Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said on Wednesday that the 25 year concession for Belgrade airport given to the French Vinci Airports is strategically important for the country’s development.
She told a ceremony to mark the start of the concession that Vinci would bring know-how, experience, references and resources to promote the airport’s operations, promote Serbia’s potentials and increase the number of passengers at the airport which is majority owned by the Serbian government (83.5 percent).
“Vinci is our strategically important partner and will promote Serbia in the world together with us,” she said, adding that Serbia has amended its air traffic regulations to bring them in line with European Union regulations. “We are a leader in Europe today,” she said adding that the government’s partnership with Etihad Airways provided the foundation for a new start which she claims brough a million more people to Belgrade airport in the first year. She said the airport reported 5.6 million passengers in 2018 and added that the plan is to reach 15 million passengers.
Vinci Airports President Nicolas Notebaert expressed a firm belief in the potentials of the Nikola Tesla airport as part of his company’s network. He said Vinci wants to make it a leading airport in southeastern Europe. “Our strategy will include an ambitious plan worth more than 730 million Euro to upgrade and modernize the airport,” he said.
“This new airport concession is a strategic project for all of us. As the gateway to the capital, the Nikola Tesla airport is an important resource of crucial importance to Serbia’s economic development. Vinci Airports is entering into a partnership with Serbia to write a new chapter in a strategic infrastructure,” he told the ceremony.