Serbia's Morava Airport to open on June 28


The Serbian government has announced the opening of Kraljevo's Morava Airport on June 28, making it the country's third commercial airport after Belgrade and Niš. The state has committed 8.5 million euros to overhaul the runway, equip the terminal building, as well as hire and train fifty employees, all of which will be completed within the following three and a half months. During that time, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) will carry out the airport's certification process in order to enable it to handle international flights. Earlier this week, the state-owned Airports of Serbia company became Morava Airport's operator, taking over from the Serbian military which had solely run the airport over the years.

The Serbian Minister for Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, Zorana Mihajlović, said, "Everything should be ready by June 28 so the airport will be capable of handling ATR and Boeing 737 aircraft. From its opening in late June, until the end of this year, we expect several carriers to introduce flights. We will also work on developing cargo traffic at Morava Airport". Located in central Serbia, it is projected that Morava Airport would significantly boost the local economy since it lies between several industrial cities and is in close proximity to the Italian-run Fiat-Zastava car manufacturer. Furthermore, the airport is expected to stimulate the local tourism industry and benefit health tourism in particular which is already developed in the area.

Wizz Air had previously expressed interest in serving Morava Airport and said it was "monitoring developments". Furthermore, the Serbian government previously 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. The state had missed numerous deadlines for the airport's opening, primarily over issues concerning its joint use for military and commercial purposes, however, these have now been resolved. Morava Airport boasts a passenger terminal and control tower built in 2012 and valued at 22 million euros, as well as a 2.200 metre-long and thirty metre-wide runway, which will now be expanded to 2.500 metres long and forty metres wide.




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  1. If Wizz were really to launch flights to KVO, which routes could be sustainable?

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  2. I predict: Wizz Air to Basel or Malmö, and some Aviolet charters.

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  3. Ajajaj... :-S

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  4. This time it seems like it will happen.

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  5. Congratulations!
    If they talk all the time about B737 maybe it means Ryanair in KVO...

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    1. Or they are referring to JU's 737s.

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  6. Istanbul would perform very well from Kraljevo.

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    1. True, didn't Jat schedule 2 weekly KVO-IST? but then they gave up on the idea?

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    2. 3 or more flights per week to IST connecting to Turkish network would be great. Little backtracking but it could open up the largest network of destinations in the world. All from a new airlort.

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  7. That is really nice terminal and I am sure there is potential for Morava.

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    1. With several targeted destinations, it could succeed.

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  8. I hope this time is different and they actually open it. LCCs can bring targeted routes, however someone like Austrian can bring more routes and frequencies. Analysis of connections from few years ago.
    https://ibb.co/h2bVMZp

    I've heard that they would retiere Q400 so not sure if still valid.

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    1. Agree that OS with Q400 would be a good start.

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    2. OS is too expensive.

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    3. Laudamotion would make sense.

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  9. Serbia needs to genuinely increase its number of tourists in order to its airports have their numbers growing. New airports do "create" new pax, but if we want BEG, INI and KVO to have constant growth and not take away each others pax, we need some real increase in tourist potential.

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    1. Considering the large diaspora, industry in the area and close proximity of Zlatibor and Kopaonik, this airport does have the ability to attract some flights and boost tourism.

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    2. Judging by the official stats, Serbian tourism numbers are booming.

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  10. Elections are coming again...

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    1. More progress has been made on opening this airport in the last two weeks than in the last 5 years.

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    2. No elections have been scheduled. And even if there are some elections they certainly won't be in the middle of summer when this airport is supposed to open.

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  11. Personally, I am optimistic about KVO. But the only way to get some traffic is applying Skopje´s model by heavily subsidising airlines.

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  12. This airport has so much potential. Very good location for an area that does not have an airport close by.

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  13. Air Serbia could have been flying some routes from there with an ATR72 if it wanted to.

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    1. No they couldn't have since the airport does not have an operating license and the airport had to be officially converted from a military into a mixed use airport, which they just did this week.

