Modernization and expansion
At the beginning of 2020, the company BELGRADE AIRPORT started works on the modernization and expansion of Nikola Tesla Belgrade Airport in accordance with the adopted planning acts. Based on the Master Plan for Nikola Tesla Airport, approved in 2019, a Detailed Regulation Plan for the area of Nikola Tesla Airport was prepared and adopted in 2020, enabling further development of the wider area of the airport.
Thanks to its extensive worldwide airport management expertise, the parent company VINCI Airports will boost growth and create additional value for the passengers and partners of the main Serbian airport during the concession project. Modernisation works have been ongoing without major disruptions, even during the state of emergency, in accordance with all the recommendations and health and safety measures prescribed by relevant authorities. Together with our construction partner, VINCI Terna Construction JV and their subcontractors, BELGRADE AIRPORT has developed a specific plan to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic on the dynamic of works and projected deadlines.
The new phase of works on Airport modernisation, commenced in 2021, includes the works on construction of significant infrastructure projects, whereof major ones are reconstruction of the terminal, modernisation of access roads, aprons expansion, as well as the projects dedicated to sustainable development and business operations. These works are being performed simultaneously with those commenced in 2019.
Future planned appearance of Belgrade Airport
Larger capacity for more passengers
We expect the major works to be executed over the next three years. These, amongst other things, include extension and reconstruction of the passenger terminal, new inserted runway and supplemental taxiways, additional aircraft parking positions, a new de-/anti-icing pad, additional car parking spaces, as well as new access roads. Our aim is to significantly improve the level of service, comfort and variety of commercial offers at Nikola Tesla Airport.
Ongoing works at several locations
Preparatory works for relocation of Terminal 1 facilities are in progress, just to be followed by extensive works on reconstruction of Terminal 2 and construction of a central processor. This project will be implemented in phases to completely change the appearance and customer experience of Nikola Tesla Airport passengers and visitors. Phase I works will be performed on the ground floor, in the area with check-in counters, as well as on the first floor, before passport control area. The construction of the central processor will allow additional check-in counters, more commercial premises as well as centralised security screening that would then be performed at one point and not at gates to provide added comfort and more efficient passenger flows, in compliance with global practice.
Furthermore, preparatory works for modernisation of access roads and construction of new car parks are underway, as well as additional construction and reorganisation of road lanes and full reconfiguration of the access plateau in front of the Passenger Terminal Building. This project will allow faster access and more efficient traffic flow, as well as increased short-term parking capacity. A new, modern car park for visitors, with capacity of 715 spaces, beside premium spaces, will have spaces dedicated to people with reduced mobility and spaces equipped with electric car chargers. Work completion and opening of long-stay car parks, with 1500-space capacity is planned for the upcoming period. With such significantly increased and enhanced capacities, Belgrade Airport, as the Operator of Nikola Tesla Airport will provide improved accessibility and stay at the Airport and strengthen the strategy of regional hub.
Extension of C Pier-finger hall of the terminal building began in 2020 and it represents a part of Phase 1 of the project of extension and reconstruction of passenger terminal. In this phase the finger hall will be featured with 8 additional gates equipped with passenger boarding bridges 5 bus gates and an additional roof corridor for arriving passengers. One of the greatest novelties will be separation of departing and arriving passengers. More space in the retention area together with new commercial offer will provide passengers with versatile activities during their stay at the airport.
Simultaneously with these works and functionally connected with the extension of the C Pier, the extension of C apron and F taxiway is also planned. Seven new aircraft stands are planned for narrow-body aircrafts, with the option to use two stands for one wide-body aircraft alternatively, which will improve airport capacities and provide connection with the new De-icing pad.
The construction of E apron, right across the existing Cargo & Customs terminal is part of the commenced first phase of apron extension. This expansion will enable optimisation of the capacities for aircraft acceptance at remote stands of the configuration of three narrow-body aircraft stands, as well as internal service road, which will significantly increase capacities and enable simultaneous parking of several aircrafts. In addition, the proximity of the Cargo-Customs terminal will provide additional optimisation of cargo flight handling.
Preparatory works for the project of construction of 3,500 metres long inserted runway are underway, as well as the construction on new taxiways, whereof some will be designed as rapid exit taxiways, completely new in the air traffic system in Serbia. The inserted runway is being constructed to ensure the smooth flow of traffic at the airport during the planned reconstruction of the existing runway. After the reconstruction of the existing runway, the inserted runway will remain in use as a parallel taxiway or runway for unforeseen situations and will thus contribute to increasing the flexibility of the Airport operational capacity.
The construction of a new de-icing and anti-icing pad implies the construction of additional parking positions, taxiways, as well as internal service roads and the implementation of all technical installations that follow the process of aircraft anti-icing process. The introduction of this pad will increase the airport capacity in the relevant segment of aircraft services and, along with the existing pad, will be a key functional hub for winter operations at the Airport. The project of constructing a new apron will cover an approximate area of about 25,500 m², and the beginning of works is planned for the end of the first quarter of this year.
Environmentally sustainable business
Next stages of the project will include a strong focus on the development of eco-friendly business in order to reduce the impact of airport operations and development projects on the environment. The complete lighting system within the terminal was replaced in accordance with the energy efficiency conditions. In accordance with the global VINCI Airports strategy, the following phases of the modernisation project include a strong focus on environmentally sustainable development and business operations. The company has the aim to reduce Airport’s environmental impact in terms of the green-house gases emission, wastewater flow and solid waste, as well as to upgrade the energy policy of the system, using renewable energy.
In this year we expect work completion and commencing of the landside solid waste processing plant. which will increase waste recycling rate significantly, from 5%, as rated in December 2020, up to planned 50% in December 2021 and 100% in December 2022. In the summer months, the airside plant will start operating, where the waste generated in the restricted zone will be processed, as well as the waste from aircraft. The construction of a wastewater treatment plant is underway, and it will enable the processed wastewater to be used for irrigation and washing of roads and asphalt surfaces.
The construction of a new energy plant for production and distribution of the heating and electric energy will enable switching from heavy fuels to more environmentally efficient energy sources and reducing green-house gases emissions. This construction is in progress and completion of the works is expected at the end of 2021.
Preparations are underway for the construction of a 1 MV solar power plant, which begins in mid-2021. The plant will consist of 3000 photovoltaic modules and be able to supply the airport with approximately 1,200,000 kWh
of clean energy per year, which is equivalent to the consumption of 80 households. This ecological power production, in addition to independence in production, provides great savings, both for the Airport and in terms of utilisation of available natural resources. Moreover, it will reduce the annual emission of green-house gases by 875 tons.
Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport joined the Airport Carbon Accreditation Program (ACA) of the Airport Council International (ACI) and in November 2020, it obtained a Level 1 certificate, thus receiving acknowledgement for the efforts of our airport to reduce the emissions carbon dioxide.
Applying global expertise and experience
By 2043, BELGRADE AIRPORT will bring to Nikola Tesla Airport, the best international practice of the global operator, its parent company VINCI Airports, which manages the operation of 44 airports worldwide, beside the one in Belgrade.