Belgrade Nikola Tesla is the primary international airport in Serbia. It served about 3,5 million passengers in 2013. Previously known as Belgrade International Airport, it was renamed in 2006 in honour of Serbian scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla. It was the busiest airport in former Yugoslavia. The national flag carrier and largest airline of Serbia, Air Serbia (former Jat Airways), uses Belgrade Nikola Tesla as their hub.
During the first years of the development of postwar Belgrade, construction of the modern airport became a social and economic priority. Building of the new airport started in 1958 and lasted until 1962, when it was officially opened.