Thursday, January 22, 2015

EX-YU airport race 2014

Record seven EX-YU airports handle over one million passengers

2014 was a big year for airports across the former Yugoslavia, with a record seven hubs registering over one million passengers. Among the top ten busiest were Split and Dubrovnik, which overtook Pristina, while Sarajevo performed better than Podgorica for the first time in decades. Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport registered the biggest growth, adding over one million passengers in a single year and earning a position among Europe’s top 100 busiest airports. Strong growth was also recorded in Skopje, with a total of 1.208.400 passengers handled, over half a million of which travelled with Wizz Air. Croatia’s three busiest airports welcomed an impressive 5.7 million passengers, with Split and Dubrovnik in hope of maintaining their newfound positions as the third and fourth busiest airports in the former Yugoslavia due to a busy upcoming summer season, illustrated by the launch of a significant number of new routes.

AirportPassengers 2014Passengers 2013Change (%)
Belgrade4.638.1943.543.194 30.9
Zagreb2.430.9712.300.231 5.6
Split1.752.6571.581.734 10.8
Dubrovnik1.584.4711.522.629 4.1
Pristina1.404.7751.628.678 13.7
Ljubljana1.338.6191.321.531 1.3
Skopje1.208.359984.407 22.7
Tivat910.533868.423 4.8
Sarajevo709.901665.638 6.6
Podgorica701.320680.854 3.0

On the other hand, Pristina Airport recorded its slowest year since 2010. It handled 1.404.775 passengers and saw its numbers slide throughout the year. It came as a result of Belle Air Europe’s demise in December 2013. In December 2014, Pristina saw its figures improve for the first time in a year and is expected to record strong growth in the coming months. Sarajevo Airport handled more passengers than Podgorica Airport and is expected to add even more travellers with several airlines launching new flights to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital this year. Tivat Airport, which was the fastest growing airport in the former Yugoslavia out of the top ten busiest in 2013, saw its numbers continue to improve. It has already announced it no longer has the capacity to serve such large amounts of passengers during the summer, with an expansion of its facilities needed in the near future.

94 comments:

  1. 200k pax from PRN probably did not stop flying but started using other airports instead. My first bet is SKP.

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    1. Its wrong to explain SKP growth as a result of PRN fall! Despite how symmetrical the loss and gain of the two airports is its not a zero sum game! Previous year both airports had growth of 150,000 and 100,000 respectively, how do you explain that? Sure SKP gets passengers from Kosovo but how is that different from Macedonian Albanians using PRN ?

      I think PRN will have a rebound year in 2015 and you'll be surprised to see SKP will have decent growth too. cheers!

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    2. Not the entire growth of SKP comes from Kosovo pax but one part of it certainly does. And I am not sure why would it offend you? If SKP can attract passengers from neighboring markets it can only be good for the airport.

      And of course SKP will grow decently in 2015. It may not be >20% but almost certainly a double-digit.

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    3. Not offended in the least, just making a point thats all. In your initial post you said those 200k that PRN lost MUST have gone somewhere else, (SKP) I just pointed out that thats false and ignores the larger picture of whats happening in the respective markets over the last 12 months. (main airline going down in PRN and big expansion by wizz in SKP to name a few).

      Now i dont have numbers to show what percentage of growth at SKP is domestic and whats external, so i'll refrain from speculating. But i'll say this, next year growth at skp definitely wont be with a 2 in front of it and PRN certainly wont have a red arrow next to it, but that wont mean that SKP lost those passengers or that PRN regained them, in other words its not a zero sum game!

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    4. In line with above -

      Wizz Air have just put the 3rd A320 based in SKP on sale. New routes, as we have known for some time now, are SKP-BCN, LBC, TRF, FDH, NUE and a new arrival in the network is OHD with OHD-MLH.

      https://twitter.com/dino_kg/status/558206639720112128

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    5. Increases on existing routes:

      SKPBGY 2 to 3 weekly
      SKPMMX 5 to 7 weekly
      SKPGOT 3 to 4 weekly
      SKPHHN 2 to 3 weekly
      SKPCGN 2 to 3 weekly
      SKPBVA 2 to 3 weekly

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    6. Nice one 2014, impressive growth all around, hopefully 2015 proves best so far.

