EX-YU's future airports: the dream and the reality

From Novi Sad to Štip, EX-YU countries plan for new airports

Countries across the former Yugoslavia have invested significant resources in financing local airport projects in a bid to boost regional tourism and stimulate local economies. However, the financial viability of such projects has been brought into question. Bihać in Bosnia and Herzegovina is the latest to join a growing list of cities, which include Novi Sad and Užice in Serbia, Nikšić in Montenegro, Rab in Croatia and Štip in Macedonia, to present their plans to develop local airports. Millions have already been invested in feasibility studies, environmental risk evaluations and the creation of state-run enterprises tasked with managing these non-existent airports. The fear is they will end up like the infamous Trebinje Airport, in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina, where 820.000 euros was invested into project documentation for a 2.6 kilometre runway and a terminal capable of handling 260.000 passengers per year, only for local authorities to give up on the idea two years later after naming the airport's Managing Director and paying for an Austrian consultant to identify potential routes. On the other hand, some of the projects could get built only to end up like Kraljevo's Morava Airport, in central Serbia, which boasts a brand new terminal but no flights or passengers.

Bihać Airport

Earlier this month, the municipal council in Bihać, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, approved the creation of a public operator for Bihać Airport (JP Aerodrom Bihać). Amir Beganović has been appointed as acting CEO with the local government seeking to develop the existing airfield into a commercial airport. The municipality will invest some one million euros, in cooperation with a Turkish partner, to develop the airport. Furthermore, local authorities hope to receive additional funding from the Federal government. Bihać would become Bosnia and Herzegovina's fifth international airport following Sarajevo, Tuzla, Mostar and Banja Luka, which handled a record 1.081.134 passengers over the past eleven months.

Novi Sad Airport

The government of Serbia’s northern province of Vojvodina has announced plans to develop Novi Sad’s sports and agriculture airport into a commercial one, despite it being only seventy kilometres north of the capital Belgrade. According to plans set out by the local government, the airport will cater for low cost flights, general aviation as well cargo flights. The design of the new terminal has been completed and is similar in size to Tivat. The Prime Minister of Vojvodina, Bojan Pajtić, says the project will likely be financed through a public-private partnership with an investor already identified. In 2004, the private charter airline Di Air, from Montenegro, operated a promotional service from Tivat to Novi Sad with some twenty passengers on board 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. According to the government, three million euros will be invested into developing the airport.

Užice Airport

Millions have been provided so far for the redevelopment of Užice Airport, in western Serbia, which was devastated during the 1999 bombing of Yugoslavia. The Serbian government and the European Union have jointly invested over one million euros into the creation of a project masterplan, while significant funds were raised several years ago at a donors' conference for the removal of mines around the airport's runway. "Once we complete the overhaul of the 3.100 metre runway, than all aircraft will be able to use the airport", the Managing Director of Užice Airport, Saša Savić, said last week. Local authorities hope for the airport to be used for charter and cargo flights. The region is home to some of Serbia's most exported goods. However, it is also close to several major former Yugoslav cities, with Sarajevo and Belgrade just 118 kilometres away. During the 1996 summer season, JAT Yugoslav Airlines operated a two weekly Belgrade - Užice - Tivat service. The entire redevelopment and construction project is valued at nineteen million euros.

Nikšić Airport

Montenegro is preparing to open its third international airport next year, in the town of Nikšić, in the country’s west. Over 1.6 million euros have been invested in the airport’s redevelopment since work began in 2012. Local authorities have contributed several thousand euros for the construction of two taxiways and two aprons, while 85% of the finances were provided by the European Union Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance. The airport’s runway, which is 1.450 meters long, can accommodate smaller general aviation aircraft, as well as regional planes such as the ATR. Currently, work is being carried out on the construction of a control tower, lighting system and a small terminal building. Local authorities hope to operate the airport jointly with a private enterprise through a public-private partnership agreement. Nikšić Airport was built seventy years ago and was used primarily for pilot training. Following the breakup of Yugoslavia, it fell into disuse. Prior to its redevelopment, the airport already featured a single taxiway as well as a hangar.

