Belgrade Airport makes progress on extension and modernisation project
As part of its efforts to improve the passenger experience and achieve net zero emissions, VINCI Airports continues to make good progress on Belgrade Airport’s modernisation project.
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At an official ceremony held on 7 July 2021 at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport (BEG), Ana Brnabić, the Prime Minister of Serbia; Nicolas Notebaert, CEO of VINCI Concessions and President of VINCI Airports; and François Berisot, CEO of Belgrade Airport, presented the advanced stage of the airport’s extension and modernisation plan.
The works are progressing as planned, including the upgrade and extension of the existing terminal. With a total surface area of 12,000 m2 and a smart flow management system, the new Pier C terminal extension will be fully completed by the end of 2021.
Belgrade Airport has already opened a revamped boarding area, showcasing Serbian gastronomy and local brands, as well as a new remote car park and bus gate that ensure greater accessibility. A waste treatment plant has also been recently delivered, with the objective to recover 100 per cent of the airport’s solid waste by the end of 2022. These milestones are part of the programme delivered by VINCI Airports, in synergy with VINCI Construction Grands Projects.
The airport also received its first Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) certificate from Airports Council International (ACI), acknowledging the new environmental ambition deployed by VINCI Airports that aims to reach net zero carbon emissions for all of its airports by 2050.
Building on its achievements, VINCI Airports will complete the modernisation works at Belgrade Airport within three years. The objective is to create a new airport hub in South-East Europe thanks to a 40,000m2 extension of the passenger terminal, new boarding bridges and gates, the construction of an inserted runway and the complete renovation of the existing runway.
These works will enable a total capacity of 15 million annual passengers by the end of the concession. The modernisation will also improve the airport’s environmental performance, with the construction of a 1MW self-consumption photovoltaic park, a wastewater treatment plant and a new natural gas power plant to replace heavy fuel-oil.
Belgrade Airport is experiencing a dynamic recovery in traffic for the 2021 summer season. The number of destinations is already comparable to that of 2019 at the same period (71 destinations served in summer 2021 compared to 72 in 2019).
Nicolas Notebaert, CEO of VINCI Concessions and President of VINCI Airports, declared: “Belgrade Airport’s positive momentum enjoys growing recognition from the aviation and tourism industry in Europe and from the Serbian government. As Europe prepares for the recovery of tourism, creating a smart and sustainable new airport hub in Belgrade will support Serbia’s perspectives ahead.”
Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA), Airport construction and design, Airside operations, Capacity, Emissions, Passenger experience and seamless travel, Passenger volumes, Runways and pavements, Sustainable development, Terminal operations