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  2. ExYu,

    Will you be covering today's press conference about Wizz air Niš flights?

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    1. Lets see what they will announce! :) go INI

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    2. http://exyuaviation.blogspot.com/p/wizz-air-expanding-in-nis.html

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  3. Well done to all airports. Really good results.

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  4. I am always amazed by Tivat and how they manage to handle almost 1 million passengers with that terminal... if we can call it that. lol

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    1. LOL. The security line sometimes extends to the parking lot.

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    2. Haha yeah... do they still have only 2 x-ray machines?

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  5. Whan you calculate results of all airports:

    1. Croatia 6,8 million pax = 37,5% of exYu
    2. Serbia 4,7 million pax = 25,8% of exYU
    3. Montenegro 1,6 million pax = 9,0% of exYU
    4. Kosovo 1,4 million pax = 7,8% of exYU
    5. Slovenia 1,4 million pax = 7,5% of exYU
    6. Macedonia 1,3 million pax = 7,1% of exYU
    7. BiH 0,9 million pax = 5,2% of exYU

    exYU = 18.018.067 pax

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    1. BiH seems to be amazingly underserved. Even with Tuzla things do not change much. Probably a lot of passengers use BEG and ZAG.

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    2. I am sure Serbia will have around 6 million passengers in 2015 with Air Serbia and Wizz Air announcing new expansion plans.

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    3. Hold your horses mate. Anything above 5.5 million from BEG and INI together would be as good as great.

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    4. Not really. Wizzair in Tulza have 140.000 passengers, Niš cannot come to that level in 3-4 years if expansion will be like in Tuzla. Air Serbia will expand but for sure not like 2014. It is January now and there is no extra capacity, no huge announcement like last year, so if there will be some it will be few new routes. If BEG will have more than 10% grow in 2015 that will be amassing. So, Serbia will have around 5,1 million passengers next year. In Croatia grow is steady 6%, with announcements of new routes especially in Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik, so that will be around 7,2 million pax next year.

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    5. How many passengers Niš can get in half year on its own as Wizz starts operations in June if I am not wrong?

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    6. How does exYU compares to other countries in Europe? I tried to find the numbers by countries, but failed.

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    7. BEG will have growth between 15% and 20% in 2015. It all depends on what Wizz Air announces today. Don't forget that Nis alone has roughly 250.000 citizens and then other places such as Vranje, Kragujevac, Kraljevo... can and will be also using the flights. If I am not mistaken Nis' catchment area is much bigger than Tuzla's.

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    8. Nis catchment area is not bigger than Tuzla. Nišava district is 370.000, Tuzla district is 477.000. In same time in 250 km range from Niš you have 4 big airports (Priština 123 km, Sofia 159 km, Skopje 217 km, Belgrade 237 km), most of them connected to Niš by highway. On the other hand Tuzla has no big airport in range of 250 km exempt BEG (Sarajevo 118 km, Osijek 148 km, Belgrade 203 km) and they are not connected by highway. So Niš has no big chance to come to Tuzla passengers number.

      Tuzla had just 61.000 passengers in first year of Wizzair presents, so I don't find Niš possible to have even than number in 2015.

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    9. Pristina is irrelevant because no one from southern Serbia goes there to catch a flight, they would either go to Sofia or Skopje... or obviously Belgrade.
      Like I said, there are also the cities of Kraljevo and Kragujevac which will use these flights so that's an additional 210.000 people. Now if we also add Uzice to the mix the number of potential passengers increases a lot.
      There are also the cities between Belgrade and Nis which can swing either way. All in all, huge market potential and much bigger than Tuzla.

      Also, the fact that they are going to announce more flights can only mean their Swiss flights are selling wonderfully.

