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December 17, 2013 4:59 pm

Air Serbia Begins Direct Flights to Israel

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An Air Serbia plane. Photo: Dejan Milinkovic via Wikimedia Commons. The national airline of Serbia, Air Serbia, has begun direct flights to Israel in a sign of increasing relations between the countries.

The first direct flight, which will operate four days a week, began on Sunday from Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla airport to Tel Aviv’s David Ben-Gurion airport on a new Airbus A319. Attending the promotional flight was Serbian Parliament Speaker Nebojsa Stefanovic, Minister of Regional Development and Local Self-Government Igor Mirovic, Israeli Ambassador to Serbia Yossef Levy, and Air Serbia CEO Danny Kondic.

After landing in Tel Aviv, Stefanovic said that he hopes “that this direct route will boost the tourism of the two countries,” the Tanjug News Agency reported.

Relations between Serbia and Israel have grown steadily recently. Earlier this year, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic made his first state visit to Israel.

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