Named after the great Serbian scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla, Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport serves the genius’ hometown—Belgrade, Serbia. Originally, the airport was called Belgrade Airport or Surčin Airport until it replaced in 2006 to its present name. It is known to be the busiest airport in the old Yugoslavia and currently handled by public enterprise Aerodrom Nikola Tesla Beograd.
As of 2014, the airport gained a net profit of RSD 1.4 billion, making it the second fastest growing major airport in all Europe.
Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport is located 18 kilometres west from the city’s centre in Surcin and across the lowlands of Srem. Because of the cold weather causing fog to divert most flights in late December and early January, the airport put up an ILS CAT IIIb, an instrument allowing aircrafts to fly to and from despite thick fog blocking.
The airport is a hub to the national flag carrier, Air Serbia, and is one of the operating bases for Wizz Air. Other air taxi services that fly to Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport are Air Pink, Prince Aviation, and Jat Airways AVIO taxi.
What to see & do
Belgrade, or “The White City”, is the largest city and the capital of Serbia. The city boasts of stylish architecture which made it the leading must-see destination in south-eastern Europe.
Evident to this are the two notable palaces in Belgrade: the White Palace and the New Palace. The White Palace is a part of the Royal Compound while positioned next to it is the New Palace where the present President’s official seat is.
The Republic Square, which is the main meeting point in the city, can also be an entry point going to the National Theater, National Museum, and Knez Mihaoliva Street. Most shopping and food finds can easily be spotted at streets like Knez Mihaoliva and Skadarlija, and in the neighbourhood of Gardosh.
With its rich history, Belgrade’s has a story to tell which dates back to the fourth century BC. Travellers may witness this by visiting the museums, however, should note that most museums are closed on Mondays. The National Museum of Serbia, founded in 1844, is situated at the Republic square. It showcases over 400,000 items including a wide range of European art collection. The Historical Museum of Serbia, on the other hand, highlights a collection of materials related to the Serbian nation, from the ancient times to present. Other museums are the Ethnographic Museum, Museum of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Nikola Tesla Museum, Ivo Andric Museum, the Residence of Princess Ljubica, the Military Museum, Tito’s Mausoleum and the Museum of the History of Yugoslavia, Aeronautical Museum, and the Museum of Roma Culture. Tourists may also check the Kalemegdan-Belgrade Fortress, an important military fortification that can be accessed from the Knez Mihailova Street.
How to get around within Belgrade
Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport serves as the main hub for Air Serbia, the flag carrier airline that flies to and from over 40 destinations around the world.
For passengers coming from London, Memmingen, Eindhoven, Charleroi, Rome, Stockholm, Dusseldorf Gothenburg, Malmö, and Dortmund, Wizz Air offers direct flights to Belgrade. Istanbul airline Pegasus meanwhile flies from Sabiha Gökçen that connects to other European and Eurasian countries. Carriers like Germanwings and Norwegian Air also have cheap flights to Belgrade. For Asian connections, FlyDubai flies via Dubai and Etihad via Abu Dhabi. Other major airlines flying to Belgrade are Aeroflot, Turkish, Lufthansa, Alitalia, Swiss, Qatar Airways, and Austrian Airlines.