Soon in Belgrade and ZagrebIn just over a month, flights between Chicago, Belgrade and Zagreb will commence, to be operated once per week by the charter carrier Swift Air, Ron Hansen, from the airline, told a press conference in Belgrade yesterday. The launch of the Chicago – Zagreb service has been postponed by a week and will now commence on June 20 while services to Belgrade will be inaugurated on June 17. Services will operate until September 11 (Belgrade) and September 14 (Zagreb), although the Serbian Civil Aviation Directorate has issued an operating license to the airline until December 29. Hansen said that Swift will consider continuing the service if it proves popular. During the winter season flights could operate once every 2 weeks.
Swift Air believes it could carry up to 100.000 passengers between North America and the former Yugoslavia. The airline said the flights are in the national interest of both Croatia and Serbia. The Windy City has the largest population of Serbs outside of Belgrade with an estimated 400.000 ethnic Serbs living in the city. Tens of thousands of Croats are also estimated to live in Chicago.
Hansen told the press that if flights continue to record high booking numbers the airline will consider commencing services from New York City to the Croatian and Serbian capitals.
During the press conference the airline’s representatives said that flight times haven’t been completely finalised yet. To view preliminary flight details for each service click on the arrival city: Belgrade / Zagreb.