Thursday, October 30, 2014

Air Serbia approaching two million passengers

Air Serbia's Q3 revenue, cargo and passenger volumes rise

Air Serbia is set to handle its two-millionth passenger tomorrow after posting strong results in the third quarter. The Serbian carrier handled 730.000 passengers between July and September this year, up 74% on the 419.000 travellers welcomed during the same period in 2013. Air Serbia Cargo also achieved growth of 64% by carrying 669 tonnes of freight during Q3. August was the carrier’s busiest month in history with a total of 239.000 passengers using the airline’s services, up 71%. The first half of the month was particularly busy with 180.000 passengers travelling with the airline. Aviolet, Air Serbia’s charter brand launched in May this year, operated over 520 flights during the summer season and transported 90.000 passengers.

Air Serbia’s CEO, Dane Kondić, says, “Between January and September, Air Serbia carried a total of 1.8 million passengers and 2.000 tonnes of cargo, in each case reflecting an increase of 66% over the same period in 2013. These are impressive numbers and, importantly, revenue is following this trend closely”. Revenue in the third quarter amounted to 57 million euros, up 54% on last year. Air Serbia, like its partner Etihad Airways, does not report profit figures, however, the airline has again said it is "on track for profitability by end 2014". Mr. Kondić adds, “Our success would not be possible without the commitment and loyalty of our people and I would like to recognise their hard work, they are the engine of our growth. However, at the centre of our business are our customers and I also extend our appreciation for their loyal support. We are taking onboard all feedback and continuously improving the way in which we serve our customers, every day”. Air Serbia’s passenger carrying capacity, measured in Available Seat Kilometres (ASK), was 967 million by the end of Q3, an increase of 62% over the same period last year.

The Serbian carrier says it now counts 1.795 employees, including its subsidiaries Air Serbia Catering and Air Serbia Ground Services. More staff are being hired with a further forty pilots to take up their positions at the airline by year’s end. In addition, the carrier says its special prorate agreement with India’s Jet Airways has been further expanded to include destinations such as Ahmedabad and Goa. Air Serbia also agreed to expand its codeshare cooperation with Aeroflot this winter, with the Serbian carrier adding its code onto Aerflot flights from Moscow to Sochi. In return, Aeroflot has begun codesharing on Air Serbia’s services from Belgrade to Tirana and Sarajevo. The Serbian carrier is now set to become the first airline in the former Yugoslavia to handle over two million passengers in a single year since JAT Yugoslav Airlines last recorded such results in 1991.

84 comments:

  1. From what I could see, in 2013 Tarom handled 2.3 million passengers. I guess Air Serbia will overtake them. Good job.

    Air Serbia will jump by 10 positions on the list of the busiest carriers in Europe, from 51st to the 41st place.

    By the way, still no announcements on additional flights, frequencies and destinations?

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    1. No....I hope they will launch flights to ZAG, PRN, and maybe CAI or BCN soon.

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    2. what is preventing further expansion of AS network? lack of aircraft? if so why do they not obtain more aircraft at least on short term lease until NEOs arrive?destinations like: those mentioned above plus, LED, MUC, KBP, and a few others in caucasis, ME, and possibly NCE or LYS. more destinations will be needed to support long haul flights. plus more double daily for regional flights.

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    3. If I would be CEO of ASL I would probably leased some A319s or E195s, maybe 3 or 4.

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    4. ATR's would be helpful for running errands in the neighborhood, but sub-A319 jets would be helpful.

      With Alitalia-Air Berlin A320 transfer, Etihad alliance opens up possibilities for other planes to be transferred to Air Serbia (Niki, Alitalia) and Embraers are most likely choice given what's currently in the family. Few 737's for Aviolet would be nice, too.

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    5. Ja mislim da bi jos bolje bilo da HG obavlja letove Avioleta da stacioniraju jedan Embraer 190 preko vikenda kao sto rade u INN :) sta vi mislite.
      Neverujem da bi AB dao 738 Avioletu da zameni ono staro gvodze 733 ma da postoji 50 % sansa ;))
      INN-NS

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  2. Etihad and Alitalia have offered concessions in a bid to win European Union antitrust approval for the Abu Dhabi airline's plan to acquire 49 percent of the struggling Italian carrier.

