Monday, November 10, 2014

Belgrade eyes 5.5 million passengers in 2015

Belgrade Airport anticipates another record year as Vinci expresses interest

Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport projects it will handle between 5 to 5.5 million passengers next year following a record breaking 2014. In order to keep up with the expected growth, the airport is set to resume its expansion project as capacity becomes stretched. “Next year we expect to see passenger growth of around 10%, which means we are reaching the upper limits of our capacity, so we have to invest in infrastructure”, the airport’s acting CEO, Saša Vlaisavljević, says. He adds that over the next two years the airport will become a major construction site, with the expansion of its aprons and terminal two building. According to the CEO, the airport is ready handle long haul flights from 2015. Earlier this year, the Serbian Prime Minister, Aleksandar Vučić, said, “I am certain that by the end of 2016 - 2017 Belgrade Airport will become the biggest hub in the region. Nikola Tesla Airport is experiencing problems as a result of increased traffic, in particular with baggage sorting and aging technology”.

Belgrade Airport has recently received permits to commence work on the third phase of its reconstruction and development project 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. The airport is also set to invest in aircraft de-icing equipment, busses and tech support. Further investments will be made in improving security procedures ahead of planned flights to the United States and Canada. The Serbia and Montenegro Air Traffic Services Agency (SMATSA) recently announced plans for the construction of a new control tower in Belgrade, which will take three years to build.

Meanwhile, construction and concessions company Vinci expressed interest last week in investing or acquiring concession rights in Belgrade Airport. Accompanying the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on a visit to Serbia, Vinci Airports Chairman, Nicolas Notebaert, said, "Vinci Airports have an ambition to cooperate on the development of Belgrade Airport and other Serbian airports. We are interested in long-term partnerships", he said. The Serbian government recently adopted plans for the public company running Belgrade Airport to be renamed to “Airports of Serbia” with more than twenty of the country’s smaller airports to be added to its managing portfolio. In September, Vinci lost out in a bid to buy a 75.5% stake in Slovenia's Ljubljana Airport to German airport operator Fraport.

92 comments:

  1. What exactly do they mean by the expansion of terminal 2? Will they be extending the terminal building from C6 to C10? I still think that the construction of the second floor is stupid.

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    1. Why do you think that the construction of the second floor is stupid?

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    2. Because the whole terminal is outdated and not compatible with their new business model. Belgrade needs a new, modern terminal, not an old patchy one.

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    3. Makes sense when you consider the separation of arriving and departing passengers. The security risk is there, especially since passengers aren't screened upon arrival at BEG if they're going to transfer to another flight. It also should free up some space for those on longer layovers and need something to do, like more shops, food places, lounges, etc. Short term fix until management decides on another terminal.

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    4. Johnsmith - you are talking total shit ... Arr passengers may not be separated from dep passengers at BEG airport, but they sure as hell are screened before they get their connecting flight .. security checks are undertaken in the holding area at the dep gate ... same as they are at other bigger world class airports like Changi in Singapore or KLIA in Malaysia ...

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    5. I should have clariffied what I meant but that's no reason for you to be rude. I am referring to screening passengers as soon as they're off their previous flight, as what's done in Australian airports. I also would be careful about calling KUL 'world class' considering the controversy surrounding the MH370 events.

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  2. Good news for the airport! Expansion of aprons makes most sense in the "ATR parking" zone. Was there any other apron area specified for expansion?

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    1. So when they said apron they meant area for remote stands? If that's true then it seems likely that they will extend the current terminal all the way to C10.

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    2. Any info on the second runway?

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    3. Renovating A6-A10 gates is the top priority, and they received all the permits for that. That's the third phase of the expansion project.

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    4. Do we know when it will start? I don't know what they plan on doing with A10,it's tricky.

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  3. I wonder when we might see a capacity increase on BEG-AUH.

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  4. EY will fly a320 next summer.

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    1. I fear that because of Air Serbia and Belgrade we might not see Etihad expand in ex-Yugoslavia. I guess that's good for BEG and JU but not for the others.

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    2. Funny how Etihad's A320 has the same number of seats as Air Serbia's A319!

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    3. Etihad's A320s have 16 business class seats, and Air Serbia's airbuses have only 8.

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    4. So what? I was referring to the overall number of seats.

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    5. I'm on the Etihad site now and all I can see is JU operating EY flights up until around mid-Summer 2015. Still using A319s.

      I am a bit out of the loop - are JU still going to go thru with operating EY71/72?

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    6. Actually Etihad is still operating the flights with its own equipment.

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    7. EY's 319 has 106 seats, 16/90.

