Kapino Polje Airport

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Kapino Polje Airport
Aerodrom Kapino polje
Аеродром Капино поље
IATA: noneICAO: LYNK
Summary
Location Nikšić
Elevation AMSL 2,026 ft / 617 m
Coordinates 42°46′27.55″N 18°54′54.42″E / 42.7743194°N 18.9151167°E / 42.7743194; 18.9151167Coordinates: 42°46′27.55″N 18°54′54.42″E / 42.7743194°N 18.9151167°E / 42.7743194; 18.9151167
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
15/33 4,750 1,450 Asphalt

Nikšić Airport (Serbian: Аеродром Капино поље, Aerodrom Kapino polje) (ICAO: LYNK) is a sport airport located near Nikšić, Montenegro.

The airport was built as a small airstrip with one grass runway during the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. On 14 April 1941, King Peter II of Yugoslavia used the airfield to leave the country, escaping the Axis powers invasion.[1] In Sept 1948, it was used as a stop for transfer of first 6 Spitfires from Czechoslovakia to Israel, thus playing a small role in 1948 Arab–Israeli War.[2] During the SFRY era, the airport was a notable parachuting training center.

After the breakup of Yugoslavia, the airport fell into disuse, serving mostly as a glider airstrip for enthusiasts in the local aviation club. The airport was chosen to be a host of 2010 FAI World Parachuting Championships,[3] and its runway was asphalted, with length increased to 1,450m. With this latest upgrade, it is expected that the airport receives status of an international airport, so it can cater to the needs of general aviation.