Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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Pristina’s time to shine

Pristina Airport’s new terminal opens its doors in a week

Pristina Airport is putting the finishing touches onto its brand new multi million euro terminal building which is set to open its doors next Wednesday, October 23. Besides the construction of the 45.000 square metre terminal building, the 130 million euro project includes three air bridges, new aprons, control tower and a car park with the capacity to handle 1.750 vehicles. Haldun Kokturk, Chief Commercial Officer of the airport’s Turk-French operator Limak - Aéroports de Lyon, says the project has been completed within a very short period of time of only two years.


Pristina Airport is currently the former Yugoslavia’s third busiest airport behind only Belgrade and Zagreb. Its new terminal building will become the second largest in the EX-YU region, behind only Belgrade but ahead of Skopje’s three year old terminal as well as Dubrovnik and Ljubljana. The Kosovo Civil Aviation Authority says the new terminal, coupled with the airport’s rapid passenger growth, will become a regional leader. In September alone, Pristina handled 140.005 passengers. In the first nine months of the year the airport has welcomed 1.315.689 passengers through its doors.


The Turkish, French and German consortium, headed by Limak and Aéroports de Lyon, became the airport’s operators in 2010. Under the agreement, the consortium has offered to pay the Kosovo government an average of 39.4% of its gross income in exchange for operating rights until 2030. Under the agreement, the new operators were obliged to construct a brand new passenger building which they have delivered.

You can view some exclusive images of the new terminal building below. Please click to enlarge.

82 comments:

  1. Is it me, or the interior is almost the same as in Skopje?

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  2. Congratulations PRN! Hoping to see more flights operating to/from Kosovo. By the way, does anyone know if everything will be in Albanian and Serbian or is it Albanian only?

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    1. On one of the photos where there is a sign you can see Albanian, Serbian and English

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    2. You didn't look at the pictures?

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    3. They should have used the Cyrillic writing not Latin.

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    4. They could have left it just in Albanian and English! Serbs comprise less than 10% of the population, and are probably not even going to fly through PRN! It's not even worth the effort to make the signs!

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    5. This is expansion planned for 2016/17, additional 2 boarding bridges and 15000sqm, extension of runway by 500m and adding extra taxiways and expansion of platform. .

      Once completed (around 2018) Pristina Airport will have 60000sqm terminal, 5 passenger boarding bridges and capacity of around 6 million pax.

      As its only quick way to get in to Kosovo, it might be quite busy airport, I think 4.0 million by 2020, or even 4.5 million if things go well.

      Skopje airport might be just as busy as a result of proximity its gonna be interesting to watch fight for market between these two airports.

      Both Airports were built to handle around 6 million pax, meaning plenty of room for competition and expansion in future.

      W/E the case both airports are set for a bright future.



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    6. forgot to post this picture.

      http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c86/liburni/pranphase_zpsfd1160e4.jpg

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  3. Looks good so far. I like the use of the three languages, nice touch. What is the max pax capacity?

    -- Charlie

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    1. 4.2m was the figure mentioned when the terminal construction began.

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    2. Once fully expanded around 2018, terminal projected capacity will be 6 million but realistically speaking terminal would easily be able to handle 12 million. so after 2018 there'll be no need to expand new terminal for some time, Pristina Airport is unlikely to exceed projected 6 million pax before 2025.

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  4. Congratulations to Priština Airport. I like the use of wood. The new terminal looks really nice.

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  5. nice they even will have a Victoria Secret store, wowwww

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  6. Whoever been to Skopje will notice that inside interior looks very similar, checking desk, departing zone , arrival hall ... etc anyway nice pictures .

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  7. Looks better than Zagreb, that's for sure.

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    1. And much better than Belgrade.

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    2. ZAG is just a bus station with a runway. Belgrade has much better airport than any other Ex-Yu city.

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    3. Yes, BEG has the dirtiest and the ugliest one (espetialy terminal 1). ZAG is very very very small, tiny one, but totally rebuild with nice and expensive interior and equipment.

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    4. lol say what you want but BEG has the nicest airbridges and the best airlines flying there. ;)

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    5. Hey dude, you must be kidding with "best airlines flying to BEG" - let me remind you that both ZAG and BEG have Lufthansa, Austrian, Turkish, Qatar, Norwegian, Aeroflot, Easyjet...

