As part of the project, the existing passenger terminal will be expanded by 8.000 square metres, to 17.000 square metres. This will allow each passenger to have 17 square meters at peak hours, which is consistent with European norms, the EBRD states. An additional 4 aircraft stands will be added to the expanded apron. Sarajevo Airport’s expansion is not only required to meet increasing passenger movement, but also to address the need for additional space arising from enhanced security procedures and the need for more commercial facilities. Work on the project is scheduled to begin in 2011.
Sarajevo Airport was opened in the summer of 1969 and had its first and only major expansion in time for the 1984 Winter Olympic Games. It was partially reconstructed in 1996 and fully renovated by 2001. The current terminal has the capacity to handle some 800.000 passengers annually. In the first 9 months of 2010, the airport handled 448.334 passengers.