Monday, June 30, 2014

Belgrade records busiest month in history

Record June for Belgrade Airport

As June comes to a close, Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport has recorded its busiest month in history. According to a press release from the airport, it anticipates handling some 455.000 passengers this June, an increase of 30% compared to the same month last year, making it its most successful since opening its doors to the public 52 years ago. “As a result, Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport continues to record the biggest increase in traffic volume and passenger numbers out of all the other capital city airports in Europe”, the airport says. It adds that growth is being driven primarily by Air Serbia.

The good results come despite the airport’s second busiest airline, Wizz Air, suspending two of its routes, Charleroi and Sandefjord, this May and Adria Airways’ departure earlier this year. On the other hand, Air Serbia has launched a handful of new routes and significantly increased its number of flights compared to its predecessor Jat Airways, which found itself at its lowest last summer with massive network reductions due to a fleet shortage. In addition, Vueling Airlines recently launched flights from Barcelona while TAP Portugal will inaugurate services from Lisbon to the Serbian capital tomorrow. Air Cairo has also commenced scheduled flights from Hurghada, which it is considering shifting to Cairo from the start of the 2014/15 winter season and Etihad Regional began operating flights from Geneva. On the other hand, Germanwings will suspend its flights from Stuttgart this winter while Swiss International Air Lines and Turkish Airlines will reduce their frequencies.


Belgrade Airport has also announced it has completed the second of four phases of its multi million euro expansion project, which has so far seen it upgrade its facilities, open new gates and add capacity. Serbia’s busiest airport has completed the refurbishment of its C concourse gates, adding an additional new gate to the existing six. Another 311.3 square metres of space has been added to the C concourse, complimenting the reconstruction of the existing 2.304 square metres. The price tag of the entire project is estimated at 52.985.000 euros, funded entirely out of the airport’s own finances. The project will continue with phase three, which involves the expansion of the remaining A concourse gates, thus completing the upgrade of all of the airport’s departure and gate lounges. The project will culminate with the fourth and final phase which will see the construction of a completely new floor stretching over 4.900 square metres, to be built above the current terminal two building.

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  1. Congratulations :)

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  2. Looking forwards to Lisbon!

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    1. There are quite few of us Serbs living in Portugal. If they make an code share with ASL it would be full kick. Just in my town there are many Bulgarians from Varna and Sofia and they dont have direct flight to Lisbon.

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    2. Now metro goes there.

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    3. +1

      Absolutely, they must put codeshare on that flight.

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  3. It would be nice if somehow Air Cairo and Air Serbia would codeshare. Especially because Air Serbia planned to launch Cairo in spring...

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  4. Big deal ! What's the point when you still have to face being attacked by those rogue taxi drivers upon exit from the arrivals hall ... it's like coming out of some 3rd world African or Asian country airport ... Worse, not all departure holding areas have toilets ... so heaven help if your flight should be delayed (high chance) and you need to go for a crap or even need a drink of water ! these are the basics - the very fundamental's of passenger safety and comfort ... not until BEG airport fixes these basics, can it then have something to shout about ... It's growth has nothing to do with what the airport is or has been doing ... it's all on the back of Air Serbia's massive growth ... so they should stop thinking that they have had anything to do with this success - they haven't. On the other hand, Dufry - the duty free operator - should be kicking their heals with ho wmany extra pax are pouring into their shops and spending money

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    1. Not true, they now even have toilets at the actual gates. Agree with you about taxis.

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    2. I'm talking about the actual holding areas at the gate, once you have passed the security check . Not all gates have toilets in the holding area and none have facilities to buy a drink or even have a drink of water from a water fountain ... Yes, there are toilets just OUTSIDE the gate, but not all have a toilet once you pass beyond the security check.

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    3. Couldn't agree with you more, OP. This airport desperately needs a rail link to Prokop train station (Belgrade Central). Look at London as an example. You have rail link to Heathrow (from Paddington), Gatwick (from Victoria), City Airport (DLR Dockland Light Railway), Luton Airport (St Pancras + shuttle bus) and Stansted (Liverpool Street).

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    4. lol... I was born and raised in Belgrade and I adore this city but it made me laugh that you are comparing it to London. :D

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    5. Remarks on numerous shortcomings are correct, many things should be improved, but let's have a look from a different angle. We see that airport is financing projects from it's own sources, not taking any bank loan. Also, it transfers money to state budget, not living on serbian tax payers' account, like other public enterprises. Yes, it has a monopoly in Serbia, but unlike other monopolistic public enterprises it is in black and capable to invest from own funds. Can their profit be more efficiently spent? Probbably yes, but in comparison with Electric power corporation or Lottery (this is unique on planet), Belgrade airport is pure gold. I just wanted to emphasize this aspect, without any intention to diminish importance of not so good things at BEG.