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    10. Let's hope so about INI.
      It all depends on the total number of routes to be launched in 2015 by Wizz. We should also bear in mind that they will start flights on 3 July meaning that half of the year is lost so the numbers in the first year won't be that big, but it is definitely the move in the right direction for the future of INI.
      As of BEG, I would expect growth of around 15% for sure if not a bit more.
      And that would be excellent result.
      All the best to the rest of ex-Yu airports in 2015

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    11. Purger is going nuts. Catchment area of Nis is around 1 million peoples from southern Serbia. They do not use other airports in other countries. These peoples are devastated by politicians from DS. They made more damages in last 15 years then NATO and exYU wars. Wizz Air can do good jobs there if government put everything in order at airport. Also it can be used as cargo point of focus for area from Moravica to Zajecar and Pcinja in next 4 years when highways are finished. But that needs a lot of investment for Nis airport

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    12. @12.01
      This is aviation blog, not a political one...
      So refrain from bringing in the politics, parties, etc.
      Lets stick to the aviation.

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    13. @Purger, obviously you do not know well enough that more than half of the Serbian diaspora coming from south-eastern Serbia, just as is the case with Tuzla. As far as the cities themselves, Nis is significantly bigger than the Tuzla.
      Comparation: Nis has about 183.164 or 260.237 whole region, while Tuzla 80.570 or 120.441 whole region. You can compare Tuzla more like with Leskovac, 60.288 or 144.206 and even then Leskovac is bigger and it is only 45km from Nis airort. Anyway, ignoring this facts,if Wizz Air announces new flights a month since he began selling tickets for Basel, this means that sales are going VERY WELL!

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    14. It completely changed that part of Serbia. JAT had flights from INI in the past but in this century, second decade they are starting from zero flights. We can't avoid politics in this case. People from that region know names.

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    15. On same logic there is Zenica-Doboj district, Posavina district and Eastern part of Republika Srpska that will fly from Tuzla and that is 600.000 more inhabitants who gravitate to Tuzla. And of course there are passengers from Sarajevo region, East Croatia (Osijek, Vinkovici, Vukovar, Slavonski Brod) which can use Tuzla as they don't have LCC routes from there, unlike Niš where all those airports around (BEG, SOF, SKP, PRN) have huge number of LCC. For sure you cannot say that potential passengers from Niš area will not use PRN, as there are 130.000 Bosnians, Albanians, Bulgarians and Croats in that area (Nišava, Raška, Razina, Toplica, Jablanica, Pčinja), and 60.000 Romans that for sure have no problem to use PRN.

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    16. Romani people fly usually one direction flights from Germany dear Purger. Only LCC in this
      part of Europe is Wizz, Flydubai i Pegasus.

      You can see buses full going to Adem Jasari, Ace Veliki?

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    17. I would not be surprised to be reversed, and that a lot of people from all mentioned regions come to fly from Nis. I'll remind you that Wizz subsidies expire for many routes from SKP, and they will reduce or canceled a lot of flights due to unprofitability once the subsidies ends.

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    18. I don't usually take part in discussions, but regarding Skopje flights, subsidies for most routes (with exception to the five newly announced ones, which have been reported) expire this summer. Many will in fact see an increase in frequencies over the summer months rather than reductions or cancellations.

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    19. Purger, jedine nacionalne letove ima Hrvatska. Kod svakog nacionalnog leta se jedan putnik računa duplo. Prema tome, ako se pravi tabela broja putnika za pojedine zemlje sve podatke o necionalnim putnicima treba podeliti sa dva. To bi sigurno smanilo broj putnika u Hrvatskoj za najmanje 1 milion. Drugo bitno pitanje, a provlači se neko vreme je slaba kupovna moć u Srbiji u odnosu na Hrvatsku. Neka se od broja putnika oduzme broj stranaca koji dolaze u obe zemlje pa neka se podeli sa brojem stanovnika i videće se da prosečni Srbin leti makar koliko i prosečni Hrvat.

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    20. Po toj logici recimo i da Srbija ima vise stanovnika od Hrvatske, jedan (trenutno) funkcionalan aerodrom, povoljan smjestaj Beograda u odnosu na druge aerodrome u regiji i Etihad koji stoji iza jake Air Serbije kao nacionalnog prijevoznika!

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    21. Luka, you don't even have to go far to verify the statement about the frequency increases on non-subsidized routes - just check the comments in the first comment thread above.

