Inside Belgrade Airport's multi million euro transformation


The largest development project in Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport’s history, headed by operator VINCI and its partners, is under way with the aim of creating a “future hub in South-eastern Europe”. More than 730 million euros are being invested over the 25-year concession period to raise the airport's quality of service. The majority of the works will be carried out within the next three years, with construction on schedule despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.



Pier C extension

The first phase of the expansion of the Pier C complex is currently in progress. With development beginning on March 4, its completion is expected in September of next year. The first phase will see the addition of eight gates equipped with airbridges, as well as four bus gates for outbound passengers flying out from remote aircraft stands. The expanded Pier C complex is not completely aligned with the existing C gates, and while it will be unnoticeable to passengers walking the airport’s corridors, the positioning of the new building allows for greater apron space, and in turn, will enable the new gates to handle wide-body aircraft, which is in line with VINCI’s hub strategy for Belgrade. The facility will have an open space configuration for gate areas and circulation areas for departing passengers.



The building will feature a gallery on top floor - a wide corridor which will also be built on the existing terminal buildings in order to segregate arriving and departing passengers. It will be used by arriving travellers. Belgrade Airport’s Chief Technical Officer, Nicolas Brousse, explained to EX-YU Aviation News, “It’s a five-metre wide corridor which will be positioned on top of Pier A, existing Pier C and the new building. This means that upon landing at the airport, you will enter the bridge and go up to this arrival gallery. You will then reach a central transfer zone which is a chimney-like structure with escalators going down to the first level, which will be for transfer passengers (corresponding to departure level), and then you can go down again to the baggage reclaim area and arrival hall”. The segregation of arriving and departing passengers during the first phase of the project will enable Belgrade Airport to centralise its passenger and luggage security. “The actual plan for September next year would be to use centralised security with Pier C only and Pier A some six months afterwards, i.e. end of March 2022”, Mr Brousse noted. The second option would be to open the first phase of the terminal extension (Pier C and Pier A) at once at the end of March 2022 depending on phasing to accommodate airport operations in the coming months.




The second phase of the expansion of Pier C will begin immediately upon the completion of the first phase next year and will feature an additional four airbridge gates. The exterior of the building will be mostly made up of glass to allow for more natural sunlight.



Inserted runway

Since the construction of the main runway, no in-depth reconstruction, apart from regular maintenance, has ever been undertaken. Within VINCI’s modernisation project, plans have been made to renovate the main runway and build new taxiways and manoeuvring areas in order to meet the airport’s projected traffic growth. In order to ensure seamless air traffic until the work on the main runway is completed, the construction of a new, back-up runway, totalling 3.500 metres in length, has begun. Furthermore, it will remain in use as a parallel taxiway besides the existing runway once its overhaul is completed, standing some sixty metres apart. It will also be used as an alternative, should the main one be incapacitated to handle aircraft for whatever reason. The overhaul of the existing main runway will commence upon the completion of the inserted runway.



Preparatory work for the inserted runway is in full swing. Almost 35% has been completed so far, although the most complex portion of the project is yet to be undertaken. “The most difficult part will be the interactions with the existing taxiways. During the lockdown we took the opportunity to do all the drainage under the taxiway Alpha, which is the parallel taxiway. Those pipes are 1.6 metres in dimeter. We used the lockdown for whatever we could in order not to impact operations. All the drainage along commenced portions of the inserted runway has been completed”, Mr Brousse said. The inserted runway is expected to be completed in October or November of 2022 at the latest. It will be linked to the runway through a new system of taxiways, including four rapid exit taxiways (RETs). The RETs allow aircraft to leave the runway at higher speeds. This in turn enables aircraft to vacate the runway quicker, permitting another to land or take off in a shorter interval of time. The Serbian government requested the construction of the inserted runway as part of the terms of the concession.

Inserted runway development - areas in red currently under construction


Terminal overhaul

As part of the initial phases, the terminal buildings will be integrated into one and their capacity increased through the extension and reorganisation of the facility, the extension of the piers and the construction of the abovementioned gallery floor. One of the key changes will be the shifting of the existing drop-off and pick up area and the extension of the check-in hall through the construction of completely new zone. Check-in will be centralised with some 100 check-in desks. Passengers will then proceed to the first floor for centralised security checks, after which they will enter a large duty-free area. “For the existing building we have several small phases because we cannot impact a big part of the facility at the same time. By October, we will start refurbishing two gates by two gates”, Mr Brousse said.