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    6. I've lived in both cities. The comparison is valid. If that doesn't suit you, how about Amsterdam, with a population of around 1 million ? Central Station and airport are also connected there. Absurd to view something as simple as a rail network like something out of a science fiction novel or some kind of luxury, It's well worth the investment.

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    7. If I am correct, even Sofia has rail that goes to their airport...

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    8. And vladivostok!

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  5. Nothing positive ej....some people have nothing positive to say, how sad....

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    1. what's positive about being stuck in a holding area with no where to go for a piss or a shit, or worse, somewhere to get a drink of water to stop yourself frm dying of thirst ? I had a three hour delay recently and was stuck in that "kavez" and felt like a caged animal .. no toilet, no water ... and you reckon' this is positive ?? Ah sorry, I must have misunderstood - the positive experience is being attacked by these "good looking ", well mannered, well dressed hoodlems who call themselves taxi drivers as you exit from arrivals ... Yep, I apologise - this is indeed positive and something that we should let the world over know .... infact, I will write to BEG airport and ask them to take a photo of these unshaven thugs and have them post it on their website as the "Welcoming Face of Belgrade, Serbia" ... couldn't get mor epositive than that ... thanks for the correction

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    2. @ Coach Era.

      He wants to say not that increase in number is not a positive thing, but that Airport did nothing to support it, and furthermore the Airport is a threat for a bigger growth. And it's true.

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    3. Ever thought of exiting the gate area (A gates) when call of nature strikes?
      Just a thought.

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    4. @Anon: 10:06AM

      For three hours in the gate?! Are you stupid or what?! Why you just didn't left the gate, go for a toilette, but water.. do whatever and then come back.

      Is BEG best airport in the world? Not for sure, but it is not that kind of shit whole either.

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    5. The toilets will be added to the gates A6-A10 once they are reconstructed, the same way the rest of them were. You are presenting the situation as if most of them don't have toilets which is factually wrong. ;)

      Someone mentioned taxis, I thought this problem was resolved since they added that taxi booth at the luggage claim area. Is that still in place?

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    6. Taxi problem is pretty much resolved, especially you can notice it in last few months.

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    7. is it. I was there 10 days ago, having my friend wait for me, but still at lesta 10 taxi drivers take me for shoulder and ask me if I need taxi. And that was for few short meters till I meet my friend. Even after than they were annoyed.

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    8. Those will always remain but unlike before foreigners can secure a taxi before stepping foot outside which has considerably reduced the number of people being ripped off by taxi drivers.

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    9. Why will that remain. It is not like that in other airports just in Belgrade. In Ljubljana, Zagreb, Vienna, Budapest or Dubrovnik I never had that unplesant experience.

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    10. Gee - why didn't I think of exiting the gate holding area to go to the toilet ... fantastic idea and how could I have been so stupid to not think of that ?? Thx anon @ 10:28 am and to you too Pera Kojot @ 10:41 am. You guys are way smarter than me .. The sad thing is that the people they employ at the gates doing the security check, have an IQ slightly higher than a guinea pig. When I asked them if I could leave the gate area due to a call of nature, they said "cannot - once you inside, no can go outside again" ... So, there's answer why I didn't go outside.

      And to you Nemjee - it doesn't matter if 99% of the gates have a toilet in the holding area - one didn't and that was the gate I was in and any notion of customer service and customer comfort, was the absolute furthest thing on anyone's mind ... So don't talk to me about BEG airport and don't make out that it is some shit hot airport doing an awesome job ... it has Air Serbia and Air Serbia alone to thank for the numbers that it is achieving .... As for the taxi drivers ... whoever believes that the problem is fixed, is still fast asleep dreaming ... WAKE UP !!!

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    11. Where exactly did I say this?

      'So don't talk to me about BEG airport and don't make out that it is some shit hot airport doing an awesome job.'

      5/16 gates are lacking toilets and soon this will become history as they are scheduled for renovation.
      As for the taxis, you are always more than welcome to present us with examples of how travellers are being scammed at the airport. I would be very curious to hear them since I have been hearing the exact opposite.

      Please, wake me up. It seems I am still asleep, dreaming...

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    12. Gimme a break about Ljubljana and Budapest.. Just go to central train station in Ljubljana, sit in taxi, and you will see.. You will be TERRIBLE surprised how it works in highly enlightened EU country such as Slovenia.. So stop with taxi comments here..

