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Belavia is the national airline of Belarus and is headquartered in Minsk, Belarus.
Established in 1996, Belavia - Belarusian Airlines takes the leading position in passenger air transportation in the Belarusian market.
Belavia flies to many destinations including Almaty, Astana, Kostanay, Pavoldar, Ashgabat, Yerevan, Baku, Larnaca, Batumi, Kutaisi, Tbilisi, Tehran, Tel Aviv, Beirut, Istanbul, Dubai, Vienna, Brest, Gomel, Minsk, Hrodna, Prague, Helsinki, Nice, Paris, Berlin, Frankfurt, Hannover, Thessaloniki, Budapest, Rome, Milan and Tivat.
Belavia Airlines has interline agreements with many airlines including Adria Airways, Air Astana, Air Baltic, Air China, Air France, Austrian Airlines, Czech Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, Severstal, SCAT Airlines, Luxair, Lufthansa, LOT Polish Airlines and many others.
Belavia flies to Asia, Europe and Africa from its base at Minsk National Airport. In addition to scheduled destinations listed here, Belavia operates charter flights to leisure destinations and VIP charters.
22nd May 2018
Low-costs flights in Belarus: wishful thinking?
Last month, in a speech to the Belarusian parliament, Alexander Lukashenka expressed dissatisfaction with Belarusian airlines. The president questioned the absence of low-cost flights in Belarus and Belarusians’ extensive use of Vilnius, Warsaw and Kiev airports. This issue – discussed by Belarusians for several years – has been problematised by Lukashenka for the first time.
Companies such as Ryanair and Wizzair find it unprofitable to fly to Minsk airport, and so Belarusians choose to travel to airports in neighbouring countries. According to the administration of Belavia, the Belarusian national carrier, it would be detrimental for their business to welcome cheap flights to the country. As a result, Belarusians choose between Lithuanian, Ukrainian or Polish airports – or seek out rare Belavia online sales.
Why don’t Belarusian airports adapt for low-costs?
Belarusians tend to fly from Vilnius, Kaunas, Kiev or Warsaw to EU destinations or for summer holidays. Over recent years, Belarusians constituted over 10% of visitors to Vilnius airport. Since 2008, when the low-cost Wizzair commenced operations in Ukraine, Belarusians often opt to travel from Kiev. Warsaw and Vilnius airports cooperate with several low-cost companies such as Ryanair or Wizzair in selling cheap tickets all over Europe.
The Belarusian authorities noted that Belarusians often fly from other countries, decreasing the profits of Minsk airport. On 24 April, Lukashenka publicly problematised the low-costs issue in Belarus and the consequent extensive use of the foreign airports. The tendency of Belarusians to travel from foreign airports partly relates to the price policy of the main Belarusian airline, Belavia. For instance, in 2015 alone Belarusian airports lost $15m from Belarusians who instead travelled from the “air hubs” of neighbouring countries, writes BelaPAN. Before that, in 2012, former Belarusian prime minister Mikhail Miasnikovich stated in a meeting of the Council of Ministers that the failing tariff policy of Belarusian airlines pushes Belarusians to travel to neighbouring countries airports.
The management of Minsk National Airport says that low-cost airlines barely correspond to Belarusian standards. For example, the Minsk airport opposes additional charges for luggage. Some experts, however, agree that the leadership of Belavia national airlines tries to avoid increased competition from other airlines that can undercut its prices. In addition, so far Minsk finds itself in a more or less steady position since it has a relatively large flow of transit passengers.
Belavia collects dividends on conflicts in neighbouring countries?
The conflict between Ukraine and Russia, which has caused the cancellation of air connections between the two countries, transformed Minsk airport into a major transit point for travellers between Kiev and Moscow. The management of Minsk airport recognises that about half of the total amount of transit passengers travel from/to Ukraine and Russia. Therefore, Belavia has introduced more flights to Ukrainian airports in Odessa, Kharkiv and Lviv.
A little earlier a similar situation emerged with transit between Russia and Georgia. Belavia fully made use of the conflict between those countries that started in 2008, increasing the number of its flights to Georgia. Given the increased flow of Belarusian tourists to Georgia, this step taken by Belavia has proved very promising.