Expanded check-in area marked in red

Currently, work is being carried out on the construction of two bus gates underneath Pier A, with the capacity to handle 130 passengers. The gates will have two direct exits to the apron and will be used to serve aircraft at remote parking stands. These works are expected to be completed soon.





Furthermore, the commercial area inside the terminal is currently being upgraded on a temporary basis. It will offer a greater choice of shops, brands, food and beverage outlets, a 882 square metre shopping area and a new 372 square metre bar-restaurant. This will be greatly expanded in two to three years.

VINCI has set up a new Airport Operations Control Centre (AOCC) at Belgrade Airport as a focal point for airport operations. It is a control centre where multiple internal organisations work together to develop all aspects of airport operations. The centre processes and monitors data from various sources using multiple methods. It produces information to portray an accurate picture of airport conditions and enables managing parties to take the right decisions quickly. The Airport Operation Control Centre is a focal point for airport operations through normal conditions, irregular operations, and emergency situations. In addition, the centre monitors all airport operations by allocating resources with the airport planning department. It was set up just a few weeks ago and will be expanded as the airport continues to develop.



Apron

The apron E development, located across from the cargo terminal, is the first phase of the apron extension and envisages the construction of nearly 25.000 square metres. Work began on April 14. This extension will allow for the upgrade and optimisation of aircraft handling capacities at remote stands, the handling of three aircraft with a wingspan of up to 36 metres, an internal road, as well as ground handling equipment areas. The apron will have its own lighting system and retention for drainage.


Belgrade will also build an additional de-icing platform located next to the existing one.



Car parks

Belgrade Airport is in the process of building a remote parking facility located east of the existing Cargo Terminal. It will provide operational flexibility during the construction works on airport curbside access roads and terminal parking. With its dimensions of 155x235 metres, the remote car park is sized to meet and to cope with future traffic growth at the airport. The remote car park stretches over 36.400 square metres and provides additional parking capacity for passengers (mid and long-term stay), rent-a-car, valet parking and staff parking. Furthermore, it will accommodate taxi drivers who will then be called up to the terminal building upon the arrival of incoming passengers. The car park has the capacity for some 1.500 vehicles, of which 809 will be reserved for travellers, 330 for staff, 265 for rent-a-car and 109 for taxis. The new remote parking will be equipped with lighting, video surveillance, electric vehicle charging stations, car wash, as well as a modern access control system. Passengers who park their cars here will be transported to the terminal building by the airport shuttle bus which will be circulating between the terminal and car park. The expected completion of the remote car parking facility is end of third quarter of this year.




The existing multi-storey car park will remain as is, with some upgrade works expected, while the open-air car park directly in front of the existing terminal will be downsized to make way for the terminal expansion and be restored on a premium mode basis.

Green infrastructure

Environmental transition has been an important part of VINCI’s strategy in order to reduce, if not neutralise, the impact of its activity on the environment. As a result, work at Belgrade Airport will include a strong focus on reducing the environmental impact in terms of CO2, water and waste. A new power plant for the production and distribution of heat and electricity will be built in order to shift from heavy fuels to more environmentally friendly energy sources and reduce emissions. Plans have also been made for the construction of a solar power plant, near the remote parking area, as well as a solid waste and wastewater treatment plant, with the first to commence in August and the second one slightly later.

Cargo development

The airport has made a plan to further develop cargo traffic at the airport, however the existing infrastructure and cargo terminal are expected to meet VINCI’s needs. “We believe we can cope with the current infrastructure for a certain period of time. With the additional apron, we can serve additional cargo aircraft. We will build some new racks to place containers in order to make more space. Here it is more of an improvement for operations rather than big investment in infrastructure for the time being”, Mr Brousse explained.