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    13. Nemjee - 5/16 - that's over 30% ie. one third - of the holding gates don't have toilets in the year of 2014. Do you think this is a great advertisement for a country which has only 1 functioning airport and was recently granted candidate status for EU entry ?? Dude, you are asleep my friend - wake up and smell the coffee ... And, 100% of these gates do not have water fountain's for people to avail themselves of water .. i guess that'll take another 100 years ...

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    14. *sigh*

      Do you understand that these gates are going to be renovated? In other words, the current situation is only temporary. Hopefully the renovation will start soon and all will be ok. As far as the water fountain goes, that's not an amenity which is absolutely necessary. Passengers are rarely in the gate for more than one and half hours which means they can survive until they enter the aircraft.
      Also, what's the candidate status for the EU got to do with anything?

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    15. Sigh all you want girl ... it's been in this "temporary" state since it was built ... i guess you can't rush these things can you ? Are you serous in saying that water is not necessary ? I can see that you failed your science classes ... Not necessary indeed - not even when your flight is delayed for 3 hrs and the meat heads at security don't think it is important to have to go out to take a drink ... And the EU ?? How funny .. a country that aspires to the EU doesn't even have loos in all its gates - so that says everything !!

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    16. Airport deserves some credit for improvements. However they are falling behind traffic growth and renovations/changes need to pick up a pace.

      Taxi problem is not resolved. Other places around the world were able to fix it, so can BEG with three easy steps:

      1. Removal of car rental and other cars from immediate outside area in the lower, arrivals zone.
      2. Clearly labeled and policed Taxi line with posted rates in English and Serbian (at least) with strict First Come First Served policy, violators face vehicle impound at the site
      3. Taxi solicitation inside Terminal building strictly enforced with steep penalty for first offence, vehicle and taxi licence impound for repeated offences.

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    17. I never like people who used silly arguments in a serious conversation. The gate area A1-A5 was recently renovated where toilets were added so the same will apply to the area A6-A10. Their renovation was already announced so it's all a matter of time before it starts.

      As for your water argument, I never said water was not important, all I said was that passengers can survive for some short time in the gate without a sip of waster. It seems I was not the one failing my science classes. If you were passing them you would not a human being can go three days without water. (fighting fire with fire)

      I can see that you have not really travelled around the EU so that you could see what kind of airports they have. ;)

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  6. BEG - TIA service starts from the 14th of Septembre 3 times weekly.
    They need some 2 or 3 ATR42 to lounch handful of regional flights such as Nis, Ohrid, Mostar, Lavov, Odessa, Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik (all year round). Maybe even Plovdiv and Cluj.

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    1. Dubrovnik is highly seasonal, it would not pay off. Similar is with Split.

      Plovdiv is also nothing special,

      Cluj and others would be good, they have potential, they are not so seasonal.

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    2. I would not agree about Plovdiv, well under served airport, second biggest city in Bulgaria. Only (all year around) flights are to HNN and STN with Ryanair. I think that Ju could do great if they link PDV with BEG and gain connecting passengers. A few more ATRs would be great and link BEG with smaller airports which have no links at all or little. Would be nice to consider even BWK next summer (that is if they have enough ATRs). Maybe link RJK and gain some connecting passangers there. All possible and worth considering.

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    3. I agree with anon 1:38. Bwk should have an try to be seasonal, SPU, and DBV, all year round (atr wintertime). Rjk only seasonal and puy should make yearround. why not. There is many serbians living in istria and rijeka. Ohrid only seasonal, OMO no way by now, mbx no chance (lju is very nearby) etc etc.. Its very simple and reasonable.. No place for philosofy

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  7. Kako je prelepo kada ovakve lepe vesti sustizu jedna drugu. Prvo dobijanje slota za AIR SERBIA na Istanbulskom aerodromu Ataturk. Sledeci dan odobrenje Americkog FAA za kategoriju 1 Srbiji. Naredni dan objava najveceg broja putnika u zadnjih 53 godine proslih u jednom mesecu kroz gejtove ANT Beograd. Zatim dolazak drugog A320-200 u flouti AIR SERBIA. Za onoga koji zeli dobro ljudima koji ulazu ogroman novac, tesko i mnogo uporno rade, ljudski je radovati se. Uz to ko god moze leteti sa / do prve vazdusne luke Srbije, pravi pun krug i pun pogodak. Veseli se usponu aerodroma, a ujedno svojim putovanjima ucestvuje povecavajuci promet i profit. Najznacajniji dogadjaj bice ulazak investicionog partnera i pocetak zaista pravog preporoda prve Srbske ( za sada objejektivo jedine) vazdusne luke, Srbija, putnici i ljudi dobre volje iskreno nestrpljivo cekaju pocetak tog famoznog projekta. Dali je moguce da sam nerazumljivo napisao ovaj tekst. Sa njime nedaj Boze nekog izazvao, povredio?...
    "NAMA DOBRO A NIKOME ZLO" ! Sa ovim skromnim recima pozdrav svima. Rodney Son & Co. Sydney /// Kraljevo-Serbia.

