DutchBoeing From Netherlands, joined Apr 2010, 99 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 5090 times:
Recently I was lucky enough to get a private tour through the new, still unopened, Kraljevo Morava airport in central Serbia. The work is almost complete! The airport is sceduled to open later this month. I thought I'd share some pics of the progress. You might enjoy it. I did!
JAT announced a twice weekly BEG-IST-KVO-IST-BEG with AT7. Should start shortly, but ticket sales still haven't started. Does anybody here know more about when the first flights will commence? I'd really like to be on the first flight from KVO to IST!
All info you might have on the airport or future services is welcome!
First phase apron and terminal over view
Apron / terminal when all three phases are complete.
Departure hall, looking from arrivals to departures.
Departure hall as soon from the arrivals area.
Terminal on apron side - where cargo comes out + ATC Tower.
DutchBoeing From Netherlands, joined Apr 2010, 99 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (1 year 6 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3842 times:
Hi BEG2IAH (I can guess what your life routing has been... ),
About the mingling of pax: I understood from the architect on site, that in the beginning the bar would be down stairs, but later will move up stairs (or vice versa). Anyway, there is plenty of room upstairs (you should see the director's office... ).
I so hope this airport will see more action than INI... I had hoped JAT would route the IST-flights BEG-KVO-IST and then sell tickets on BEG-KVO. Probably not going to happen.
DutchBoeing From Netherlands, joined Apr 2010, 99 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (1 year 6 months 5 days ago) and read 3215 times:
@lh526, I suppose that comes down to personal preference. I personally happen to like it very much. Serbia is a poor country and this project is already very expensive for them. Given their means, I think it looks rather well! Following the same thoughts: don't you find MUC extremely bland and ugly then too? Talk about a white / glass / boring fantasyless airport... Given the money Germany has, they should have made that new airport more interesting! I.e. like DEN looks like the Rockies, MUC could've looked like the Alps or something... I guess functionality and cost matter most in every country!
lh526 From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 2297 posts, RR: 15 Reply 10, posted (1 year 6 months 5 days ago) and read 3190 times:
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@DutchBoeing I personally find MUC to be quite boring as well. Good architecture has nothing to do with money, but with investors and builders who are willing to share the passion to build something beautiful. And a good architect as well.
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vfw614 From Germany, joined Dec 2001, 3772 posts, RR: 5 Reply 11, posted (1 year 6 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2900 times:
Quite surprised that there is a new airport opened in Serbia - if I am not mistaken, Nis is the only airport other than Belgrade that has scheduled services (couple of weekly flights by Podgorica?), so apparently there is not too much demand for regional air services.
DutchBoeing From Netherlands, joined Apr 2010, 99 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (1 year 6 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2736 times:
@vfw614. True, but, as I understood it, the economy of regions are quite different: Nis is in the South of Serbia and Kraljevo (KVO) in the center. KVO is only about 200km from BEG, but the roads are not quick: the quality of the roads themselves is ok, it's just a lack of highways. A road trip to/from BEG takes about 3 hours - from personal experience.
The particular region KVO is in, is called Sumadija. A substantial part of the Serbian diaspora comes from that region. The airport is located in the triangle between the cities of Kraljevo, Cacak and Kragujevac. Alle three reasonably large. Especially Kragujevac is doing rather well these days, due to a lot of foreign investment (cheap, but good quality labour...) and it is sort of famous for having taken over the FIAT cars production. JP operates twice a week a charter from BEG to TRN for FIAT-employees. I wouldn't be surprised if this charter flight was moved to KVO soon! I might be wrong, but I believe that one of the conditions of FIAT moving it's production to Serbia was that there would be an airport opened in Kraljevo. I don't know if that's true. Perhaps somebody else here has more info?
Another reason for this project: it was financed by Turkey and the main condition was that the first (or at least a) service would be to IST, which, indeed, has been announced already by JAT. Without starting a political discussion here, Turkey tries to do in the Balkans now economically what it failed to do militairy about 100 years ago...