    The European Commission said on its website that it would decide by November 17 whether to clear the deal.

    The airlines have offered to give up some airport slots on the Rome-Belgrade route to facilitate rivals, a person familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

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    1. Hmm... well, they can give up some slots but flights have already been reduced that it wouldn't make much of a difference. This February they will be flying only six times per week.

      Also, that wouldn't be so bad for Air Serbia. They could increase their own flights.

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    2. Already mentioned as the last comment on Tuesday's news. Question is - when will EC finally complete Air Serbia "inquiry"?

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    3. Има ли нешто у Керијевој данашњој депеши о авио саобраћају?

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  3. da vidimo jos koliko ce dugo trajati taj bum jer su cene podigli vise od 40% na vise linija. naprimer bec se kretao uvek od 140 do 220 eur sada je karta vise 330 eur!!!

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    1. То је примарно зато што је Беч хронично пун а лети два пута на дан са Атром. Да има више капацитета било би и више јефтиних карата.

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    2. 180 E za VIE-BEG-VIE petak/nedelja sredina decembra na JU letovima. OS nudi neke letove po 140. Koje karte su 330 E ?

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    3. I to atr-om!!! Pogledaj cenu karte za prg. Kao da sluze sendvice sa sirom od magareceg mleka.

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    4. LJU-BEG-LJU u novembru 130 do 330 Evra. Abnormalno.

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    5. Revenue management je takav i tu nema pomoći. Kada let dostigne određen procenat popunjenosti, preostalim kartama kreće da skače cena i to može da ode u ko zna kakve cifre. Pokušajte da bukirate let barem dva meseca unapred i vrlo je verovatno da ćete dobiti kartu po najnižoj ceni.

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    6. U decembru lj bg cipar 450 eura. Previse, steta.

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    7. Well, there is always Wizz Air from Belgrade to Larnaca which is dirt cheap and flies at better times.

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    8. da karta u dezmebru ima za 130 evra, ali ceo novembar je skoro preko 300! FLy niki je dokazao da je ta linija bila preskupa jer je dugo vreme uspeo da drzi liniju na 60 Evra sa povratnom, dok air berlin nije zavrnuo slavinu!!! Tada su Takodje bivsi JAT i Austrian spustili cenu karte sa 250 na 100 EUR!

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    9. OS ce ponovo da belezi crvene brojeve pa je zato dogovor obe kompanije da se malo digne cena karte
      INN-NS

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    10. А шта би ти паметњаковићу радио да си на месту Остријана и Јата или данас Ер Србије?

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    11. Punio vece avione po 200E :)

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    12. А које би то веће авионе пунио када их немаш довољно?

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  4. Even if they don't report profit figures, it would be nice if they would publish some operational figures such as: on-time percentage, missed connection percentage and lost/delayed baggage numbers. The last few times I traveled to BEG there was a stack of bags missing their connecting flights in the corner of the baggage claim area.

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    1. They have to report profit figures to Serbian business registry agency, but they won't be available until April 2015 for 2014 FY.

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    2. Yeah because all airlines report missed connections and lost/delayed baggage o.O

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    3. There is no such airline which publishes that.

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    4. You do have on-time percentage and baggage stats for all US airlines (they have to report the figure to FAA)

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  5. Air Berlin is cutting another 200 ground staff and admin jobs as part of its efforts to return to profit.

    Air Berlin, 29-percent owned by Abu Dhabi-based Etihad, has already shed 900 jobs and unprofitable routes after a period of rapid expansion left it saddled with debt.

