will operate its flights to Belgrade with a Boeing 737-800. The airline will offer 756 seats per week from Dubai to Belgrade and vice versa, which will be difficult to fill. Jat operates its flight to Dubai via Larnaca in Cyprus, making the route profitable thanks to the large amounts of passengers flying to the Cypriot city.