After Kraljevo, Novi Sad wants to open an international civilian airport, in Cenej.
Although a lot needs to be done before this is realized, they hope to have the first passenger planes land there by 2021, when Novi Sad will become a European cultural capital.
It's quite realistic to have smaller passenger planes land at the Cenej Airport. The Detailed Regulation Plan of this airport will soon be put up for public review and then likely be put before the parliament.
– The airport should have the 3c category, which entails planes with up to 100 passenger seats. Of course, the sports part of the airport will be kept. The airport could be realized in several phases, including all the potential accompanying features, such as hotel accommodation etc. – said Dusan Miladinovic, the director.
The Cenej Airport currently features the premises of the Novi Sad Aviation Club, which has already started the preparations for turning the sports airport into an international airport and built customs and police offices. Considering that Novi Sad is a university, fair, festival and tourist city and that it will become a European cultural capital in 2021, the construction of a civilian airport is a logical move, the aviation club says.
– The aviation club has taken upon itself to carry out the organizational part of the job. The club will keep its premises here, using the grass runway, whereas new terminals, new buildings, will be located on the right-hand side – said Dragoljub Samardzic, the president of the Novi Sad Aviation Club.
Pilots considered the Cenej Airport one of the best in all of former Yugoslavia due to its position and the conditions it provides.
The future 1,760-m runway should be used by the planes of low-budget airlines and for tourist and business charter flights.
(Regarding what's been reported from the cited source, eKapija would like to note that, aside from the fact that the airports in Surcin and Batajnica are very close to Novi Sad and can therefore be considered to be servicing that city as much as Belgrade, low-budget airlines do not use airplanes with under 100 seats, nor are they used for tourist or business charter flights as a rule.)
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