Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Belavia considering Ljubljana service


Belavia mulls Minsk - Ljubljana route

Belarus’ national carrier, Belavia, is considering making Ljubljana its third destination in the former Yugoslavia following Belgrade and Tivat. The news comes after the fourth meeting of the Belarusian - Slovenian Intergovernmental Commission on Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation was held in Ljubljana last week, the Belarusian Belta news agency reports. The Slovenian side stated its interest for flights between the two capitals to be launched and called for the drafting of a bilateral air agreement. Belarus’ Deputy Foreign Minister and the Commission’s co-chair, Yelena Kupchina, said the matter was also of great importance to her country. “We need to establish contacts between the two aviation authorities and calculate the economics of such a route”, Ms. Kupchina said. She added that Belavia has recently been expanding into Europe, making Ljubljana a logical choice for its future development.

Belavia boasts a fleet of 26 aircraft, mostly made up of Boeing and Embraer jets. From its base in Minsk, the carrier operates flights to forty destinations within Europe, Asia and Africa. Belavia has recently been expanding and is set to take delivery of three new Boeing 737-800 NextGen aircraft in 2016. In cooperation with the plane manufacturer, the airline will be rebranded next year. In the first three quarters of 2014, Belavia handled 1.6 million passengers, up 22% on 2013. Last year, Belavia inaugurated flights to Belgrade via Budapest. The airline has been doing well on the route and is maintaining two weekly flights this winter. It has fifth freedom rights between Budapest and Belgrade and vice versa, allowing it to sell tickets between the two cities. In addition, Belavia runs seasonal summer flights to Tivat.

Ljubljana Airport has never been linked to Minsk. Nearby, Adria Airways operates flights to both Warsaw and Moscow and was planning on launching flights to Kiev this year prior to the escalation of the Ukraine crisis. Slovenia and Belarus have developed friendly relations, cooperating in economic, cultural, political and other fields. In recent years, a significant progress in bilateral relations has been made. The two sides say the launch of a Minsk - Ljubljana route would greatly enhance cooperation between Belarus and Slovenia. The Belarusian national carrier offers an extensive network to Russia and could attract a sizable number of transit passengers from Ljubljana.

71 comments:

  1. Go,Go Ljubljana airport...

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    1. For Ljubljana market: Air Serbia tv ad in Slovenian language:

      http://youtu.be/QCJD1lAskgw

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  2. We want BCN MAD LIS NAP NCE EDI HAM
    what the heck shall I do in MSQ

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    1. Great news for Ljubljana!

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    2. Rome? When? Italians are at the top of Ljubljana visitors. And there are lot of Slovens travelling to Italy via Venice.

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    1. yep and MRS would be cool too.
      btw good news for those living in western Slovenia. Vueling will start to fly BCN-TRS next summer

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    2. Why only western Slovenia? What about Istra and Rijeka? I'm from Rijeka and I use TRS, VCE or TSF on 8 out of my 10 flights. RJK is well connected to Germany and Scandinavia in summer, but has no connections to Spain at all. Same goes for PUY.

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    3. Of course all of u. Didn t wanted to excl anyone
      Did they finish filming the new Honda commercial in RJK?

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    4. Yeah, it's on Youtube, and it's really a good one!

      Btw. , if it's not a secret, why JU520 BEGLAX for the nick? I had opportunuty to be on the flight twice, back in 1989, and actually the flight number was for ZAG-BEG-ORD-LAX, so I'm just curious, and please don't feel obliged, if you don't feel like explaining it's fine with me, but If you don't mind I'd like to know why. Cheers !

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    5. 15JUL 1989 i flew my first intercontinental flight with Jat. BEG-ORD-LAX and it was on JU 520. They gave me AD75 ticket that time and I travelled to the US, Mexico and Colombia (with AV)
      Return flight was JFK-DBV-BEG. It was my first trip to the US and therefore unforgettable. And as crazy I was for JAT at that time, i was extremly exciting about flying the JU DC10. Up to than I flew only their Caravelle, DC9-32, B733, B727 and the ATR

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    6. Good story.

      I thought the flights to LAX were direct, didn't realize they were via ORD. Did JAT have 5th freedom rights?

