Directorate announces Chicago – Belgrade flightsFlights between Chicago and Belgrade are set to begin this summer. The Serbian Civil Aviation Directorate has confirmed, to local press, that it has received a formal request from an airline to commence flights between the two cities. Serbia is currently classified as a category 2 country by the United States Federal Aviation Administration, meaning that a Serbian registered airline cannot operate flights to the United States.
The Directorate has said that it is awaiting some additional documentation from a carrier from the United States after which it could issue a license within days. Over the past decade there have been several seasonal services from North America to the EX-YU region. There have been flights from New York and Toronto to Belgrade, as well as flights from Toronto to Zagreb and New York to Priština. Rumours suggest that the airline set to operate from Chicago to Belgrade is EuroAtlantic Airways, on a seasonal summer basis.
Flights between Belgrade and Chicago last operated on May 17, 1992 when JAT Yugoslav Airlines operated its final service in face of international sanctions. The route was first inaugurated on April 10, 1980 as a charter service and became a regular 4 weekly service on November 4 that same year.