Eight foreign companies are interested in taking part in Belgrade Airport's privatisation process. According to the "Večernje novosti" daily, Germany's Fraport, France's Vinci and Bouygues, as well as two companies from the United Arab Emirates and three from China have expressed interest in participating in a potential concession. The French consultancy firm Lazard, which is acting as a privatisation advisor, is yet to decide whether the airport should be sold or given up for concession for a set period of time. Sources close to the Serbian government have said a 25 to 30-year concession is more likely, with the option for the deal to be extended to fifty years. Recently, Belgrade Airport's Executive Director, Raša Ristivojević, said, "We have held talks with representatives from Lazard and we defined several points concerning the privatisation. It will most likely be a concession or a public-private partnership. We need fresh capital so Belgrade Airport can expand even further".
According to the daily, the airport's new operator will be required to build a new terminal, runway and supporting infrastructure such as a hotel, cargo centre and car park. Furthermore, local authorities are considering extending the railway network to link the city with the airport. The Serbian government holds an 83.2% stake in Belgrade Airport's operator which counts 1.806 employees. The airport handled a record 4.77 million passengers last year and posted a net profit of 26 million euros. Its current market capitalisation stands at 277.7 million euros. The airport is expected to fetch anywhere between 100 and 500 million dollars, depending on whether a concession or outright privatisation is negotiated.