Coinciding with the ongoing developments at the airport, the Serbia and Montenegro Air Traffic Services Agency is building a new control tower. Other amenities such as hotels and railway links are not part of the concession and have been envisaged by the government as part of its own investment plans for the airport zone in the coming years. “During the concession period, the project aims to boost growth and create additional value for passengers and partners and further drive the economic development of Serbia. This will include an improved passenger experience, commercial offer, infrastructure, capacity and design, making Belgrade the benchmark airport in the region in many aspects and introducing sustainable and environmentally friendly business operations, in line with VINCI’s worldwide practice and Group’s AirPact integrated environmental policy”, the operator said.

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  1. Anonymous09:03

    Wow

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  2. Anonymous09:04

    great to see so many projects and that they are all on schedule. Good work.

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    1. Anonymous09:09

      It is a private company who knows that the soonest the works are completed the more money they will make.

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    2. Anonymous09:40

      It probably also helps there is less traffic right now so they can work faster.

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    3. Marko11:59

      @anono 9: 40. Yes that really helped BEG and also SJJ. BEG as well as SJJ and LJU are progressing really well. Cant wait to see their new terminals.

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  3. Anonymous09:04

    Bravo Serbia.
    Bravo France.
    Bravo Greece.

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  4. Anonymous09:06

    Nice. It really well be a transformation.

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  5. Anonymous09:07

    Finally centralised security and divided incoming/ outgoing pax.

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    1. Anonymous09:26

      It was a must.

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    2. Absolutely exceptional.

      I would add, DON'T FOLLOW THE CONVENTIONAL AIRPORT ARCHITECTURE. SO, SO BORING. Airports structures are the same all around the world - boring long hangers.

      Instead, DO WHAT SINGAPORE HAS DONE BRILLIANTLY, incorporating a LOT OF greenery and plants, improving visual aesthetics, improving internal air quality and cooling the building in summer and harmonisation- it's so tranquil in Singapore Airport.

      Worth considering.

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    3. Anonymous09:23

      Well, there are cornfields next to the terminal, maybe they can make a walking area there while you wait for your flight?

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    4. Anonymous13:53

      Costructing all of those, what you said will be costing more money, if you are able to think not only about functionalities but also about resources. Government of Serbia is not wealthier than government of Singapore. Thats why, a lot of airports all around the world are similar. The way they are designing and building are cheeper than Singapore airport designing and building. You are welcome.

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  6. Anonymous09:08

    Love the long term car park. And even better we will be able to use it before the rest of the project is completed.

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  7. Anonymous09:10

    Those will be some nice views from the top floor gallery :)

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  8. Anonymous09:10

    So proud of Belgrade!

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  9. A food court area would be great. The existing restaurant is pretty poor.

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    1. Anonymous09:13

      That might happen sooner rather than later.

      "Furthermore, the commercial area inside the terminal is currently being upgraded on a temporary basis. It will offer a greater choice of shops, brands, food and beverage outlets, a 882 square metre shopping area and a new 372 square metre bar-restaurant. This will be greatly expanded in two to three years."

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    2. Anonymous10:02

      Finally!

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    3. Anonymous12:40

      Vinci wants to make money and the most money at airports is made from commercial space - shops, restaurants, duty free. So it's no surprise it's a priority for them. I do remember Starbucks said they would open one of their coffee shops at BEG too.

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    4. JATBEGMEL13:21

      Kafeterija is already available and have excellent coffee, however its nice to have the choice.

      Food options is still quite limited after the couple that have opened the past couple of years, so its good to see improvement is being done on that side. What will be interesting is seeing what that 372m2 bar-restaurant will be.

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    5. Anonymous14:47

      Кафетерија is not serious, they have a cart that they push around the terminal and that's it. It's not like they have a dedicated coffee shop somewhere in the terminal.

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    6. JATBEGMEL15:02

      Maybe not as yet, but they still seem to have decent business from what ive seen. The carts are kinda cool, I havnt seen them being pushed around though, they seem to always be in the same place everytime ive gone past one. Convenient when your on the go and dont have the time to sit and have a coffee. Plus they are conveniently located adjacent to the smoking lounges.

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    7. Anonymous16:19

      Would be much nicer if they could have a shop like Хлеб & Кифле.