      I admit, BEG has Alitalia and Etihad which ZAG doesn't, but at the same time ZAG is served by, and BEG is NOT, by AIR FRANCE, BRITISH AIRWAYS, TAP AIR PORTUGAL, IBERIA, EL-AL, KOREANAIR and JAL (charter), VUELING, SKYWORK.

      If you call just mentioned airlines bad, and Wizzair,Pegasus,Tarom and similar that fly to BEG good, then something must be very much wrong with your system of values.

      And just btw. DBV,SKP,ZAG and LJU are ALL much cleaner and nicer then BEG, no matter thet BEG is slightly bigger then new DBV, just for example...

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    6. Oh yes whan I was last year in Hong Kong I just mention how their brudges are not even near to Belgrade ones! Lol

      And companies are so inpresive Jat, Wizzair, Belavia... I am so jelous... and will always change British, Air France and TAP for tham.

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    7. Are we talking about bridges like the one colapsed last year.

      And you shoul clean around airport. To make it niceist in the World.

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    8. I will give you British Airways but are you serious, as in really serious, about Air France, TAP or Iberia?! Have you actually flown on any of these airlines?! Plus, Zagreb is operated by HOP so not even Air France mainline. Anyway, Korean Air and Iberia are seasonal so they can't even make the route last the whole year.

      And buddy you also forgot to add Swiss to the list of airlines that are present in Belgrade but then again we can also add Olympic, flydubai and LOT to the list. But then again, Belgrade can't really be compared to Zagreb since we got Air Serbia now. The only carrier with potential in the area between Istanbul and Munich.

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    9. And just another thing, look at the development in the Serbian aviation in the period 2009-2013, pretty impressive I would say. ;)

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    10. @An.7:28 and 10:28-10:30

      Yes, I have flown on TAP ZAG-LIS v.v A320 nonstop. It's been operating for 6 years now. I flew Iberia A320., too. I returned from Paris a week ago, even if HOP, all planes coming to ZAG form CDG are painted in AF livery and deliver perfect service. The bottomline-HOP or NO_HOP ZAG has it, BEG not.

      And my intention is definitely NOT to praize ZAG or any other ex-yu airport, it's just making me nervous when people here, no matter where they come from and what their nationality is, are NOT OBJECTIVE, and speak of BEG as of SPACE TRAVEL HUB and they are so wrong and so dilussional about it.

      You mention Air Serbia here, which hasn't even started, forgetting catastrophic (EX?)Jat Airways, definitely the WORST airline, not only in "region" but much wider. Also forgetting that whole "Air Serbia project" is still questionable, and it can happen that company won't be able to operate to EU under full UAE control.

      I'm 100% Serb but people like you who simply don't want to see reality and who still live in the parallel Universe claiming that BEG is some kind of "leader" and so much better than all others in ex-yu, simply make me sick

      Best regards!

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    11. Yeah, I am sure you are a Serb as much as I am a Croat. ;) One thing is certain, you are a troll.

      Now, Air France's product is nothing special, it's far worst than what Jat offers. If you were a Serb you would know this. Then, Iberia is a lowcost airline, at least in terms of its service. So I do not see why would anyone actually brag about it flying out of any airport other than because it makes the apron look cool. TAP is ok but just like Air France it's nothing special

      If you actually bothered to read the EC progress report on Serbia you would have known that there was nothing mention about Air Serbia and Etihad. It can make you sick or not, but the establishment of Air Serbia HAS made Belgrade a regional leader, and not only in the ex-Yugoslav region but in a much wider one. That's becaue for the first time the Serbian government has a serious partner which has the know-how.

      Also, it seems to me that you have not been on many airlines if you consider Jat the very worst of them all. Ah... ignorance is a bliss.

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  8. Ex-Yu, do you have any informations about Iran Air's flight that was supposed to arrive at Belgrade today? Is Iran Air restarting refuelling operations in Belgrade?

