Flights to China from Serbia: A further exploration of China’s potential planned by Air Serbia

Following the successful launch of a route connecting Belgrade and Tianjin, Air Serbia plans to expand its Flights to China from Serbia.

Belgrade Airport

Our next expansion will target the Chinese market, There was already a case for nonstop Serbia-China flights before the pandemic, but the COVID crisis has changed the game.
There is no visa regime between China and Serbia, which is unusual in Europe.
As there is a backlog of Chinese citizens wanting to visit Europe, we are offering Serbia to them. Furthermore, Chinese investment in Serbian infrastructure projects has resulted in a strong labor flow.

Air Serbia CEO Jiří Marek

The tourism sector from China could also be boosted, according to Marek, by targeting an older generation that remembers Yugoslavia and is looking forward to coming to Serbia, as well as a younger generation that can connect via Belgrade to other destinations such as Spain, Italy, or Greece.

In December 2022, Air Serbia launched Belgrade-Tianjin, initially operating 1X-weekly using Airbus A330-200s. The route marks the national carrier’s first direct flight to China since its predecessor JAT Airways discontinued its Beijing service in October 2000.