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  8. A friend of mine who works for the airport told me that Beirut last night departed packed with almost 150 passengers! That's brilliant, I really hope they manage to make it a daily flight.

    Also, from what I heard YU-APG flew to Tivat and it went and came back totally packed. Really good to see Air Serbia turning BEG into a really busy airport.

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    1. I hope YU-APG would have 3 daily rotation soon

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  9. What's great is that Belgrade has already overtaken Thessaloniki in terms of passenger numbers:

    1.537.240 vs. 1,529,134

    With a 30% growth in June this gap will only widen. In other words Belgrade will become the fourth busiest airport in the Balkans after Ataturk, Athens and Bucharest.
    Also, this year we will finally make it onto the list of Europe's 100 busiest airports.

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    1. Additionally, if JU keeps this pace of growth it will reach more than two million pax in 2014, thus overpassing RO and becoming the second largest flag carrier in the former Communist states of Europe (excluding Soviet ones), being behind LO. LO should become the next milestone to surpass, as they actually are not that big as one should think, having 45 shorthaul and 4 longhaul destinations.

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    2. Nemjee, how is Varna going?

      Will it be terminated after summer?

      Maybe Tirana is a "substitute" for Varna?

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    3. Well, there is also CSA which carried a bit less than 4 million passengers. As far as Tarom goes, I am quite happy that they are cooperating with Air Serbia. They are a very good airline as they have retained some of that spirit from another time. :)
      This does not apply to their B737-800s which are the equivalent of Air Serbia's B737-300 registered YU-AOU.

      Sorry, I do not have the information regarding Varna. :)

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    4. I guess the timetable for TIA will be at the time when Darwin is flying instead of them to BNX.

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  10. Nemjee, how is Varna going?

    Will it be terminated after summer?

    Maybe Tirana is a "substitute" for Varna?

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  11. yesterday, Belgrade - Thessaloniki LF 93%

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  12. Ovaj mesec tri puta leteo ka/iz beg. Ne mogu da opisem koliko sam zadovoljan uslugom i ukupnim iskustvom kako sa asl tako i sa aerodromom. Pogotovo kada recimo uporedim sa rimom , npr. Vise detalja na blogu. I da ne bude zabune bio sam kritican i ostacu ako ne valja. Nisam preko 10 godina leteo jatom, jer ni ba koji nacin nisam hteo da podrzim nesposobnu komunjarsku bagru, ali sad za sad ovo deluje puno bolje. Videcemo u buducnosti, i ja se nadam da ce bar u vazduhoplovnom smislu Srbija konacno krenuti pravim putem.

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  13. CEO Radosavljević is to be sacked, according to Blic

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  14. Jos kad bi PIA,UAE,GIA,SAS,BER i QFA bi leteli za LYBE bilo bi fenomenalno=D
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    1. No need for PIA in BEG. No Pakistani community in Belgrade. Not an airline with a good reputation either. As for GIA, no need or demand between CGK and BEG. SAS have been and failed. QFA will definately not come to BEG, especially with the EK partnership. BER is the only one I can see that might make an entry.

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  15. According to the Air Serbia's schedule posted on BEG Airport's website, they will have a daily flight to Beirut from July. I also hope they still consider adding Cairo and Kiev to their network as originally planned. The situation seems to be improving in both countries, so hopefully Air Serbia reconsiders the entry. However, considering the fact that B733s are still deployed and quite few tech problems with their Airbuses, are they capable of adding any new destinations at all? I guess during the winter season they will be in a better position to evaulate performance of each route and then make a sound decision on what to keep and what to let go. In order to expand regionally and serve smaller airports such as Mostar, Banja Luka, Ohrid, Maribor, Pula, Plovdiv, Varna, Krakow, Air Serbia should also consider buying or leasing a pair of ATR42. When it comes to larger destinations, I hope we see MUC, ZAG, VCE, AMM and TIP added sometimes soon too.

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    1. Beirut isn't daily cause the Lebanese CAD refused to issue them more frequencies. Actually, they originally issued them only 3 weekly out of 7 and then 5 once Etihad became directly involved in the issue, at the highest level.

