|Belgrade aims to maintain leading position with expansion|
Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport has announced it will begin a multi million euro expansion of its Terminal 2 building by the end of the year, marking the first greenfield project to take place at the airport in years. It comes just over a week after the airport completed the first of three phases of its Terminal 1 overhaul. A contractor for the 15.2 million euro Terminal 2 project has been selected and a final design chosen. The project includes the introduction of new passenger boarding bridges, primarily intended for larger, wide body aircraft. Two common waiting lounges will also be constructed, with the waiting room on the upper floor equipped with four jet bridges, while the second, ground floor lounge, will have four gates with open positions.
The Managing Director of Belgrade Airport, Saša Vlaisavljević, says, “We have to contemplate airport capacities at least several years ahead. Existing infrastructure capacities are sufficient for the current volume of traffic, but responsible business operation entails the timely preparation for expansion”. He adds, “I would point out that Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport will develop its infrastructure, while at the same time purchase equipment with the aim of developing both technically and technologically. This means that, apart from the adaptation and expansion of infrastructural capacities, the airport will constantly be modernised. It is realistic that in the near future Belgrade Airport will take a leading position not only in the region, where it is undoubtedly a leader, but also in Europe”.
|Terminal 2 extension|
Despite slowing passenger growth, Belgrade is confident it will continue to see its numbers rise in the coming future and its profits soar. According to Mr Vlaisavljević, the airport is on course to handle over five million passengers this year, with the record figure to be achieved by December. “It is obvious that air traffic is booming in our country, and this trend is still on the rise”, the Managing Director says. The expansion of its Terminal 2 building and the overhaul of its Terminal 1 facility is part of a forty million euro push to expand the airport’s capacity by 35%. Work is exected to be completed by 2017.