Rab Airport

Rab Island, located off Croatia’s north-western coastline is likely to become the sight of the country’s tenth commercial airport. A total of 800.000 euros have been spent on various surveys and environmental impact reviews of the future airport sight, all of which have been financed through the European Union's Pre-Accession Assistance Funds. According to preliminary plans, the airport will be used for both domestic and international flights and will feature a 1.700 metre long and 45 metre wide runway. In addition, it will have the ability to accommodate aircraft with a capacity to seat up to 150 passengers. According to local authorities, the airport could handle over 200.000 passengers per year with some 50.000 arriving from the European Union and a further 75.000 travellers from Russia and the Far East. Rab Airport will also be able to handle cargo traffic and will feature hangars and pilot training facilities. The airport will also offer parking, which will be able accommodate 500 vehicles, a first aid and fire bridge service, customs, duty free and other facilities in line with international standards. However, concerns have been raised over the airport’s viability. Rab is sandwiched in between Rijeka and Lošinj airports, the latter of which is struggling to attract larger-volume traffic itself.

The operator of Macedonia's two international airports, Turkey's TAV, is still considering whether to build a cargo terminal in Štip, in the country's north-east as outlined in the concession agreement with the Macedonian government several years ago. Under the agreement, the cargo airport should be completed by 2020. TAV Holding CEO, Sani Sener, said last year that the company is ready to start construction promptly after receiving the inspection results on air currents and wind directions. The construction of the cargo airport has been delayed for several years because experts have not completed the meteorology study on wind currents in the Štip and Sveti Nikole region. This study should show what would be the ideal and safest location to build a runway and whether the region is suitable for such an airport.


  1. Anonymous09:07

    Great article. Concerning all these airports, I don't know whether to launch or cry.

  2. Anonymous09:08

    The funniest thing is out of all of these it seems Niksic is the only one actually getting built.

    1. Anonymous09:35

      Yeah, it will be a race which opens first, Niksic or Kraljevo.

  3. Anonymous09:11

    Money laundering.

  4. Anonymous09:14

    Is this a joke or what?

  5. Anonymous09:23

    Was the model of Novi Sad built with lego?

  6. Anonymous10:00

    First they should improve facilities at existing airport in these countries before making megalomanic plans and from terminals handling quarter of a million passengers in the middle of nowhere.

  7. Purger10:08

    Only two airports that are logic to be build is Novi Sad and Rab. All other projects are totally stupid with no future at all. There will be no traffic on them.

    Novi Sad
    - BEG is just 70 km away, BUD, OSI and ZAG are near

    + big city

    + it can be build only, and only to be very cheap LCC alternative to BEG. If it will be much cheaper, what those kind of airports usually are, it has a big chance to attract LCC from BEG. We have million examples in Europe. In that case maybe even one or two legacy carriers will fly to Novi Sad (Turkish to IST, Austrian to VIE or Lufthansa to MUC, Montenegro to TIV and TGD) + few charter routes. Whichever company have problem in BEG could be motivated by Novi Sad airport management to fly there as 70 km is nothing and it would be really second BEG airport

    - But that airport is basically Greenfield, so huge investment is needed to be built. If there is any infrastructure I would say why not. But that condition means that investment is huge risk and hardly will get money back

    I was always huge fighter for those small island airports in Lošinj, Rab, Brač, Hvar, Korčula and Vis. Those airports have chance if

    1. Country put some subventions from funds for development of islands

    2. County totally change philosophy of development of island and use North Scottish pattern where public servants, teachers, priests, doctors etc. comes to island once per week to make their job instead of inhabitants to travel to lend for basic service. It is much cheaper that teacher comes to island to have classes once per week (you need several teachers for that) for some 500 students that are in now in Split (Zadar, Rijeka, Pula) and have to be in dormitories and in secondary schools in those cities now. Think about how much money they pay for 500 students from each island to use dormitories and to spend part of that money for air ticket for teachers (salary they already get for those students to teach them on land). On that way country makes routes possible (finance those officials tickets), there would be some island inhabitants to use them (ticket should be cheap because of subventions), and most of passengers would be tourists for sure. If there is airport for sure there would be some charter flights for tourists and some sport, panorama, state (first aid, police, army) and business flights

    3. Croatia airlines (or Trade air in franchise) must open regular all-year routes to Zagreb (via PUY, ZAD, or one even two stops like Vis-Hvar-Zadar-Zagreb). For Vis and Korčula there is also possibility for flights to SPU or even to DBV.

    1. Nemjee10:12

      In my opinion it would make far more sense to turn Batajnica into a lowcost airport than to develop a whole new airport in Novi Sad. Batajnica has two runways and let's be honest, most of the passengers who travel by air are coming from Belgrade, it's sad but it's the reality.

    2. Anonymous10:18

      I agree with you Nemjee. Batajnica also has a new control tower and in the government's airport development strategy (if it is even relevant anymore) it is planned to develop Batajnica into a LCC airport. There is no mention of Novi Sad.

