TOP REGIONAL AIRPORT EXECUTIVES TO DISCUSS PRIVATIZATION AND CONCESSION PLANS

CEOs and executives from Belgrade, Sofia, Dubrovnik, Banja Luka, Zadar, Pula and Brač airports to discuss past, present and future of regional privatization and concession deals at SEAS 2016

NOVEMBER 30, 2016 – BELGRADE, SERBIA – The Southeast Europe Aviation Summit (SEAS) Organizing Committee today announced a new panel bringing the future of the region’s airports and economic infrastructure into focus.

There will be two separate panels. The first will primarily discuss major airports and their path to a sustainable future, while the second will be dedicated to smaller regional airports. Organizers of the Summit confirmed huge interest by leaders of regional airports to participate in the discussion.

The region’s air transport market has grown steadily, reportedly generating interest from French, German, Chinese and Emirati investors and paving the way for blockbuster privatization and concession deals. Today, Zagreb Airport is preparing to open its new world-class terminal – the product of a major concession won by a French-led consortium in 2012. In 2014, German airport operator Fraport bought a 75% stake in Slovenia’s Ljubljana Airport for 177.1 million euros.

“On a quest for efficiency and investment, we have seen airports across Southeast Europe pursue and close major privatization and concession deals in the last ten years,” said Petar Vojinovic, Chair of the SEAS Organizing Committee and Chief Executive Officer of the summit’s host, Tango Six Events. “With the region’s economic infrastructure and hundreds of millions of euros in government revenue in play, this latest panel will gather top airport brass from around the region to explore what have we learned from past deals, what’s on the table now, and what comes next.”

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