First plane on new Beijing-Belgrade route lands
The first plane on the newly-established Beijing-Belgrade route on Friday landed at Belgrade's Nikola Tesla International Airport.Source: B92, Tanjug
The Hainan Airlines Airbus A330-300 was welcomed by Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Zorana Mihajlovic and Chinese Ambassador Li Manchang, as well and representatives of the Chinese carrier.
Other officials present at the welcome were Director of the Nikola Tesla Airport Sasa Vlaisavljevic and CeO of Air Serbia Dane Kondic, the government said on its website.
The plane was welcomed on the runway with a water salute, and brought more than 20 Chinese businesspeople and representatives of business associations to Serbia.
The planes on the new route will for the time being fly from Beijing to Belgrade via Prague - where passengers will not have to disembark -twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays.
The plan is to introduce direct Beijing-Belgrade flights next year, while Brnabic, speaking to reporters at the airport today, said she hoped that direct Belgrade-Beijing flights would be established within a few months.
She recalled that Serbia and China currently have joint projects worth over six billion dollars, and that their trade exchange has increased ten percent in the first seven months of year - while Serbian exports to China grew by as much as 134 percent.
Brnabic also recalled that Serbia has scrapped visas for Chinese citizens, and that all these represent the signals that will enable for cooperation to exceed the current six billion dollars - and make Serbia the central country for China in its Belt and Road project.