BELGRADE, November 26, 2020 – Extensive works on the modernization and expansion of Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport are ongoing on a daily basis, in accordance with all the recommendations and safety and health prevention measures prescribed by relevant authorities, with maximum implementation of protective measures against the Covid-19 virus. The Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, Tomislav Momirović, visited the construction site of the new facilities at the Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, where the representatives of the BELGRADE AIRPORT informed him in detail about the dynamics of works and the future outlook of Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport.
"The Government of Serbia has granted a concession for Belgrade Airport to the renowned VINCI Airports because we share the same dream, which is to raise the capacity and quality of services and turn Belgrade Airport into the most important transport and passenger hub in Southeast Europe. We have all been hit by this global pandemic and I am aware of all the problems and difficulties it has caused, especially in international air transport. On the other hand, I am happy that the concessionaire used this period to start the investment cycle and start the works on the modernization of the Belgrade airport", Minister Momirović stated.
In the presence of the representatives of AD Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, Civil Aviation Directorate of the Republic of Serbia and Serbia and Montenegro Air Traffic Control, BELGRADE AIRPORT CEO, Francois Berisot stated: "We expect that, despite all the challenges, major works will be carried out according to plan within three years. Thanks to the planned capacity upgrades the airport, which last year served around 6,2 million passengers, will 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 offer at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport in accordance with the best practices of the parent company VINCI Airports."
BELGRADE AIRPORT CTO Nicolas Brousse, presented the future outlook of the airport, as well as the ongoing works, which, among others, include terminal expansion, a new, inserted runway and additional taxiways, additional aircraft parking positions, a new de-/anti-icing pad, additional car parking spaces and new access roads. He pointed out that the value of the first phase of current works is more than 12 billion dinars.
On March 22, 2018, VINCI Airports signed an agreement with the Government of the Republic of Serbia on a twenty-five-year concession for Nikola Tesla Airport. The contract includes financing, development through construction and reconstruction, then maintenance and management of the airport infrastructure. The concessionaire took over the operational management of the airport on December 22, 2018.