Serbia’s ‘ghost’ Morava airport to open by mid-2016

2 August 2015 (Last Updated August 2nd, 2015 18:30)

The Serbian Government has announced plans to open Morava Airport, in Kraljevo for commercial operations by mid-2016.

The Serbian Government has announced plans to open Morava Airport, in Kraljevo for commercial operations by mid-2016.

The construction of the airport commenced in 2011 and was completed in 2012.

Constructed at a cost of around €22m, the airport is often termed as a ghost airport as it remained closed despite its completion.

"We want the airport to be commercial with scheduled flights."

The passenger terminal comprises a duty free shop, exchange office, commercial office space, a detention centre, a car park and a cargo depot.

The government had previously said that it would not start using the airport commercially until its runway, that was capable of accommodating small turboprop airline was extended by 300m, Balkans.com reported.

Although there had been talks of Jat Airways launching a two weekly services from Kraljevo to Istanbual, the plan could never materialise.

The government has recently announced its willingness to enter into a public private partnership agreement with an unnamed German company to operate flights from Kraljevo to Frankfurt and Istanbul.

Serbian Construction, Transport And Infrastructure Minister , Zorana Mihajlovic said: "We want the airport to be commercial with scheduled flights. At this point, I cannot say how often or to which destinations these flights will operate to."