|Forty million euro terminal project planned for Tivat Airport|
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is considering granting Tivat Airport a twenty million euro loan for the construction of a second terminal building, as capacity at Montenegro’s busiest airport becomes stretched to the limit. The EBRD signed a mandate letter with Tivat Airport’s operator, Airports of Montenegro, this week, meaning the bank will now study the multi million euro terminal project before approving necessary funds. The entire project, which comes at a price tag of forty million euros, includes the construction of a brand new terminal building, jetways, apron and a parking lot. Within the next three weeks, tender procedures for the selection of a consultant for the project will begin. “It is important to note that the EBRD did not request guarantees from the government, taking into consideration Airports of Montenegro’s integrity and long lasting relationship”, the operator’s spokeswoman, Milica Babić, said.
Tivat Airport’s current terminal building was opened on September 25, 1971. It was damaged by a devastating earthquake in 1979 but was quickly repaired and expanded. In 2006, the terminal was again refurbished and expanded. The apron has seven parking positions. In 2014, Tivat handled a record 910.533 passengers, the bulk of which came in July and August. It is now the former Yugoslavia’s eighth busiest airport, ahead of Sarajevo and Podgorica. Due to strong passenger growth, there have been issues with a lack of capacity during the summer months.
In October last year, the Serbia and Montenegro Air Traffic Services Agency (SMATSA), which controls the airspace of both countries, announced plans for the construction of a new control tower at Tivat Airport. The new facility is expected to be opened in early 2016. SMATSA CEO, Radojica Rovčanin, said the new control tower will resolve all aircraft monitoring issues at the airport for 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”, Mr Rovčanin said. SMATSA is yet to reveal further project details.