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    22. Zoran, to je zanemarivo o čemu govorite. Ukupno je unutar Hrvatske (uključujući i tranzitne putnike) putovalo 288.450 putnika. Podijelite li tu brojku napola (jer se na jednom aerodromu svakako mora računati) to je tek 144.000 putnika, daleko od milijuna kojeg spominjete i što je manje od 2% ukupnog broja putnika u Hrvatskoj.

      Jednom sam radio tablicu broja putnika prema broju stanovnika i tu svakako najbolje stoji Crna Gora, a potom Hrvatska. Srbija je bila na preposljednjem mjestu (samo BiH je lošije stajala). Teško je reći koliko je u brojci nekih putnika domaćih, a koliko stranih. Konačno to je i potpuno nebitno za zračni promet. Uostalom, stalno čitamo na ovom blogu kako je broj putnika u BEG porastao prvenstveno radi tranzitnih putnika, dakle stranaca. To nam govori da je broj stranih putnika preko Beograda bitno povečan, pa mislim da i ovdje argument o putovanjima domaćeg stanovništva ne drži vodu, koliko god on bio irelevantan per se.

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    23. Anonymous January 22 at 12:47.

      that is also not true. In this area you have much more LCC than you said:

      easyJet
      flyDubai
      Germanwings
      Norwegian
      Pegasus
      Vueling
      Wizzair
      Edelweiss
      Germania

      and that is also not a point because Niš will have just Wizzair which fly to all BEG, SKP and SOF also, it is not that in INI will come some company that is not flying in other airports in 250 km range.

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    24. @PurgerJanuary 22, 2015 at 9:47 AM
      Whan you calculate results of all airports:

      1. Croatia 6,8 million pax = 37,5% of exYu
      2. Serbia 4,7 million pax = 25,8% of exYU
      3. Montenegro 1,6 million pax = 9,0% of exYU
      4. Kosovo 1,4 million pax = 7,8% of exYU
      5. Slovenia 1,4 million pax = 7,5% of exYU
      6. Macedonia 1,3 million pax = 7,1% of exYU
      7. BiH 0,9 million pax = 5,2% of exYU

      exYU = 18.018.067 pax


      Looks good,

      2015 might prove very successful for all concerned I think,

      results of all airports:

      1. Croatia 7,7 million pax = 38,5% of exYu
      2. Serbia 5,1 million pax = 25,0% of exYU
      3. Montenegro 1,7 million pax = 9.0% of exYU
      4. Kosovo 1,5 million pax = 7,5% of exYU
      5. Slovenia 1,5 million pax = 7,5% of exYU
      6. Macedonia 1,5 million pax = 7,5% of exYU
      7. BiH 1,0 million pax = 5,0% of exYU

      ex-YU = 20.000.000 pax

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    25. BiH will more likely be around 1,2 million pax for 2015. Sarajevo around 800 000, Tuzla minimum 260 000, Banja Luka around 40 000 and Mostar around 80 000

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    26. Не заборавимо да Ниш исто тако може да привуче одређене путнике из западне Бугарске. Посебно зато што су таксе на нишком аеродрому знатно ниже него у Софији.

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    27. Let's also not forget that the stats for Croatia do not include Pula, Rijeka, Zadar, Brac and Osijek

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    28. Ma sve vidim kako Wizzair prebacuje sva tri aviona bazirana u Sofiji jer je Niš jeftiniji.

      Podaci za Hrvatsku imaju ukalkuliranu Pulu, Rijeku, Zadar, Brac i Osijek, pa i Lošinj.

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    29. Ne, nece prebaciti ali ce profirirati od sofijine skupoce...

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    30. @Purger (original post)

      Really Purger, who really cares about this? I really find those ranking quite childish and immature, a watermark of some backwards mentality that we should have gotten rid long ago.

      PS: I'm pretty much against all that "spirit of competition" putting humans one against another but that's another topic.

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  6. Time for a rail link to the airport in Belgrade is long overdue.

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    1. In Skopje as well. BEG needs at least 6 km extension of the existing rail line, while SKP less than 3. But I doubt that this improvements will be done in the next couple of years. :(

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    2. And Podgorica needs no extension, given that there actually is a train stop named "Aerodrom", that I once used on my way to Bar (in 2004)...

