Serbia, Kosovo, the United States and the Lufthansa Group signed at the US Embassy in Berlin, a historic agreement to establish an air link between Prishtina and Belgrade, the respective capital cities of Kosovo and Serbia.
The 25-minute flight will be operated by Lufthansa’s budget carrier, Eurowings, which has a base in Kosovo’s capital.
Even though it was mentioned that services would resume during 2020, no exact date has been decided. Belgrade has in the past called for Prishtina to drop a 100% tax on Serbian goods before flights can resume.
Michael Knitter, the chief operating officer of Eurowings, said the flights could begin as soon as further regulatory hurdles have been removed by both countries.
“Air transport stands for bringing people of different origins together peacefully. By establishing an airlink, Kosovo and Serbia are taking a step towards rapprochement on the initiative of the US. We are pleased to accompany this process”, Knitter said.
Currently, it takes more than five hours to travel from Belgrade to Prishtina. JAT Yugoslav Airlines was the last to operate scheduled flights between the two cities back in 1999.