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    8. Anonymous16:20

      They already have a Hleb i Kifle shop.

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    9. Anonymous17:12

      That's what I said.

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  10. Anonymous09:12

    One of the most impressive things for me is that they will build that entire new area for chceck in. I assume no more check in at random places across the building. Good thinking.

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    1. Anonymous09:33

      This will be a big change. It means that the access road to the airport will have to be moved and the arrival one underneath too. And finally after 40 years the airport will look different from the outside :D

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    2. Anonymous09:35

      Which is a great thing as the airport right now looks extremely outdated and old.

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  11. Anonymous09:13

    It will certainly be some exciting times for BEG in terms of infrastructure and development.

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  12. Anonymous09:17

    Thank you for the report. Good to finally get some sense exactly what they are doing. I'm really surprised there are so many active construction sights since only the terminal one is visible from the highway. Great work. I think this project is exactly what Belgrade needs. It's not megalomaniac but perfectly suits the airport's needs in a very short period of time and leaves more room for even further expansion down the line.

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  13. Anonymous09:18

    Impresivno,aerodrom kakav Beograd kao buduće čvorište jugoistočne evrope zaslužuje. Šteta što se odustalo od restorana na krovu zgrade.

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  14. Anonymous09:18

    So in total once phase 2 of the C pier extension is completed that means there will be a total of 28 air bridges. Nice.

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    1. Anonymous09:22

      +8 bus gates if my count is correct.

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    2. Anonymous09:30

      36 in total. Not bad at all.

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    3. Anonymous09:35

      After IST it will have the most in Balkans and eastern Europe.

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    4. Anonymous09:49

      More than BUD? I have a hard time believing that especially now when they have SkyCourt.

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    5. Anonymous10:10

      Yup, BUD will have more than BEG. Seems like some on here got carried away with emotions. :)

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    6. Anonymous10:21

      How many does ATH has?

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    7. Anonymous10:34

      ATH has 24 airbridges, 14 on the main terminal, 10 on the satellite one.

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    8. Anonymous10:35

      BUD in total has around 70 gates but don't forget most are LCC ones, there are not more than 15-20 airbridges.

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    9. Anonymous10:55

      Yes BUD is mostly about those warehouse gates that are used by LCCs.

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    10. Anonymous14:16

      Budapest has 10 proper air bridges and 10 what they call basic boarding gates (BBG) which is the boarding gate far outside the terminal building on the apron inside an improvised semi open air hall and is used by LCCs only, they have a couple of bus gates too. But 70 gates? Never happened. If it says GATE 70 on your boarding card it doesn't mean that there are 70 actual physical gates at the airport. It's just a mark for easier passenger flow. You can count the airbridges by simply going on Google satellite view if you've never been to the airport itself.

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    11. Anonymous14:35

      It will have more than BUD.

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    12. Anonymous14:35

      BUD currently has 12-13 air bridges.

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    13. Anonymous14:39

      It already has more than BUD.

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    14. Anonymous14:48

      Wow it's really crazy to think BUD has twice as many passengers will fewer gates. I guess BEG has more smaller aircraft.

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  15. Anonymous09:19

    Smart that they opened an AOCC. Essential for airports and quick response to any sort of problem.

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  16. Anonymous09:21

    Good to read something positive in these troubled times.

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  17. Anonymous09:24

    Good to see that the new gates will be able to handle widebodies.

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    1. Anonymous09:34

      Can't wait for YU-ARB to arrive.

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    2. Anonymous09:35

      From what I can gather it's double gates like on the existing c pier gates which can also handle widebody.

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    3. Jatovac13:58

      it would be great if YU ARB will be soon coming, but i do not think it will

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    4. JATBEGMEL15:27

      Itll be a nice start for them to boost the JFK frequencies now that there are less options. As an example, currently the difference between OS and JU to New York is about 20 seats in capacity per week.

      As per the JU website, the 4 pw ends on the 19.09, 3 pw from 21.09 until november with one week in mid october going 2 pw. The 2 pw schedule remains for the winter except for the mid december-january christmas/new year period. 1-2 flights extra a week shouldnt be impossible to pull off when options are limited. Maybe throwing in a YYZ rotation starting around the christmas period could set them up for next summer when frequencies would be boosted with the arrival of a second ac.

