Friday, August 14, 2015

Ljubljana Airport overtakes Skopje

Ljubljana Airport positions itself as EX-YU's sixth busiest airport

Following Skopje Alexander the Great Airport’s five month passenger lead, Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport has managed to close the gap and overtake its Macedonian counterpart. Ljubljana Airport, which is traditionally busier than Skopje, was outperformed during the first half of the year. However, a stronger performance during the past few months continued into July when it handled 171.772 passengers, an impressive increase of 16.2%. The number of operated flights also improved, increasing by 10.2% to 3.420. During the first seven months, Ljubljana welcomed 798.297 travellers, up 11% on the same period in 2014. Furthermore, the airport recorded a net profit of 600.000 euros and sixteen million euros in revenue over the first half of the year. As a result, its net profit increased by 84.000 euros compared to 2014.

Ljubljana Airport’s growth over the past few months was fuelled by both Adria Airways and foreign carriers such as Turkish Airlines and Air Serbia, which increased their flight offering to the Slovenian capital this summer. Furthermore, Swiss International Air Lines launched services from Zurich earlier this year. In 2016, LOT Polish Airlines will inaugurate six weekly flights from Warsaw to Ljubljana on March 1. Some 12.000 passengers are expected to use the service in its first year. "If we were not in a position to say that the airport was competitive with others in the region a few years ago, this is definitely not the case today”, Ljubljana Airport said in a statement.

LJUBLJANA AIRPORT
MonthPAXChange (%)
JAN73.096 2.9
FEB72.265 3.8
MAR90.902 5.3
APR112.310 13.3
MAY128.411 19.6
JUN149.541 17.0
JUL171.770 16.2

Despite falling slightly behind Ljubljana, Skopje Airport also saw impressive growth in July. It handled 164.431 travellers during the month, up 24.4% on 2014. Overall, numbers during the January - July period improved 15.9% to 773.152 passengers. Of those, low cost carriers held a 57% passenger share at the airport. With Ljubljana and Skopje now neck-and-neck, the two airports have positioned themselves as the sixth and seventh busiest in the former Yugoslavia respectively. The list is headed by Belgrade, followed by Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik, with Pristina Airport remaining in fifth place.

SKOPJE AIRPORT
MonthPAXChange (%)
JAN88.275 41.6
FEB80.079 22.8
MAR95.457 25.1
APR109.741 3.9
MAY117.099 7.4
JUN118.070 1.5
JUL164.431 24.4

103 comments:

  1. Ljubljana has had really strong growth over the last few months and it will be interesting to see who will prevail between SKP and LJU at the end of the year. SKP will also grow fast over the next few months.

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    1. I had no idea that Macedonia was overriding Slovenia in terms of passengers and that both countries are still in the race... I cannot believe that Slovenia, as a European Union country for more than a decade, with a shaped tourist product, more business activities etc. can be crashed by a small, "Balkan" and "unstable" country as is Macedonia. Go Macedonia!

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    2. Don't be so shortsighted.

      Number of competing airports in 200mi radius:

      LJU:
      KLU, TRS, RJK, GRZ, ZAG, PUY, VCE, TSF, SZG, LNZ, ZAG, VIE, BTS, BLQ, VRN + many Slovenians use also BUD, BGY, MXP
      In total 18 airports with great road connections and no borders.

      SKP:
      PRN, SOF, TIA, SKG, TGD, TIV
      In total 6 airports with questionable road connections + borders to cross.

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    3. Oh, and I forgot MUC, which brings total airports to 19.

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    4. Hehe, and you forgot MBX as well ;)
      That brings total number of airports LJU has to compete with to 20. Amazing.

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  2. Why was June such a bad month for most ex-yu airport? Skopje, Belgrade, Zagreb…

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    1. If that's the case, that's very interesting. Shows how passenger flow has changed. I doubt 5 years ago Ramadan would have made any impact on ex-Yu airports (except maybe SJJ)

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    2. Let's not be silly. Such holiday would have impact in Bosnia and Macedonia. Not elsewhere.

