French Vinci company, the 'Nikola Tesla' Belgrade airport concessioner, said on Tuesday it started works on a new runway and a terminal in the first phase of its investments worth 102 million Euro out of a total of 736 million it said would finance the airport with.
Serbia awarded Vinci a 25-year concession to run Belgrade’s ‘Nikola Tesla airport’ in 2018, giving the French infrastructure group a foothold in southeast Europe for its growing airport division.
The state RTS TV said on Tuesday Vinci was satisfied with the airport capacity and the number of passengers in the first three months of 2020 and that despite the coronavirus pandemic, the planes from the Belgrade airport fly to all major destinations in Europe.
„We started the building of the first part of C terminal long 350 metres which can be extended to 500 metres. We will have 16 new gates by 2022. The incoming and outgoing passengers will be separated. That will increase the capacity and reduce the crowds, „Nicholas Brus the airport’s technical director, said.
The works also include 25,000 square meters of aircraft reception platforms’ extension to enable the landing of planes with 36-meter wings; new 130-seat waiting room for passengers who have to be bussed to the distant planes and new 3,600 meters long runway, a 100 meters longer than the existing one.