|Construction of Tivat Airport’s new control tower to begin in September|
The Serbia and Montenegro Air Traffic Services Agency (SMATSA), which manages the airspace of both countries, has announced it will soon begin the construction of a new control tower at Montenegro’s busiest airport - Tivat. The project, initially announced in October last year, has been delayed by ten months with construction set to begin in September, according to the daily “Vijesti”. Last week, SMATSA lodged a request for necessary construction permits to be issued. The project involves the construction of 1.700 square metres of office space at the base of the control tower, while the control tower cab will be eighty square metres in size. An employee rest area will be located underneath the tower cab. Construction will be carried out at a quicker pace as it will take place at the site of the current air traffic control facility, with the existing tower cab to be demolished and the base of the structure expanded.
The head of SMATSA, Radojica Rovčanin, has previously said that Tivat’s new control tower will resolve all aircraft monitoring issues at the airport over the next two decades. “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. The project is valued at four million euros. SMATSA has also announced plans to build a new control tower at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport but is yet to reveal any project details or a construction timeframe.
Tivat Airport’s control tower, which is 37 metres in height, was built in 1971. Following its redevelopment, the structure will also feature a panorama elevator while administrative offices, a weather centre, the airport’s bureau, training facilities and classrooms will be located at the base of the building. During construction, Tivat Airport air traffic control will move to a makeshift structure which will be fittied with necessary navigation equipment. Apart from a new control tower, Tivat Airport also hopes to build a new terminal. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is considering granting Tivat a twenty million euro loan for the project which comes at a price tag of forty million euros and includes the construction of a brand new terminal building, jetways, apron and a parking lot. 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.