    3. Anonymous10:46

      Purger, regarding booming Croatian coast and islands:

      I think particularly Korcula, Makarska and Rab would make sense.

      Hvar can be reached by ship from Bol within some 30mins.

      Vis is too small, hence cannot possibly have enough potential.

      Area in Makarska Riviera and south of it would also make a lot of sense (SPU is 1,5hrs away, DBV at 3hrs at its best), problem there is to find a suitable piece of land due to challanging landscape=Biokovo).

    4. Purger14:49

      Not Makarska, one hour driving by highway to Split. For sure it is not good idea to have airport every 100 km. There is no economic sense in that.

      Hvar-Bol ship and than plane is more than utopia here. Trust me. And why to make bus-ship-plane if you can have little airport on rather huge island to support local population and tourism. Just see examples in North Scotland where they have airports in islands just 5 minutes flying from each other.

      Vis is a small island, but so far away from Split. It is 2:30 hours from Split and some 6 hours from Zagreb. Again, please see examples in North Scotland where they have connection with community planes (10-19 seats) 3-4 times per day from those small island airports to land.

      If it is interest of Serbia then not Batajnica and not Novi Sad would make sence, but to develop Belgrade (Surčin). But here is possibility that owner of airport could be local community (Vojvodina, or City of Novi Sad). Than they don't care about interest of Serbia but of their own interest.

      If I would be major of Novi Sad or PM of Vojvodina I would try to see

      - what is investment
      - can I be so cheap to take most of LCC and some other companies from BEG
      - would that be enough to pay investment back in some 15-20 years
      - if so, I will go with project and will make local community better connected and bring some money to it.

    5. Anonymous17:16

      SPU-DBV is about 250km along the coast or 270km on highway. Even on highway takes no less than 3h45 driving time in winter ( gmaps says 3h30 which I doubt from my experience).
      But what matters is summer or tourist season: Takes 5-6hrs from airport to airport (not city to city) depending if high season, add also 2 boarder controls for Bosnia and often large queues infront the boarders and you end up with even more driving time than only 6 hours. So yes, in my opinion, it would make a lot of sense to have an airport somewhere South of Makarska - results in an airport ca. every 130km - in summer that additional airport could operate very profitably - if it can attract several charters every day, which should not be a problem due to very heavy tourism demand and SPU/DBV being congested. In winter I would just totally close it to save as much running costs as possible between mid-November and mid-March.

      Bol-Stari Grad (Hvar) is a relatively short hop on a boat - economically, using a ferry there instead of building a completely new airport on Hvar would not be a bad idea if you dont have the money to spend millions.

      As for Vis, I agree it is a small island far away from the mainland, but I am afraid there is just too little no. of tourists and inhabitants.

      One must indeed wonder why Croatia does not invest in PSO routes to island airports also for regular daily services in winter (today: Losinj, Brac) and to serve them e.g. with Emb120 from TradeAir. They could instead reduce PSO payments for DBV (and maybe SPU). This way islands would become more attractive - sure it is a good thing what Scotland does for their islanders serving a lot of the small islands with Loganair's 19-34-seaters - this should be a model for Croatia and its many islands!

    6. What is the benefit of investing money into Batajnica or Niš airports? What benefits do these airports have that can't be achieved by BEG?

      The only benefit is that now it is justified to offer lower fees to LCCs. To get this benefit, people seem willing to invest millions in construction and then spend millions to maintain two airports within stone-throwing distance of each other.

      Why not just cut out the absolutely unnecessary investment and simply offer lower fees in BEG to all airlines in BEG by the number of routes or by the number of weekly frequency or some other much less costly reward that LCCs are likely to be interested in.

      This way LCCs can be attracted without spending 100+ million euros over the next 20 years in construction and operating another completely unnecessary airport.

    7. Purger I agree that making Croatian airports more accessible is a good goal, but building land airports and then subsidizing those routes is extremely expensive.

      I think the best short term solution is for the Croatian government to subsidize ECA.

      Routes could be offered by PSO.

      Here are the benefits:

      -Much smaller initial investment (seaports instead of airports)

      -Smaller operating costs compared to pressurized aircraft

      -Very good capacity for winter season (19 seats) but frequency can be increased during summer.

      -Twin Otter can have wheels on the floats to land on both sea and land. This way, flights can be operated from seaports on the islands to land airports such as SPU so connections can be offered via CTN.