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  7. Nepostoji covek koji se bavi ili ozbiljno, prati razvoj putnicke avijacije, i izgradnju, prosirenje, putnickih terminala... a da se zaista ne raduje sveukupnoj transformaciji trenda koji se nastavlja. Prirodno neprihvatajuci zlu-radost individual. Vise puta ponavljano na ovom blogu i posebno naglasavan,razvoj aerodroma Nikola Tesla Beograd, koji u ovoj 2015-oj godini mora definitivno poceti sa prakticnom primenom gradnje svih objekata koji su predvidjeni, a do sada su samo teorija. Bez namere da umanjim znacaj dogradnje, modifikacije oko terminal Dva, kupovinu uredjaja za opsluzivanje aerodroma... To je samo minimum u pravcu sta tek sleduje da bih Beogradska vazdusna luka postala prirodno, ono sto pripada po samoj poziciji i lokaciji gde se nalazi. Naravno to je buduci Hub za jugoistocnu Evropu. Zajedno sa Atinom, Budimpestom i Bukurestom jeste i najveci grad u jugoistocnoj Evropi. Zaista za nekoliko meseci pocece materjalizacija aerodromskog projekta o kome se dugo govorili, ali do sada samo politi ckii... Iskreno pomalo nedostaje strpljenje, pa kada ce to poceti...?. Nis i Morava se primicu svojoj sansi da pocnu letovi. Pristina trenutno pomalo se umanjila sa letovima, ali siguran sam da ce cvrsto stajati oko sestog mesta. To je fer. Ostali aerodromi koji su spomenuti ce se i dalje razvijati, napredovati...
    Rodney & Associated in good will.
    Kraljevo /// Sydney.

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    1. Šta znači 'transformaciji trenda'? Ili je transformacija ili trenda, ne može biti oba.

      Zašto misliš da zbog prirodne lokacije nešto nekome pripada?

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    2. Uvazeni Anonimus at 5:47 AM.
      Pod transformacijom terminala podrazumevam prosirenje, povrsinine, ugradnju novih informativno, bezbedonosnih Sistema, povecanja broja karusela sa elektronskom kontrolom prtljaga, gradnja svih drugih objeka. Sto cini transformaciju aerodroma Beograd od male u vazdusne luke u znatno vecu... Takav razvoj u koji verujem ja zovem, transformacija. Rec, trend razumem kao promena sadasnjosti u kretanju prema buducnosti, naravno u kontekstu promena koje ce se dogoditi na baeogradskom aerodromu u iducih nekoliko godina. Sto me pitate " Zasto mislis da zbog prirodne lokacije nesto nekome pripada?". Razlog je prost, jednostavan. Beograd ima geografsi, geo-strateski saobracajni polozaj kao nijedan drugi centar od Sofije do Bece i Atine do Bukuresta. Vi verujem znate mnoge gradove u svetu koji zahvaljujuci svojim polozajima su snazne vazdusne luke. Jedan slican takvim centrima jeste Beograd. Logicno sa njegovim aerodromom Nikola Tesla, koji ce se razviti u punom kapacitetu u nekoliko iducih godina. Verujem da ce te se i Vi radovati rekonstuisanom Beogradskom aerodromu, kapaciteta izmedju 10 i 15 miliona putnika na godisnjem nivou. Ostajte u svakom dobru.
      Radovan. Kraljevo /// Sydney.

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    3. Hvala na objašnjenje.

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  8. Wow their Nis flights are probably packed. Look at the fares for some days in August:

    07.08 INI-MLH 21.800 RSD
    10.08 INI-MLH 15.000 RSD

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    1. spic sezona - even if they are not packed fares are exorbitant, regardless LH or Wizz

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  9. Any news on ASL fleet renewal/increase? So much fuss around what seems to be nothing :/

    Also, i totally agree that BEG needs a railway (even though considering asl business model maybe a hotel is of bigger importance)
    Nice to know that ZAG will be getting all those things with their new terminal:)

    Good luck to all airports especially my hometown airport BEG!

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    1. What's wrong with Crowne Plaza Belgrade? It's pretty close to the airport.

