Sunday, November 18, 2012

Belgrade surpasses three million

Belgrade anticipates all time record in 2012

Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport handled its third millionth passenger of the year last Sunday, November 11. The result has been achieved almost a full month ahead of last year when Serbia’s busiest airport welcomed its third millionth passenger on December 9. The lucky passenger is believed to have come on a Jat Airways flight from Berlin. Last year marked the third busiest in the airport’s history as it saw 3.124.633 passengers pass through its doors. This year, however, Nikola Tesla Airport is expected to surpass its 1987 record of 3.311.951 passengers.

With the exception of Lufthansa, all airlines operating flights to the Serbian capital have seen their passenger numbers increase in 2012. On the other hand, this year has also seen the departure of Malev and Spanair due to bankruptcy. Next year the airport will bid farewell to Air France and Niki which will suspend flights due to restructuring but will welcome Wizz Air’s second aircraft to be based at the airport. Pegasus Airlines, which was denied rights to launch flights to Belgrade earlier this year, has applied for a permit once again. According to the “Aviokarta.net” portal, the airline intends to inaugurate four weekly flights from Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport from February 2013. Next week the airport will welcome Qatar Airways as its newest customer.

Meanwhile, Niš Constantine the Great Airport handled 23.166 passengers by the end of October, an increase of 12% compared to the same period last year. Numbers are set to climb as Darwin Airline launches flights from Zurich and Geneva later next month. Furthermore, the Italian based Mistral Air will launch flights from Trieste to Niš from April 26, twice per week. Further details can be found here.

46 comments:

  1. In 2013 EK A330 will make up for BA and AF.

    Regards from Dubai.

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    1. Yes, I heard that too that Emirates are considering launching Belgrade. I guess that flydubai showed them that there is a market big enough to sustain Emirates' metal. Not to mention that the fares are everything but cheap between Belgrade and Dubai.

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    2. When is Emirates expected to announce Belgrade? I guess they understood TK is taking away all their premium traffic from Belgrade, as well as a good part of the Y one. With Qatar's entrance, EK might become motivated to upgrade their own product otherwise they really face the possibility of loosing the route, despite being non-stop. Current QR prices are equal or lower to FZ ones.

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  2. You mentioned Malev, Spanair, Air France and Niki, but did not remember British, CSA, B&H Airlines, Air Baltic and Air One that leave BEG.

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    1. How exactly is Air One leaving BEG?

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    2. They are not leaving BEG, some people would like that.

      British Airways is the only one of the list which left because of low yields.
      All the other carriers left because they were a mess.
      I personally do not see it as a problem that so many airlines left BEG, I am happy we were on their radar unlike some other airports in teh region.

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    3. Because none of those airlines were operating flights to Belgrade in 2012.

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  3. So they don't have a name who is the exact 3ml? Amateurs lol..

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    1. In zagrab they will have the name of the 3 millionth passenger. In 2016 possibly LoL

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    2. "zagrab" - one million population; 2,3 million passengers.

      "capital and center of the world belgrade" - two million population; therefore, instead of poor 3,3 million, it should have at least 4,6 mil. in 2012, just to be as good as "zagrab" is.

      But it will reach it in 2016. Possibly. If EU visa regime doesn't change. LOL LOL LOL

      Btw. I would be glad and happy if BEG had double or triple bigger numbers, as well as all other ex-yu airports, but I feel sick and have to reply to nationalistic morons who only understand "my is bigger"

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    3. @Pozdrav iz Rijeke. I’m kind of surprised at your recent comments. You constantly preach about how everyone here is a nationalistic yet your comments are filled with jealousy and spite just like theirs.

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    4. Following this sort of logic, we're all pathetic because the one-million Stockholm's two airports (I'm not counting Skavsta) have 20+ million pax per year, right?

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    5. Facts are simple : gap between BEG an ZAG was 300.000 handled PAX in 2009. This year the difference will be more than 1.000.000.

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    6. @All 3 comments folowing mine:

      Exactly, we are all pathetic comparing to Stockholm, or Oslo, or Zurich, or any other normal airport in normal country. And we are pathetic because we still predominantly behave nationalistic. And it could be seen here very often.

      And my reaction to those nationalistic is in the language they only can speak. I thought it was not that difficult to understand that for people who consider themselves open-minded and liberal.

      And above listed Stockholm, Oslo and Zurich are the ones I, and all of us, could be jealous about, definitely not Belgrade.

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    7. Well I am from Belgrade and I do not give a damn about any Croatian airport as all of them are highly irrelevant to my existence.