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  3. TIV has seen a drop in passengers this June compared to last:
    131,870 pax this June; June 2014:151,243 pax.

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    1. July for TIV would've been better for sure, with much lower drop. Figures for BEG-TIV flights had growth in July compared to last one, contrary to June.

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  4. Wizz Air's 3rd aircraft in SKP arrived in July, so I expect a tight race.

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  5. Great work on both Slovenian airports this year. MBX also records growth of ca. 25%. Congrats...

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    1. MBX records growth of 28.5%.

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  6. OT: Asylum seekers from Pakistan aboard flydubai flight to Belgrade. I don't understand how these people (without proper visas) were allowed to board a Belgrade bound plane in the first place? What are the fines imposed on the airline for such an issue?

    http://www.kurir.rs/vesti/drustvo/drama-u-bg-ima-li-bombe-u-avionu-pakistanci-napravili-dramu-na-letu-za-dubai-clanak-1893953

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    1. Srbija uzvraca udarac Nemackoj.

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    2. If they don't have proper Serbian visas they will be flown back to Dubai at the expense of FlyDubai. And there are also heavy penalties.

      How did they get on board is a question for the DXB staff. Perhaps they don't do their job well or perhaps they were bribed.

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    3. This is scandalous. These individuals are pure opportunists, not asylum seekers. Last time I checked, there's no civil war in Pakistan. And seems they have plenty of money to actually fly to Europe!? Return to sender.

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    4. Check again. In some parts of Pakistan scores of civilians die every day. One does not have to leave his entire country destroyed in order to qualify for the asylum. And even if it is driven simply by the wish to have a better life - can anyone really judge them? What would you do if you had to survive on 3$ per day in some god forsaken part of the world? Half of the entire Balkans emigrated abroad to earn some money, should they be returned to sender as well?

      And by the way, they may have as well given their last savings to pay for those flights. Just as you do not call rich those poor souls who pay 4-5 thousand to human traffickers to smuggle them to EU. Try and be human for 11 seconds, it is a nice feeling bro.

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    5. Anon @ 6.44pm ... don't you dare put the people who emigrated frm the Balkans in the same bucket as these opportunists from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, The BIGGEST difference is that the Balkan people emigrated LEGALLY - end of story

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    6. Anon 5:51, do you think they are doing that for fun? Just because they like to leave their houses? If they are illegals, it doesn't mean they must be treated in a different way, we are still humans, aren't we?

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    7. ^^^

      Many illegal workers and assylum seakers from Serbia go not only to EU but to the US as well. We have seen even chartered flights bringing them back to Serbia. There are even posters in BEG departures stating consequences for illegal assylum seakers.

      But this is extreme and Im surprised they passed through in DXB and more than 1.

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    8. Just coach them to the hungarian border and show them the way to the EU like it's done with thousands every day in Serbia/Macedonia.

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    9. Anon @5:51 - Who establishes the 'legal' rules, those who have created all that chaos and destroyed
      their countries in the first place? Secondly, as posted before my said, lot's of Ex-Yu emigrants are illegals as way. Either way, as a matter of a cure, i do hope you'll soon face the same lack of humanity coming from other people (or women - if you're straight that is) as you dare to project onto those poor people, maybe that'll teach you a thing or two. Such lack of empathy testifies or very deep and inhibited traumas which unlike civil conflicts can't be escaped by a flight to Belgrade or some other mental disability. Good luck with that.

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    10. Anon @5:51 - Who establishes the 'legal' rules, those who have created all that chaos and destroyed their countries in the first place? Secondly, as poster before me said, lot's of Ex-Yu emigrants are illegals as well. Either way, as a matter of a cure, i do hope you'll soon face the same lack of humanity coming from other people (or women - if you're straight that is) as you dare to project onto those poor people, maybe that'll teach you a thing or two. Such lack of empathy testifies or very deep and inhibited traumas which unlike civil conflicts can't be escaped by a flight to Belgrade or some other mental disability. Good luck with that.

