Coronavirus Covid-19: Serbia temporarily suspends commercial flights

20 March 2020 (Last Updated March 20th, 2020 15:13)

Serbia has temporarily suspended all commercial flights to and from Nikola Tesla Airport in the country’s capital to contain the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

Coronavirus Covid-19: Serbia temporarily suspends commercial flights
The front view of Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport. Credit: jaba1977.

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Serbia has temporarily suspended all commercial flights to and from Nikola Tesla Airport in the country’s capital to contain the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

Siberian Transport Minister Zorana Mihajlovic stated that all flights will be stopped from Thursday.

Mihajlovic was quoted by Anadolu Agency as saying: “Nikola Tesla Airport in Belgrade remains open for all humanitarian flights and cargo traffic, and Serbia’s air space remains open for all flights.

“The recommendation to passengers is to contact the airline for more detailed information on exercising their rights.”

The decision has been taken after Serbia confirmed 103 positive Covid-19 cases.

Although the shutdown is declared to be on a temporary basis, no details of the closure have been mentioned yet.

The country has also shut its other two airports: Morava Airport in Kraljevo and Niš Constantine the Great Airport.

To contain the further spread of the virus, all border crossings via road, rail and river traffic into Serbia will also be closed.

Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic said: “As of tomorrow, no one can enter the territory of Serbia except transport trucks. In the coming days, we are likely to make further decisions on curfew.”

Meanwhile, the Covid-19 death toll has crossed 10,000 worldwide. A total of over 224,000 confirmed cases and 84,000 recoveries have been reported as of the end of 19 March.

Italy has rapidly become the most affected country in Europe, now considered as the epicentre of the Covid-19 outbreak. The death toll in the country has increased by 427 in the last 24 hours to 3,405, exceeding the total fatalities reported in China until now.

The coronavirus spread in Europe intensified in the last week of February.