      -- Charlie

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    7. Only international connection traffic. But i cant remember anymore if anyone boarded. Was I remember we had a terrific good juicy steak fm ORD to LAX and we were not disembarking during stop in ORD. Flight out of BEG was packed, 2 hours delayed inbound from Asia. Lots of Transit pax from India Middle East were on board

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    8. Thanks JU520 BEGLAX,

      I was crazy about JAT at that time as well, especially DC-10. I adored that plane, and long-haul in general is what I like the most in civil aviation and I'm so sad we don't have it in ex-YU anymore. Hope to see it soon, no matter JU, OU or something else. Just getting more and more pesimistic concerning the matter as the time pass...

      However, thanks for your answer and best regards from RJK. Ciao!

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  4. OT: http://www.rtvslo.si/news-in-english/adria-did-not-respond-to-passenger-calls-they-had-to-spend-the-night-at-the-airport/350360
    A good example how can Adria work.

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  5. Why was my legitimate comment removed?! I still think it would make more sense for them to fly into Zagreb. The market potential is bigger since there are more people in the catchment area and there is more industry!

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  6. Bravo belavia. Im just wondering what the hell they are doing in BEG...

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    1. I think they should be doing ok. Last week they sent their E-175 and then the B737-500. It can't be just Budapest filling the aircraft otherwise they wouldn't be keeping the Belgrade tag for this long.

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    2. Tomorrow they are sending a B735 again.

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    3. You see now what are they doing in BEG? :|

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    4. What do you mean?

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    5. Well Belavia is going fine with flights from BEG to Minsk. Anonymous at 9:39 asked what the hell is Belavia doing in BEG. Soo....What is not clear?

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    6. It would be nice if JU and Belavia would do an interline agreement. Air Serbia could get feeds for their Balkan and West European flights, and Belavia could get feed for their Russia, CIS, and Helsinki flights.

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  7. I am posting this here because it's a very interesting thing but tomorrow at 09.30 there is an Emirates Cargo B74F landing in Belgrade!

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    1. Cool thanks for the heads up! It should be a beautiful and clear day tomorrow so photos should be awesome!

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    2. You are welcome. It will be at the airport until 11.30 when it departs to Douala. I suppose it will be parked at B6-B7. It would be fantastic if some spotters would have access to the 'Crvena zgrada' from where they could photograph it.

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    3. I hope to see some pictures of it on airliners net.
      from the Abu Dhabi Amiri 747 we only got a picture of the tail - how dissappointing!

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    4. The guys name is Dejan Milinkovic
      and he does a good job i think.
      It would really be nice if he could do several shots of the Emirates Cargo plane.

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    5. Flight cancelled :(

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  8. This would be very good news for Ljubljana. Belavia would also open up the whole of the ex-Soviet Union market for them.
    LJU has had a good run lately. Adria kept some destinations throughout winter, Air Serbia goes double daily, Belavia might fly there... hope more is to come.

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  9. What is the visa policy of Belarus? I know that they are issuing transit visas for a 24 hour transit with 2 entries allowed. Not sure if the visas can be bought at arrival and if not, their visa issuing policy is as tough as the former Soviet one, so good luck for attracting transfer passengers from Slovenia/Croatia/Graz-Klagenfurt/Trieste-Venice.

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  10. Does anyone happen to know what landing direction is BOEING 747 going to use? Northern or southern ? Thanx !!

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    1. Depends on the wind direction tomorrow, but seeing how it has been for the past few days, my guess is RWY 12 - northerly approach.

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    2. You mean eastern or western? My guess is taht it will come from the western side, overflying the highway.

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    3. Recently, my 2 arrivals in BEG have been on RWY12 and departures on RWY30.

      At the moment, it seems that RWY12 is being used for departures. Check flightradar24.com and you can see from which direction the flight will arrive from. There is also an app for smart phones :)

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  11. OT: Skp October - 107.517 or +20,91%
    summary : 01.01.2014 - 31.11.2014 = 1.034.002 pax. or +20,56%

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    1. ... November just started- and it has 30 days

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    2. Uff, sorry, I was thinking from 01.01.2014 - 31.10.2014 so the number 1.034.002 is for this period and in the future + November and + December.... tnx

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  12. OT: Adria Airways for S15:
    Berlin, 24. apr, 3 weekly flights
    Stockholm, 23. apr, 2 weekly flights
    from Tirana: new rout to Paris and Brussel, 23. apr, 2 weekly flights
    from Lodz: additional daily flight to Munchen + daily flight to Amsterdam (one CRJ700 will be based there)

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    1. Very good news. Now lets just hope for one dest in Spain

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    2. And one in Italy, please!

