In a sign of increasingly close ties between Serbia and Israel, the Serbian national airline launched direct flights between Belgrade and Tel Aviv this week.
A spanking new Air Serbia Airbus A319 made the maiden voyage on Sunday. Among those on board the sold-out flight were Serbian Parliament Speaker Nebojša Stefanović, Serbia’s Minister of Regional Development and Local Self-Government Igor Mirović, Israeli Ambassador to Serbia Yosef Levy and Air Serbia CEO Danny Kondić.
Upon arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport, Stefanović said he believes that "this direct route will boost tourism between the two countries”, while Kondic expressed the hope that the direct flights between Israel and Serbia would open new opportunities for Israelis looking for a hub city from which to travel to other global destinations.
Air Serbia will offer four weekly direct flights between Belgrade and Tel Aviv. Previously, flights between the two cities were conducted twice a week and stopped in Larnaca, Cyprus, which greatly inconvenienced travelers.
Israel’s relations with Serbia have grown very close in recent years, with Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman working assiduously to cultivate better ties. Earlier this year, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic visited the Jewish state.