Morava Airport in Kraljevo to opnen this summerThe newest international airport in the former Yugoslavia, Morava in the central Serbian town of Kraljevo, should open its doors by June. The project is several weeks behind schedule, which officials blame on bad weather throughout February. Most of the exterior work on the 3.000 square meter terminal building has now been completed, with construction moving inside. Necessary equipment, such as x-rays and scanners will be donated by Belgrade Airport.
The Serbian government believes that the new airport will manage to attract airlines. They trust that during this summer season charter flights from Kraljevo to Turkey will be launched. The Turkish government itself has invested ten million euros out of a total of 32 million spent on the airport. Furthermore, the government insists that Morava has a catchment area of two million people, as it is located between three towns, and has the potential to steal some Turkey bound passengers away from Priština Airport.
The new airport shares a runway with the Ladjevci military air base. Construction work began in the summer of 2011.Later on in the year the airport’s new control tower was opened and the first promotional flight was operated from Belgrade with Jat Airways’ ATR72. However, there is still scepticism whether the money has been well spent since Niš Constantine the Great Airport, in eastern Serbia, has not experienced major success since it reopened for commercial use in 2004.