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  13. Link for info above: http://www.rtvslo.si/tureavanture/prevozna-sredstva/adria-bo-prihodnje-leto-letela-tudi-v-berlin-in-stockholm/350424

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  14. OT: last chance for Belgrade airport concession: Vinci

    http://www.b92.net/eng/news/business.php?yyyy=2014&mm=11&dd=05&nav_id=92144

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    1. why last chance?

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    2. Cause everyone else already had a chance: UAE investor, EBRD, investors from Greece... Fraport just bought Ljubljana and confirmed they will not be pursuing other airports in the region. ADP are already in Zagreb.

      I hope Vinci is not just shopping around, as their interests are linked with ZAIC (ADP) through partial ownership of ADP. Anyway, that's why it's clear this is BEG's last chance for a concession.

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    3. UAEs investors were blocked because of EU-intervention and backmail.
      EU sees Serbia as its property and jealously defend it against competitors from Middle East.

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    4. A successful airport with a thriving airline does nit know what's a last chance.

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    5. If concession does go ahead now, it will still take more than two years for new terminal and runway to open. By that time old terminal will be in chaos and not successful any more, and that airline will not be able to thrive. It is a last chance.

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  15. Oh my god,not Vinci please...
    What a disaster.

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    1. Fed up with corruptionNovember 5, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      Our stupid Politicians run Belgrade airport deep in the shit.
      Their new disgusting website is only the beginning of more bad to come.

      If Air Serbia does them really pay nothing, then i only support them in this case because this joke of an airport does not deserve anything!

      And the only investment from these European
      concessors is an investment into the pockets of deeply corrupted politicians and airport officials !

      It all depends on the sum of bribed money,
      trust me...

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    2. They (Vinci) are just interested as they lost battle fro LJU, and it doesn't mean they will get it anyway.
      Will see what's gonna happen with that concession, I think it is vital for the future as Govt. doesn't have money for new T3...

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  16. OT:

    I emailed BEG airport with my feedback on their new site, and I got a reply now. Basically they included a little PR stuff such as thanking me for my feedback, and assuring me that my comments will be forwarded to the technical support. They claim that this new site is "very similar" to the old site, and that the content is the same. They also think that their users will need some time to adjust.

    So in other words, we are stuck with the new site.

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    1. ^ Well done Alex!
      I really doubt that users will adapt to their new version anytime.Especially those who remember very good the old one .
      Maybe they hope we all get Alzheimer and forget ...
      The most annoying thing is that their main site is in cyrillic(!) and we have to wait very long till the english version is loaded.
      Nothing you except from an international airport...

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    2. Anyone who doesn't like their new site can send their (polite and brief) comments to this address:

      quality@beg.aero

      If they get a high volume of replies, they will have to at least consider some options.

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    3. People annoyed because the site of Belgrade Airport is in Serbian?
      Omg, I think I heard it all now.....

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    4. I statisticki podaci za 2014-u godinu , sada postoje samo do maja meseca.

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    5. The problem is that new site is uglier then the old one and less user friendly, that's the point, not site being in Serbian....

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    6. Try to get all arrivals in English language and you will have to waste a lot of time.
      It also took me some time to find out that flight order means timeline of landings and arrivals.

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  17. I agree with deleting soms posts, but why were the posts about ASL and Zagreb deleted?

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    1. It was deleted by mistake since I have to deal with a sea of abusive, offtopic, troll-like comnents on a daily basis, especially with today's news.

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    2. I understand :)

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  18. Why was the entire discussion about ASL possible routes deleted?

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    1. I have no idea but I have it cached, all of this plus Cairo and Tehran:

      http://cs614631.vk.me/v614631496/8288/JZr6nz6Xj4A.jpg

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    2. Can you send me by mail?

      058@beotel.net

      Thanks!

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    3. Send what? You can download the picture.

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    4. Ok, i thought you had the whole discussion, thanks.

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    5. This could be possible in my wildest dream! :)
      https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/v/t34.0-12/10736239_10202688792853096_84273644_n.jpg?oh=3712da1e82cfc79709f09f3dbdf20960&oe=545D2DA7&__gda__=1415388343_10556515befa6d90d554582934a3544a

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    6. It was deleted by mistake since I have to deal with a sea of abusive, offtopic, troll-like comnents on a daily basis, especially with today's news.

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