Exploitation 07.07.2021

VINCI Airports modernizes and improves the quality of service at Belgrade airport

At an official ceremony held today at Belgrade airport, Ana Brnabić, 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 modernization plan and celebrated its first-ever Service Quality award, in presence of Olivier Jankovec, ACI Europe Director General.

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 smart flow management system, the new Pier C terminal extension will be fully completed by the end of the year. Belgrade airport 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 % of the airport’s solid waste by the end of 2022. These milestones are part of the program delivered by VINCI Airports in synergy with VINCI Construction Grands Projets.
 
In this new momentum, Belgrade airport today received its first-ever Europe “Best airport” award for quality of service ([1]), from ACI Europe Director General Olivier Jankovec. The airport also recently received its first Airport Carbon Accreditation certificate, acknowledging the new environmental ambition deployed by VINCI Airports that aims to reach Net Zero Carbon emission on all its airports by 2050.
 
Building on these achievements, VINCI Airports will complete the modernization works in the next 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 allow reaching a total capacity of 15 million annual passenger by the end of the concession. The modernization will also improve the airport’s environmental performance, with the construction of a 1MWp 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 summer season. The number of destinations is already comparable to that of 2019 at the same period (71 destinations served this summer 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”.

About VINCI Airports

VINCI Airports, the leading private airport operator in the world, manages 45 airports in 12 countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas. We harness our expertise as a comprehensive integrator to develop, finance, build and operate airports, while leveraging our investment capability and expertise in optimising operational performance, modernising infrastructure and driving environmental transition. VINCI Airports became the first airport operator to start rolling out an international environmental strategy, in 2016, with a view to achieving net zero emissions throughout its network by 2050.


[1] 2020 Airport Service Quality Award (ASQ) – Europe region in the category 5 to 15 million passengers per year