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  6. Since First anniversary few days ago, every don bringing lovely news about our AIR SERBIA. That way will be to stay. In regard of same complain about lost luggage and other anomaly in operation, I no mean to justifying. That happening is most common where is careless employed persons, and not available automated systems on many Europeans airports. In last 46-th years I have flying world wide and more than 1100 landings, only few times my luggage have been lost. But all ways they sent to my address...Head line is: Serbian airline, AIR SERBIA is not only hire to stay but will be prime example and inspiration to people in business.
    Sinergy is goodness and Gift from GOD. Ako i najmanje cestice sinergije postoji u meni, radosno cu je darovati QANTAS-u, AIR SERBIA, i ljudima koji gaje putnicko vazduhoplovstvo u sebi. That is final from me.
    Rod Marinkovic KVO /// /SYD - BEG.

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    1. Another great post from the Rod. But is it why the final one?

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  7. I don't understand, whether people who used ASL are lying about baggage which they lost and they 'had to search it all over Europe'? I was flying in August 28th from CDG and they've lost my baggage. In the beginning I thought I will never find it, because many people were saying that they had to seek it for a long time, but 2 days later they bring it to my house! So...??

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    1. My experience with ASL is near perfect so far. I flew both direct and connected flights and everything was nice and smooth - from check in, to baggage, punctuality and overall service. Pretty good value for money. On the other hand, a couple of my friends have had their flights cancelled and are still waiting for the compensation. I guess it makes little sense in trying to put in some universal description on the ASL service. Many people experience it at its best, some experience it way below that. Value for money is quite good so I would say if there is some risk in terms of luggage and punctuality, it is worth taking if you want to save money.

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    2. My experience with ASL also was pretty good, my flight wasn't delaying and all was fine. Great airline from my view!

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    3. Yeah, compensation requests take too much time. They should work a bit on this, although, it can be an airlines' strategy to discourage claims through lengthy procedure. Not really a fair business practice, but a legitimate one.

      I was actually waiting for the compensation from late February until early June if I recall correctly, "reminding" their Legal Dept. twice about the outstanding claim. However, in the end, everything went well, as it should.

      I did also have a similar experience with LH group - flying on LH metal with their ticket, I got the compensation momentarily, at the airport. However, experience with OS wasn't that good, it took a month or two.

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    4. Couple years ago (flight BEG-MUC) according to fake procedure of the pilot and damage of the front gear was cancelled. I've lost plane to Kuala Lumpur, having Emirates ticket from MUC. Exactly two years, including LBA -official regulatory body, I struggled with LX mocking answers to my complain but at the end they paid compensation (not full) due to the LBA decision. It was repeated 3 years ago, and i got LX compensation after 6 months.

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  8. Nadam se da ce sledece godine doci koji ATR 72-600 i jos koji A319 a moze biti da ce doci i 1 321 ja se nadam :)
    Nebi bilo lose da stave i SL na sve Airbus avione zbog ustede goriva ali ne znam dali moze posto najstariji Airbus koliko ja znam sto ima montirane SL je oko 5 godina star.
    Letove za USA-CANADA ce mozda obavljati 9W kao sto ce obavljate neke letove iz AUH. Pa ce onda npr BOM-BEG-ORD-BEG :) sa jednim od A330-787-77W
    INN-NS

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  9. BEG LJU increased to 2 daily. Source LJU airport

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    1. According to them this will happend from the middle of the Decembar.
      http://www.lju-airport.si/en/passengers-and-visitors/flight-info/timetable/

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    2. Fantastic news! From what I could see, extra flights should start on 12.12. Strange that they were not published by Air Serbia. Are they still waiting for the green light from the Slovenian aviation directorate?

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    3. ...double daily to Ljubljana and still no flights to Zagreb!! Come on!!!!! When are they going to annouce flights.

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    4. Forget Zagreb.
      Double dailies to Split and Dubrovnik in summer have priority.
      Question is if both could be profitable if daily in winter...

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    5. Why would them have priority over zagreb? Zagreb is the capital and the business centre of the country and the region.

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    6. BNX is going 8 flights weekly summer 2015 (Saturday two flights)

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    7. Where did you see that?

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    8. Banja Luka makes sense, today it returned it went and returned with 50 passengers. Or so... I lost the count.

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    9. Banja Luka is also cheap, you can fly for as little as €54!