    Also, is it possible to have a flash-news on the EY's A330 that visited Belgrade on Monday, what was it carrying etc.? Thanks :)

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    1. Hi, yes there will be info on that flight and much more starting this Sunday. Stay tuned :)

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    2. Iran air returning to BEG? Give us a sneak peak? :)

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    3. Actually, I was referring to the Etihad flight. Should have clarified that.

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  9. It does bear some resemblance to Skopje, but it looks much nicer in my opinion. Having been to Skopje's new terminal, I will say that it was almost completely dead, the duty free area had been basically abandoned with only one shop operating, and there were only two restaurants: Burger King, and some kind of pub.

    Prishtina looks to be much more livelier, with more duty free shops and probably better restaurants.

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    1. lol how did u see its "livelier" its still a baustelle ^^

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    2. hahahahha, skp have 2 free shop, 2 restorant before depart and frond of chek desk 3-4 shop (like - i-store, office plus, shop for suvenir and don't remember what other) and in depart area have Burger King, Beerport, Cafe In............ All best from Skopje...

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    3. And in the future you must look better ...

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    4. ^ Obedineta...
      This time you forgot to curse his mother.

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    5. Leave the poor guy alone, he was probably too busy polishing his statue of Alexander the Great.

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    6. haha probably he was, those statues have no place there at least they way they are installed there. Seems like an erected p****. However I think that SKP is much nicer and more modern in appearence then PRN. PRN looks like BRG airport from the 80's when it was last time refurbished in the former YU. Looks to me that the Albanians are finnaly getting the airport they always wanted "just like the one that Belgrade has". Only this time they are bit to late mostly because now it is 2013 and not 1983!!! lol

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    8. Hurry up, we need to hide our mothers before he comes back!

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    9. No, PRN does not look like BEG in the 80s. Saying that may only mean one of the three things. 1. You have never seen BEG in the 80s, 2. You did not take a good look at PRN pictures or, most likely 3. You are a sovinistic serb who is raging with jealousy right now.

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  10. but why only 3 air bridges ?

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    1. It actually has 4 air bridges everyone but the thing is the one in the "middle" has 2 air-bridges connected to it!

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    2. Is this going to be enough? Just four air bridges? How many flight depart/arrive PRN in rush hours? I would hate to use such a nice, new airport, and then have to be bussed to a plane...

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  11. Off topic but it's still interesting:

    On this day (16 October) in 1910, Ivan Sarić, one of the most important pioneers of Serbian aviation, made the first public flight, which was attended by about seven thousand citizens of Subotica. Less than seven years after the Wright Brothers' flight, Sarić was the first man from this area who successfully flew the airplane of his own design and manufacture. While visiting Paris in 1909, Sarić met some of the French flight pioneers, including Louis Blériot, and saw the first planes and instantly became fascinated with the prospect of flying. Upon his return to Subotica, he immediately starting building his own aircraft, his first construction made entirely from the materials he had close to hand: wood, linens, motorcycle wheels and even piano strings. When he built in the Delphos engine (24 horsepower) early in 1910 his one-winged Sarić 1 was finished. During the summer he was experimenting and practicing with his new machine and then on 16 October 1910, in front of 7,000 of his fellow citizens, Sarić took to air successfully. Flying at a height of 30 meters he flied over the entire equestrian racecourse. The wicker seat from his aircraft has been preserved and can be seen in the Museum of Aviation at the airport Surčin - Belgrade, along with a reconstruction of his aircraft Sarić 1.

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    1. Thank you. Interesting. Wasn t Eduard Rusjan also one of the pioneers fm that time. I remember one DC10 JAT was named after him

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    2. What do you mean by 'this area'? If you mean Serbia, than yes he was the first Serb to fly a powered aircraft but not the first in the region or from the former Yugoslavia.

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    3. Quoting earlyaviators.com:
      "On November 25, 1909, on the Mila Rojice Airfield in the neighborhood of Gorizia, Edvard made the first successful powered flight in Yugoslav Aviation history in his EDA 1 airplane."

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    4. from that time I meant..
      Area is german sorry...too many languages I write, so I mix things up :-)

      so cool it just prooves how advanced our region in aviation already was

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    5. Please read carefully what is written in the text:

      '...the first man from this area who successfully flew the airplane of his own design and manufacture.'

