Future look of Novi Sad AirportThe government of Serbia’s northern province of Vojvodina has announced its intention to develop Novi Sad’s recreational airport into a commercial one, despite it being only seventy kilometres away from the capital Belgrade. According to plans set out by the local government, the airport will cater for low cost flights, business aviation as well a cargo flights. The design of the new terminal has been completed and shares similar proportions to the airport in Tivat.
The Prime Minister of Vojvodina, Bojan Pajtić, says, “The airport will be beautiful, functional and will serve as a monument to Novi Sad, Vojvodina and Serbia”. He adds that the airport will likely be financed through a public private partnership with construction expected to begin in 2014. Novi Sad Airport has a single runway and is some fifteen kilometres north of the city. In 2004, the private charter airline Di Air, from Montenegro, operated a promotional service from Tivat to Novi Sad with some twenty passengers onboard 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.
Whether Novi Sad needs an airport is up for serious debate. The city is close to Belgrade and is connected with a highway directly to Nikola Tesla Airport. Furthermore, Novi Sad Airport is not part of the central government’s airport development strategy which outlines the development of Užice Airport in western Serbia and Belgrade’s second airport in the suburb of Batajnica (which is even closer to Novi Sad) in the following few years. Serbia will open its newest commercial airport, in Kraljevo, next month