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  5. well, C area needs to be expanded as was planned by master plan.
    as for Airports of Serbia, it's stupid to include all airports. if they are going on with that plan then BEG, INI, LYKV and eventually UZC are to be included. LYVR is under SMATSA's management, and small airports should be managed by local authorities or private sector

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    1. Yeah but I am sure that if someone wants to buy an airport in Serbia or get a concession the government will have no problem with it.

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    2. +1. Airports of Serbia should only include airports with passenger capacity.

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  6. It's time to build a rail link to central Belgrade. Every European capital has one.

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  7. Belavia is sending its E-190 to Belgrade today, nice!

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  8. They have capacity for around 8 millions of passengers without any new terminal. For that number they need
    Ryanair base on airport.

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    1. Nope. Eight million would make July and August about 1.2 million based on current distribution.

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    2. Yes but they need extra capacity for the peak hours. That's the point, it's not like they will add flights at three or four in the morning.

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    3. It is better to look for airports with that number of passengers they are not with a bigger terminals with more gates or more bridges. But they have LCC base. Half of them have two runways.

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    4. BEG is an LCC base.

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    5. With one airplane he he.

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    6. Better than none. He he

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  9. I am actually curious to see how January and February perform, so far they have been the weakest months with 270.784 and 232.065 passengers. I am sure January will pass the 300.000 passenger mark but I am not too sure about February. I think that before summer they must reconstruct the A6-A10 gate area otherwise it will be a living mess especially since there are going to be around 600.000 passengers in August!

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    1. That's the plan. Finishing a concourse work is top priority. As well as additional security for flights to North America.

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    2. But the Americans demand that we separate the arriving and departing passengers. That's tricky.

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    3. Not tricky, separate arrival level actually works great where implemented. What should be done is to renovate remaining A gates and at the same time build second level above those areas, elevators and escalators between levels etc.

      The way project phases are planned right now, they will renovate A7-A10 gates, put HVAC on top, and then in the next phase few months down the road rip that apart and start adding second level. They already did C concourse this way and it makes absolutely no sense.

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    1. Why the heck don't they update their statistics?

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    2. Haha JU520 they sent me the exact same message (I think word for word). I think they quickly got bored of giving new replies!

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    3. u bet Aleksandar :-)

      right the stats are not updated.....we are back in June or somewhere??

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    4. Like March or April actually!

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  11. Very conservative if not irresponsible statement from Belgrade airport. It seems they're not telling how much they think they will handle but how much they CAN handle without major disruptions. My personal projection is 5.7 million for the next year.

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    1. Irresponsible? Are you serious?

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  12. So could we see Air Serbia handle three million passengers next year?

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    1. How many passengers are they expecting this year? Add 15% to that and that's probably how much they will handle next year.

      15% a lot less compared to 2014 but still very impressive.

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    2. They will have around 2.500.000 this year. They are planning a major expansion starting from March, that's why I said three million.

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    3. Expansion with existing fleet?,or are they adding more aircrafts?Do any one know?

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    4. Additional aircraft, just look at the number of new employees. :)

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  13. OT: new ex-Yu routes for Swiss: GVA-SKP and GVA-SJJ

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    1. Swiss is on fire!

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    2. Pls, Source ???

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    3. This blog has become quite fascist when it comes to posting comments. You should be careful or you will force people away...

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    4. ?????? Are you drunk

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    5. source is Swiss by them selves. I think u can already book them. But it was on aerotelegraph.com and I saw in the Travel Inside Newsletter (local industry News)

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    6. Swiss is taking over "responsibility" for the Balkans from Austrian. My bet is on LX announcing YYZ in the next 12 months or so.

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    7. Ja koliko znam letece GVA-SJJ sa OS Q400 posto su uzeli 4 na weat lease .
      INN-NS

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  14. This is so stupid...So according to this BEG won't have a new, modern terminal before 2018, because only to build it they will need 3 years, and until then BEG will explode because it will reach more than 7 000 000 passengers! I hope they will begin construction of a new terminal in 2015, the airport is too small now to handle such an airline as Air Serbia is.

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  15. Lufthansa is sending its A321 to Belgrade today. Nice to see them doing well during the slow season!

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  16. What's nice is that Air Serbia's partners keep on adding capacity to Belgrade. First we had Alitalia which not only added frequencies but also capacity, very often we see their A320 in BEG. Then we have Aegean which has upgraded the route to an A319 and then we all know how busy Aeroflot is in summer time.

    Hope this trend continues. With 5.5 million passengers next year, Belgrade will come really close to Bucharest. I wonder if we might see a midnight departure to both OTP and SOF before north American flights are introduced!

