In mid September, the plane from Beijing landed in Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla for the first time since 2000 when the intercontinental route between Beijing and Belgrade was paused just prior to the collapse of former Yugoslavia. With the inaugural flight, the China’s Hainan Airline started operating a regular service, via Prague, twice a week on Mondays and Fridays.
In 2018, the Hainan Airlines plans to start operating a direct Belgrade-Beijing route. The direct flights would significantly increase the number of Chinese tourists visiting Serbia. At the same time, the direct flights would also be a necessary addition to the Serbian tourism, for the number of Chinese tourists in Serbia rose by 167% in the first four months of 2017, as trade minister Rašim Ljajić pointed for the Serbian media in June 2017.
In addition, in September Belgrade Airport’s website announced that it had for the first time recorded an increase of 6 percent in number of passengers compared to the same month of the previous year. Furthermore, the Nikola Tesla Airport had in September for the third consecutive month already recorded an absolute monthly record in number of passengers, while the turnover of goods in the ifrst 9 months of 2017 had been significantly higher and grew by 16 percent compared to the same period last year.
Surely, the numbers show that this is the best possible time for the Serbian capital to get flights from and to China.