The Serbian government has commenced tender procedures for the granting of a 25-year concession for the financing, development, maintenance and management of infrastructure at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport. The concession terms include both the construction of new and the reconstruction of existing facilities. The process will take part in two phases. Firstly, interested applicants will have sixty calendar days (until April 11) to submit non-binding bids. Their proposals will then be reviewed and evaluated based on the criteria listed in the image below (click to enlarge) for which they will be given a score out of ten. Afterwards, those that meet the requirements, and are scored the highest, will be invited to take part in phase two where they will have to submit binding bids within 75 calendar days. The Serbian government, as Belgrade Airport's majority shareholder, anticipates to complete the entire process by mid-summer.
|Score sheet - phase one|
Under the terms of the concession, the individual bidder, or if the bidder is a consortium, may not hold more than 20% of the share capital or the voting rights of the owner or concessionaire of an airport with more than one million passengers over a twelve month rolling period from January 1, 2016, which is located within a 450 kilometre radius from Belgrade Airport. As a result, this immediately disqualifies France's Aéroports de Paris, the Marguerite Fund and Bouygues Bâtiment International, as well as Turkey's TAV Airports and Limak. Between them, the five manage or have shares of over 20% in consortiums running Zagreb, Skopje, Ohrid and Pristina airports.
The Belgrade Airport concession is expected to bring a one-off payment of up to 400 million euros, plus an annual fee of eleven million euros to the state. Germany's Fraport, France's Vinci, as well as two companies from the United Arab Emirates and three from China have expressed interest in participating in the concession. The airport's new operator will likely 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 4.9 million passengers last year and is expected to post a net profit of over 25 million euros.