The prices grew even before the war in Ukraine. According to the IATA, in December 2021, the price of the air transport of goods from Hong Kong to North America reached the record amount of USD 12.75 per kilogram
. But, just like many companies opted for air transport instead of boat transport after the blocking of the Suez Canal in July last year, many are now giving advantage to other forms of transport.
– Air-cargo is a reflection of someone’s business needs. To a car factory, the producer needs to deliver car parts, to a pharmaceutical factory, the producer needs to deliver the necessary ingredients etc. In a word, any sort of disturbance in logistics chains leads to a halt or the stopping of production. This requires either the redefining of the level of supplies (in order to ensure continuous production) or the slowing down of production. Of course, logistics chains are less reliable due to the cancellation of flights, all of which affects the end user
. The user will thereby be redirected to a more reliable solution, even though it was unacceptable until only a few months ago, because it entailed long shipment times (the switching from air-cargo to another form of transport).
Goods arriving in two days from Belgrade to Chicago
While some routes, such as those toward China and Russia, are not as accessible under the current circumstances, others, such as those toward the USA, are blooming. The company IBA, which collects and analyses air industry data, projects that operators from North America will recover more quickly and reach pre-pandemic levels as soon as this year
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is even increasing its flights to the USA, connecting Serbia not just with the USA, whereby goods arrive from Belgrade to Chicago in two days, but also with South America and Canada in the field of air-cargo, explains the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure.
The same applies for European destinations. The ministry reminds us that Air Serbia has successful connections with nearly the whole Europe, and they see this moment, no matter how difficult and challenging, as a great opportunity for further development
, by opening new destinations and deploying new airplanes of larger cargo capacities, considering the potential and the driving force that air-cargo represents.
– In addition to being a passenger hub, Belgrade is increasingly gaining the outlines of a cargo hub, and we have all identified this as a point of great development potential. Global studies have shown that, with the increase of air-cargo connections, 1% of the growth of connections results in a 6.3% growth of imports and exports, where it is clear that air-cargo, albeit invisibly at first sight, is a strong driving engine of the development of each economy.Morava Airport to be goods transport regional center
It’s not just Belgrade that is the hope of the Serbia air transport of goods, but Kraljevo as well. The responsible Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure is completing the preparation of the Spatial Plan of the Special-Purpose Area for the Morava Airport in Kraljevo. The plan is supposed to enable the construction of the most modern runway and the accompanying features necessary for the handling and dispatching of the largest types of aircraft that are used in cargo transport. As announced earlier, the new runway will be built according to all the standard of cargo transport, with a length of 3.5 kilometers and width of 60 meters.
– The Morava Airport will thereby become not just the central Serbian airport for the transport of goods, but also a serious regional center, and all this considering the completed Milos Veliki highway, the construction of the Preljina-Pojate section, which will enable a quick connection with the E75 highway, as well as quick traffic routes from Batocina to Mrcajevci. From all corners of Serbia and even the region, goods will be able to be transported to the airport and then to the whole world from there, which is what’s most important. It is important to point out that no big airport in the environment has this kind of advantage and position
– the ministry notes.
Great expectations from the Morava Airport, however, don’t mean that Belgrade and Nis are less valuable when it comes to cargo transport.
– Today, we have the situation where, at the ministry, we are talking about a series of investments in airports. Whether it’s the Nikola Tesla Airport, whether it’s Constantine the Great Airport, or the Morava Airport, but also building and putting into operation other, smaller airports in the territory of the Republic of Serbia. It is not realistic to expect and it is not possible for all airports to be international ones and equipped for the handling and dispatching of cargo aircraft
, but certainly, all three international airports have the potential for the growth and development of cargo transport – they conclude at the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure.Marija Dedic