Monday, March 28, 2016

Belgrade Airport plans terminal development

Belgrade Airport considering overhaul of Terminal 1

Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport has launched tender procedures for interested parties to submit proposals for the development of its Terminal 1 (T1) building, built in 1962 and used primarily by low cost and charter carriers. Bids should include an analysis on the existing state of the terminal's infrastructure, as well as its projected capacity. Furthermore, the brief should contain an outline of the building's future development into a stand-alone facility, which would have the ability to serve both passengers and baggage irrespective of Terminal 2 (T2), to which it is connected and shares both its departure and arrival gates with. The deadline for the submission of bids has been set for April 5. The tender comes less than a year after parts of T1 were refurbished and upgraded.

Since last June, passengers checking in at T1 have been separated from those using the busy T2 building and now pass through separate passport and immigration control into the shared departures area. Work on the refurbishment of the terminal is set to continue with the addition of commercial space. However, it has been suggested that the terminal will likely be utilised by foreign airlines operating services to Belgrade, while Terminal 2 will be used by Air Serbia and Etihad Airways Partners. Documents signed between the Serbian government and Etihad Airways, for the latter’s minority takeover of Air Serbia in 2013, show that the Serbian national carrier is to be allocated a dedicated terminal at its hub.

Meanwhile, the multi million euro expansion of the T2 building, touted as the airport’s first greenfield investment in years and valued at fifteen million euros, has been delayed until further notice. Work on the project was to begin last December and completed this August. The new wing of the two-level terminal was to feature four jet bridges (four parking positions for narrow-body aircraft or two for wide-body jets), as well as four gates from which passengers would be bussed to remote stands. Work is now expected to begin sometime during the year, although no firm timeframe has been given. Earlier this month, the city assembly adopted new zoning regulations which envisages the airport's expansion and the construction of a helipad. The Serbian government plans to privatise the airport or put it up for concession by the end of this year.

75 comments:

  1. I guess JU's fleet renewal plan saga was replaced by BEG terminal expansion.

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  2. KIcking out foreign airlines from T1 won't go down well.

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  3. They should sell the airport ASAP. T2 expansion should have been completed by June for when JU start long haul. Also I don't support this idea of giving JU an entire terminal, especially T2.

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    1. Mozes misliti kako idioti na internetu ne podrzavaju ideju da se Air Serbiji ne da njeno vlasnistvo. Samo u Srbiji.

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    2. Pa ako JU zahteva da joj se da ono sto navodno njoj pripada onda neka placa svoje troskove. U suprotnom BEG ima prava da konfiskuje terminal kao nacin naplate dospelih obaveza. Danas terminal, sutra aviona. ;)

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    3. BEG usluge su deo obaveza države prema Air Serbiji, a ne obrnuto.

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    4. Ocito da nisu sve jer se aerodrom zali da JU opet ne placa svoj deo.

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  4. They will also put check-in desks in the corridor that links T1 and T2.

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  5. They don't need a tender to tell them T1 can't be used as a separate terminal. It can't be separate!

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    1. Why not? Baggage claim adn arrivals can be shared. Everything else can be separated.

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    2. Both incoming and outgoing baggage handling is shared, incoming border control is shared, arrival hall is shared, duty free and all of airside is shared... therefore they are not separate. Keep saying for three years, they are not separate and can't be fully separate.

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  6. BEG will become extremely overcrowded this summer with new flights plus New York flight and if a second widebody comes by the end of the year it will be a mess. Just imaggine passportort checks on arrival when New York and a few other flighs land at the same time. If Etihad want's a separate terminal for Air Serbia, they should have built them one.

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    1. Well, given that they are targeting transit pax (whose final destination is not BEG), most of these new pax (if any) will be using the transit area, having no effect on passport control or the terminals itself.

      Btw, with the usage of modern technologies (e.g. web check-in) the need for an enlarged terminal/check-in area decreases as well.