    8. Anonymous21:56

      Good idea for ECA, but I can't agree with BEG comment. It's not anout attracting LCCs. BEG is just too far from many places in Serbia (3+ hours).INI (or LYKV) are much closer to many places in Serbia. Even when all planned motorways are completed,BEG will probably still be 2+hr drive away. In 21st century, an airport is a must if a region is to be competitive.


    9. Purger22:06

      Aleksandar, one more time, there is no benefit in investing in Batajnica or Novi Sad. But if there would be other owner (private one, city, province od Vojvodina) they don't care about benefit of Republic of Serbia, but about their own benefit! And if investment in airport would "steal" some passenger from Belgrade and in same time will make better connection to Novi Sad, why not from the view of Vojvodina or Novi Sad especially if investment can come from private source.

      I am not sure how ECA can work with benefit. Trust me I can not find profitable future for that project and I would not put my money in it.

      Small airports with just few crew in Vis, Korčula, Hvar, Rab + Brač which already exist + Lošinj with longer runaway for sure make sense.

  8. Anonymous10:19

    So many new airports planned. No sense.
    This would be cathedrals in the desert.
    Local politicians want to built this for reputation, blabla development and money flow (during construction at least)in.
    From the other side of the world: so many new ghost airports built in S.Korea. Politicians "dreaming", to make connections even faster total flop

  9. Anonymous10:41

    Uzice already has VIP biz jet flights.

  10. Anonymous10:44

    I think Uzice would have much better prospects then Novi Sad.

    I hope they will develop Batajnica (not now but in the future). It has multiple runways, new control tower and a railway link to the city. If they start work on the runway at BEG sometime in the future Batajnica might start getting used.

  11. Beograd na Vodi10:46

    Come on QND!!! Come on!

    1. Anonymous19:05

      Beograd na vodi je topla voda za takvu glupost.

  12. Anonymous10:48

    Talk about Novi Sad Airport arises every 4 years around provincial elections and with elections next year I'm sure we will here a lot about this airport in the next few months.

  13. Anonymous11:01

    Admin, this is a generally good article to underline some stupid "projects" where few people obviously plan to personally benefit (take money from it in their own pockets) but are you serious about: "Lošinj [...] is struggling to attract larger-volume traffic"?

    LSZ airport has a runway of just 800-900m length, therefore almost no plane can land there, that's the major reason for not being able to have "large" traffic. Which established or serious airline nowadays has 30-seaters in its fleet? (Besides ECA and Skywork)

    Also, I can't understand why so many (imaginary) airports are planned with rwys under 2000m length - they intend to handle commercial flights, but make it instantly impossible for any LCC to use their facility since no such company has a 100-seater or smaller metal! Like you want to become fatter, but don't eat - simply can't work. What an insanity :)

  14. Anonymous11:18

    Jasno ti je valjda da on nema pojma o manjim aerodromima na teritoriji exYu kao i Purger. Slicno rade i ovi "menadjeri" koji otvaraju aerodrome.

    1. Purger14:57

      Of course I don't and that is why we have you here to teach us. Please do so, don't just say that you are expert and did not present us any facts.

      I meantime please do read articles about airport in North and West Scotland islands, Greece islands, Italian islands and Germany islands.

    2. Anonymous16:45

      He he Purgeru pisao sam ti ovde danas o cenejskom aerodromu, ali exYu brise Jednostavno ih ne poznajes ni Rab ni Cenej. Samo si skriboman, a slabo poznajes manje aerodrome u bivsoj SFRJ. Samo ti nastavi da slazes gomile besmislenih tekstova.

    3. Purger22:15

      Ja slabo poznajem situaciju sa malim aerodromima u Hrvatskoj? Nazdravalje! I dalje bih volio pročitati neki argument a ne samo kvalifikaciju "nemaš pojma i to ja kažem koji sam ekspert samo zato što ja kažem da jesam". Dok ne napišete bilo kakav argument jedini pravi ha-ha-ha je na ovo veše nearugmentirano etiketiranje.

      Proučavao sam aerodrome u Sjevernoj Škotskoj, znam svaki let tamo, broj putnika, kako su organizirani, kako rade, kolike su subvencije... o tome sam napisao desetke tekstova. Isto tako sam proučavao grčke aerodrome po otocima. Izuzetno dobro poznajem hrvatske otoke, jednako tako znam za sve probleme BWK i LSZ i uzroke njihova lošeg poslovanja. Proučavao sam mogućnosti povezivanja hrvatskih otoka sa kontinentom, napravio o tome jedan vrlo ozbiljan papir koji su proučavali doktori znanosti u Berlinu.

