The Serbian government has said it anticipates for a number of large international companies to bid for a 25-year concession of Belgrade Airport. Based on preliminary talks, some twenty major operators are expected to apply for the contract including the Spanish multinational Ferrovial, Germany's Fraport and Hotchtief, as well as the Schiphol Group from the Netherlands. "Belgrade Airport currently has the capacity to handle some seven million passengers. Based on our analysis of future air traffic development and trends, the airport should reach seventeen million travellers per year within the next 25 years. That means that capacity will have to double", the Ministry for Construction, Transport and Infrastructure said. It added, "Therefore, the future concessionaire is expected to invest hundreds of millions of euros into the airport for the development of an alternate runway and the expansion of terminal capacity".
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Serbia's Prime Minister, Aleksandar Vučić, met with the Minister President of the German state of Hasse, Volker Bouffier, last week to discuss a potential bid from German airport operator Fraport. Hesse is the single largest shareholder in the company. "The arrival of Fraport, which operates Frankfurt Airport and holds interests in the running of other airports around the world, would enable further development of Belgrade’s international airport and stronger cargo volumes", Mr Vučić said. For its part, the German company noted, "Fraport is fundamentally interested in expanding its international portfolio through attractive airport privatisations. Therefore, we are continually scanning the global marketplace for new airport projects".
The deadline for the submission of non-binding bids for the financing, development, maintenance and management of infrastructure at Belgrade Airport has been set for April 11. The proposals will then be reviewed and evaluated, after which 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 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. 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.