|Belgrade Airport surpasses 2013 with significant September growth|
Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport handled more passengers by the end of September than it did for the whole of 2013. The airport recorded another month of impressive growth as it welcomed 485.383 passengers, an increase of 38.8% compared to September last year. The number of flight operations also increased with a total of 5.516 arrivals and departures, up 21.5%. During the first nine months of 2014, Belgrade Airport has seen 3.590.231 travellers pass through its doors, an increase of 31.5% on the same period last year. The airport has already surpassed 2013’s record breaking end-of-year result when it saw 3.543.194 passengers.
With Belgrade Airport continuing to record bumper traffic, the Serbian government has confirmed it will give the airport up for concession, rather than sell it, which was being considered as an option at one point earlier this year. However, the Serbian Prime Minister said the concession has been pushed back for 2015. “Thanks to Air Serbia the airport is now worth three times more than it was last year. Through a concession we can now get 500 to 600 million euros plus a billion euros in investments and a contract which can be terminated at any point”, Prime Minister Vučić said. Previously, investors from the United Arab Emirates, Greece, Russia and France expressed their interest in taking part in the concession.
The Mayor of Belgrade, Siniša Mali, recently commented on the future developments at Nikola Tesla Airport for the "Elevate" magazine. “The Serbian government intends to find a strategic partner for the development of Belgrade Airport. The airport’s capacities are already insufficient to handle the significant growth being recorded by Air Serbia. A new management team was recently appointed at the airport”. Mr. Mali added, “The City of Belgrade and Serbia need an airport that can follow Air Serbia. If we want to fly to North America, launch new destinations and further increase passenger numbers, Belgrade Airport must also be developed. We need a partner who will build a new runway, terminal, a cargo centre, hotels and other facilities that will enable Air Serbia to bring more travellers to the country”.