Belgrade Airport investing millions in upgrades
Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport has resumed its fifty million euro reconstruction and expansion project with the airport to shift attention to transit passengers. The airport says the reconstruction of its terminal two gates as well as transit areas in both terminals will resume soon with a consortium of Serbian companies to carry out the work. A total of 2.304 square metres will be refurbished and another 311 square metres added to the terminal buildings. The project will see the overhaul of C3 to C6 gates which will mark the completion of its terminal two reconstruction, since other gates have already been expanded. The new look transit areas will feature new shops operated by Swiss retailer Dufry. Work on the expansion will be completed by March 17, 2014.
With Serbia’s busiest airport seeing double digit passenger growth so far in November, the airport is set to put more emphasis on transit passengers which are increasingly using its services due the new business concept undertaken by its main customer Air Serbia. The airport has recently purchased and replaced all seating in its terminal building. The new leather seats featuring USB ports and power sockets have been purchased from German manufacturer Kusch+co at a price of 96.409 euros. In addition, the airport is in the process of finalising the replacement of six air bridges being installed at gates A1 to A5 and C6. Work is to be completed by December 18. The price tag of the six air bridges totals 2.1 million euros.
So far this year Belgrade Airport has invested significant amounts in expanding its facilities. In September the airport expanded its terminal two apron by adding 26.000 square metres and has also built new jetways. The expanded apron has the ability to serve several small regional aircraft or four Boeing 737-800s or two Boeing 747-400s. The airport’s entire expansion project is scheduled for completion in two years time with its largest investment, the construction of an additional floor above terminal two, expected to commence next year. The airport also plans to construct a small VIP terminal. All reconstruction work on terminal one will be up to Air Serbia after it was determined the terminal is owned by the carrier. Belgrade Airport’s current two terminal buildings cover an area of 51.000 square metres and have the capacity to handle eight million passengers per year. This year is set to be its busiest on record.