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Air Serbia To Move To JFK’s Terminal This Summer

By the 3rd of June this year, Air Serbia will be switching terminals at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) from Terminal 4, where it has been continuous since 2016, to Terminal 1. This will be Air Serbia’s debut at Terminal 1 in almost 50 years of on-and-off operations at New York JFK.

Air Serbia’s single A330 aircraft, YU-ARA, will stop the use of Terminal 4 for its landing and taking off at the New York JFK airport. 

This new development needed to come in place as JFK Airport will undergo its major redevelopment project, increasing the size of Terminal 1 four times bigger than it’s current size. Air Serbia will join the biggest international airlines serving New York, including Air France, Air China, Korean Air, Lufthansa, and Turkish Airlines.

However, at the same time, the move will make transfers a little difficult for Air Serbia’s passengers continuing their journey into other North American destinations out of JFK. JetBlue, Air Serbia’s interline partner, uses Terminal 5. The transfer between Air Serbia’s new terminal, Terminal 1, and JetBlue’s Terminal 5, will be much more difficult than Air Serbia’s current Terminal 4. 

In the meantime, Air Serbia has started putting out the information to its passengers and the public about its move from Terminal 4 to Terminal 1 via text messages, via its website, and via all of its social media accounts. For example, it  tweeted via its Twitter account:

Air Serbia’s Vice President for the Americas, George Petković, said in a press release: 

We are proud to join the home of all main international airlines. Our passengers will be able to enjoy more space and smaller crowds, and in the near future, once the reconstruction is finished, Terminal 1 will be the most luxurious one in the whole of New York and the surrounding area.”

Donald Trump’s ban on passenger entry from the European Union did not include Serbia, as Serbia is not a member of the European Union. Similarly, Serbia was maintaining a loose border policy itself, and, at the time, it used to allow arrivals from the USA into the country restriction-free. This also enabled Air Serbia to increase capacity by almost 50% on its Belgrade-New York JFK flights in October 2020.