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  17. Ceneci izjave u medijima od strane onih koji odlucuju, ocigledno da buducu razvoj aerodroma BEOGRAD i njegovo prosirenje se deli na dva dela. Prvi deo koji zapocinje u novoj 2015 godine je investicija samog aerodrome ANT-BEG. To je dogradnja pominjanog treceg sprata na terminalu Dva, moguce prosirenje terminala Dva do kraja concourse, gate 5. Povecanje tarmac-a. Prosirenje dvorane za prijem prtljaga. Automatizaciju sistema, povecanje broja carusela za novih cetiri ili pet... Ovakav angazman verujem je maksimalno sto moze da investira Beogradska vazdusna luka u samu sebe u ovoj dekadi. Drugi, neuporedivo veci kompleksniji i skuplji deo je koncesionara-investitora On(i) ce izgraditi novi Treci terminal sa 12 do 15 mostova na kome ce biti gejtovi inter-continenalnog saobracaja. Njegovo uredjene ce pripdati ovom veku, Know How. Bez improvizacije... Izgradnja Druge piste, rulne staze. Rapid Ehit prikljucaka sa piste na rulne staze... Potpuno uklanjanje svih malih objekata iz zone mlazne baze, avio inzenjeringa... Izgradnja noog kargo terminal za 100.000 tona, sa ostavljenim estom za buduca prosirenja. Gradnja novog terminal za snabdevanje kerosinom.... Gradnja novog hotela...
    Na kraju i krucijalno je, a to je ostavljanja jedne prostorije u sastavu terminala za pracenje uzletanja, sletanja aviona. Bez toga sadrzaja Belgrade airport is poor as vinager. Zaista bio bi jadan! Ne postoji ni jedan znacajan aerodrom u svetu izuzev Pyong Yang i njemu slicnih, a koji drzi do sebe. Hoceli "vizionari videti" potrebu otvorenosti, dostupnosti, izbora po ovom pitanju?. Daj Boze da hoce. U zadnjih blizu 40 godina ovog "prozora" nije bilo. Letim sa njega i preko njega blizu pola veka. Pozdrav Radovan.

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    1. Ne verujem da ce ista od toga biti...Vidite da BEG ima najveci porast putika u Evropi, a o cemu oni pricaju-O DOGRADNJI TERMINALA 2! Pa terminal 2 je sada bedan za Air Serbiju i, koliko god ga prosirili, nece moci da prihvata vise od 6 000 000 putnika. Oni bi kao to nesto malo da urade dok ne pocnu "pravi radovi". Naravno, oni verovatno nikada nece ni poceti. Voleo bih da vidim BEG kao najvece cvoriste Balkana, ali pored ATH i OTP, tesko da ce to ikada biti. Nece samo BEG da raste sledece godine, ATH nazire vise od 15 000 000 putnika u 2015! A koji ce biti rezultati BEG-a-nesto manje od 6 000 000, sto, priznajmo, nije malo, ali terminal 2 postaje veoma tesan, Ja bi trazio koncesionara sad, krajem 2014, a terminal 3 krenuo da gradim sredinom 2015, jer Beograd sada raste neprekidno, i terminal 2 nije dovoljan. I taj Terminal 3 bi trebao da ima kapacitet veci od 5 000 000, i ja bih ga odvojio samo za potrebe ASL. Inace, Air Serbija ce i dalje terati sve ostale sa BEG-a i za 4-5 godina, na BEG-u videcemo samo avione Air Serbije. Nadam se da ce menadzment dobro razmisliti sta da uradi.

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    2. Neka renoviraju T1 i dodaju po nesto korisno onda aerodrom prima bez problema 8 miliona putnika. A to ako se desi bice za 5-6 godina najkasnije a do tada cemo najverovatnije imati T3 koji ce primati barem isto toliko plus dve piste itd parking:)!

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  18. This is bad. So BEG is lagging behind BUD, OTP, ATH, and even when they build the new terminal (probably in 2020, because of are stupid government) BUD, OTP and ATH will probably have more than 10 000 000 passengers, and ATH could reach more than 20 000 000. And with new airport in Istanbul, which is going to be built in 2020, BEG won't have any chances to become regional hub. Well, thank you, politicians.

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    1. 1. Budapest will not grow that fast in the future because it's growth is directly linked to the O&D market. Long are gone the days when they had good old Malev to fuel growth.

      2. Bucharest has more chances but Tarom is far from being a stable airline. They are facing many challenges and until they get rid of the A318s they will keep on bleeding money.

      3. The new IST airport has been put on hold and its price tag has become a little too crazy. It's still uncertain if the city/government will go through with it.

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    2. Inshallah they will-tekbir

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    3. And what with ATH? Greece is slowly coming out of crisis and Aegean introduced many new routes from Athens. So ATH could reach more then 20 000 000 pax easily for 4-5 years.