On the eve of the 2018 summer season, Belavia expected Tbilisi and Batumi to remain popular destinations and raised ticket prices to €400 for a return flight. However, instead of buying expensive tickets from Belavia, Belarusians started to look for flights to Georgia from neighbouring countries or to buy bus tours from Minsk according to reports by the online travel site vandrouki.by.
Visa-free tourism and local airports: an underutilised potential
After the introduction of a visa-free regime, Belarusian airports seems to appear even less interested in low-cost flights. As one of the conditions for visa-free travelling across the whole of Belarus is to arrive through Minsk airport, Belarusian airlines benefit from the visa-free policy. Belavia, the fully state-owned company, becomes more optimistic because of a constant increase in the number of tourists who come to the country on a visa-free regime. More than 80,000 foreigners visited Belarus in 2017 under the visa regime which allows visitors to spend five days in Belarus without a visa provided they enter via Minsk airport.
However, the number of tourists would increase if travel costs fell and if the scheme were applied to all Belarusian regional airports. Airports in Hrodna, Brest, Homiel, Vitebsk and Mahiliou together serve only 100,000 people annually. Currently, Hrodna and Brest airports offer only a few flights to Russia, Montenegro, Bulgaria and Turkey. At the same time, only Hrodna airport has been included as part of the visa-free regime (from January 2018).
Investing in the development of other regional airports and widening the visa-free zone might not only attract more tourists but also give a profit from short-destination flights. Cheap routes to Poland or Lithuania from the local airports might become the main source of income considering the popularity of these destinations.
Developing local airports in line with a low-cost strategy would increase competition between the airlines and might result in better services for passengers. At the sane time, by losing its monopoly on short-haul destinations, Belavia could focus on the long-haul flights and transit passengers, while local airports will increase their profits by managing multiple short-haul flights. Alternatively, the management of Belarusian airlines may further restrict competition and access for cheap airlines but most of the benefits from such a strategy would accrue to neighbouring countries.
14th May 2018
Belavia run extra service for UEFA Champions League final
Announced by Igor Cherginets, Deputy Director General for Marketing and Foreign Economic Affairs, Belavia Airlines will operate an extra flight for fans of Liverpool FC that are travelling to the UEFA Champions League final. The Belarusian airline will operate an additional flight from London that will run through Minsk to Kiev, where the final is held, as regular flights, B2852 and B2-832, are already fully booked.
The UEFA Champions League final will be played between Liverpool FC and Real Madrid C.F and takes place on 26th May 2018. The final will be hosted at the Olympiysky Stadium in Kiev.
7th May 2018
Belavia and Turkish Airlines sign agreement
Belarusian airlines, Belavia Airlines, and Turkish Airlines have come together to provide passengers with more options to travel between Turkey and Belarus. The airlines have signed a codeshare agreement that will put both of their respective flight codes on services between Istanbul and Minsk.
Belavia's CEO stated that the connection between Minsk and Istanbul is a very important route in Belavia's growing network. He added that this codeshare will benefit business and leisure flows between Turkey and Belarus, and beyond.
2nd May 2018
Turkish Airlines, Belavia sign codeshare agreement
A new code-sharing agreement between Turkish Airlines and Belavia-Belarusian Airlines began on May 1, Turkey’s national flag carrier has announced.
“Through this codeshare partnership, Turkish Airlines and Belavia will reciprocally add their flight codes on the Istanbul-Minsk, vice versa, flights operated by both parties,” Turkish Airlines said in a statement.
After Istanbul-Minsk, other routes may be assessed for a second phase of the pact, it added.
The company said the joint flights would offer fast and convenient connections for passengers leaving Istanbul—Turkey’s financial capital, and a key transfer point in the region—to Minsk, Belarus’ capital.
“Moreover, taking into account the complementary structure of the timetables of both carriers and agreement working reciprocally, those flights will allow both airlines’ passengers to enjoy seamless connectivity in their respective hubs,” it added.