      However, JU also has the task of rebuilding their network lost due to the pandemic, while ARA's lease expires next year.

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    5. Anonymous15:34

      Well its huge difference between flights from US to EU and from US to non eu countries.

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    6. Anonymous17:53

      Another thing that helps JU is that TK plans to have just five weekly JFK flights in August, down from three daily. Some breathing room for JU and a chance to get some extra passengers.

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  18. Anonymous09:26

    I love that progress has been faced in completing these projects and that we won't have to wait a decade for them to be completed and put to use.

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    1. Anonymous09:32

      *made not faced.

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  19. Anonymous09:28

    Great job, BEG!

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  20. My only concern is mix/match of the exterior design. Meaning, new part has one type of windows and paint, C section, and A section has old windows, paint color. I hope I am wrong. Visual effect will be very important and I hope Vinci does it the right way. All in all, great news for BEG.

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    1. Anonymous09:29

      It is obvious that the windows and paint will all be replaced when they start doing the gates in C and A piers. They are building the gallery on the roof. Of course it won't all be different colours.

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    2. Anonymous09:31

      Exactly, they will probably fix the older part of the C pier once the new one becomes fully operational. There is no sense in closing everything right now.

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    3. Anonymous09:38

      You can already see what the exterior will look like in one of the pics they put up the glass. And it's the same as on the A bus gates.

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    4. Anonymous11:28

      The exterior looks similar to the current one.

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    5. Anonymous17:51

      I noticed this as well. I really hope they stay true to the render and actually paint the exterior that cool black metallic look. So far the testing window/panel on pictures #6 and #7 are an off white/grey colour like the older parts of the airport...

      Absolutely love the render, looks very sleek and modern. Will be very disappointing if they don't stick to it.

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  21. Anonymous09:34

    Absolutely brilliant report, it's something we've all been waiting for. I am not surprised ex-YU was the first among local websites to do it, you have been doing this for a long time and have positioned yourself as a respectable and reliable source of information.

    Regarding this terminal, this shows Vinci means business. Once it is all completed BEG will actually have more airbridges than BUD and ATH. With JU and W6 in full expansion mode, BEG will not doubt cement its position in its catchment area. BUD will finally get worth competition. Mind you, these days, BUD and BEG have an almost similar number of daily departures. If BEG does its thing right it can further reduce the difference in the coming years. Belgrade becoming a very popular tourist destination also helps.

    Things are looking up for BEG!

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  22. Anonymous09:36

    The bus gate by A8 is really smart as it can efficiently serve the B platform even as planes are pushed out from the airbridge.

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  23. Jatovac09:41

    Wow. It would be great if the old tower is going to be a caffe. All this is wow.

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  24. Anonymous09:41

    Now that's an expansion. :)

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  25. Anonymous09:43

    Fantastic! Let's not forget that Belgrade has been a trend setter in aviation since the early days. Remember that AeroPut was among the first ones to offer connections from continental Europe (Austria, Germany...) to Thessaloniki. Then in Yugoslavia it was once again an important player and now it seems to be going back in that direction.

    This is just a continuation of what past generations saw as normal. :)

    All of ex-YU will profit from this.

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  26. Anonymous09:45

    Such a terminal must be linked by rail or metro. This is really important, especially for business travellers.

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    1. Anonymous09:50

      Metro line is planned to the airport, it will go to New Belgrade and will run along Jurija Gagarina.

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    2. Anonymous10:17

      Problem is, there is no metro in Belgrade and it is still not announced when will construction of the metro start. So until we dont see something more than red lines on a paper, we cannot say nothing about metro to the airport or metro in Belgrade itself.

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    3. Anonymous10:38

      Well the contract was signed about a week ago and they said construction will start in 2021.

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    4. Anonymous10:49

      Belgrade metro construction starts in September/October next year.

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    5. Anonymous17:52

      Metro/ urban rail link is necessity, but what I think would be real revolution to widen catchment area and boost the importance of the airport is real rail connection. Solution is simple and would mean a small deviation of the current railway towards airport (between Batajnica and Novi Beograd alongside the ring), construction of real train station at the airport and basically making every train coming to/ from Belgrade towards the West and the North would stop here.
      Same solution has Schiphol in NL so it is easily established as one of top airports in Europe. Same way, Belgrade would become top in the wider region.