      The situation in Ukraine isn't getting any better, Emirates recently announced their closure of the Dubai-Kiev route so i guess it'll have to wait.

      The destinations with highest prospect on the larger level for the time being are: Yerevan, Baku Erbil and Madrid with Venice, Naples and Zagreb on the regional one, once Tirana already launched. Odessa and Lvov would be included in the picture if the situation is maybe different.

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    2. Za Innsbruck treba da lete pod hitno=D Innsbruck nema ni jednu liniju za Bliski istok-Aziju:)
      inn:)

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    3. nema ni NIS ... jeli treba sad da letimo iz svaki aerodrom sto nije vezan za Bliski Istok ?? Nemoj da seres ... Ti i tvoj Innsbruck !

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    4. Ne molim te da uporedjujes Aeodrom Nis sa Aerodromom Innsbruck.
      Gospodine Austrian je radio analizu za let Innsbruck- Beograd dok je jos imao 737-700 i 737-800 i analiza je pokazala da je vrlo isplativ let, trebalo je da se leti sa B737-700 i izracunato je da bi LF negde bio oko 85%
      INN=D

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    5. Insbruck je veoma vazna destinacija sto zbog dijaspore i austrijanaca, to i zbog turisticke ponude tirola, prema tome, molio bih administratora da skine tvoj koment jer ti je komentar prost, a takvima ovde mesta nema..

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    6. Anonymousat 5:54 PM
      Nebi to znao da mi vi niste rekli/objasnili.
      INN

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    7. Jasno mi je koliko je vazan Innsbruck - zato i ima gomilu kompanije sto lete na tu relaciju ...

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    8. Anonymous at 6:58 PM
      Ocigledno nemate pojma ko sve leti za Innsbruck.
      INN

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    9. Daj uvedite liniju Nis-Insbruk ljudi ako boga znate, ovi ce se pobiti ovde!

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    10. Austrian Airlines: Vienna
      easyJet: London-Gatwick
      Lufthansa: Frankfurt
      Niki: Hurghada
      Thomson Airways: London-Gatwick, Manchester
      Transavia.com: Amsterdam, Eindhoven
      + several seasonals and charter routes

      Air Serbia should have at least 4 flights per day for souch a crouded airport

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    11. Anonymous at 11:38 PM
      Zaboravio si nesto
      easyJet: Bristol- Liverpool
      Niki .Mallorca
      Air Berlin: Berlin- Düsseldorf
      Aeroflot.S7 Airlines.
      Monarch
      A ja sam reko dovoljno bi bilo 3-4 leta nedeljno.
      I nepravi se mnogo pametan kad neznas stanje.
      INN

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    12. BA sam zaboravio LGW.
      INN

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    13. Zaboravio si i da odvojis negaciju u svakom svom javljanju tako da odajes utisak neobrazovanog dopisnika iz inn

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    14. Дечко је члан наше дијаспоре, дај олади мало. Све се плашим да ти савршено пишеш енглески када одваљујеш по форумима.

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    15. INN all those are seasonal routes including British. All years are just thoese I wrote.

      I sine ne budi bezobrazan i nekulturan. Tri puta sam stariji od tebe pa bi barem mogao imati malo poštovanja, a avio prometom sam se bavio dok ti još nisi ni u planu bio. Naglasio sam da sam naveo redovne linije, te da ima još nekoliko sezonskih i charter linija. INN je majušan seoski aerodrom od samo 930.000 putnika, kojem promet već godinama pada (prošle godine za 6%), nemalo puta sam bio tamo. Air Serbia ima bar 150 destinacija na koje bi mogla letjeti prije nego na INN.

      Iritantan si i ne poznaješ materiju. Ali zato olako dijeliš epitete i lekcije o tome tko se "pravi pametan".

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    16. Јој... што волим када дође ту неки анонимус и крене да просипа причу о томе како је у авио саобраћају већ сто година.

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    17. Eto nasreću pa si se ti potpisao. Mrzim dvolične osobe!

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    18. Innsbruck Guy Fail

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    19. Anonymous at 9:01 AM
      ahhahahah Dzaba si se bavio tolko godina u Aviotransportom.
      Prosle godine je bilo 981.124 Putnika u Innsbrucku Plus 7,1 % u odnosu na 2012=D
      Tu se vidi da se pravis mnogo pametan.
      Seoski Aerodrom koji zimi ima letove za USA.
      INN

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    20. A sta je bilo sa tim isplativim Austrianovim letovima? Ima vise od godinu dana kako su penzionisali 737, a Insbruk nema avionsku vezu sa Beogradom. Ako su lf na 737 procenili na 85%, Q400 bi ladno leteo pun...

