|Multi million euro control tower project for Belgrade and Tivat announced|
The Serbia and Montenegro Air Traffic Services Agency (SMATSA), which controls the airspace of both countries, has announced plans for the construction of a new control tower at the airports in Belgrade and Tivat. The project is estimated to be worth ten million euros. SMATSA says the new control towers will improve aviation safety in both countries and will also become landmarks of their respective cities. The project is said to have received the full backing from the governments of both Serbia and Montenegro. While Belgrade’s new control tower will take three years to build, Tivat is expected to open the new facility in early 2016.
SMATSA CEO, Radojica Rovčanin, explains that both cities are in need of a new control tower. “The existing control tower in Belgrade was opened in 1962. The rapid development in traffic in recent decades has called for the improvement of the city’s air traffic control system. When the current Belgrade control tower opened, only some 371 aircraft use to fly over the country. Today, we handle that same amount of aircraft in just one hour”, Mr. Rovčanin says. He adds, “Therefore, we need to make technological improvements to Belgrade Airport’s control tower and, in doing so, we will do our best to make it a building that will dazzle with its height, luxury, style and beauty. The establishment of Air Serbia has significantly increased traffic at Belgrade Airport with the number of flight operations growing by 30%, which is why we need a new control tower”.
|Tivat Airport control tower|
Tivat Airport’s new control tower is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015 and in use by the start of the 2016 summer season. Mr. Rovčanin says the same technology used in Belgrade will be in place at Tivat’s control tower, which will resolve all aircraft monitoring issues at the airport over the next twenty years. “With the new tower in Tivat we will improve safety with the use of the latest technology, which will, in turn, improve the functioning of all of the airport’s services. It is important to note that this control tower will be an architectural masterpiece which will greet tourists upon their arrival in Tivat and leave a strong first impression on them”. SMATSA is yet to reveal further project details.