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  7. LJU has a bigger number of seasonal flights and charters than SKP, so in august ljubljana should also have more pax. In september starts the real race, and we will see which airport prevails as busier.

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  8. Za nekolika godina če biti Ljubljana broj 3 u Ex Yu.

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    1. Since Fraport overtook the airport this seems relly possible.

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    2. Elaboriraj. Ja mislim da ce biti jako tesko.Ljubljani fale LCC, i veze prema Spanjolskoj i Italiji. Ko ce to pokrit?

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    3. At moment there are Wizz and EasyJet. Also Adria has significantly lower prices nowadays. I agree with you regarding connections to Italy and Spain. Spain especially.

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    4. Adria is planning to fly to Spain next year from LJU and maybe also from MBX. 2016 will be Adrias ajor expansion

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    5. Da nece sledece godine ADR dobiti onaj A321 ?
      INN-NS

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    6. A321 is not officially ordered yet. CEO Anžur told for media that Adria do not have enough routes with so many pax to fill A321 during winter time. I believe that A321 will be (wet)leased during summer 2016.

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    7. Steta je sto ni jedna ex yu aviokompanija nema A321 ja mislim da ce prvo imati ASL.
      Hvala na odgovoru.
      INN-NS

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    8. OMG this is so funny. He is so unable to have a normal conversation without mentioning Air Serbia...

      Dada imaće A321 kao što su dobili i A330 o kome si govorio... Da ti napišem na srpskom, pošto engleski ne razumeš. I me trudi se da me nazoveš ljubomornim - niti sam radio za Jat, niti sam u nekoj stranci, niti bilo sta drugo.

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    9. INN-NS, you are welcome. As much as I know, ASL also has no A321 ordered. Is there a chance to convert 10 A320neo ordered to some A321 or A321neo?

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    10. No there is no chance... They can't fill A320s in most of their destinations, led alone A321. LF was 93 in this period where it should be 100... During most of the year LF is around 60. Belive me there is no need for A321 in this company... And I can't wait to see the LF on the A330 if it comes...

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    11. Idnas, why Spain over Italy? Italy is neighbouring country and the connections are abismal. No train, no plane. There is a whole bunch of Slovenes travelling to Sicily, Sardegna, Rome, Florence in spring, summer..It is almost like they are not interested at all.

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    12. Like you said Italy isneighbouring country and many Slovenes go there by car (northern Italy) or by charter fligths to the southern Italy (not necesarry from LJU), or you just take train on the border (Trieste, Gorica/Goriza). Years ago we had LJU - Rome flights, which weren't successful. On the other hand Spain is too far to go there by car, so flights are only option to go there. We have charters to Spain now, but no scheduled flights to Barcelona or Madrid.

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    13. Vi izgleda ne znate da 4-5 linija moze lagano da napuni 321 i LF nije preko cele godine oko 60 nego je oko 70 .
      INN-NS

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    14. Inn I dont understand Croatian, so if you can please write in English? Thank you.

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    15. Also, you can fly to anywhere in Italy domestically from TRS and VCE/TSF, the ticket prices are usually low, TRS is 1h from Ljubljana by car, VCE/TSF around 2,5h.
      With many sales on Trenitalia you can even find train tickets Trieste-Rome for as low as 40€ (return).

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    16. INN-NS, @1.55: sta si sada ljubomoran na JP?

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    17. Tako je... On je samo ljubomoran na JP - kompaniju koja zapravo ima šanse postaviti profit bez "kreativnog računovodstva" ;)

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  9. this LJU vs SKP race talk is just silly. Who cares!

    pozdrav od Skopje

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    1. It's just a bit of fun. Take it easy. The two are really close by passenger wise.

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    2. Malo je glupo porediti dva aerodroma koja nemaju veze jedan sa drugim... A i strategije razvoja su im kompletno različite. Svakako ova dva aerodroma imaju pozamašan rast, što ih jedino povezuje :)

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    3. povezuje ih JP ..direktan let svakog dana ..... .;)

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  10. off topic

    JU300 Beg-Bru on Monday almost full Y, not sure about J though... Heard they had really nice service with good, warm food on the 2hr flight

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  11. Does anyone know the aircraft movement increase for Skopje for July? I know there was a 6.4% increase for the first six months but was wondering what it is for July with the new wizz jet. Oh congrats to LJU as well!