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  14. Is there some virus in ex-Yu countries as to why airports write "Airport [insert name]" instead of the other way around? On the building it says Airport Morava instead of Morava Airport. I noticed a lot of airports in the region write it the wrong way around. Even Zagreb had Airport Zagreb on the new terminal before someone brought to their attention that it's wrong and they changed it.

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    1. Haha so true

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    2. No virus, just a piss-poor knowledge of English.

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  15. And again saga of opening Morava. Which announcement is that. 5th6th, 7th? Every time deadline was sure.

    And even if they open it who will fly from this airport. Air Serbia with PSO?

    But for sure if Morava will be opened that will hurt Belgrade numver. Those passengers did fly frlm Belgrade befire opening Morava. Thise are SAME passengers

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    1. No actually majority flew from Pristina.

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    2. Yes yes everything hurts Belgrade even when it doesn't. We know the drill. Also they will target bus customers not those who flew from Belgrade.

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    3. Look at bus departures from Novi Pazar to Germany and Austria. They could easily operate flights from KVO to Hamburg, Munich, Vienna and maybe even to Switzerland... though I think people from this area mostly emigrated to Germany.

      Maybe Wizz Air could start with two weekly KVO-HAJ.

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    4. SKP has the highest number of German connections in the whole region, even much more than BEG.
      HAJ makes sense but it is also connected to SKP.

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    5. So what if SKP is connected with HAJ? Google KVO to see where it's located.

      Also I am sure SKP might have more German destinations but BEG has more frequencies.

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    6. BEG is well covered in Germany:

      TXL - 9x
      HAM - 3x
      HAJ- 2x
      DTM - 4x
      DUS - 6x
      STR- 6x
      FKB - 2x
      MUC - 21x
      FRA - 21x
      FMM - 3x

      That's 77 weekly flights, that's 11 weekly flights.

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    7. There are the destinations (Wizz Air) from a similar airport in Georgia:

      Athens, Barcelona,[14] Bari (begins 1 August 2019),[15] Basel/Mulhouse (begins 2 August 2019),[15] Beauvais,[14] Berlin–Schönefeld, Budapest, Charleroi (begins 4 August 2019),[15] Copenhagen (begins 2 August 2019),[15] Dortmund, Eindhoven (begins 1 August 2019),[15] Gdańsk (begins 2 April 2019), Katowice, Kraków (begins 18 September 2019),[16] Larnaca, London–Luton, Memmingen, Milan–Malpensa, Prague,[14] Riga, Rome–Fiumicino,[14] Tallinn (begins 4 August 2019),[15] Thessaloniki, Vienna,[17] Vilnius, Warsaw–Chopin, Wrocław

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    8. TXL is 11 weekly, JU 7 and U2 4 so a total of 80 weekly flights to Germany. I think that's enough.

      Yes but TBS is generally underserved so it's easier for Wizz to expand there.

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    9. It's about Kutaisi.

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    10. W6 got MASSIVE subventions from Georgia to operate so many flights from Kutaisi!
      It makes the SKP agreement look like a bargain by comparison for the local government.
      Any of our airports can have as many flights as we want to any city in Europe, IF we are willing to pay the airline the subsidies it wants.

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    11. Subventions for airlines are the way to go, everyone knows that.

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    12. Missing BEG destinations that SKP already has:

      SXF, FDH, BRE, HHN, NUE.

      Absolutely sure is that SKP will soon be connected to MUC and FRA.

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    13. Doubt they will get either MUC or FRA, the market is left to OS, even Swiss can't operate it with mainline flights.

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  16. Great news. I really hope they attract some airlines.

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  17. Weren't people ranting how after the Belgrade concession it will be the only airport in Serbia with traffic? But it seems Nis is getting 10 new routes and Kraljevo is also being opened.

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  18. This airport is ideal for cargo.

