Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport has opened its new 4.8 million euro de-icing platform with the onset of freezing weather and snow. The 21.000 square metre platform has the capacity to cater for two narrow-body or one wide-body aircraft. It includes underground storage for de-icing fluid and can accommodate all necessary equipment. The de-icing platform will reduce holdover time, speed up aircraft movement and ease congestion at the gates. It is located near the runway and its construction included the extension of the taxiways. Commenting on the development, the General Manager of Belgrade Airport, Saša Vlaisavljević, said recently, "All of our projects are financed from our own funds without a single loan being taken out. We completed work on a de-icing platform which is not a common feature at European airports, giving our customers significant benefits. We are equipped to better handle emergency situations because we have what others don't in this area. It's already happening and we are being selected over other airports in the region because we offer the latest equipment and technology".