Terminal expansion on schedule at Belgrade AirportNot only is Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport celebrating fifty years since it opened its doors, it also expects that it will handle the most passengers on record and greatly improve facilities. “With an increased flight offering we will cement our position and continue to record growth at a faster pace than other airports in the region”, the head of Serbia’s main hub Velimir Radosavljević says. “Our goal is to handle more passengers this year than Zagreb and Ljubljana combined and finally gain the upper hand over Sofia Airport”, he notes.
So far this year Belgrade Airport has seen a 14% passenger increase on last year by handling an additional 74.000 passengers. In March the airport welcomed 216.025 passengers, an increase of 14.4% compared to the same month last year. Since January the airport has handled 604.210 visitors. 2011 marked Belgrade Airport’s third busiest year on record behind 1987 and 1988. Its best result came 25 years ago when it saw 3.311.951 passengers, a year which is still a record breaker for several airports in the former Yugoslavia.
Meanwhile, work on the expansion of the airport’s gate area is continuing. A total of 9.000 square metres is being redeveloped and another 10.000 square metres will be added. Work is currently being carried out on the first phase of the project. The first refurbished terminal one gates will be opened progressively from late May until late June. Recently the airport refurbished its business class lounge and completed the expansion of its security and passport control areas, adding new X-rays, shoe scanners and cutting queue times. The entire reconstruction and expansion project is being financed through the airports profits.