Construction of Tivat airport’s new control tower to start in September

26 April 2015 (Last Updated April 26th, 2015 18:30)

The Serbia and Montenegro Air Traffic Services Agency (SMATSA) that is responsible for managing the airspace of both countries, will start the construction on a new control tower at the Tivat International airport located in Montenegro in September.

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The Serbia and Montenegro Air Traffic Services Agency (SMATSA) that is responsible for managing the airspace of both countries, will start the construction on a new control tower at the Tivat International airport located in Montenegro in September.

The project that is estimated to be worth €10m was announced in October 2014 but had to be delayed by ten months.

The governments of both the countries are providing full backing for the project.

As part of the project, 1,700 square metres of office space at the base of the control tower will be constructed. An employee rest area is also slated to be constructed underneath the tower cab.

The control tower cab will be an eighty square metres in size, reported the Balkans.com.

"It is important to note that this control tower will be an architectural masterpiece which will greet tourists upon their arrival in Tivat and leave a strong first impression on them."

The existing tower cab will be demolished and its base will be expanded. The construction will be carried out fast as it will take place at the site of the current air traffic control facility.

Built in 1971, the airport's control tower is 37 metres tall.

Once completed, the new control tower will use the same technology used in Belgrade and will help the airport resolve its aircraft monitoring issues, EX-YU Aviation News had reported during the announcement of the project.

SMATSA head, Radojica Rovcanin was quoted by Balcans.com as saying: "With the new tower in Tivat, we will improve safety with the use of the latest technology, which will, in turn, improve the functioning of all of the airport's services.

"It is important to note that this control tower will be an architectural masterpiece which will greet tourists upon their arrival in Tivat and leave a strong first impression on them."

While the construction is being carried out, the airport's control tower will be shifted to a makeshift structure that will be equipped with all the necessary navigation equipments.

The airport might get a €20m grant for the complete project that comprises construction of a brand new terminal building, jetways, apron and a parking lot from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).


Image: The control tower at the Tivat International airport. Photo: courtesy of SMATSA.