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    10. Air Serbia's own website, check flight on Saturday for summer 2015

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    11. You are all idiots. Connecting costal cities in Croatia with Belgrade, double daily to Ljubljana... The message is pretty clear. The goal is to make Belgrade a hub and destroy Zagreb as much as they can

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    12. Why are they all idiots. I did not see anyone saying otherwise. What's your problem?

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    13. @3:47

      ...yup, while beyond the region it is totally unheard of.

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    14. And that's why 1,000,000 extra people from outside the region who have not heard of the airline, flew with it, yeah?

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    15. Yeah but most flew with it to the coast, not to Zagreb.

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  10. Sutra ce ASL imati svog 2 mil putnika =DD
    INN-NS

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    1. Pa tako pise i u tekstu...

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  11. Belavia seems to be doing ok in Belgrade. Their last flight was operated by the E-175 and the one today was with a B737-500!

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  12. Kako sam cuo najnovija vest za AB-EY bi mogla biti da ce se AOC oduzeti AB :((
    INN-NS

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    1. jel moze prevod za ljude koji govore samo srpski i engleski?
      pozdrav

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    2. Priznajem glupo sam napisao ali sam bio na Aerodromu pa sam u zurbi -
      LBA razmatra ponovo oduzimanje AOC licence AB :)
      INN-NS

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  13. Jel zna neko koji je to vecerasnji let za Valensiju iz Beograda?

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    1. Kosarkasi ja mislim Crvene Zvezde.
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    2. Hvala mnogo. uzgred, kako bi bilo super kada bismo imali direktan let za Valensiju iz Beograda, eto tako jednim malim avionom do 50ak sedista, zar ne? :)

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    3. Gospodine to se nebi nikad isplatilo a pogotovo ne sa CRJ200 :)
      INN-NS

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    4. 50 seaters (CRJ-200 and ERJ-145) are very uneconomical. Even all the American airlines are trying to get rid of them. Adria wants them gone as soon as possible.

      Modern regional jets have 70-100 seats, such as the Embraer Ejet family, The CRJ 700 family, and the Sukhoi Superjet. All these planes have 50+% more seats than the 50 seaters, yet they barely use any extra fuel.

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    5. Valencia is too far to regional jet anyways...

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    6. Valencia is easily in the range of every regional jet, with the exception of the non LR and ER CRJ900...

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    7. Mislio sam da bi bilo super da imamo liniju Beograd-Valensija :) i tako neke lepe linije kao sto imaju i ostale kvalitetne kompanije. Ili npr zamislite da imamo direktnu liniju do Helsinkija. Da npr nije telenora pitanje je da li bismo imali let za Oslo. Ko to zna. Tako nekad kad pogledam evropske aerodrome, a ono letovi do gotovo svih velikih aerodroma u Evropi. Npr. Budimpesta, Bukurest, Varsava, pa cak i Riga. Ali dobro, bice, ne treba nikud zuriti. Sto je brzo, to je i kuso, sto bi se reklo :)

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    8. @6:14
      What about ATR-42?

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    9. from my research, the fuel costs for an ATR 42-500 is almost identical to the ATR-72-500. The biggest advantages of the 42 are lower price, greater speed, faster climb, and shorter take off lengths. None of these are very important to JU. I think they should concentrate on 72s because there are still a lot more routes that they could be used on such as routes to Croatia, Romania, Austria, and Italy.

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    10. Sve je to u redu Aleksandre, ali nije u redu da Nis kao jedan veliki centar regije sa prilicno solidnim aerodromom za tamosnje uslove nema ama bas nijednu letilicu. Da bar Air Serbia dozvoli ljudima da mogu leteti makar do Istanbula, Beca, Atine i Rima. Da npr Bec bude svakodnevna linija. Zaista jedna velika steta i nepravda. Da pored tzv.nacionalne kompanije, molimo za pomoc nekakve loukostere i sl. Zar nije tako? :)

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    11. Da dobijete ponovo Cirih pa da pevate. Unistili su vas Domazet i Zivkovic ovi sada vas podici nece.

