The opening of Kraljevo's Morava Airport planned for mid-2016, has been delayed once again. Located in central Serbia, the airport’s terminal building was completed in 2012 but has been closed ever since. Last week, Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport donated 300.000 euros to it counterpart in Kraljevo in order for necessary work on the runway to be completed and for the airport to open for commercial traffic. "We have an airport that is completed. Over ten million euros have been invested in it and just a little more is necessary in order for it to become fully functional and accommodate all carriers", the acting General Manager of Belgrade Airport, Saša Vlaisavljević, said. The 300.000 euros will be invested in upgrading the existing runway. Some 100 people are expected to work at the airport.
The construction of Morava Airport's 22 million euro terminal was completed in 2012. Its 2.200 metre-long runway, which is thirty metres wide, can handle smaller turboprop aircraft. The Turkish government, which invested ten million euros into the project, was to donate a further ten million euros for the widening and lengthening of the runway, with all necessary donation documentation filed. However, in October 2013, as relations between Serbia and Turkey soured, the then Serbian Minister for Construction and Urbanism, Velimir Ilić, refused the donation, adding that the country would fund the completion of the airport project itself. However, no work has been undertaken since.
Construction of a new control tower and access roads at Morava Airport began in 2011 and was completed a year later. That same year, the first promotional flight was operated from Belgrade with Jat Airways’ ATR 72 aircraft. In 2012 a new passenger terminal was opened featuring a duty free shop, exchange office, commercial office space, a detention centre, clinic, car park and a cargo depot. Jat Airways soon after announced it would launch a two weekly service from Kraljevo to Istanbul, however, these never materialised. Since the airport lies between several industrial cities, the government is hopeful the likes of the Italian run Fiat-Zastava car manufacturer would make use of the airport and that further business and investment in the area would be stimulated. In addition, part of the Raška region has close historical ties with Turkey and a portion of the local population is expected to use the airport for future flights to Istanbul. The Serbian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Zorana Mihajlović, said, "Serbia has an important central transit hub in Belgrade, which is now especially significant due to flights to the United States. However, we must have several smaller airports if we want to develop our tourism industry. It is much better to arrive at your destination by plane”. Last April, the Serbian government announced it was willing to enter into a public private partnership agreement with a German company which would operate services from Kraljevo to both Frankfurt and Istanbul. The name of the company was not specified.