      So the first self-designed aircraft, not an aircraft in general. But if I am not mistaken Belgrade was the first airport to have a scheduled night flight, back in 1923 on a flight to Bucharest.

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    6. Anything is a great achievement. Very impressing

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  12. Congratulations to PRN!! Wish you all the best! It looks almost the same as SKP. SKP has brighter colors but PRN looks really nice with that wooden conbination. I like it!!!
    @ Malicious and envious souls from north: Both of them look much nicer than your BEG:-))

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  13. is better than Belgrade Airport Terminal...?!

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    1. Obviously it is, it's brand new, and it is actually to my taste, unlike too glitzy SKP with the statue of Alexander the Great. It is way smaller though, but I guess there is room for expansion, should traffic warrant it. I love the fact that every section of the airport gives you the impression of a larger size building, again, unlike BEG, which feels cramped wherever you go. It would have been nice if they hired a person to check the language on the signs (Serbian is off), it feels like seeing that BEG broken English from couple of years ago all over again.

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  14. Yes, they're better cause these are state of art airports. Up to date with today's demands, standards etc.
    You can do many refurbishments as you want but the terminal is an architecture from the 60's.

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  15. Just comparation

    1988 Pristina had just 2 flights per week
    2013 1,5 million passangers

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    1. your comparison doesn't even make sense

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    2. So you really didn't get the point of his comment?! WTF man? His point is that in 1988 there was practically no flights/pax, and today there is almost 1.5 mil. His comparison make perfect sense.

      --Charlie

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    3. And in 1988 it was Serbian airport where Belgrade was prefered. Like today with Nis and Kraljevo.

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  16. Comparison between PRN and BEG is stupid. You are comparing apples and oranges. One is a brand new airport and it wouldn't be good if it didn't look nicer. Comparing number of passengers also doesn't make sense.

    PRN has a nice new terminal and good for them. It comes at the price of course, there is nothing free. Don't think this will make a big difference in terms of pax numbers immediately (I don't think they have capacity issues at this very moment)

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  17. For comparison of the terminals it is important to know much more facts then just only getting expression from the pictures. You'll find Yourself shocked getting pictures from the most frequent airports worldwide (beleive me I was on at least 80 airports on all continents except Latin America). It is not necessary for airports to have shops selling worldwide goods, as (except cigarettes) they are often more expensive in Duty free then inside countries. Even it is not important for the interior to looks like Dubai Terminals (except Terminal 2 who is uglier then any ex-yu) since the important is how much time you spend during Customs and Police points, do You have enough places in lounges, and in future for Bg airport how simply is for transit travelers. For Pristina airport it is crucial to stay with improvement in time and to become good service point to all people in the range with quality and cheap opportunities. Many good wishes form Belgrade

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  18. Svako dobro i napredak za novi Pristinski terminal i ceo aerodromski kompleks. Da sluzi u dobru putnicima i vraca novac investitorima koji su ulozili kapital. Umesto da uporedjujem aerodrome sto nije ozbiljno jer svaki ima svoj nivo. Velika je zelja za saznanjem verujem ne samo mene, vec i drigih koji putiju, rade u avijaciji. Kada ce se objaviti javno skica , plan, maketa adaptacije,dogradnje, i izgradnje novog putnickog terminala, novog kargo centra, kontrolnog tornja i svih novih objekata koji cine aerodrom kakav je neophodan ne samo Srbji. Ljudi koji bi trebalo da javno govore, javno cute. Ko zna buducnosti razvoja (ne politickom pricom) ANT-BEOGRAD?. Dali je moguce da neko kaze o Beogradskom aerodromu umesto da se bespotrebno trose reci i stvara zavist. Svima ko misli dobro i postupaju medju sobom kao ljudi neka je dobro i mir od GOSPODA. U nadi za informacije i realan, brzi razvoj te gotovo najznacajnie vazdusne luke jugo istocne Evrope . Sa najboljim zeljama svima u avijaciji i ovom portal, Rodney Marinkovic, AME(ret.)Grffith AUSTRALIA

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    1. Rodney, Rodney o čemu ti pričaš? mir od gospoda? WTF? I have no idea what you are trying to say here. I think you have good intentions, but keep to the point man.

