New look for Belgrade’s terminal one building
Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport has announced plans to reconstruct its terminal one building, as work on the modernisation and expansion of its facilities at terminal two continue. Terminal one, used by low cost and charter airlines for check-in purposes, will be fully reconstructed. While check-in at terminal one is done independently, passengers continue to use terminal two for security and boarding. With the reconstruction of terminal one, all procedures will be separated from the terminal two building. Furthermore, a new arrivals area at terminal one will be built, thus separating passengers using low cost and full fare airlines. New departure gates will also be constructed as passengers using low cost and charter airlines will no longer board their aircraft via air bridges. Instead, they will be bussed to their aircraft.
Terminal one interior
The reconstruction is expected to further reduce costs for no frill airlines such as Wizz Air, Pegasus and easyJet. Currently, the passenger tax for airlines using terminal one is lower to that of terminal two. During last summer, Jat Airways moved its flights to Tivat, Podgorica, Girona, Monastir, Pula, Dubrovnik and Split to terminal one. Earlier this year, Jat requested for terminal one to be handed over to them and become a dedicated terminal used exclusively by the national carrier. The request has been denied by airport authorities.
Terminal one in 1964
Terminal one opened on April 28, 1962. Currently, the airport is in the process of expanding its terminal two building. In late February, Serbia’s busiest airport began the expansion of its C apron by adding four extra parking spaces for commercial aircraft. The C apron, used by terminal two, features six air bridges. The added parking spaces will be used by smaller regional jets and will increase capacity by 17%. The investment is worth 2.6 million euros. Over the next three years the airport will invest over 40 million euros into its expansion, which will include the construction of an additional third level at terminal two.