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    2. Trebala bi da dodju 4 A319 i 2-3 ATR 72.
      INN-NS

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    3. Management will probably announce the Terminal 3 Project in June. C7-C10 should get airbridges. Also, four new gates should be opened. Once T3 is built, with possible capacity of 10 000 000 pax per year, the railway link is built and maybe the new hotel, ASL can easily expand.
      When it comes to ASL, they'll probably get 4 more A319s and 4 ATR 72 aircrafts. Then, they will be able to open new routes (my speculations are Cairo, Madrid, Barcelona, St.Petersburg, Oslo, Riga, Priština, Niš, maybe Ohrid or Innsbruck).

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    4. Strpljen-spasen ;)

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    5. BEG expansion plans killing new terminal?

      BEG management recently floated ideas on expansion plans that would add four airbridges bringing total number of bridges to 20. That number, with other mentioned improvements, would most likely be enough to cope with expected growth in the next 5 years. So what’s wrong with this picture?

      For one, this would kill or postpone plans for the new terminal building. Case for building a brand new terminal after 5 years would be even harder to justify. If new terminal is to be built for exclusive use by Air Serbia and partners, it would have to be with at least 12 airbridges not including ATR stands (ASL now makes about 50% of traffic at BEG that currently has 16 air bridges = 8 for ASL, +50% more for 10xA320NEO and 5 year growth = 4; 8+4=12). Building expandable terminal with 12 initial airbridges is a very expensive proposition. For the past year and a half, investor could not be found even for a smaller terminal, so larger terminal would make search for an investor even tougher. Let’s assume they find it and build new terminal. With Air Serbia move to the new terminal, existing facilities with 16+4 announced=20 airbridges would be way too big for remaining airlines. Why invest in 4 additional bridges in 2015 when they will be abandoned in 5 years, another reason against.
      If things are flipped around: new terminal for non-ASL airlines and existing facilities dedicated to Air Serbia, what justification can be made in financing expensive new terminal for all other airlines while main tenant stays in decades old facility? No business case for that.

      It boils down to this: adding more gate capacity to existing facilities will result in reducing the need and financial justification for the new terminal. New terminal is unavoidable not only for capacity but functionality existing can’t provide, so expansion of current T1/T2 except where absolutely required is a waste of money and time. Invest all effort and financing into a new terminal as soon as possible.

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    6. Idea for next ExYu news article:

      From Dec 2014 Elevate magazine, page 103: “…VINCI Airports Group, which will, already in early 2015, draw up a proposal to fund the airport’s future development.”

      It is early 2015. Any signs of Vinci proposal and what was proposed?

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    7. Beograd nema potrebe za novim terminalom niti sada, niti u dogledno vrijeme.

      1. Nadogradnja novih 4 zračna mosta je više nego dovoljna za Air Serbiu i legacy carriers.

      2. Otvaranje gateova u prizemlju za vožnju autobusima do aviona za turbopropne avione (sadašnja AS flota, ali i budući avioni + stranci koji dolaze sa turbopropima poput Taroma, B&H Airlinesa, Croatia Airlinesa...), manje regionalne mlazne zrakoplove, te za Low cost prijevoznike kojima se može smanjiti cijena upravo radi ne korištenja mostova.

      3. Izradnja drugog kata povećala bi prostor za putnike, trgovine i ugostitljske objekte, a omogućila bi i reorganizaciju prostora, te povečanje kapaciteta koji su sada usko grlo

      4. Obnova terminala 1 svakako bi ne samo modernizirala i povećala prostor nego ga mogla i specijlizirani za LCC.

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    8. Not really, BEG needs a new terminal, not just new bridges and gates. One way to do it (if brand new T3 in a new location is not possible), is to completely tear down T1 and build new terminal in it's place. In that case, they would first need to add C7-C10 gates, then shut down current A6-A10 and tear down existing T1 building and surrounding patchwork of offices.

      That would give BEG similar gate capacity during construction (bridges C1-10 and A1-A5) until new T1 is built.
      With main T1 terminal construction additional gates would be added (where current A6-A10 are), bringing total number of gates to 20, but with modern T1 and still usable T2.

