Modernization and expansion
At the beginning of 2020, the company BELGRADE AIRPORT started works on the modernization and expansion of Nikola Tesla Belgrade Airport in accordance with the adopted planning acts. Based on the Master Plan for Nikola Tesla Airport, approved in 2019, a Detailed Regulation Plan for the area of Nikola Tesla Airport was prepared and adopted in 2020, enabling further development of the wider area of the airport.
Thanks to its extensive worldwide airport management expertise, the parent company VINCI Airports will boost growth and create additional value for the passengers and partners of the main Serbian airport during the concession project. Modernisation works have been ongoing without major disruptions, even during the state of emergency, in accordance with all the recommendations and health and safety measures prescribed by relevant authorities. Together with our construction partner, VINCI Terna Construction JV and their subcontractors, BELGRADE AIRPORT has developed a specific plan to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic on the dynamic of works and projected deadlines.
Larger capacity for more passengers
We expect the major works to be executed over the next three years. These, amongst other things, include extension and reconstruction of the passenger terminal, new inserted runway and supplemental taxiways, additional aircraft parking positions, a new de-/anti-icing pad, additional car parking spaces, as well as new access roads. The planned capacity upgrades shall enable the airport, which has serviced around 6,2 million passengers in 2019, to be able to handle projected 15 million passengers at the end of the concession period. Our aim is to significantly improve the level of service, comfort and variety of commercial offers at Belgrade's Nikola Tesla Airport.
Ongoing works at several locations
Currently, extensive works are progressing at several locations. The extension (Pier C) and reconstruction of the existing terminal building will improve the airport capacity to become more functional, safer and more comfortable for passengers and airlines. Furthermore, works on extension of our aprons are in progress, which will considerably increase the capacity for aircraft handling during peak hours thus enabling the upgraded terminal to offer full functionality and flexibility. Additionally, preparatory works for the construction of the new, inserted runway have started. All these works are organized to have limited impact on the overall functionality of Nikola Tesla Airport and not to disturb the scheduled air traffic.
Environmentally sustainable business
Next stages of the project will include a strong focus on the development of eco-friendly business in order to reduce the impact of airport operations and development projects on the environment. The complete lighting system within the terminal was replaced in accordance with the energy efficiency conditions. A new power plant is currently under construction, to produce heat and electricity, which will shift from heavy fuels to more environmentally friendly energy sources and reduce emissions. The plan also includes construction of a solar power plant, as well as solid waste and wastewater treatment plants. Works are underway on the construction of a new solid waste processing plant in the public zone of the airport (landside) which are expected to be completed during the summer of 2021. Furthermore, the construction of a solid waste processing plant in the restricted airport zone is expected to commence in the upcoming period, while the plan is for the works to be complete by the end of 2021. Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport has joined Airport Council International(ACI) Airport Carbon Accreditation program and has achieved Level 1 certificate on November 23, 2020, thus the airport’ efforts to reduce carbon emissions have been recognized. /p>
Applying global expertise and experience
By 2043, BELGRADE AIRPORT will bring to Nikola Tesla Airport, the best international practice of the global operator along with the worldwide airport management expertise, cultivated by its parent company VINCI Airports, which manages the development and operation of 45 airports worldwide, including the one in Belgrade.