Friday, May 25, 2012

Novi Sad Airport in the works

Future look of Novi Sad Airport
The government of Serbia’s northern province of Vojvodina has announced its intention to develop Novi Sad’s recreational airport into a commercial one, despite it being only seventy kilometres away from the capital Belgrade. According to plans set out by the local government, the airport will cater for low cost flights, business aviation as well a cargo flights. The design of the new terminal has been completed and shares similar proportions to the airport in Tivat.

The Prime Minister of Vojvodina, Bojan Pajtić, says, “The airport will be beautiful, functional and will serve as a monument to Novi Sad, Vojvodina and Serbia”. He adds that the airport will likely be financed through a public private partnership with construction expected to begin in 2014. Novi Sad Airport has a single runway and is some fifteen kilometres north of the city. In 2004, the private charter airline Di Air, from Montenegro, operated a promotional service from Tivat to Novi Sad with some twenty passengers onboard the L-410 Turbolet aircraft. According to a state study, out of all the airports in Serbia, the one in Novi Sad experiences the least fog affected days.

Whether Novi Sad needs an airport is up for serious debate. The city is close to Belgrade and is connected with a highway directly to Nikola Tesla Airport. Furthermore, Novi Sad Airport is not part of the central government’s airport development strategy which outlines the development of Užice Airport in western Serbia and Belgrade’s second airport in the suburb of Batajnica (which is even closer to Novi Sad) in the following few years. Serbia will open its newest commercial airport, in Kraljevo, next month

30 comments:

  1. this ain't gonna happen. just an election hoax. there's no need for a new airport that close to BEG. if they were talking about Sombor or Subotica then it's ok, but Novi Sad? come on...

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    1. Why not? Are millions of people not still coming every year to the Pannonian Sea for their summer holidays? We talk about thousands of charters here!

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    2. No, we are talking about Jat Airways basing their B737-800 there!

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  2. This is complete nonsense and just a money laundering scheme by the corrupt Vojvodina authorities. Even Uzice and Batajnica airports are of highly questionable purpose (and even Kraljevo and Nis won't be making any profit), let alone this stupid idea.

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  3. What a waste of money. How long does it take to drive from Novi Sad to Batajnica? 40 minutes or so? Come on.

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  4. They're just preparing themselves for becoming independent...

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    1. No need. BJY is actually in Vojvodina, just a small part of one of the runways is inside borders of City of Belgrade.

      But, this is really ridiculous. It takes not more than 30 minutes to drive from Novi Sad to BJY, and not more than 40 to BEG, even less with bypass built. A decent train (not ICE kind of train, just decent) should cover the distance in half an hour.

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  5. Yeah you got right! I think the same!

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    1. There are plenty of us thinking the same, especially now with Tomica the president, and even more likely if he makes next Government with Ivica mali Sloba& Voja "the european". I don't doubt at all it could lead not only to new airport, but to the new airline of Vojvodina as well

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  6. Every time i come here i read something about a new airport. 70% of the people there never fly's and the airports grow or get newer every day. Sometimes i'm a shamed that my roots are so stupid..

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  7. no, it's just that this airport makes no sense. as for Kraljevo, Užice and Niš, i really hope that they attract airlines and passangers

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    1. Sadly, I do believe Vojvodina is trying to slowly go on the road to independence which is sad, and I thought for a while whether or not Novi Sad would get an airport, because in their future country, they can't work without an airport.

      They may attract some flights, but would take pax from BEG...

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  8. At this point it is really unnecessary. BEG is only about 70km away, 50 minute drive. There is really no demand, today BEG handles about 3.5 mil pax per year. Well under capacity for the airport. When and if, that figure reaches close to 7-8 mil, then we can begin to talk about NS airport and Batajnica. Until then it is a waste of time even to mention it.

    I would rather see the money invested in rail infrastructure, with priority given to a high speed rail from NS to BEG, and Beograd centar. That line later extended to Subotica and central and southern Serbia, and beyond.

    Charlie --

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    1. I agree with you

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    2. I couldn't agree more.

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  9. StratosphericKBPMay 25, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    You're right Charlie, i appreciate your inputs, greetings.

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  10. That is Ex Yu...where every village wants
    (and also gets) independence.

    Now every village want its airport...

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  11. GO QND GO!

    There is no reason for stoppIng development of another airport if there is financial background and evidence it is viable.

    And...Scotland has officialy started their campaign for independance today (HINT!)

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    1. Where did you see economic sustainability? Gimme a break :+) But i cant wait to see ryanairs commercial: New flights to Belgrade North airport ahhahahaha

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    2. Looks like you are frequenting that aIrline far too often mate and you can name all of their destinations?

      Good for you!

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    3. Yup!

      Fine with me...If FR wants to call it that way.

      As long as Vojvodina collects the money from Belgrade PAX

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    4. Vojvodina deserves airport more than BEG since it contributes more to GDP of Serbia than any other part.
      The airport should be located some 20 km north of NS, so it could serve all Vojvodina, not just NS.
      It is ridiculous to consider Batajnica airport could serve Vojvodina just because of few meters being in Vojvodina teritory.

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  12. Wow, I certainly am happy that most commentators here don't get to actually decide things.

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  14. Vojvodina needs to redefine it's status and finaly take it's future in it's own hands therefore it deserves to have an airport.
    We have been ignored for too long, and our money have been taken for financing wars and development of Belgrade and southern parts of Serbia... Vojvodinians have waited more than 20 years for Serbia to finish Subotica - Belgrade highway (it is not finished yet!), our railroads have been devastated (because lack of financing), our development strategies are constantly refused by the centralist regime from Belgrade etc... And think twice before you point your finger to Vojvodinian authorities and just inform yourselves about Vojvodina's jurisdictions by the Serbian consisution. Sadly, I think that this news is just another election hoax becuse Mr. Pajtic is from the political party which is based in Belgrade (therefore he must listen to what his bosses from Belgrade has to say)

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    1. Yes, and that centrist party from Belgrade won a landslide victory in Vojvodina at these elections, so your theory of how Vojvodina is seeking to be independent is completely false.

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    2. Unfortunately people in Vojvodina have voted for strongest ''democratic'' option in Serbia because they are very afraid of ex radicals ''dressed in new clothes''.
      Anyhow I may be wrong about Vojvodina's incandescence but I strongly support Novi Sad Airport project.

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  15. What is the source of this crap? If you're going to quote and publish stories, you *MUST* source your information.

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  16. There are two possible reasons behind this idea:

    1) Money laundering

    2) The authorities are unbelievably stupid and incompetent, being unable to recognize sustainable and profitable projects for investment

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