      New terminal T1 can help with everything from additional check-in areas and better baggage processing to better airside retail experience, and it would be connected to existing T2. New T1 would then be used for Air Serbia and partners, with T2 for everyone else. I didn't see better proposal that would take care of both short term and long term needs while keeping a lid on spending.

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    9. Posto se slabo razumem u gate jel ima sposoban gate za A359 ako ih ASL bude nabavljala. :)
      INN-NS

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    10. Why it is necessary exempt megalomania? Most of huge airports in world have lot of bus gates (in MUC most of departures are from bus gates), Belgrade almost none. So:
      - put 20 bus gates for ATR's and other turboprops + smaller jets and LCC (no problem at all, there is enough space and communication on ground floor for those gates,
      - 4 extra air bridges (that would make 40 gates all together),
      - renovate T1
      - build 2nd floor,
      - reorganise space concerning new floor and new gates what should be 70% more space on terminal.
      By that solution it would be enough for another 10 years before new terminal. So give me just one reason to spent 200-300 million EUR and 3 years to build for something can be done with 20-30 million in no time and with same result at the end.

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    11. Biggest problem is to renovate T1. It is cheaper to demolish it and build new than to renovate it. Nothing to do with megalomania.

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    12. A good way to relieve Tesla airport would be to enable LCC to operate from - Batajnica Airport.
      An overall increase of Belgrade-bound air traffic, and the increased numbers of foreign tourists in Serbia`s capital, would be a major consequence of this move. I guess we could expect Ryanair in Belgrade, too.

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    13. There is no business sense in turning Batajnica into an LCC airport. Ryanair is already expanding to major airports like Madrid, Rome FCO, Athens, Copenhagen so BEG is not a showstopper if they really want to fly here. But they don't, Ryan is really scared of Eastern Europe except Poland.

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    14. ... and Latvia. And Lithuania... And Hungary... And Greece (our region)... And Croatia...

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    15. They have token presence there, in most cases only one airport. Wizz is all over EE, 8 airports in Romania, Ryan only one. 8 to 1 explains who is afraid.

      Ryan does not exist further East, in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Turkey etc. They are strong out West but have minimal role in most countries in the East.

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    16. In Riga they fly around 800.000 passengers per year.
      Of course they are not expanding in Russia, Moldova, Belarus... Wizz Air started expanding there just a year ago. Plus, doesn't FR already fly to Russia from Dublin?

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    17. Why ask question you can check on Ryan web site? No they don't fly to Russia.

      Going back to the original point: they can fly to BEG if they want to. Absolutely no need to turn Batajnica into LCC. Did Michael O'Leary ever specifically say they would start flights to Belgrade only if Batajnica opens for them? I don't think so.

      So BEG it is if you want to fly to Belgrade, MOL. Take it or leave it.

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    18. Well, that "take it or leave it" attitude of yours is almost a stereotype - among those most malignant ones, that have plunged Serbia into poverty, turning it into an economy with less competition and job opportunities than even in times of Kardelj.

      It`s as simple as this: Tesla and Batajnica combined - one airport dedecated to legacy, and the other to LC carriers - will have more pax per year comperad to Tesla left with serving both sots of airlines. We`d have more jobs created, that`s for sure. And with more LC-carriers (with or without Ryanair - Wizz would certinly not reduce traffic from Belgrade if they had a "cheaper" airport), tourism would be a beneficiary. And some other services...

      There is a strong business sense in turning Batajnica into a civilian airport - in Warsaw that`s exactly what they did. But, then again, that is a prosperous country, isn`t it?

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    19. My attitude is more of ATL than WAW kind - one strong airport, take it or leave it. In a year when BEG has to make significant expansion decisions, your idea of turning another one into LC airport has only one goal, to slow down BEG growth. That's exactly what happened with WAW Chopin, they are shrinking because Poland caved in to LCC. Those jobs you mention will be created at BEG, not Batajnica.

      It is clear who wants two weak airports in Belgrade. So it will be one strong Belgrade airport, not two weak ones. You will eat it and you will like it.

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    20. Been tryin` to deliver any argument from the post above ("You will eat it and you will like it") - to no avail.

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    21. Go to Budapest and create second airport there. Or Zagreb. Or any other place you want, but not Belgrade.