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  12. Drago mi je da je ASL pomogla dosta u rastu LJU i SKP.
    INN-NS

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  13. Majke ti, kako je air serbia pomogla rastu lju i skp?

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    1. Necu se sa vama raspravljati suvisno je .
      Valjda znate da ASL ima letove za ta dva grada i jako solidan LF.
      INN-NS

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    2. Nije ni približno pomogla u odnosu na druge kompanije i nemoj da lupetaš - i da ja sam onaj od gore koji niti je radio u Jatu, niti sam u nekoj političkoj stranci tako da nisam ljubomoran i ne trudi se da odgovoriš jer mi tvoj hrvatski uopšte nije jasan.

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    3. LOL!

      aIR Serbia reduced the flights to Skopje this year

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    4. Klasičan idiot... samo zna da lupeta

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    5. In the first seven months of 2015 Air Serbia lost 20% passengers on SKP route compared to 2014. Down some 6.500 PAX. But they send ATR most of the time and LF is really good. It seems that Air Serbia won't have much success in Skopje in the future.

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    6. If LF is really good ,where then is the problem?
      the Atr is perfect for that route.

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    7. Ja kao prvo ne pricam hrvatski .
      Jeste pomogla naravno ne kao TK ali je pomogla .
      Sta mene boli briga u kojoj ste vi stranci .
      INN-NS

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    8. Onaj ko ulazi u raspravu sa njim, gori je od njega.
      Ignor INN

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    9. Pa sta cu kad istina vredja
      Mnogi ljudi sa potpisom kritikuju ASL pa im nista ne kazem i ja nikog ne napadam ako se ne slazem sa njim .
      Samo je problem sto vi u meni vidite Politicara i ako nemam veze licno sa politikom.
      INN-NS

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    10. Wizz Air 303.526 vs Air Serbia 20.875

      Praise the Lord inn, praise the Lord...

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    11. Gde sam ja rekao da je ASL najvise pomogla vi ne znate da citate rekao sam da mi je drago sto je i ASL pomogla tim Aerodromima .
      INN-NS

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    12. U pravu si... Tvoj hrvatski je toliko loš da te niko ne razume.

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  14. INN-NS is right. Air Serbia did help. I think that ASL should fly to MBX also to offer transfer flights further on from BEG to pax from region.

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  15. OT: Belgrade Q2 2015 results are out, and the numbers are not good:

    Net profit Q2 2014: 428.154.000 RSD
    Net profit Q2 2015: 291.297.000 RSD

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    1. Of course when Air Serbia doesn't pay anything...

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    2. It cannot be the reason, Air Serbia wasn't paying anything last year as well.

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    3. Investments in T1 and T2?

      Net profit decreased by 1.1 million euro. It is far from numbers being "not good".

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  16. OT: Why was Transaero new A321 EI-LED delivered to Belgrade from Hamburg today?

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    1. Don't know, but it's really brand new plane, wasn't in service.
      Btw, does anybody know who ordered BEG-OHD-BSL-BEG flights, JU3160/1, scheduled for tomorrow ? The same itinerary was accomplished last Saturday.

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    2. probably deal with jat tehnika

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    3. http://tangosix.rs/2015/14/08/prvi-transaero-a321-na-radovima-u-jat-tehnici-direkto-iz-fabrike-u-hamburgu/

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  17. I want to fly to split in march 2016? Does air serbia fly?

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  18. OT: EY will fly daily with a330-200 to BEG, from march 2016

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    1. Kad se vec spominje A332 Leasing kosta od 750 hiljada do 250 hiljada dolara a ASL ce placati 500 tako da ce biti negde oko 4--5 godina star.
      INN-NS

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    2. Opet on sa njegovim katastrofalnim hrvatskim... Can you please write in English or German if those languages are familiar to you?

