The transfer of the Constantine the Great Airport to the ownership of the state is a developmental decision and is motivated by the fact that the Nis Airport needs big investments in a short period of time, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Zorana Mihajlovic said on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Nis.
– If we don`t invest in the Nis Airport, we will stall at the number of 350,000 passengers, and if we continue to invest, we will have 650,000 passengers by 2021 and 750,000 in 2027 – Mihajlovic said, as reported on the ministry`s website.
She said that the estimate was that another EUR 15 million needs to be invested in order for Constantine the Great Airport to be competitive with the airports in the area
– We don`t have 10 years to wait for the City of Nis to invest EUR 10 million, nor can investments, which are important especially because of safety standards, be realized through donations, as was the case until now – Mihajlovic said.
Mihajlovic denied that there were any plans for the sale of the Nis Airport and that the decision on the change of ownership
was tied to the agreement on the concession of the Nikola Tesla Airport
– The airport remains in Nis, the flights will continue, the employees will keep their jobs and their number will increase, and the airlines will still have their contracts and the prices defined in these contracts – Mihajlovic explained.
The Government of Serbia, she said, has invested EUR 3.6 million in the Constantine the Great Airport, and the City of Nis has invested another EUR 2 million through subsidies.
Air Serbia to launch service between Nis and Belgrade?
Air Serbia might launch a service from the Nis Constantine the Great Airport by the end of the year, Mihajlovic said for the Nis-based TV channel Belle Amie and added that the first air route of the national airline from this airport might be to Belgrade.
– Negotiations with Air Serbia have been going on for a while, and the airline is likely to launch a service from Nis this year – Mihajlovic stated.
Guesting at another local TV station, Zona Plus, she said yesterday that there was a possibility for a Belgrade service to be established.