Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport and the Government of Serbia have selected VINCO Airports as their operator for the next 25 years.

The contract is due to be signed in the first quarter of this year. It includes financing, operation, maintenance, extension and upgrade of the existing airport terminal and runways.

Airport operation will be handled by VINCI Airports from the end of this year.

VINCI Concessions CEO and VINCI Airports chairman Nicolas Notebaert said: “This success marks a new stage in VINCI Airports’ expansion outside France. Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport will serve as the company’s ‘hub’ in South East Europe, a geographical area in which VINCI Airports has not operated until now.”

“The French airport operator will build on its partnerships with more than 200 airlines to increase the airport’s traffic and connectivity.”

VINCI will seek to enhance airport operating conditions to enable Air Serbia to provide new long-haul routes.

The French airport operator will build on its partnerships with more than 200 airlines to increase the airport’s traffic and connectivity.

Passenger flow will be reorganised along with the expansion of retail areas in an effort to improve the overall passenger experience.

Belgrade Nikola Tesla is the country’s main airport, serving as the hub of Serbian flag carrier Air Serbia. In 2017, the airport welcomed approximately 5.3 million passengers.