BELGRADE, March 13 (Xinhua) -- Since Tuesday night, take-offs, landings and overflights of two models of Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft have been banned in Serbia, the country's Civil Aviation Directorate announced in a press release on Wednesday.
Serbia has joined a number of countries in their recent ban on the troubled aircraft after the second Boeing 737 MAX crashed in the past five months. The ban follows the decision by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to suspend all Boeing 737 MAX flights in the bloc.
"Bearing in mind the safety directive issued by the EASA, the Civil Aviation Directorate of the Republic of Serbia hereby issues the emergency NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) suspending all flight operations of Boeing models 737-8 MAX and 737-9 MAX regarding take-off and landing at airports in the Republic of Serbia, including the overflights operated within the airspace of the Republic of Serbia," read the release read.
On the aircraft registry of the Republic of Serbia maintained by the Civil Aviation Directorate, there are no registered Boeing Model 737-8 MAX and 737-9 MAX aircraft, it added.
Serbia's public broadcaster RTS reported that only two Boeing MAX aircraft had been landing at Belgrade Airport, operated by Fly Dubai and Norwegian.