|Belgrade Airport considering overhaul of Terminal 1|
Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport has launched tender procedures for interested parties to submit proposals for the development of its Terminal 1 (T1) building, built in 1962 and used primarily by low cost and charter carriers. Bids should include an analysis on the existing state of the terminal's infrastructure, as well as its projected capacity. Furthermore, the brief should contain an outline of the building's future development into a stand-alone facility, which would have the ability to serve both passengers and baggage irrespective of Terminal 2 (T2), to which it is connected and shares both its departure and arrival gates with. The deadline for the submission of bids has been set for April 5. The tender comes less than a year after parts of T1 were refurbished and upgraded.
Since last June, passengers checking in at T1 have been separated from those using the busy T2 building and now pass through separate passport and immigration control into the shared departures area. Work on the refurbishment of the terminal is set to continue with the addition of commercial space. However, it has been suggested that the terminal will likely be utilised by foreign airlines operating services to Belgrade, while Terminal 2 will be used by Air Serbia and Etihad Airways Partners. Documents signed between the Serbian government and Etihad Airways, for the latter’s minority takeover of Air Serbia in 2013, show that the Serbian national carrier is to be allocated a dedicated terminal at its hub.
Meanwhile, the multi million euro expansion of the T2 building, touted as the airport’s first greenfield investment in years and valued at fifteen million euros, has been delayed until further notice. Work on the project was to begin last December and completed this August. The new wing of the two-level terminal was to feature four jet bridges (four parking positions for narrow-body aircraft or two for wide-body jets), as well as four gates from which passengers would be bussed to remote stands. Work is now expected to begin sometime during the year, although no firm timeframe has been given. Earlier this month, the city assembly adopted new zoning regulations which envisages the airport's expansion and the construction of a helipad. The Serbian government plans to privatise the airport or put it up for concession by the end of this year.