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    6. Anonymous19:47

      Well the metro will be passing through the train station so people will be able to self-connect. Actually it will pass by both the train and bus stations.

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    7. Anonymous@17:52 do you mean something like this?

      https://i.ibb.co/qNQV7Y1/BEG-Rail-Plan.jpg

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    8. Anonymous23:09

      +1

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  27. Anonymous09:46

    This terminal is a dream come true to all aviation lovers! Can't wait for it to be finished.

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  28. Anonymous09:49

    Those new A gates are so small. It feels very cramped. They should have used this time to renovate A6-A10 and then add these bus gates. Also they could have added another row of windows in the new C gates (4 instead of 3). However, this is a nice progress.

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  29. I'll miss the individual security checks at the gates. much more convenient than a massive one.

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      Oh come on. Said no one ever!

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  30. Anonymous09:56

    I assume they will replace those old air bridges at A6-A10 :)

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      That's for sure

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  31. Anonymous10:03

    I'm excited that things are moving in the right direction for the airport :))

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    1. Anonymous10:10

      Now just for traffic to come back

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  32. Anonymous10:03

    8 new bridges and 4 more right after that? Sweet! Are those 4 going to be facing the other way, towards museum?

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    1. Anonymous10:07

      No, it's the continuation from the new building. You can see in one of the photos at the end that they have already dug up the area where that building will be.

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  33. Anonymous10:06

    Finally someone with green energy and environmentally conscious policies in mind. I know that things like wastewater plants don't mean much for people but I'm pleasantly surprised a company in Serbia is building something like this for its own purposes. This means that all the water waste from the airport won't go straight out into the river. Good work.

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    1. Anonymous10:08

      This is true. And the solar plant will be used to produce energy for the airport.

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    2. Anonymous10:12

      Don't forget that the city of Belgrade is building either 4 or 5 small water processing plants. Obviously this government has finally taken a firm stand on ecology and that's something we can all proft from.

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    3. Anonymous10:17

      Yes, things are finally changing for the better in that respect.

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  34. Anonymous10:12

    This region really has lack of connectivity to the world and this new expansion project will improve that. Especialy will improve connectivity in Montenegro, Slovenia and Northern Macedonia. I would like to see JU as successful transfer carrier independent from the state and a carrier which expands with its own money. With this new terminal that will be possible for JU.

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      I think BEG's connectivity is actually pretty decent.

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  35. Anonymous10:12

    Great news for the airport. When will Expanded check-in area marked in red be ready?

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  36. Anonymous10:22

    It's great that the new control tower will be completed exactly when new pier c opens.

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  37. Anonymous10:23

    Wow I'm surprised that no major work has been done on the runway since the airport's opening. I'm not at all against the idea of the inserted runway. And it's good to see they are already working on it.

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  38. Anonymous10:23

    This really will be a transformation.

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  39. Anonymous10:44

    Thank you for this fantastic report. Much appreciated!

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  40. Dejan Milinković10:53

    "Covid" gallery updated, AirBridgeCargo B747-8, Conviasa A340-200, Icelandair B767-300 and Hainan A330-200 inserted - https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1GVHd-tzegtgd9Y_XCDb_-vftcIz7WX-V?usp=sharing

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    1. Anonymous13:10

      Sweet, thank you! :)

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  41. Anonymous10:56

    So do we know what will be built behind A10 on the remote stand plaform?

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    1. Anonymous10:59

      There is nothing that can be built there. There is no space. There is a cargo terminal there and apron for general/ private aviation. The new apron is being built across from A10. It's in the photos.

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    2. Anonymous11:05

      There's no picture of the area behind A10, that is where general aviation is parked now. I think they will turn that area into remote stands as they are covering the grassy area with asphalt.

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  42. Anonymous10:57

    I really like the way the airport is developing. These changes will really improve the passenger experience but also give Air Serbia room for growth.

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  43. Anonymous10:57

    Congratulations to Belgrade.