      I am not jealous of ZRH, ARN... because none of those countries had to go through what my country went through.

      BEG is constantly upgrading itself, the latest addition being the new gates and I am also proud of them because of the spectacular numbers they have achieved so far.

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    8. This first comment was so irrelevant, wow :|

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    9. This is an important problem of this blog.
      It brings together airports from countries that have nothing more in common since more than twenty years.
      BEG is totally irrelevant for LJU while VCE is...
      ZAG is totally irrelevant for BEG while TSR(Timisoara)is.
      Slovenia has as much in common with Macedonia as it has with South Korea.
      And so on..

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    10. in 2016 Zagreb should handle around:

      2012 - 2,3 million
      2013 - 2.58 million
      2014 - 3.0 million (EU bonus)
      2015 - 3.3 million
      2016 - 3.6- 3.7 million if all goes well.

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    11. So you expect additional 200.000 passengers just because of the European Union? I would say more like 50.000 to 70.000

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  4. Damn, it's not about number, but about who is who. In Sarajevo i know the celebreted a xxx pax, with flowers and a free flight. in ZAG they awaited for pax xxx when he exited the plane and he got a special treatment 2, so it's possible to know who is the special number. So cut the crap about zag or other airports that can do it good :)

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    1. Belgrade used to do it until recently, they stopped. Apparently there was not much point.

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    2. To be honest I agree. It's kind of embarrassing saying "you're our millionth (or 2/3 millionth passanger" while the rest of the world is at easily 10 million and up.

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  5. OT: This blog is soon going to welcome its milionth visitor according to the counter on the right hand side. Will the lucky person get an award? :P

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  6. Is Air One stopping its flights to BEG?

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    1. Well I don't know, maybe someone who is, say, considering flying with them to Milan from BEG might care? Just guessing...

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    2. Well, they can still fly Jat for that matter, no. It isn't that expensive.

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    3. Hahahah no they are not stopping flights, the loads are far from bad. Also, remember when flydubai launched flights to BEG, their initial load factor was 47%. This winter they are adding additional frequencies because the route is so damn popular.

      Maybe the loads with Air One are not spectacular but it is their fault for launching flights in October.

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  7. It is AZ's problem if they were stupid enough to replace such a trunk route with a low-cost carrier.

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  8. I guess Air One cancels so many of their flights to Belgrade because they have serious problems to fill them.It simply saves them a lot of money.
    Also they dont get subsidies for all that empty seats.

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  9. Survival of the FittestNovember 19, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    The most important thing to know is that Belgrade numbers are growing despite the fact that eight airlines left in the last two years...

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  10. Yeah Belgrade needs big boys. Those who left had nothing to offer because it was there at the first time. BEG is not ljubljana or zagreb anymore.

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  11. i can't wait to see the pax numbers once AZAL launches north american flights and serbia enters the eu

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  12. Malta's weak performance in 2012 will bring Belgrade even closer to making it onto the list of Europe's top 100 airports!

    Malta airport is scheduled to handle roughly 3.5 million passengers this year.

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  13. btw. Zagreb has flights to Spain and Belgrade NO.

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    1. o…k Belgrade has flights to the United Arab Emirates and Zagreb NO. What’s your point?

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    2. Come on, is not the same.

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  14. But my dad has bigger 8=======0


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    1. That is the biggest problem with Serbia

      Your dad, but not you! And problem is that dad is not Serbian!

      Jat was in 1980's, but it is not today. In 1980’s Jat was not Serbian company but was financed by Slovenia, Croatia...

      Belgrade has nice terminal that Yugoslavia build, but Zagreb was not so fortunate...

      Everything is about how dad or grandfather has big ****.

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  15. Yeah so than why dont you pay for your terminal in zagreb? Where is all that cash? Come on with your propaganda. Serbia invested 60 million euros in belgrade airport back in 2005 and now 60 million euros in 2012 to 2014...

    You are still stuck with when we this when that. Dump your head in cold water and wake up. You have the worst airport in the radius of 5000km.

    Put the money where your mouth is!

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    1. We first have to build several hundred thousands houses, factories, roads, bridges... that you destroy during war.

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    2. You started it ....

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  16. We first have to build several hundred thousands houses, factories, roads, bridges... that you destroy during war with weapons that we bought.

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  17. Yah yah just keep saying when zagrab. Hahahahah when zagrab

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  18. Ava kari shnel ava ava

    When zagrab

    Ava kari shnel ava ava

    Afte kurafte na mindzo

    Ava kari shnel zagrab zagrab

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