Saturday, October 8, 2011

Kraljevo welcomes first flight

Jat lands in Kraljevo
Morava Airport in Kraljevo handled its first passengers on Wednesday as Jat Airways operated a promotional flight from Belgrade. The first passengers to set foot at Serbia’s newest international airport were President Boris Tadić and Defence Minister Dragan Šutanovac along with other officials. The President toured the airport site and inspected construction work on the 5.000 square meter terminal building. He also visited the newly built air traffic control tower. “This entire region of Serbia has now received a new airport which will be at the disposal of its citizens but will also fuel further investment into the region”, President Tadić said.

Regular flights from Morava should begin next March as the airport’s runway will be lengthened to handle larger aircraft in time for the 2012 summer season. A total of 32 million Euros has been invested into the project. A Jat Airways ATR72 (registered YU-ALN) was used to ferry the President and other officials from Belgrade to Kraljevo and back. Thanks to the VIP passengers, the aircraft was completely refurbished with new leather seats although the airline claims that its entire ATR fleet will receive a new look with the next aircraft, registered YU-ALP, to feature the new interior as well. The flight from Belgrade to Kraljevo took thirty minutes.

First passengers at Morava Airport
Part of Morava Airport, known as Ladjevci, will continue to be used for military purposes. Some have criticised the project as a political stunt ahead of the first anniversary of the Kraljevo earthquake and next year’s parliamentary elections. They argue the airport won’t be viable. On the other hand, the government says the airport will see flights to Turkey and Germany next summer. The Government of Turkey invested 10 million Euros into the project.

12 comments:

  1. I hope a low cost Airline will fly to Kraljevo, Easy Jet, Ryan Air or Wizz Air.

    AGX could fly maybe some charter flights.

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  2. If Jat is to secure money form 'a' source (government/private sector or whatever) Would it be wise for them to invest in 20 to 30 seat size aircraft to service some of these airports in Serbia with links to the capital and other major cities in the region? Jetstream 32 or Embraer 120s come to mind.

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  3. Ma ja...Kraljevo hahaha! I Srbija i turizam...hahahaha...MOZDA samo u Beogradu!?

    Pozdrav iz Argentine!

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    1. A Beograd je centar sveta hahahha aj nebudi smesan :) Kraljevo je centar Srbije i zasluzeno dobija aerodrom.

      Pozdrav sa Arube :)

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  4. @Q400
    ATR42/72 is perfect plane to fly to and from Kraljevo. also, i'd take ERJ145/CRJ200 also for longer flights from Kraljevo

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  5. Those seats look nice, did Jat refurbish some of its Atrs?

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  6. ^^It says in the article "A Jat Airways ATR72 (registered YU-ALN) was used to ferry the President and other officials from Belgrade to Kraljevo and back. Thanks to the VIP passengers, the aircraft was completely refurbished with new leather seats although the airline claims that its entire ATR fleet will receive a new look with the next aircraft, registered YU-ALP, to feature the new interior as well."

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  7. Isn't YU-ALP already in JAT fleet?

    And as Q400 and Nikola said, none of the regional airports can be profitable as long as there is no airline operating regional aircraft. On top of that, if scheduling is not good, even with a fleet of regional aircraft, no airline can expect to fill its planes. Just remember what happened with BNX flights - neither JU nor JP managed to achieve decent CLF.

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  8. As long as those Turks pay for all these useless airports I dont care.
    Its the same as buying an expensive BMW or Mercedes although you dont know how to drive a car !

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  9. Jos jedan propoali aerodrom u Srbiji u nizu.....
    A low cost kompanije imaju ogroman interes da lete za zapadnu Srbiju, kako da ne...?!!!

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  10. @ 2nd-to-last anonymous.

    Turkish airlines invested 30% of the total 33million euros. The rest came from JAT and Belgrade airport.

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