As eKapija reported recently, investments in the Cenej Airport
and the possibility of the opening of an airport on the Silver Lake
in the municipality of Veliko Gradiste have also been announced, which makes one wonder whether there is a real need for these investments, considering that regular passenger traffic is carried out in Belgrade, Nis and, since recently, in Kraljevo as well.
When asked by eKapija whether the mutual proximity of these airports would make them compete with each other, the ministry said that the Airports of Serbia, as the operator of these airports, would enable a rational and complementary use of them, developing the advantages of the location and, in line with that, natural competition.
– The area served by the Ponikve Airport goes beyond the borders of Serbia. We don't just plan and build airports for the present, but for the future needs as well, in line with the plans of development of our society in a much longer term. The investment plan Serbia 2025 features the construction of the Preljina-Pozega highway and further to Kotroman toward Sarajevo, which will open a whole new perspective for this airport. The airports Novi Sad-Cenej and Silver Lake near Veliko Gradiste are already needed – the ministry emphasizes.
They add that the Novi Sad Airport will be the only international airport in the territory of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, whereas the Silver Lake Airport will be the first tourist airport and the only international one in eastern Serbia, many of whose former residents now live abroad. Both airports, they say, cover large areas.
– These two airports will develop in phases. In the first phase, they will be equipped to handle aircraft with up to 100 seats. The runways will later be extended for larger aircraft – the ministry points out.Sandra Petrovic