Air Serbia plans Chicago and Toronto flights in the future
Air Serbia plans to launch long haul flights to the United States and Canada by 2016 at the latest. Speaking on national television, Serbia’s Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić said Etihad Airways CEO James Hogan has confirmed plans for the Serbian carrier to operate flights to Chicago and Toronto in 2016 with Airbus A330 aircraft. However, Mr. Vučić added he is pushing for transatlantic flights to be launched late next year, in particular to New York. The revamped Serbian carrier plans to code share with Air Berlin on flights to the United States in the coming period, however, the airline is still waiting for regulatory approval from the States in order to place its codes on Air Berlin’s flights to New York and Chicago.
In the interview, Mr. Vučić added that both Adria and Croatia Airlines are now calling upon Etihad for help. “There is now a problem what will happen when Air Serbia starts purchasing in the region and begins expanding”, Mr. Vučić said. “I have seen what the aircraft’s interior will look like, I know their plans, I know what they are thinking and it will be, without a doubt, the leading airline in the region and it is not surprising the competition has a problem with it”, Mr Vučić concluded.
Meanwhile, the mayor of Niš, Zoran Perišić, has said that he has begun talks with Air Serbia regarding the potential launch of two daily flights from Belgrade from December 1. “I have held talks with Air Serbia’s management and there is a possibility for daily flights to be launched from December 1”, Mr. Perišić said, adding that a morning and evening service is expected. Niš Airport will lose its only scheduled flight, operated by Montenegro Airlines to Podgorica, this winter as the city no longer has the means to subsidise the service.