“As Turkish Airlines, we are glad to be a codeshare partner with Belavia,” Bilal Ekşi, Turkish Airlines’ CEO, said in the statement.
“We believe this agreement will improve our relations with Belarus’ flag carrier, while enhancing our commercial cooperation to the next level,” he added.
Minsk-Istanbul is “one of the most important routes in the growing network of Belavia-Belarusian Airlines, and we believe that this cooperation with Turkish Airlines will lead to further enhancing both business and leisure flows not only between Turkey and Belarus, but beyond Istanbul and Minsk,” said Anatoly Gusarov, Belavia’s CEO.
10th April 2018
Belavia plans to lease five more E-Jets from NAC
Belarus's Belavia has signed an agreement with Nordic Aviation Capital for the lease of 5 Jets by the Brazilian manufacturer Embraer. According to various sources, the contract entailed three EMB-195s and two EMB-175s, of which two EMB-195s and one ЕMB-175 are expected as early as April 2019. The remaining two aircraft (one EMB-195 and one EMB-175) will most likely be delivered in December 2019 and April 2020, respectively. This expansion cements a positive view on Belavia's expansion.
Belavia Airlines started the regular flight on route Minsk - Lviv, which will be carried out four times a week
Belavia will increase the number of flights up to two times per day from Minsk to Odessa. The flights on the route Minsk - Lviv are expected to be carried out on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with a departure from Minsk at 13.10 and with the return flight from Lviv at 15.20. The flights to Lviv are expected to be carried out with the airplanes “Embraer 175”.
Belavia Airlines and Qatar Airways signed a interline agreement and Special Prorate Agreement as well as an electronic Interline Agreement.
These agreements provide an acknowledgement of traffic documents between the partner carriers and give a right to a partner air company for the flight ticketing of each other. In 2013, A code-share agreement was signed with the Etihad Airways in late May. Belavia is a marketing carrier on the flights to Abu Dhabi, Ho Chi Minh, Sydney, Melbourne, which are operated by Etihad Airways.
Belavia Airlines announced that it will make its first regular flight to an international airport in Zhukovsky near Moscow on September 12, 2016, the airport’s press service reported on Aug. 24. Belavia will be the first regular carrier to start flying from Zhukovsky on Embrarier 175 aircraft. The Minsk-Zhukovsky airport- Minsk flights will be made daily. The planes will depart from Minsk at 08:15 Moscow time and from Zhukovsky at 10:20 Moscow time on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The evening flights will take place on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday (at 19:30 from Minsk and at 20:05 from Zhukovsky). Belavia will continue making part of its flights, including from Moscow to Minsk, from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport.
|For cabin baggage, Belavia allows its passengers 1 piece of hand luggage with a maximum weight of 8kg and a maximum allowable size of 50 x 40 x 20cm and a maximum weight of 12kg in business class. For checked baggage, Belavia allows its passengers one piece of luggage with a maximum weight of 20kg for economy and 30kg for Premium-Economy and Business Class passsngers.|
|Belavia operates Belavia Leader, the Belavia-Belarusian Airlines' award program developed for its airline customers. Belavia Leader program offers its members the opportunity of earning points on their membership accounts for travel on Belavia regular scheduled flights or using program partner's services.|
|Belavia Belarusian Airlines has a modern air fleet of the Western and Russian manufacturers. Their fleet consists of Boeing 737, CRJ-100/200, Embraer and TU-154 M. Belavia has codeshare agreements with Air Baltic, Air France, Austrian Airlines, Czech Airlines, Etihad, Finnair, KLM, LOT-Polish Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines and S7. Belavia has an interline agreement with many airlines including Adria Airways, Air Astana, Air Baltic, Atlasglobal, Delta Air Lines, Egyptair, EL AL, Ural Airlines, TAROM, Severstal, Motor Sich Airlines and many others.|
Minsk National Airport
Minsk National Airport is the main international airport in Belarus, in the capital Minsk. The airport serves as hub of the national Belarusian airline Belavia. Other airlines which fly to and from Minsk National Airport include Aeroflot, Air China, airBaltic, Austrian Airlines, Belavia, Etihad Airways, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines and Ukraine International Airlines
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