Today www.usaserbs.net website received email MEDIA RELEASE from Rockford Airport about flights to Belgrade. Last few months Serbs in USA were reading news about first non stop flight after 20 years between Chicago and Belgrade, but now we got email there is NOT NON-STOP flight to Belgrade.... just flight to Belgrade as a second stop.... we are not surprised....
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 13, 2011
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Chicago airport announces service to Croatia and Serbia
Weekly flights offer low-cost, hassle-free alternative to larger airports
ROCKFORD, Ill. – (RFD) will offer the only between the U.S. and Croatia, with new service beginning this month.
Air Plus, a public charter company based in Chicago, will offer the once-weekly flights nonstop to Belgrade, Serbia. Flights begin , and will provide the Croatian, Serbian and Bosnian communities low-cost, hassle-free connections between the U.S. and southeastern Europe., with continuing service on to
Flights will depart RFD flyairplus.com or by calling . and return . Flights are public charters on Boeing 767s operated by Swift Air. Flights can be booked at
These will be the first nonstop flights to Zagreb from Chicago in nearly two decades, said Dusan Milicevic, general manager of Air Plus. Flights will appeal to the large Croatian, Serbian and Bosnian communities in Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison and St. Louis, as well as European travelers looking for good deals. These flights will be offered for 13 weeks and already approximately 2,000 seats of the 3,000 total seats have been sold.
“RFD is perfectly situated between the major cities of the Midwest. Our customers will find unrivaled convenience driving to Rockford, parking for free and heading to southeastern Europe,” said Milicevic. “Arriving in the United States from Europe, they will see much shorter lines clearing U.S. Customs and an overall hassle-free experience.”
Milicevic said there is high demand for travel between the Midwest and southeastern Europe, and a large network of travel agents who cater to that demand. Air Plus also offers tours of Serbia, Croatia and nearby countries. At the same time, Chicago Rockford provides a convenient gateway into the U.S. for European travelers visiting families or touring the country.
Besides free parking and short security and Customs lines, RFD offers a newly expanded International Arrival Gate that welcomes international travelers in style. RFD is conveniently located near Interstates 39, 43, 88 and 90, giving travelers a congestion-free start to their vacations. Learn more at FlyRFD.com.
“We know that people will drive from several hours away to take advantage of our Greater Rockford Airport Authority board of commissioners. “Service to Zagreb and Belgrade is the next step in showcasing this international-grade airport. We look forward to welcoming our new passengers from both the U.S. and southeastern Europe.”, free parking and hassle-free experience,” said Bharat Puri, chairman of the
Desko Nikitovic, the Serbian Consulate General in Chicago will be on the first flight Republic of Serbia, particularly through culture and tourism,” said Nikitovic. “This is a very positive development for both our countries and the Serbian Consulate General is very supportive of this initiative.”. “The Consulate General strives to promote the development of mutual cooperation between the United States and the
This new service gives RFD flights to three international destinations. Apple Vacations is finishing up a successful season of flights to , and had expanded service to three times a week during peak times. International service has been added at RFD thanks to collaboration between airport officials, U.S. officials and foreign dignitaries.
“This is what we envisioned several years ago when we worked so hard to convince the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to open an international terminal at Rockford. We discussed this potential for international charter flights with House Transportation Committee Chairman John Mica (R-FL) when I brought him to Rockford last month, and I’m excited to see it coming to fruition so quickly,” Congressman Don Manzullo (R-IL) said. “I congratulate Bharat Puri and the rest of the airport authority board for their efforts to land our first ever scheduled . When the international travelers see how easy it is to get in and out of Rockford, they will no doubt demand more overseas flights.”
“This announcement shows that the Chicago Rockford International Airport has become one of the region’s premiere airports,” said Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL). “Its modernization and growth over the years has been impressive and I hope today’s service announcement is followed by many more.”
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