Serbia's Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport has completed first phase of expansion involving the renovation of its Terminal 1 building.
Built in 1962, the airport's Terminal 1 is used by low-cost and charter carriers and its expansion is likely to increase its revenue by 35%, reported Balkans.com.
Before the expansion, passengers were having their check-in at Terminal 1 and then proceeding to Terminal 2 for security and boarding. With the expansion, passengers will now pass through a separated passport and immigration control that will be located in the shared departure area.
A spokesperson for the airport said: "The new passport and immigration control is primarily aimed at passengers checking in at Terminal 1, but it will also have the ability to handle a portion of passengers who are using Terminal 2, which will ease congestion.
"Additional commercial space will be opened, which will increase revenue from non-aviation related services."
Apart from reconstructing the area connecting Terminals 1 and 2, the project also covers construction of a dedicated Air Serbia business-class lounge in the departures area.
The airport will continue expanding around 5,000m² of the terminal through September at an estimated cost of €2.16m.
In the second phase of the €40m project, the Terminal 2 building will be expanded by 11,000m² with the addition of four air bridges, which will be equipped to handle four narrow-body or two wide-body aircraft.
A new €3.55m de-icing platform that can handle the Boeing 747 and Airbus A380, will be constructed alongside a new staff building and a fire and rescue base.
The airport also intends to spend €45m on modernisation of its runway in 2016 and 2017.
Considered to be the second fastest growing airport in Europe, Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport reported a 31% rise in passenger numbers last year.
The airport's aircraft operations grew by 26% while its net profit was €27m.
Image: Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport is considered to be the second fastest growing airport in Europe. Photo: courtesy of Vesailok via Wikipedia.