The changing face of Belgrade Airport
The first phase of the multi million euro expansion and refurbishment of Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport is nearing its completion. The airport recently expanded its terminal one gates and is finalising expansion work on the first of several terminal two gate areas. Serbia’s busiest airport has also refurbished its departure lounges, business class lounge and waiting areas with the terminal building now sporting a glass façade, the biggest exterior change at the airport since the construction of terminal two in the 1980s. The airport is now preparing to embark on its biggest project - the expansion of terminal two which will be enlarged by the size of four football fields. “We are also planning to build a new terminal which would be used for private aviation”, Velimir Radosavljević, the airport’s managing director says. A total of 9.000 square metres is being refurbished and another 10.000 added.
Radosavljavić noted that Belgrade is trying to attract several airlines to launch flights to the Serbian capital but admits luring new carriers is difficult. “I expect for us to continue to be ahead of our competition and this year handle more passengers than Ljubljana and Zagreb combined. Furthermore, I hope that this year we will surpass Sofia Airport for the first time in many years”, Radosavljević concludes.