Sunday, June 19, 2011

Direct flights from Rockford IL to Zagreb and Belgrade started this week!


ZAGREB, June 15 (FENA) - Rockford International Airport (RFD), located 140 kilometres northwest of Chicago, announced on Tuesday it was offering its first transatlantic flights as of this month, with charter service to Zagreb and Belgrade starting on June 17, the local television network WIFR said on its website.

After Calcun, Mexico, Zagreb and Belgrade are the second and third international destinations that can be reached directly from Rockford, a city of about 150,000 in the north of the US state of Illinois.

Air Plus, a public charter company based in Chicago, will offer the once-weekly flights nonstop to Zagreb, with continuing service on to Belgrade. Flights will depart RFD Friday evenings and return Sunday afternoons. Flights are public charters on Boeing 767s operated by Swift Air, based in Phoenix, Arizona. Flights can be booked at flyairplus.com or by calling (011) 877-849-5002. The price is US$ 1,099.

These will be the first nonstop flights to Zagreb from the Chicago area 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.

Milicevic said there is high demand for travel between the Midwest and southeastern Europe, especially during these summer months, and a large network of travel agents who cater to that demand. Air Plus also offers tours of Serbia, Croatia and nearby countries. Also, Zagreb and Belgrade offer convenient starting points for other European vacations.

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