Air Serbia’s next direct intercontinental route will be to Canada, the daily Vecernje Novosti writes.

The newspaper cited sources from the Serbian government who said that preparations are well under way – but that “plenty of work remains to be done.”

Serbia and Canada are soon expected to sign international air traffic agreements, and this will allow the carrier to start flying from Belgrade to Toronto at some point next year.

Air Serbia previously announced that they were preparing a new long-haul route, but would not reveal the destination.

Serbia’s national airline counts on members of the Serb diaspora in Canada, which, according to 2011 data, numbers about 80,000 people, as the main group of potential passengers – along with those coming from other former Yugoslav countries.