The construction of the runway, in addition to renovating the existing main one, is one of the first construction work at the Nikola Tesla Airport in the next five years, Politika writes.
The paper states that the venture was announced, among other things, by the French company Vinci Airports, when it received the largest Serbian airport for concession for 25 years two years ago, and a planning document that will allow investing in that strategic complex in Surcin is publicly available until February 10th.
In addition to the reconstruction and upgrading, the draft plan for detailed regulation of Nikola Tesla, covering 1,870 hectares, envisages a major transformation of land along the highway. The future economic-commercial zone will be spread over 250 hectares south of the Belgrade-Zagreb highway, and construction of a road and rail link between the city and the airport is foreseen. The erection of a second runway, a new passenger terminal and associated technical and service facilities is anticipated only after 2043, when Vinci’s airport management ceases. Urban planner Marko Stojcic explains that by 2043, the concessionaire and the government of Serbia expect 15 million passengers a year, which is three times more than today, and that figure indicates the need to build a second runway and a new airport complex.
He says that as the number of passengers grows over the next two decades, the dealership will upgrade the terminal and infrastructure facilities.
“Due to the expansion of the airport and new commercial zones, about 10,000 new jobs are being created, and the increase in the number of passengers will directly affect tourism in Belgrade. We aim for a second runway, which will be a sign that we have become serious not only tourist but and an economic destination”, Stojcic noted.
He expressed confidence that the plan, drafted by the Belgrade Urban Planner, would be adopted by the end of March.
The draft plan for detailed regulation by Nikola Tesla also includes cultural assets – the Aviation Museum, the Jewish Cemetery on the Lowlands, and the archaeological site of Vrbas – prehistory in Surcin.
The cemetery on Ledine, in a place called the Triple Surduk, is one of the first Jewish execution sites in the area of occupied Belgrade in World War II.
At the end of 1941 the Germans shot and buried a group of 240 Jews and a small number of Roma.
The crime scene was marked by a memorial plaque erected by the Association of Veterans’ Organizations of New Belgrade on October 20, 1946, Politika reports.