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    21. kraspeed imaju manjak Q400 lete sad za SWISS Regionalne Rute sto je dosad leteo Darwin , lete i neke regionalne za SN. Kako su mi rekli treba da dobiju 4 Q400.
      Danas je otislo 37 Srba je odletelo iz Innsbrucka sa OS preko VIE za BEG.
      INN

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  16. In what world is Krakow a smaller destination while Zagreb is a larger one? o__O

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  17. It was meant in terms of O&D passenger numbers. I am sure there is much more business and passanger flow potential between BEG and ZAG than BEG and KRK. ATR42 would be great to tap into new markets such as KRK and similar. If it turns out to have more demand it's easy to switch to ATR72 or even A319.

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    1. Nope. The Atr-42 never proved to be such a good aircraft, that's why the line was discontinued back in 1996 and that's why only 640 of them were manufactured.
      On the other hand, the Atr-72 is a wonderful and extremely efficient aircraft, especially on routes under 500 nm. It takes very little to make it reach profitability, not to mention that newer models are much more efficient, quiet and comfortable.
      Atr-42 is also not compatible with Air Serbia's future business model. Atr-72 on the other had is.

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    2. I was reading about ATR42 on wiki and it says nothing about being discontinued. It appears that they developed the 600 version of ATR42 as well. regardless, my point was that in order to sustain daily flights to smaller destinations and especially during off-season Air Serbia might need more ATRs or smaller jets to cater lower demand.

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    3. Yes, I understood the point you were trying to make and I told you that there are no good enough reasons for JU to consider the Atr-42 when the -72 can do the job just fine. Let me reminds you that even JAT Yugoslav Airlines operated the -42 version for a little while but decided to stick with the -72.
      As JU's list of destinations and frequencies grows, the airline's need for smaller jets will decrease. Mind you, some of the Atr-72s have a capacity of 70 seats which is perfect.

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    4. Yes. I remember JAT used to operate the ATR42 to POW. That was pretty much the only airplane in the fleet that could land there with no restrictions due to short runway. I am wondering if Air Serbia will ever return to TRS or POW again. I am guessing they might rather choose VCE and cater to tourist demand in addition to diaspora / business travel. Well, glad to hear things are moving the right way. Hope we see many more destinations and airplanes added.

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    5. If I remember correctly, the Atr-42 was delivered to JAT only as an interim solution until the 72 version arrives. As far as POW goes, I guess you mean the only aircraft that can land without any weight restrictions?

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    6. Correct. Not long ago, Jat used to operate the flight there as a replacement for PUY with ATR72. However. due to short runway, the number of passenger / cargo it could carry was limited.

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    7. Also, I have noticed that JP now codeshares also on JU's flights to ATH, SKG, OTP, SOF. I guess that's a good sign of cooperation. Maybe they start codesharing BEY too

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    8. Well, luckily for them, they never had to worry about weight restrictions when it came to Portoroz flights. lol

      They also codeshare to Larnaca.

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    9. Zdravo, na liniji Beograd-Portorož je krajem 80-ih leteo DASH-7, mislim da INEX ADRIA-ali nisam 100%

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  18. I hope that Air Serbia will launch Dublin soon!!! We have limited connections to Moscow, Ex-yu and Middle-East areas and this is really a big hole that Air Serbia could fill. I think a daily service would be pushing it a bit but at least 2 or 3 weekly frequencies! Also, JU could cooperate with Aer Lingus to transfer to UK destinations, Canada and US. It seems like a pretty big hole in JU's network.
    What are other people's thoughts?

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    1. The big hole in JU's network is because of shortage of the planes. If JU had 12 narrow body jets and 8 ATRs they could increase the number of destinations for sure, but leasing of planes is not so cheap.

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    2. Tried already to work with Aer Lingus and they weren't interested - go figure !

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    3. that's a boy Dusan ... keep to comments and opinions ... you're on safe ground there ... but stay away from B.S. and trying to speak as an Air Serbia insider - remember, you aren't - and I'm watching you ...

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    4. @Dusan: I agree, they definitely need more planes. Is there another A319 that is due to arrive or have those plans changed? Also, I thought EY was looking into ordering ATR's for JU! Do you have any further knowledge about these issues?

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    5. Admin: Please delete anonymous comment at 5:34pm. It is irritating and not relevant to the discussion.