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    12. Secam se da je Cirih bio dobar iz Nisa, ali je neko isisavao taj movac u to vreme. Mislim, i iz Beograda je bilo dobrih linija, ali je novac odlazio u necasne ruke. Zato je i propao stari JAT. Ali sada je sve drugacije. Ljudi su posteni, reklo bi se, pa bi samim tim par linija iz Nisa odista bilo isplativo. Zar ne? Steta sto ne postoji nekakva statistika o npr prebivalistu putnika Air Serbije koji koriste beogradski aerodrom. Secam se da je JAT imao jedno vreme nekakve upitnike koji su se popunjavali u toku leta, a zatim davali kabinskom osoblju. Steta sto nekako na neke nacine ne ispituju ljude na osnovu raznih kao sto rekoh, upitnika i sl. Zar to ne bi bilo prilicno potrebno? Na takav nacin se unapredjuje poslovanje. Hvala mnogo. :)

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    13. The only group that is responsible for the so called "injustice" of no flights to Nis are the local authorities. No reputable airline is going to start flights to an airport without ILS.

      For the money they wasted on unsustainable flights to Montenegro, they could have installed modern instrument guidance.

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    14. Ali zar u Nis nisu leteli britanski Tuifly, windjet, Montenegro, pa cak i neke turske kompanije, mislim Atlasjet i sl? Zar nije istina da se i beogradski aerodrom u skorijoj proslosti usled manje magle potpuno zatvarao? Ali dobro, verovatno postoje razlozi zbog kojih je Air Serbia iskljuciva. Hvala mnogo i izvinjavam se na uznemiravanju. :)

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    15. And about Air Serbia flying from Nis, if no low cost carrier wants to touch Nis with a ten foot pole, why should Air Serbia be forced to? Now is a critical time for Air Serbia, they shouldn't be forced to risk the company.

      Just let Hogan and Kondic do their thing. They have a plan, and it is in the entire countries best interest to let them go by their plan.

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    16. Slazem se. Sve je to istina. Ali ako je windjet leteo za forli, jer mu je to bila baza, sa prosekom od 20-30 putnika, avionom kapaciteta 150 sedista, zar ne mislite da bi jedan atr600 na liniji za Bec, popunio daleko veci broj sedista. Velika je razlika izmedju kapaciteta a320 i atr600, a da ne poredimo jedan Forli sa jednim Becom ili Istanbulom. A ti ljudi bi dobili mnogo. Zar se ne slazete? Mislim, ja sam iz Beograda, ali mi je zao ljudi sa juga, kao i ogromnog broja nasih ljudi iz tih krajeva koji zive i rade u Austriji, Svajcarskoj i Nemackoj. Zamislite da nam svaki odlazak na let traje oko 4 sata. Eto, to sam hteo da kazem. :)

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    17. Ер Сербија неће летети из Ниша за Европу. Оно једино што може да се деси је да добијете летове за Београд и ћао.
      Имајући у виду да су успели да претворе Бања Луку у успех мислим да ће исто моћи и у Нишу да постигну.

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    18. AnonymousOctober 30, 2014 at 10:56 PM

      I completely agree with you.I think there is good potential. If Tuzla made it, Nis could easily make it. So many regional airports in Romania are successful too.

      If the local authorities were serious about developing INI, they would have installed an ILS, it doesn't have to be a fancy one, a CAT I system similar to Tuzla would be enough. Then, they need to focus on attracting a carrier to open a base there.

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    19. Hvala mnogo Aleksandre na iscrpnim odgovorima. Nadam se da ce Air Serbia jednog dana prosiriti mrezu cvorista u Srbiji. Svako dobro :)

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  14. Belarus, Slovenia mull over Minsk-Ljubljana direct air service

    http://eng.belta.by/all_news/society/Belarus-Slovenia-mull-over-Minsk-Ljubljana-direct-air-service_i_76699.html

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  15. Nice bringing happiness to capitalist Europe.

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  16. Wizzair ce da stacionira cak dva A320 u Tuzli, a Nislije ni da vide avion Air Serbie, mozda im se posreci ako bude bas guste magle u BEG.

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