      A sad vi...

  15. Anonymous11:25

    What a waste of money... You know, motor roads and modern rail services can do the job much better and efficiently. You should consult with us, Greek politicians, to identify ex Yu definite bankrupt future if such plans get green lighted.

  16. Anonymous11:58

    OT: From another forum, Croatia Airlines opening 2 new routes in 2016, don't know which ones, everything will be revealed in the next few weeks!

    1. Anonymous12:29


    2. Anonymous12:32

      Which forum is that?
      Thank you.

    3. Anonymous12:34

      everyone knows they will open some new routes. They said it themselves. Was reported here too.

    4. Anonymous12:37

      Skyscrapercity (post 7876), it's an inside info, as far as I know, those are completely new destinations.


    5. Anonymous14:32

      Thanks Anon 12:37!

  17. Anonymous13:37

    Good article and a shame there are not a lot more comments about this blatant corruption. I guess that's why it can go on and on. People are more interested in discussing whose airline is biggest and repeating the same arguments over and over.

    1. Anonymous14:43

      I do not think so. It is only one.

    2. Anonymous15:24

      I agree with your comment. It truly shows how much the public knows about aviation. If people are just talking about how big their airline is and repeating the comment, sooner or later they will start we have more airports than you. They msy not have any traffic but there is an airport.

    3. Anonymous16:48

      That do not change fact it is only one. Read statistics on this blog.

  18. Anonymous15:33

    Ja u potpunosti podrzavam da Novi Sad dobije Aerodrom.
    Ma da ja mislim da ne treba da se zaboravi i Kargo centar da se izgradi .

    1. Anonymous16:17

      Šta bi čovek pametno i mogao da očekuje od tebe. NS treba dobra zeleznicka veza sa BEG a ne aerodrom.

    2. Anonymous16:36

      Pa to je pametno ali nisam ja kriv sto se ne razumete .

    3. Anonymous18:57

      Aj ja kao nerazumem, pa mi objasni kako bi moglo da bude profitabilno ulaganje vise stotina milona dolara u aerodrom na 75km od BEG?!

    4. Anonymous01:13

      INN lupeta po obicaju, samo prestanite da se obazirete
      zeleznicka veza, slazem se potpuno

  19. Anonymous16:25

    Common Subotica-Szeged airport would make sense. Something like Basel-Milhouse airport. It could atract passingers from whole south Hungary, north Serbia and east Romania.
    Novi Sad is just too close to Belgrade. Good railway conection is necessary and i think in near future we will see it.

    1. Nemjee16:37

      I suppose you mean western Romania?
      It simply wouldn't work because of two factors:

      1. really bad road infrastructure. Sure, you have the highway that links the regions along the north-south axis but have you driven through northern Serbia? Have you seen the state of the roads? Especially in Banat. Imagine someone that has to drive from western Romania all the way to Subotica, it's just easier to go to Belgrade (180km).

      2. If you look at the regions you mentioned you can see that there are already enough airports: Budapest, Belgrade, Timisoara and Osijek. These are more than enough. For some, like those living in Zrenjanin or Vrsac, Belgrade is much more convenient.

      I mean, Serbia has one fully functional airport, one that's barely open and one whose status is unknown. The last things we need is yet another 'problematic' airport.

    2. Anonymous02:24

      If the airport is at the border, not in Subotica proper, there is a fine highway connection between Arad, Timisoara and Szeged - and from there, it's only 13km to the border. Also, no customs, passport control only.

      Yet, the trouble with Szeged is that BUD is no more than 1,5 hrs by car to the north. And there are a lot of choices there.

  20. Anonymous16:26

    Some good news, SMATSA was voted the best ATC in Europe for 2015. :)

  21. Anonymous16:41

    OT: ASL YU-APD is now equiped with wifly antenna. YU-API is next. YU-APA and YU-APG will be done until end of march 2016.
    Best wishes from Basel.

  22. Anonymous17:23

    Definitely good article indeed. I still personally think that there are way too many airports in the Balkans (6 ex-YU + BG, AL) where the total population of all countries is probably less than the size of Spain! Why would we need a whole bunch of ghostly airports that are very expensive to maintain? Besides, all the above mentioned towns/cities are not economically sustainable.
    Serbia definitely needed another international airport which is now INI but still..

    1. Anonymous19:58

      What do you mean 6 airports in ex-YU?

    2. Anonymous22:14

      6 ex-YU countries.

