|Prime Minister confident in Air Serbia's transatlantic success|
The Serbian Prime Minister, Aleksandar Vučić, has announced that flights from Belgrade to the United States will be launched at the end of the year or in early 2016 at the latest. The comments were made days before the Prime Minister begins his official visit to the United States and only two weeks after a Bilateral Air Service Agreement was signed between the two countries. Mr. Vučić confirmed that New York City will be the first destination to be served in the States by national carrier Air Serbia. “The first destination will be New York and not Chicago as previously announced, but ultimately it is up to Air Serbia to decide”, the PM said.
Mr. Vučić conceded that it will take some time before transatlantic flights begin generating a profit. “I am confident that we will be a reliable partner [to the US] and there will be no problems on our behalf. We will meet the highest standards and flights to New York and Toronto will be full. During the first two years we won’t lose too much money, but afterwards these flights will be extremely profitable for our airline”, the Prime Minister noted. He added that the recently signed Bilateral Air Service Agreement, which regulates flight operations between the two countries, is “good and important news” for relations between Serbia and the United States.
|Serbia - US Bilateral Air Service Agreement|
Recently, the CEO of Air Serbia, Dane Kondić, said that no decision has been made on launching flights to the United States but confirmed the airline is continuing to evaluate the feasibility of transatlantic services. “No decision has been made. There has been a lot of talk about it. We haven’t actually said anything about it. The government is a shareholder in the business and they've asked us to look at the feasibility of serving North America. We are in throes of doing studies and analysis. Now, simultaneously, and not to prejudice the outcome of what analysis is going to show us, we've asked the government to make sure everything regulatory, that would enable us to fly, if we decide to fly, is in place”. Mr. Kondić noted that Air Serbia’s analysis of future transatlantic flights has been based around Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The CEO said the airline would follow a similar process in leasing the jets as it did with other members of its fleet.