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  44. Anonymous11:00

    Will the inserted runway be have the same numbers as the current one 12R/L - 30R/L while it is closed or will it get completely new markings?

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    1. Anonymous11:06

      Yes, numbers stay the same since the two runways are parallel to each other.

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    2. Anonymous11:28

      Thank you! :)

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  45. Anonymous11:29

    I always loved that BEG had so much glass on both sides of the building with great vantage points for spotting from inside the terminal. Glad they will keep this concept.

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  46. Anonymous11:32

    Congrats BEG. Future certainly looks more optimistic with new infrastructure and an airline strongly supported by the state.

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  47. Anonymous11:33

    Nice. I hope we some some more new airlines add flights.

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  48. Anonymous11:33

    It will be interesting how they repurpose the current ATC tower. Hopefully they turn it into an observation deck with a restaurant.

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    1. Anonymous11:37

      I don't think the ATC is in the airport's ownership so I'm not sure they will be able to make the decision. But let's see. A nice restaurant with some fantastic views would be good.

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    2. Ukoliko bude dozvoljena konvrezija tornja u restoran i
      sa Terasom za posmatranje saobracaja, bilo bi to jedinstven primer. Ne tvrdim da sam sam mnogo video aerodroma. Ali na ovih 177 na kojima sam bio i leteo, nisam primetio restorane sa takvom panoramom. A preuredjeni stari kontrolni toranj
      bio bi unikatan i jedinsven u tom smislu.
      Zelje su zelje. Sta ce odobriti boss u odluci? Videcemo. Jedno je sigurno. Dogradnja, konverzija,
      I gradnja novih ojekata me vise nego raduje.
      VINCI I Partneri, hvala na dinamickom pocetku radova. Administratoru takodje hvala na prezentaciji sa fotografijama. Sa nadom za ceste izvestaje.
      Rodney Marinkovic and Aviation Enthusiast Associate Group. 😀✈♥️🛫

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  49. Anonymous11:53

    That's one biig parking. I like the idea with the shuttle busses.

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    1. Anonymous12:34

      i guess it being remote will allow for some good prices. Could hurt those remote privately owned makeshift car parks close by operated by locals.

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  50. Anonymous12:32

    So excited to see this :)

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  51. Anonymous13:25

    BEG is already looking pretty cool and modern. It will be interesting also to see how SOF will do with their terminal.

    https://www.munich-airport.com/sof-connect-s-vision-for-sofia-airport-8116408

    The deal was finally signed on 23 July. So I guess both capitals will have new terminals by 2025.

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    1. Anonymous13:52

      Sofia: 275 mln euro upfront concession fee plus minimum 25 mln euro yearly.

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    2. Anonymous14:54

      The 3rd place in the concession list after TAV and Aeroports de Paris but MUC will invest 608mln for 35 years

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    3. Anonymous22:03

      It is much less than BEG.

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    4. Anonymous22:36

      I don't get it. The concession fee is much less than BEG?

      The rest very much depends on intragroup pricings as in each case construction works are done by one of the concessionaires, be it Vinci in BEG, be it Strabag in SOF. They can charge the company holding a concession different amounts for similar works.

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    5. Anonymous01:30

      Everything - the concession fee is less than for BEG, the amount they will invest is also smaller while they got 10 extra years of operating SOF compared to BEG. Any questions?

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    6. Anonymous02:28

      Wat are you tring to say?

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    7. Anonymous09:27

      Because SOF has less potential, there is no government backed airline that's building a hub so the ceiling is much lower than it is in other places. Even Wizz Air has how many, 6 planes there compared to BEG's 3 where they face much more competition. That's why BEG concession cost more.

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    8. Anonymous09:42

      But sof concession costed at least 900 mln euro in the first 25 years and at least 250 mln euro in the next 10 years...

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    9. Anonymous19:55

      BEG concession cost over 1.25 billion euros in the first 25 years and then they're done. So again, got any questions?

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    10. Anonymous20:45

      Interesting math. I will repeat: sof concession fee for the first 25 years is at least 900 mln euro versus beg concession fee of 501 mln euro. Difficult to understand?