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  10. Good news,

    Pristina Airport, for a short time will extend the runway for three kilometers, since the latter is the shortest in the region.

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  11. Pričao sam s jednom osobom visoko u Air Serbii i navodno se Air Srbia povlači s rute Beograd-Rim te ju potpuno ostavlja Alitalii.

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    1. Počelo je počelo... eto ga na kako Alitalija neća da utiče na Air Serbiu. A što mislite da je najava ovih silnih linija za Ameriku super stvar za Air Serbiu. Koja je šansa nakon toga da se otvore letovi za Ameriku? I još novi letovi za Split, Dubrovnik, Zadar, pa nove linije za Podgoricu i Skopje koje već lete, ukoro i Sarajevo. I to će da ne bude otimanje putnika Air Serbije?

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    2. Pre će biti obratno, Alitalia smanjuje shorthaul i fokusira se na longhaul. Bolje da Air Serbia preuzme FCO-BEG od Alitalie i feeduje longhaul letove Alitalije koje Air Serbia nema ili neće imati.

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    3. ASL ce imati long-haul letove ;)
      INN-NS

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    4. ^ He begins again..... INN will they start in April-May period now? :D

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    5. Ko se zadnji smeje najsladje se smeje :D ;)
      INN-NS

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    6. »New routes from Rome will include Berlin, Dusseldorf, San Francisco, Mexico City, Santiago (Chile), Beijing and Seoul, with increased flights to New York, Chicago, Rio de Janeiro and Abu Dhabi. Alitalia will also add 13 weekly flights from Milan Malpensa, with daily services to Abu Dhabi, four flights a week to Shanghai, and additional flights to Tokyo.
      There will also be increased connectivity with Etihad Airways’ hub in Abu Dhabi and the onward flows it permits, with daily services from Venice, Milan, Bologna and Catania, as well as additional flights from Rome, all allowing onward connections to the Middle East, Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, China and Australia. The Milan, Rome and Venice routes will be flown with widebodied equipment, while the new Bologna and Catania services will be operated by single-aisle equipment.«

      Source:http://www.routesonline.com/news/29/breaking-news/246717/alitalia-to-grow-long-haul-network-in-new-strategic-plan/

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    7. No that is not true at all. Air Serbia does not have any plans to cancel Rome service. Only one route is being considered for suspension if there is a fleet shortage and Rome certainly isn't one of them.

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  12. Jučer je ovdje netko napisao da je SkyGreece dobio od Kanadskih vlasti dopuštenje za obavljanje letova za Europu, ima li netko više info ?

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  13. OK, these guys aren't joking, like them or not, they know what they are doing

    https://wizzair.com/en-GB/about_us/news/wizzen294

    official finally, new destinations from Skopje, Ohrid is getting all year around destination too as we assumed Basel.

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    1. Why does Wizz avoid Croatia, compared to other Ex-Yu countries?

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    2. @AnonymousJanuary 22, 2015 at 4:57 PM

      Wizz is hated in Croatia

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    3. So? Cheap fares are not.

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  14. With Venice flight to Abu Dhabi no need for ASL to fly there.

    Ostaju onda od vecih Ankara, San Peterburg i neki kombinovani let za Madrid i Alzir i Maroko par puta
    nedeljno.

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  15. Da li bi iko kupio Aerodrom Banjaluka za 5$?

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  16. Speaking from Kosovo, as someone who is a frequent traveler and follows aviation developments in the near airports, I must say that the shutting down of Belle Air and the fact that Wizz Air started operating in Belgrade and more importantly in Skopje, has had a major impact in these negative numbers for our Pristina airport. Most of the damage was done in November, when Belle Air stopped operating. I believe the Pristina airport is addressing the gap effectively, while focusing on passenger convenience and safety and not only low ticket prices. There is now a new, excellent terminal that is so easy to use and very passenger friendly. Airlines are not always ‘low fare’, but they are not very expensive and they are recognizable brands that you would normally trust. Kosovo has a large number of travelers because of a large diaspora (one of the largest in the region) and I believe the numbers will go up by the end of 2015. A potential entry to the market of another cheap airline in Kosovo, and numbers will be easily overturned also as Pristina airport can be a very convenient connecting hub.

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