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    6. What is the procedure for Serbian citizen who wants to visit USA via Dublin. Does he need to have some additional permissions, visas? If does, it would be complicated to transfer pax to USA.

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    7. I think they need transit visas but I am not sure. Irish visa policy is the same as UK. How you go about getting that visa I don't know.

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    8. One huge advantage Dublin has is the pre-clearance. Passengers flying from Belgrade via Dublin would not have to clear customs once in the U.S.
      Anyone who has been to there will know what kind of advantage this is!

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    9. Admin: Please delete anonymous comment at 5:41pm. It is irritating and not relevant to the discussion

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    10. I am not Air Serbia insader, so please stop watching me, better watch some nice girls

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    11. It wa for AnonymousJune 30, 2014 at 5:34 PM

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    12. Big of you to admit that Dusan .. so stop posting sranje about Air Serbia, as if you have some inside info ...

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  19. Does anyone know when will BEG be put up for concession? Also, by when could the new terminal that the GoS wants built be operational? Is a new runway part of the plan?

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    1. GoS has no plan to build another terminal at BEG. The new terminal is part of the concession that will happen. Also, no need for a second runway. The RWY 12/30 is more than adequate.

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  20. http://www.aviokarta.net/vesti/2551-turkish-airlines-uvodi-liniju-od-istanbula-do-alanje/

    Who cares about that?

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    1. My thoughts exactly. Don't see the point, especially since Alanya is not a destination that's interesting for Serbian travellers.

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    2. Belgrade is one of the unserved routes from Alanya listed on Routes Shop
      http://www.therouteshop.com/profiles/alanya-airport/

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    3. aviokarta.net isnt a website focusing on Serbian/exYU aviation, rather random general world wide. I dont see why they wouldnt want to put that article in their site.

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    4. Because it is rather irrelevant piece of news. I would understand if it was some sort of high-profile route but it's a domestic one. It's no secret that Aviokarta has a few favourites among which is Turkish Airlines. We all remember how he slammed Air Serbia for wanting to return to IST.

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    5. "rather random general world wide. "

      You mean Turkish Airlines or Star Alliance-wide?

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  21. Guys who suggest Dubrovnik, Pula, Rijeka, Ohrid year long... :

    Why make JU a savior of does airports? Rijeka - no scheduled flights out of summer season (according to wiki). Dubrovnik - same story, they do have some connections with OU but that is all.

    My oppinion is not to connect "small airports that have few links or none" like some of you guys said, but to find some normal working airports who are proven to be functional and sustainable (like for example Tuzla, but it is too close) and link THOSE airports with Belgrade.

    Those airports would be Tirana, Cluj, Plovdiv as you guys mentioned, Krakow. Even Chisinau is better then >PULA< yearround.

    Air Serbia should not waste time reviving those airports.


    Are passengers from Pula or Bol or Rijeka going to feed future USA long haul flights? I think not.

    Could Tirana, Cluj, Chisinau, Krakow, Zagreb do that? Hell yeah!

    Of all those Croatian airports, I find only Split yearround connection the most sustainable.

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    1. Sorry for writing in two parts, just few sentences.

      For every airport you find what they lack the most.

      For example Tirana lacks Scandinavia, most of the Germany, Amsterdam, etc... And then you set flying schedule according to that.

      So not connect airports that have none, but those who lack something important.

      Let's now consider Rijeka. What do they lack? They lack everything. Every thing. So what do you aim for? Nothing. You are just going to transfer them to Belgrade, and then they should choose if they want to wait for an hour for the connection, or two hours, or ten.

      That is shotgun marketing. You fire at something without tactic and hope you hit something.

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    2. I definitely agree with you. If Air Serbia gets more ATRs they can easily tap into some new markets such as PDV, CLJ, KRK, TRS, KIV and see how it works. Some of the ATRs might be fred up from flying to the Adriatic Coast in the winter season, so this might be a chance to test those markets and build brand awarenes before next summer arrives.

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    3. Actually, I think OHD is also an airport that could easily fill a daily ATR year round. Lets not forget that Air Serbia is doing very well in Skopje, around 200 seats daily in each direction. I am confident that Ohrid can do 66 seats year round.

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    4. I dont see your point why RJK wouldnt be served. Serbia and Croatia however politically strained always have some form of relation and common interests. If any foreign airline is to serve RJK it should be JU.

      JU is seriously lacking ATR's and I am sure a development on this will be soon. 8 new ATR's have been ordered, I just cant find the link where it says when the delivery will begin.

      Air Serbia is rumoured to be looking into MUC and MAD or BCN.