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    11. Anonymous22:22

      @Anon 20:45 you are horrible at math. Upfront fee, contruction investment and fees combined then divided per annum make BEG concession better. If you don't understand that math, at least understand that SOF is not part of EX YU and doesn't belong here.

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    12. Anonymous07:42

      Reference to SOF was necessitated to correct false statements by among others anons 01:30 and 9.27.

      By now we established that the total concession fee payable for the first 25 years in SOF is by at least 399 mln euro (ie. by at least approx. 80%) higher than the total concession fee payable in BEG for the same number of years.

      In turn VINCI will invest in BEG 730 mln euro, ie 128 mln euro more than 608 mln euro committed as amount to be invested by a concessionaire in SOF. It was however also mentioned that VINCI has considerably more freedom in declaring higher investments than concessionaire in SOF, as his investment in BEG means paying money for construction works by one VINCI company to another VINCI company and in SOF it means a financial investor Meridiam paying for construction works to a different consortium member Strabag. At the end of the day, I don't assume bad will on anybodies part, and if that it is the way to make progress, I keep fingers crossed.

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    13. Anonymous14:05

      We established that (upfront fee+investment+est annual fee) /35 for SOF and /25 for BEG respectively is higher for BEG than SOF.

      After 35 years SOF will have only 12 air bridges and 1 runway, after 25 years will have BEG 28 air bridges and 2 runways. BEG wins by a wide margin.

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  52. Bravo Belgrade. Congratulations from Athens. I like very much this open museum park behind the new gates. It's something that not many airports in Europe that have it.

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  53. Anonymous17:13

    Really impressive to think how far BEG has come since 2013. Really good job, best is yet to come.

    I wonder if it's wise for Wizz to introduce Oslo. Why not use the free slot to launch something different like Bergen or Berlin?

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    1. Bergen would be great, but not sure if there is a enough Ex-Yu diaspora there.

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    2. Anonymous17:52

      I think there is more than in Turku :D

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  54. Admin, one of the best reports from this blog, ever! Great photos! BEG allowed you unprecedented access to all the new construction areas. Can you give us any other inside info? Were there other media present, or just Ex-Yu?

    I really like the fact that they are renewing and expanding the Terminal and Piers, as opposed to tearing down and building a new terminal. It's nice to see older sections of the airport preserved combined with new modern additions will make for a great atmosphere, nostalgic even. As opposed to the new terminals built in ex-Yu over the last few years, although the new airports are very functional.

    The new drop off area and entrance hall looks great. Very welcoming. Reminds me of AMS which is one of my favourite airports in Europe.

    Thank you. Cheers!

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  55. Anonymous19:19

    -One of the key changes will be the shifting of the existing drop-off and pick up area and the extension of the check-in hall through the construction of completely new zone. Check-in will be centralised with some 100 check-in desks

    When will this be completed? As the text says, this will be the key change.

    Render doesn't seem to depict covered multi-level parking across from new check-in hall and connected to it by enclosed footbridge. This would be ideal for valet and premium short-term parking. Most modern airports of this size have it, why not Belgrade?

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    1. Anonymous19:47

      There won't be one. Read the car park part of the text. BEG already has a multi storey car park

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    2. Anonymous20:39

      It does have one but not connected to the terminal and far from future check-in hall. Not good for short term parking to pick up arriving passengers. People will rather sit in a car on the side of the road and wait.

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  56. Obilan tekst. Veoma lepa ilustracija. Sjajan tekst.
    Jedino nedostaje obavestenje o mestu na kome ce graditi
    Terasa za posmatranje aerodromskog saobracaja.
    Nadajmo se da ce te neku rec i o ovom dosta puta pominjanom objektu napisati?. Zaista pleni ovaj najveci projekat Beogradskog
    Aerodroma. Zivela Srbija ✈ viva la France.
    Једва чекам слетање на писту у 13.05 сутра.
    Београдски Аеродром у изградњи јесте прави магнет.
    И тек ће бити.
    Пред лет, из Кингс Парка Радован.✈🌐✈


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  57. JU520 BEGLAX10:23

    Great coverage administration. Thank you very much for the detailled photo and video report. Good to see that things are going forward in BEG

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