  23. Anonymous17:30

    OT: Croatia and South Korea sign an agreement


  24. Anonymous17:37

    There are enough airports in Ex-YU to serve the region adequately for the next 20 years or so. What should be done now is connect all or most of these airports with the national and local rail networks. Imagine someone from Rijeka planning a trip by air and with high-speed rail connections to PUY, ZAG, and LJU (or even RJK) the passenger only has to decide were is the best price and contention times, because they can be at any of these airports in less than an hour. Or someone from Subotica, or Szeged, with a high-speed direct ling to BEG, they could be there in 40-60 minutes. The next phase of airport development in Ex-YU should be in the rail system.

    -- Charlie

    1. Anonymous21:30

      True dat.

    2. Anonymous22:10

      There is a point in that... But rail infrastructure is neither cheap to (re)build nor to maintain. Serbia's rail, for example, is in dire state after decades of neglect and will take a several orders of magnitude more money to upgrade it as compared to converting/upgrading few military/existing airports and introducing public service routes.


    3. Anonymous23:34

      But an excellent rail network can benefit much more people. Think of fewer autos and lorries on the roads. Local and international cargo. And other long term benefits, as well as a more environmentally sustainable way to travel.

    4. Anonymous10:55

      All true, but it will take decade(s) to reach that point, particularly with Serbia's finances ( ~73% debt to GDP). You can have the airports ready in matter of months at a fraction of the cost.


  25. Anonymous17:46

    What about Prijedor Urije International Airport and Doboj International Airport? Kad Trebinje proradi ima Sarajevo da se trese od straha jer ce dobiti veoma jakog aerodroma a takoder Republika Srpska ce imati vise aerodroma (vec je njih puno, pazi Aerodrom(i) Republike Srpske) nego glavni protivnik Federacija i onda ce Dodik stvoriti kompaniju jaku kao beton i Air Serbia i Croatia Airlines ce uporedeno s njom biti kao dva zrna. Air Serbia i Croatia Airlines nemaju para za Airbus A380 kupovinu a glavni Baja ce oboriti Emirates sto se tice koja kompanija najvise ima takvog tipa aviona.

  26. Anonymous17:48

    Random question, but does anybody know why during winter holiday period LH reduces BEG to daily from both MUC and FRA? Maybe ZAG has similar situation dont know, but still very weird since now I would expect more pax.

    1. Anonymous18:26

      4 daily zag-fra and 4 daily zag-muc in winter; fra 3 ou & 1 lh, muc 2 ou % 2 lh

  27. Anonymous17:59

    OT "Nemačka zabranila Etihadu kod-šer letove od 15. januara", Belgrade B92 news

    1. Anonymous18:10

      Који су летови у питању? Јел то само оних 15-ак што су били спорни или сви?

  28. Anonymous22:21

    In Serbia there is no need for a new-built airport because of many unused airports. An strategy with investing in all tree south-central airports (Nis, Kraljevo and Uzice) could be interessting (no mention of Sjenica because of a to small population around). But I think because of the small and poor market, smartest would be focussing on the central Kraljevo-Morava airport (more subventions and investitions etc.) and trying to attrackt more airlines there. This airport could serve the whole south Serbia from Nis to Uzice. In the north (Volvodina) there is and will be no need for an commercial airport, just because a lot of established airports are very close (especially Belgrade but also Osijek and Timisoara and also Budapest).

    Croatia has maybe need of smaller Island-airports, but only MAYBE.

    Bosnia and the Bihac airport makes sense. There is no airport in all directions and no high-way connections. maybe the airport should be more east from Bihac, but this airport is a good idea.

    In Macedonia it would make more sense to build an airport near to Strumica than Stip. On the one hand Stip is becoming very close to Skopje since the new high-way will be done and on the other hand there would be more agricultural export-goods from the region Strumica. The last argument for Strumica is the military strategic location.

  29. Anonymous23:25

    I want Novi Sad airport for LC like Ryanair, easyjet, Volotea, Vueling, Wizzair... and why not some local lowcost that can be nice addition to regional flights... :)

  30. Anonymous01:01

    OT: There is a low demand for Wizzair Skopje-Bratislava (Vienna) flights. There is something going on about that the route might be cancelled in the near future as the demand is pretty low.

    1. Anonymous09:30


      You would only know this kind of information if you had an insight into Wizz Air's booking system. And I seriously doubt you do.

      On the other hand, I heard it had one of the best starts of any WZZ SKP route so far.

  31. Anonymous21:56

    Banjaluka će ove godine imati 30% manje putnika nego prošle godine.


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