      -- Charlie

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    2. Postovani gdin.Carli, Vas zakljucak da sam imao dobru nameru je tacnan. Govorim o tome da gde god se podizu putnicki aerodrome i lete putnicki avionic je radost za svakog, bez obzira gdeiI ko to bio. Nisam ljubitelj podozrenja, necovecnih odnosa medju ljudima, a posebno o onima koji rade I dikutuju o avio saobracaju. Ljudi imaju pravo da slobodno govore ali bez podozrenja, nego iskreno sa dobrom namerom. Pored ovoga sto sam napisao to je poruka da komuniciramo kao ljudi . Prvenstveno u ovoj oblasti gde sam proveo cetvrt veka na Sidnejskom aerodromu I jos slecuci na 117 od Ankoridza i Punta Arene, za ovih zadnjih 44 godine od kada sam na Aerodromima. Zelja ostaje da Gospod Blagoslovi sve ljude pa I nas koji diskutujemo medju sobom na ovom portalu . Takodje niko za sada ni slovo nije stavio o prosirenju Aerodroma ANT- -Beograd, sto jeste deo price o gradnji i unapredjenju aerodrome.Vama Carli I svima svko dobro.U nadi da ce biti reci o Aerodromu NT Beograd, cekam sa nadom da cu na njega sleteti sa ETIHAD/AIR SERBIA u drugoj polovini novembra. Toce biti 66-to moje sletanje iz moje vazduhoplovne domovine Australjie u moju Otadzbinu rodjenja od ukupno 77 do sada na ANT-Beograd.
      Pozdrav od Radovana. Griffith AUS.

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    3. Charlie don't be e jerk!!!!

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    4. if you are accusing me of being a jerk you could at least be a man and not hide behind being anonymous. And what did I write that was offensive?

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  19. Ex-Yu, why was my question deleted?

    Thank you.

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  20. Is it true that the mayor of Nis announced today that on December 1st Air Serbia will launch 2 daily flights between Belgrade and Nis?

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    1. It's up to Air Serbia's management to decide whether they want to launch those flights. I think that it would be great.

      Morning flight: arriving ca. at 06.30 in BEG
      Evening flight: arriving ca. at 17.00 in BEG

      With those flights you could cover practically the whole waves without having to wait too long for the flight departing from BEG. And with making it daily with the ATR, it would probably kill MGX, SOF and SKP.

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  21. http://www.b92.net/biz/vesti/srbija.php?yyyy=2013&mm=10&dd=16&nav_id=766107

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  22. Is it really bigger than SKP?
    I think SKP has 4 bridges.

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    1. 6 as far as I know.

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    2. Yes it is bigger than SKP PRN terminal has 45,000 square meters and SKP has only 40,000.

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  23. Totally the same as at Antalya airport, the same plan of airport.

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  24. Why can't we see Etihad's cargo flight today listed among the cargo arrivals at beg.aero?

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    1. What cargo flight? Aircraft? 74N, 77F or 33F?

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    2. Here is a picture of it:

      Airbus A330 Cargo, A6-DCB
      https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/967003_660803477286929_1240729257_o.jpg

      And a youtube video:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWGYBUi_rdM&feature=youtu.be

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  25. don't forget the BLG it was the capital of Yugoslavia Kosovo was just small states that Yugoslav never invested any money on it if all the serbs that left OSOVA 1999 would come back today they will not recognize Kosovo

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    1. YU never invested in Kosovo?!?!?! Are you OUT of your mind?!?!?!

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    2. I was born and raised in Kosovo I lived all my life in Kosovo and I know how life was to live in Kosovo and I know how much yugoslavia investedin Kosovo

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    3. No he is not out of his mind he is telling the truth. Kosovo was always the poorest part of the Country because the "big heads" in Belgrade never wanted Kosovo to prosper in any way, shape or form. All factories that operated in Kosovo brought most of their wealth in central Serbia while Kosovo remained poor. If you are old enough than you probably remember the old saying from ex-yu: "Trepca radi Beograd se gradi". It is one of the many reasons why Kosovo requested it's independence.

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