Serbian PM: Giving Belgrade Airport under concession good economic move

Brnabic tressed that this was a continuation of cooperation that began in the darkest times of the COVID-19 crisis. [EPA-EFE/VAIOS CHASIALIS]

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic stated on Wednesday that the decision to give the Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport under concession to the French Vinci Group was a good economic move and that, if that had not been the case, the airport would not have survived the COVID-19 pandemic.

While inspecting the construction site of the airport’s new terminal, Brnabić underscored that thanks to the concession, a serious blow to Serbia’s budget and economy, as well as to all the personnel, had been avoided. 

“The new terminal will be completed by 2024, and the current area of 55,000 square meters will increase to more than 100,000 square meters,” Brnabić said, adding that the annual capacity would be increased by six million, to 14 million passengers, and that the parking lot, currently with 1,500 places, will have the capacity for 800 more cars. 

The CEO of Vinci Concessions and President of Vinci Airports, Nicolas Notebaert, stated that the positive trend in the development of Belgrade’s airport was already being recognised by the airline and tourism industries in Europe. 

Vinci Group stated that its goal is to create a new airport hub in South-East Europe thanks to an extension of the passenger terminal, new boarding bridges and gates, the construction of an inserted runway and the complete renovation of the existing runway. 

According to Vinci, Belgrade Airport is experiencing a dynamic recovery in traffic for the summer season and the number of destinations is already comparable to that of 2019 at the same period. 

Vinci Airports signed a 25-year concession contract in March 2018 to finance, operate and upgrade the airport and took over operations in December 2018.

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