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  19. Waiting for čika Rade's comment :)

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    1. Postovani Anon 10:35, sa ikrenoscu, moj komentar sam postavio. EX-YU Aviation radi dobar posao. Ocigledno. ✈
      Rodney & Assoc. ☺🔅✨

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  20. Which airport is bigger in general? INI or KVO?
    What about the runway? Can it handle for instance a 767 from Russia?
    How many aircraft can fit in the aporn?

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    1. INI is bigger. I think it can handle 767 and some large cargo airplanes, if I'm not mistaken.

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  21. I find it amazing that this building has been sitting for almost 7 years and just collecting dust. Hopefully better days are coming.

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  22. Nice. And what about Uzice? It also has a new terminal but is not being used.

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    1. They said how Saudis were interested in taking a concession there. Don't know what happened.

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  23. That German company sounds like SunExpress. They could open Istanbul as they wouldn't be bound to the bilateral agreement between Serbia and Turkey.

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  24. Great, but after a mail stamp size apron, now 2500x40 m runway, seriously?
    Why not prepare for the future and follow ICAO standards by having 45 m wide runway...

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  25. Airport has an excellent location for visiting various cool destinations around, among them my favourite city in Serbia: Novi Pazar (2 h by bus) and nearby monasteries.

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    1. This airport will be of great importance for Raski and Moravicki counties and Central Serbia. Nearby are also Vrnjacka Banja, Goc, Kopaonik, as well as Zica and Studenica monasteries and the medieval Fort Maglic.

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  26. Morava definitivno vaskrsava za civilni saobracaj. Ja sam poceo pricu o konverziji ovog sekundarnog aerodroma jos 1989 godini na Sidnejskom aerodromu. Nikada nisam ostavljao nadu i ideju za ovaj aerodrom izmedju Kraljeva i Cacka. U samom centru Otadzbine Srbije. Imam veru da ce se pista produziti za 600 metara. I biti 2800x45 metara. To je krucijalno za razvoj kargo saobracaj. Prvenstveno civilnog, tako i delimicno vojnog segmenta. Potrebno bi bilo privuci neku MRO (maintenance repair organisation) u jednu od industrijskih zona pored Morave izmedju Kraljeva i Cacka. Ovde vec radi jedna fabrika za proizvodnju avio delova... Nove fabrike u okolini, i one kojece doci bice pored putnickog osnov za samoodrzivost Medjunarodnog Aerodroma Kraljevo. Sa ugradnjom navigacionih systema za koriscenje u gotovo svim uslovima danju i nocu, bice osnov razvoja vazdusnog saobracaja na ovom mesovitom aerodromu. Dalji razvoj Morave zavisice od profesionalnosti ljudi koji rade na razvoju i ozbiljnosti onih koji sprovede razvoj mreze za samoodrzivost. Prica o Moravi bi ila duza od piste... Hvala za svaku podrsku i pomoc. Treci medjunarodni aerodrom Otadzbine Srbije se rodio. Letimo sa njega i bice dovoljno od nas. Za tri sedmice, osamdeset prvi let me ceka iz Otadzbine za Domovinu. Praticu EX-Yu iz Sidneja. Za otvaranje Morave cu ponovo doci u Kraljevo. Vidovdan je blizu. Ni razdaljina izmedju Kraljeva i Sidneja je nevelika. Bar sto se mene tice. Polako se primicem stotom letu na ovoj destinaciji. Do sto godina mi je jos dosta ostalo. Prijatno prolece i uspesnu Moravu iz Duse zeli vam Radovan.
    Kraljevo ✈ Sydney... ☺✈🌍✈🌏✈🌎✈💒🔅✨☺✈

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    1. Pozdrav Radovane.
      Pošto često putuješ ovamo i nazad za australiju, koja je po tebi najbolja aviokompanija, ruta za toliko dalek put.

