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Passenger traffic at Serbia's main airports halves due to coronavirus - PM

Author Radomir Ralev
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BELGRADE (Serbia), March 13 (SeeNews) - Passenger traffic at Serbia's two main airports, in Belgrade and Nis, has halved since the beginning of 2020, due to the coronavirus outbreak in Europe, prime minister Ana Brnabic said on Friday. 

Moreover, the international freight transport and the overall transit of vehicles through Serbian territory has also declined, Brnabic said, as quoted in a statement by the Serbian government.

The coronavirus crisis has also caused a delay of between 20 and 30 days in the implementation of large infrastructure projects across Serbia, she added.

Belgrade Nikola Tesla airport served a record-high 6 million passengers in 2019, up 9.2% year-on year, while the Konstantin Veliki Airport in Nis handled 422,255 passengers in 2019, up 20% year-on-year.

In March 2018, France's Vinci Airports signed a 25-year concession contract with Serbia covering the airport’s financing, operation, maintenance, extension and upgrade of Belgrade airport. The French company officially took over the management of Nikola Tesla airport in December 2018.

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