KLM Set To Replace Transavia With Daily Flights To Belgrade

KLM is launching daily flights from Amsterdam to Belgrade this summer, marking a return to Serbia’s capital after…

KLM Set To Replace Transavia With Daily Flights To Belgrade

KLM is launching daily flights from Amsterdam to Belgrade this summer, marking a return to Serbia’s capital after more than three decades. KLM is replacing Transavia on the route and ending its codeshare agreement with Air Serbia from Belgrade to Amsterdam.

KLM will return to Belgrade next week under its KLM Cityhopper brand. Photo: Getty Images

KLM returns to Belgrade with a daily flight

KLM is returning to Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport next week after a break of over 30 years and having served Serbia as far back as 60 years ago.

The Dutch airline will first launch a three-weekly service next week, on Thursday 13th May, operating rotations on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Then, from Monday 14th June, the frequency will increase to one daily flight, and it will remain so indefinitely.

  • KL1905 departing Amsterdam (AMS) at 09:30 and arriving in Belgrade (BEG) at 11:55
  • KL1906 departing Belgrade (BEG) at 12:30 and arriving in Amsterdam (AMS) at 15:10

The first flight from Amsterdam to Belgrade on Thursday 13th May next week appears to be already sold out, with tickets no longer on sale for the outbound journey but still on sale for the return journey.

KLM CityHopper Embraer
KLM’s Cityhopper airline will operate the route daily with its Embraers. Photo: Getty Images

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KLM replaces Transavia

When KLM launches flights from Amsterdam to Belgrade, it will be replacing Transavia on the route. Transavia is KLM’s low-cost subsidiary airline that has been operating flights to Belgrade ever since April 2017.

Transavia operated its Boeing 737 aircraft to Belgrade six times weekly, so KLM’s arrival will be a downgrade in capacity. Transavia had a codeshare agreement with KLM, so KLM could use Transavia’s flights to feed its global network from Amsterdam Schipol.

KLM also made use of Air Serbia’s ten weekly flights from Belgrade to Amsterdam, on which it codeshared to feed its network too. Now, as it launches its own flights, KLM will stop selling tickets on Air Serbia’s flights.

Air Serbia A320
KLM is no longer selling tickets to Amsterdam from Belgrade on Air Serbia’s flights. Photo: Getty Images

The codeshare with Air Serbia has changed

KLM’s booking system indicates that KLM is no longer selling seats on Air Serbia’s flights from Belgrade to Amsterdam, even though Air Serbia will be selling tickets on KLM’s own flights.

In doing so, Air Serbia is still able to feed its regional network in Belgrade with passengers arriving from Amsterdam every day. Because of this, and because KLM is already flying daily, Air Serbia will be offering just five weekly frequencies to Amsterdam this summer compared to 10 weekly in 2019.

Still, Air Serbia is continuing to sell tickets on KLM’s flights that connect onto other Air Serbia flights in Europe, thus allowing passengers to reach Amsterdam from Belgrade via other European hubs.

For example, Air Serbia is selling tickets for the following KLM flights:

  • KL1223 from Amsterdam to Paris CDG
  • KL1765 from Amsterdam to Frankfurt
  • KL1969 from Amsterdam to Zurich
  • KL1869 from Amsterdam to Stuttgart
  • KL1823 from Amsterdam to Berlin Brandenburg
  • KL1863 from Amsterdam to Dusseldorf

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LATAM Will Ditch Single Use Plastics By 2023 And Landfill Waste In 2027

Today, LATAM Airlines Group embarked on a sustainability program that will last the next three decades. The goal…

LATAM Will Ditch Single Use Plastics By 2023 And Landfill Waste In 2027

Today, LATAM Airlines Group embarked on a sustainability program that will last the next three decades. The goal is for LATAM to ditch single-use plastics by 2023, stop landfill waste by 2027, and become carbon neutral by 2050. They’re following the pledges other airlines worldwide have made.

LATAM is ditching single-use plastics by 2023. Photo: LATAM Airlines Group

LATAM’s role on Latin American sustainability

Roberto Alvo, LATAM’s CEO, said today that the airline has a crucial role in helping the environment in South America. After all, LATAM Airlines Group is the largest carrier in Latin America. It has domestic branches in countries like Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.

The challenge becomes even bigger when we look closely at the importance South America has for the world, environmentally speaking. This region has six of the ten most biodiverse countries on Earth, one-third of the freshwater available, and 40% of all animal species, said Alvo.

“We are facing a critical moment in the history of humanity, with a serious climate crisis and a pandemic. Therefore, we are assuming a commitment that seeks to contribute to the conservation of ecosystems and the well-being of the people of South America,” Alvo said. LATAM today launched The Necessary Destination campaign to become sustainable through several initiatives and pillars in the following decades.

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LATAM is embarking on a sustainable path. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

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What is LATAM doing during the next few years?

Besides becoming neutral carbon by 2050, LATAM intends to undertake several other initiatives in the coming years.

It will all start in 2023 when LATAM will stop the use of single-use plastics on all its flights. By 2027, the airline will achieve zero waste to landfill, protecting the ecosystems throughout South America.

Additionally, LATAM Group will contribute to offset 50% of its domestic emissions by 2030. This goal will also establish a path to be carbon neutral by 2050.

Alongside these measures, the Chilean-Brazilian company will promote a program allowing passengers to offset their CO2 emissions. In parallel, the group will offset the same amount of CO2 emissions as customers under the 1+1 program.

Over the next decade, LATAM Airlines will invest US$100 million in its program toward sustainability.

LATAM Airlines Boeing 767-316(ER) CC-CXF
LATAM is investing US$100 million in the next decade towards sustainability. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Adhering to CORSIA and conservation projects

Currently, none of the countries in which LATAM flies domestically is part of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) program. Despite that, LATAM Airlines Group will voluntarily adhere to the ICAO’s initiative, said Alvo.

Nevertheless, buying carbon credits is not enough, said Roberto Alvo. The airline has to get involved with many other initiatives. The Necessary Destination campaign will be in place for the next three decades, and the steps that are taken today will benefit tomorrow, he added.

Therefore, LATAM and The Nature Conservancy launched a collaboration. They plan to conserve and reforest iconic ecosystems in South America, such as the Amazon, the Chaco, the Llanos of Orinoco, among others.

Additionally, through the circular economy process, LATAM is committed to promoting a culture of reuse and recycling. For example, it has signed agreements with Peruvian organizations to give a second life to used cabin crew uniforms.

Finally, LATAM will also reduce its emissions through the incorporation of sustainable fuels and new aviation technologies. Though, these new developments are still a few years ago before becoming mainstream.

“The environment cannot wait 15 years to have the necessary technologies to reduce emissions. This is why we will work in parallel to promote these transformations and offset our emissions through nature-based solutions”, said Alvo.

What do you think of LATAM’s sustainability plan? Let us know in the comments.

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