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    2. Po meni za let preko Londona najbolji su Singapur Erlajns, Qantas Airways i Thai Airlines. Preko srednjeg istoka su Katar Er, Etihad Erlajns i Qantas/ Emirati. Ima vise alternativa. Zavisno od budzeta i volje koliko zelimo da letimo. Licno, sto duze to bolje. Potvrdju mi vise od 5.000 sati letova na sto sedamdeset aerodroma na globusu u zadnjih 50 godina. Ako Bog da, uskoro ce biti i prvi let na dugo ocekivanu Moravu. Verujem da cu na njoj provoditi dosta vremena, kada sam delom godine ovde u Srbiji, a samo 15 km. od mojeg skromnog apartmana ovde u Kraljevu... Sa pozdravom. Ostajte u dobru postovani Anon 19:05.
      Rodney & Team. KVO - SYD.

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  27. Još jedna laž u nizu,tu pistu grade po ko zna koji put

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  28. Why does the sign in English say "Airport Morava" and not "Morava Airport"?

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    1. Neznanje radja greske, a nemarnost i neodgovornost sansu da se greska ispravi. Pristojno je i korisno gresku ispraviti. Hoce li to biti i u redosledu naziva na terminala Morave, koji treba da ozivi na Vidovdan se greska ispraviti?. To ce zavisiti od kompanije Aerodroma Srbije. Jer su vlasnici vazdusne luke Morava. Vidovdan je dan kada ce mo dali je izvrsena korekcija redosleda naziva na engleskom. Vidovdan je dan za secanje i svedocenje i na Moravi.
      Rodney ☺✈🔅✈

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  29. Tako je Rodney, zivjelo KVO, a treba dovesti WZZ(VIE, DTM, NYO, BSL, MMX) i PGT (IST)

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  30. They need to have something like Flixbus to connect KVO with Kraljevo, Čačak, Kragujevac and Novi Pazar

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  31. Dok je ljudi, bice i Morave. Dok je Aerodroma bice i avio kompanija . Za pocetak, Vlada i Aerodromi Srbije sa timovima profesionalaca pokrenuce Moravu do samoodrzivosti. Menadzment aerodroma mora biti prva odgovorna karika za odnos prema putnicima i operativnodti vazdusne luke koja zivot znaci. Zaista iskreno cekam preporod... ✈☺🔅✈✨✈🌍✈🌏✈🌎✈✨💒☺✈
    Rodney & entusiastic Team.
    Краљево✈☺✈💒✈✨✈Sydney✈

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  32. Who is going to be responsible for bad investment of 8.5 million euros? Zorana Mihajlovic?

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  33. Gosodine Bato Risticu. Vase misljenje je neuspesan projekat Morava. Koliko ljudi toliko misljenja. Sta bi se uradilo sa vec investiranih par milijardi evra u aerodrom Moravu do aprila 2012 godine?. Ko je za to Vas konsultovao¿. O aerodromima neznam mnogo. Sve sto znam jeste da letim sa njih u zadnjih 50 godina.
    Medjunarodni Aerodrom Kraljevo je sledeci, da od Vidovdana, Gospodnje 2019 godine pocnemo sa njega da letimo. Ako vas putevi navedu na Moravu izmedju Kraljeva i Cacka, bar prodjite kroz terminal. A za odgovornost je do nas putnika koliko mozemo i hocemo da putujemo preko aerodroma Morave. Ostalo je izgovor. Radjanje Aerodroma Morava na Vidovdan! Rodilo se, valja leteti. Morava je vasa. Dobro dosli na Medjunarodni Aerodrom Morava-Kraljevo. Prvi put u istoriji Srbije da se dogodi tako radostan dogadjaj. Pustanje u saobracaj i dalja izgradnja aerodroma u centru Srbije. Bato. Vama prijatno prolece i uspesnost u dobru...
    Radovan i putnici podnebesja Gospodnjeg...
    Kraljevo✈Sydney. ✈🌎✈🌏✈🌍✈🌐✈☺✈🌞🌗✈

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  34. When will the Airport start with flights?

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