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    3. Ja ne pricam Hrvatski , meni ne moze sud da odredi kojim jezikom da pisem a ne vi.
      INN-NS

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    4. TI pričaš hrvatski, to ne usporavam, ali to doista radiš jako loše...
      Nije ti ispunjen dan ako ne spomeneš sud, A330 i da je neko ljubomoran. A svi znamo da si ti najviše ljubomoran.

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    5. Na sta sam ljubomoran molim vas .
      Pa dobro vas sluzi Srpski vidim posto mene razumete kad srpski pisem.
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    6. Ne znam zašto se stidiš toga što pišeš na hrvatskom... Dosadio si ;) Ponavljaš se kao Vučić na pinku... Ti si samo ljubomoran.

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    7. Дечко ТзарAugust 14, 2015 at 8:15 PM

      Ako je ovo istina onda će taj avion nastavljati dalje za Ameriku kao wet lease za Air Serbia let. Taj Etihad A330 wet lease je samo za početak dok Air Serbia ne dobije odobrenje da leti svojim A330 za Severnu Ameriku.

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    8. pitanje je samo u kojim JU valovima..?

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    9. Ako ostane isti raspored kao sadasnji EY let:

      AUH-BEG 02:00-5:50, u 8:10 ide za JFK
      dolazi iz JFK u 10:10, ide za AUH u 12:55

      Treba dva A330 za svakodnevne rotacije.

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    10. Da istina je razmisljalo se cak da se uzme i od AZ ali drago mi je sto ce biti skoro nov avion .
      I trebao bi da nosi livery slican EY/AZ.
      INN-NS

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    11. Best off all, Air Serbia crew and A332 could do AUH runs on behalf of EY to build up experience while EY can do JFK runs. But that's only JFK, what happened to YYZ and ORD?

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    12. Ne 18 Kapetana i 9 FO iz ASL, vec se rade ETOPS vezbe .
      Za pocetak se leti samo JFK a nekoliko nedelja posle YYZ a ORD nije planiran za pocetak .
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    13. Полазак у 08.10 и повратак у 10.10 не би пило воду јер нису баш синхронизовани валови.

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    14. Serbians in EY are expecting to be going to JU for a short period as the JU gets familiar with the A330 ac.

      This looks like the first A330 will be in Emirati A6 registration just as the first 2 A319 ac. EY is rumoured to send the A330 but when is the question. I have a feeling they will upgauge EY71/72 to the A330. The flight has for a long time now had a high CLF (over 90%)

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    15. Q4 ove godine ili Q 1 2016 godine pocinje najvazni period ASL i nadam se da ce biti jako uspesan .
      INN-NS

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    16. It would be a wise step to do that, but from what i see as of now this are only rumors. JATBEGMEL, in regards to your first sentence that is solid evidence, but i wonder how 5:19 anon knows the exact date

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    17. so JFK will be started w/o feedering network.
      good luck.

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    18. Sve sami strucnjaci i svi imaju neke insajder informacije. Ja vam bacim samo crva, da vidim kako cete da se ponasatate, INN-NS odmah zna da je to istina. A ja licno sam izmislio ovo sto je postovano samo da vidim reakcije strucnjaka.

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    19. @9:49 - Well, first there is a number of night destinations that are gonna feed it and which are much more important than Ex-Yu which is Beirut and Tel Aviv. Those two cities alone provide double the feed than all Ex-Yu combined (excluding BEG). Secondly, Bucharest is becoming a night flight and i expect the same to happen to Istanbul and other regional destinations.

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    20. you think pax from IST and TLV have to fly via BEG to JFK?
      you made my day.

      good luck, once more.

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  19. I see that Trade Air is operating some flights for JP. How long will those last? Has one of their CRJs gone out of business?

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    1. Probably just fleet shortage due to many charter flights in peak season.

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  20. Why was OU's ZAG-PRN delayed for more than an hour?

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    1. OU in general had too much delay recently.

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