El Al’s Sun d’Or to launch scheduled Belgrade flights

The leisure brand of Israel’s national carrier El Al – Sun d’Or – has reinstated plans to commence scheduled flights between Tel Aviv and Belgrade. Initially, the carrier was to launch the route in April, but due to a fleet shortage was unable to follow through with its plans. However, after securing wet-lease capacity from Lithuania’s KlasJet, Sun d’Or will introduce a two weekly service starting July 11, operating on Thursdays and Sundays, with KlasJet’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Tickets are now available for purchase through El Al’s website. El Al last maintained flights to Belgrade in late 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic, when Serbia and Israel created a travel bubble for Israeli nationals, enabling them to visit Serbia without restrictions. Although the travel corridor itself was short-lived, it saw Israeli carriers maintain several daily flights to the Serbian capital.

Commenting on the new route, Sun d’Or’s CEO, Gal Gershon, said, “Belgrade joins our list of new summer destinations, offering sixteen nearby vacation spots loved by the Israeli public. Belgrade is a beautiful and unique city in the Balkans, just a three-hour flight from Israel, providing a variety of family activities, spectacular nature, fine cuisine, and excellent shopping centres. The aircraft lease agreement [with KlasJet] allows us to expand our destination range and adjust the flight schedule according to demand, offering the Israeli public the chance to refresh and relax this summer”. KlasJet is no stranger at Belgrade Airport, having operated flights on behalf of Air Serbia throughout last year and part of this year.
Sun d’Or will compete directly against Arkia Israeli Airlines’ two weekly flights between the two cities, however, Arkia does not sell individual tickets, offering them instead as part of tour packages from Israel. Air Serbia, which operated flights between Belgrade and Tel Aviv until late October of last year initially scheduled its return to the Israeli city for October 27, at the start of the 2024/25 winter season, however, the service has now been suspended indefinitely. Further flight details for the new service can be found here.

Article source: http://www.exyuaviation.com/2024/06/el-als-sun-dor-to-launch-scheduled.html

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