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    5. WRONG ... JU is NOT looking at MUC, MAD, BCN

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    6. @ anonymous

      so what are they looking at since you deny that JU is looking into MUC, BCN and MAD.

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    7. Making what they already have work better

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  22. Air Serbia Leases ETIHAD Regional Saab 2000 Aircraft for Banja Luka Service June – Sep 2014
    by JL

    Update at 0420GMT 30JUN14

    Air Serbia on Thursday 26JUN14 launched leased aircraft operation from ETIHAD Regional, which sees the latter’s Saab 2000 aircraft operating Belgrade – Banja Luka 3 times a week, replacing ATR72. Air Serbia continues to operate Banja Luka service on daily basis.

    JU102 BEG1355 – 1435BNX S20 247
    JU102 BEG1355 – 1445BNX AT7 x247

    JU103 BNX1525 – 1605BEG S20 247
    JU103 BNX1525 – 1615BEG AT7 x247

    http://airlineroute.net/2014/06/30/ju-bnx-jun14/

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    1. This was reported here days ago

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    2. What will happen after September?

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  23. Air Serbia Moves Istanbul Service Back to Ataturk from August 2014
    by JL

    Update at 0400GMT 30JUN14

    Air Serbia from 01AUG14 is adjusting Belgrade – Istanbul operations, where the daily service will operate to/from Ataturk (IST), instead of Sabiha Gokcen (SAW). Planned schedule as follow.

    JU552 BEG1215 – 1455IST 319 x246
    JU552 BEG1305 – 1545IST 319 246

    JU553 IST1540 – 1625BEG 319 x246
    JU553 IST1630 – 1715BEG 319 246

    http://airlineroute.net/2014/06/30/ju-ist-aug14/

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  24. A bit off topic, but just to show that breakdowns happen everywhere.

    Thousands of Bags Go Missing on British Airways Flights Over the Weekend

    Television executive Theano Apostolou was on a 10-day business trip from Los Angeles to London then Brussels and Glasgow when her luggage went missing on a British Airways flight from Brussels to Glasgow over the weekend.

    By Monday morning her luggage had been lost for 53 hours and according to Apostolou the airline was unable to tell her if her bag even landed at Heathrow in the first place.

    She isn’t alone. Since Thursday, thousands of pieces of luggage have been misplaced in the baggage system, causing travelers intense agitation.

    "When we arrived in Glasgow, I would say that almost everyone who had checked luggage for this regional flight had their bags lost. There were attendants with long forms with our names waiting to tell us our bags hadn’t made it," Apostolou said. "I’ve now wasted hundreds of dollars on essentials because I was only on day three of a ten-day business trip and have had to run like mad in between meetings to find stores that are still open.”

    Checking into her hotel later that afternoon, Apostolou was informed by the receptionist that other guests had been plagued by the same problem and that many of them had not received their baggage by the time they checked out many days later.

    According to the airline, the problem began on Thursday of last week when a technical failure knocked out the baggage processing system at Heathrow Airport.

    Heathrow did not respond for comment.

    "The situation has been as a result of an IT failure with Heathrow Airport’s baggage system in Terminal Five," according to Euan Fordyce, a spokesman for British Airways. "The problem began on Thursday of last week, but there have been intermittent faults since then."

    The airline says that the system was back up and running on Monday, but they were still advising travelers to “carry essential items in their hand baggage as a precaution.”

    The airline was quick to note that the baggage has not been “lost,” it merely "missed it's flight."

    "We haven’t lost bags — they missed their flights and we are working hard to get them back to customers," Fordyce told Yahoo Travel. ”I do not have a total figure, but it has been in the thousands, as the problem happened across a number of days.”

    The airline does have a policy of reimbursing travelers for their “essentials” when a bag goes missing. This has done little to help Apostolou, who is currently overseeing production on the “Outlander” series in Glasgow and whose “essentials” included clothing for business meetings.

    "The real issue is that when you’re traveling for business, you don’t have much time to find shops in a new city to replace things, so it’s been a stolen hour here or there to pick up a few items," Apostolou said. "Because of the urgency, you can’t ‘hunt for bargains,’ so you’re just handing over money to get you through to the next day."

    "We reimburse for essential items, and this will be dealt with on an individual basis," Fordyce said, noting that the airline was incredibly sorry for any inconvenience caused to passengers.

    In order to expedite the returns process, some of the bags are traveling by road to the regional airports to be redistributed to affected passengers.

    In the meantime, travelers should maybe consider that larger carry-on bag.

    https://www.yahoo.com/travel/thousands-of-bags-go-missing-on-british-airways-flights-90363201007.html

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