Ghost airport - Morava
Months after construction work on Morava Airport, in the central Serbian town of Kraljevo, was completed, the airport still hasn’t seen a single customer. Despite plans for Jat Airways to operate flights between Kraljevo and Istanbul during the summer, the service never came to light as the terminal building has still not been issued an operational license. Following the license grant, the airport has to obtain all necessary documentation from the Serbian Civil Aviation Directorate, the police and customs. On September 3, the Serbian Deputy Prime Minister, Aleksandar Vučić said, “The airport will be opened soon. There is interest from a local airline and a Turkish airline to operate flights from Kraljevo to Istanbul and other airports in Turkey. We will soon complete the job in the interest of Kraljevo’s citizens and we won’t open the airport seven or fifteen times so we can smile for the cameras”.
At the time, the Deputy Prime Minister admitted that Morava Airport won’t be able to finance itself. “The government is looking for the means to finance the airport over the next two years since its existence will strengthen the central and south western region of Serbia”, Mr. Vučić explained. Morava Airport lies between three larger cities, Kraljevo, Čačak and Kragujevac, and has a catchment area of some two million people.
The 32 million euro construction of Morava Airport began in 2011 with work on a new control tower and access roads. Later on in the year the first promotional flight was operated from Belgrade with Jat Airways’ ATR72. The airport is being shared with the Ladjevci military air base. The Turkish government has invested ten million euros into the project while the rest has been financed by the Serbian government.