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    4. Athens will thrive, no doubt about that, that's why I did not include it in my analysis.
      However, the ME3 have killed airlines like Singapore or Thai there, they simply can not compete any longer. Athens will keep on growing primarily because it has the means for it, both in terms of its infrastructure and and a local, strong carrier.

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  19. I'm wondering why ex-yu hasn't posted the statistics for October yet ?

    Anyway great new about Belgrade.

    The source about GVA-SKP and SJJ is on http://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/32737-swiss-to-resume-st-tropez-services-in-summer-2015

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  20. has anyone noticed that swiftair is operating flights from cologne to beg and then sofia? Is that for DHL. UPS, FedEx or any of this companies?

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  21. I think this might be interesting to some of you and somewhat in line with todays topic - photos of some rare birds that visited BEG this year - https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B5BQ5KlupgSRYWR2bzV4aU5fLXM&usp=sharing. Actually, TK A330-200F is not rare bird at all, it lands on a scheduled basis, but I included it here as that day I had a rare oportunity to photograph it during daytime (due to big delay).

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    1. Awesome! Thank you and keep up the good work!

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    2. I don't like his pics cause they try to be too "bombastic"and cause they generally lack in style.

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  22. There have been much more rare visitors this year, of course, it's impossible ta catch them all ;). According to my evidence these airplanes visited BEG this year too: Volotea B717, Silk Way Airlines B747-400F, Air Lituanica E170, Etihad Airways B777-300, S7 Airlines B737-800, Air Berlin A320 and B737-800, United Nations B737-400, Bulgarian Air Charter MD80, Ruby Star IL76, Ukraine Air Alliance AN12, Silk Way Airlines AN12, Cello Aviation Bae146-200, Kosmos Airlines AN12, SunAdria F100, Estonian Air E170, Turkish Airlines A310F, Egyptair Cargo A300-600F, Novair A321, SunExpress B737-800, Dniproavia E145, Travel Service B737-800, Europe Airpost B737-400, BH Air A319, Germania A321, MCHS Rossili AN148, Air Nostrum CRJ200.

    BR, Dejan

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  23. Does anyone knows if terminal 3 will be built? Do they plan that at all? Because this what they want is not some big improvement.

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  24. Next year new Route Geneva -Skopje operated by Swiss air

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  25. Source?

    It'll be awesome if it's true..

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  26. Wow, Swiss strikes JU back..

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    1. https://www.facebook.com/flyswiss?fref=ts

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  27. Vinci nije los imao je profit od 40,3 Mrd. Eura 2013 ali ja mislim da bi 10 puta bolje bilo da se koncesija LYBE da nekom investicionom fondu iz UAE.
    Pa neka naprave novi Terminal koji moze da primi 10 MIL PAX i pistu od 4000 m sa ILS i MLS I 1 A380 gate :)
    INN-NS

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    1. ^ it seems to me that INN-NS is actually a 10-15 year old kid. The stuff you right just kills me

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    2. za nekoliko Dana cu da napunim 15 ipo godina i vec znam sve IATA kodove. za raazliku od nekih na ovom blogu .
      I nemojte da vredjate samo samizneo svoje misljenje i govorim istinu videcete :)
      INN-NS

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    3. brate ja sam 18 ali moram da priznam da nekad malo preterujes.
      I also want BEG and Air Serbia to succeed, but at the same time you have to look at the situation in the country

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    4. Ali isto tako broj transferista ne zavisi od situacije u zemlji. Ako mi tarom ili air bulgaria ponude dobru cenu i dobre konekcije u odnosu na lh ili os, letecu njima. Isto tako razmislja i jedan ceh ili poljak kad udje u agenciju i trazi kartu za atinu ili bejrut.

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    5. Anonymous at 8:56 PM
      Sto pisete u moje ime sta vam do znaci ja imam 17 god i nigde gore nisam napisao IATA kod nego ICAO kod. A vidim da ne znate ni sta su ILS i MLS to nisu IATA kodovi aerodroma nego su instrument landing system i microwave landing system.
      Tako da vas molim idite naucite nesto pa se vratite posto sam ja dete a znam cise od vas ;)
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  28. Does anyone know what the reasoning for moving security to the gates was? Also, how do they plan to handle the problem of separating arriving and departing passengers?

    NS|SAN

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    1. There were two security checks - one before passport control and second before gates - they just canceled the one from the passport control (it happened few months after they reinforced floor and installed new screening machines).
      A while back ago there was security check at entering the airport at Terminal 1 - I don't remember if they had, at the time, security at the passport control.

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    2. They did have three security checks, the one at the passport control was introduced during the war period.

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  29. Qatar sent its A321 to Belgrade, nice upgrade.

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