Užice Ponikve Airport, Serbia
Užice-Ponikve Airport was built in the period from 1979 to 1983 but until 1992 it hasn’t been actively used.
In the period 1996-1997, Jat Airways, then known as Jat Yugoslav Airlines, used the airport for some time as a domestic route (round line Užice-Belgrade-Tivat-Užice). Later the airline stoped service because there was not a large enough passenger load.
In 1999 it was badly bombed by NATO forces during the bombing of Yugoslavia. The airport now has a brighter future with construction/reconstruction, due to great potential of this region in tourism and high export performances of local companies.
Reconstruction (in progress)
Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport is investing 3.5 million Serbian Dinars in Užice-Ponikve Airport. This is one of the first steps to be taken by Belgrade Nikola Tesla within the project to change the use of Užice-Ponikve Airport from military into a civil one.
Planned funds will be invested in deactivation and destruction of seven remaining unexploded air bombs on the runway of Užice-Ponikve Airport.
As earlier agreed, Belgrade Nikola Tesla will provide financial and logistics support for reconstruction of Užice-Ponikve Airport in order to create conditions for civil air operations from Užice, as soon as possible. The runway at Užice-Ponikve is being extended so aircrafts can safely land. It is the second longest runway in Serbia and Montenegro. The airport is opening on May 17th 2006.
The management of Užice-Ponikve Airport announced that they are in talks with low cost, scheduled and chartered airlines.
Jat Airways (Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport – special flight May 17th 2006)