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    2. That's not really a burning issue - A332 is basically like two A320s coming in at the same time, which happens all the time - BEG serves 6 or 7 arrivals at the same time. Also, rarely is half of passport control counters open, so there is room to increase capacity w/o any construction.

      Finally, three out of five weekly flights arrive early at BEG, at hour when only the EY flight from AUH lands.

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    3. Passport control is something I have had problems with lately. On most of my arrivals this year not a single line was available for Serbian passport holders, I don't remember when the smart gates last worked, whilst I noticed those needing visas to enter Serbia confused as to where to go because of no staff being present.

      Problem is not current capacities rather getting payed people to do their job. Most non JU staff I see at BEG are just on their phones either texting or on private conversations!

      But the above is just part of a bigger overall problem. What to do with pax once in the transit zone.

      As for the separate terminal, one of the terminals belongs to JAT, that is Air Serbia. BEG has to return back to JU one of the terminals.

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    4. If Etihad will get also Terminal 2, or 49% of it for just as little as 40 million EUR it is not cheap it is present!!!

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  7. "Bids should include an analysis on the existing state of the terminal's infrastructure, as well as its projected capacity."

    And they expect this within a week? It would take a week of site inspections and analysis of historical data to come up with a meaningful result. This story has the smell of electioneering about it.

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    1. It doesn't say when the tender actually started. I checked their website and it was mid March.

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    2. So 3 weeks to do a full audit of the terminal and calculate capacity? Still not enough.

      It surprising that they are asking tenderer's to come up with these figures, I would have thought that the tender would specify what capacity the terminal should be able to handle.

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    3. Можда се у томе и крије прави циљ власти. Да стварањем хаотичне ситуације око тендера за реконструкцију и разноврсних нефункционалних решења кажу како ми заправо немамо никаве капацитете (ни материјалне, ни финансијске а ни кадровске) да управљамо аеродромом и да у тако створеној слици лакше и за мање новца предају аеродром неком другом на управљање.

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    4. Yap kao i mnoge druge firme koje su na taj nacin upropastene u Srbiji i za vreme DSa i DSSa i SNSa.

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    5. Anon 9:40; why are you surprised? This is Serbia, we always start in the wrong end, with no logic and creating problems for ourselves. :)

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  8. Steta je sto ce mozda ovo malo da uspori dalji razvoj ASL .
    Ali ako se ispuni sve sto je planirano nece biti problema za dalju ekspanziju .
    INN-NS

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  9. So can we assume the whole "Airports of Serbia" thing that was being talked about last year is dead and buried?

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    1. They established the company around a month ago but it doesn't include BEG. It will probably be used to waste taxpayer's money anyway.

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    2. I am surprised that there was no story here about this.

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    3. There was: http://www.exyuaviation.com/2016/01/serbian-airport-operator-established.html

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  10. Here is my solution to the whole airport thing that can satisfy everyone.

    Completely seperate terminal one and two. Terminal one keeps all the current check in, baggage, security, etc, for itself.

    Expand T2 with another 8 gates, plus new check in, security, automated baggage, etc.

    Terminal one will be used by all non Etihad Alliance carriers. The nicer gates will be for legacy airlines, and the furthest gates which are in horrible condition will be for LCCs and charter airlines.

    Terminal two will be for all Etihad alliance carriers and Air Serbia's partners.

    Build a small hotel on the airport property because this is necessary for all serious hubs.

    Therefore T1 will have 10 gates, but the capacity of the terminal will be greatly increased because all the check-in, security, and baggage infrastructure that currently exists will be devoted solely to those 10 gates.

    T2 will have the 6 current gates + 8 more new ones. The new gates, check-in, security, baggage, and food options must be built to the standards of international hubs. This also includes the building of a second floor over the current T2 gates as is already planned so arriving and departing pax can be seperated.

    If pax are seperated and the baggage handling is automated, much shorter connection times become possible which is extremely important for all hubs. This would benefit ASL greatly.

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    1. They would be better off building a completely new terminal somewhere else, similar to Zag. The cost to retrofit new security & baggage handling into the existing building, while keeping it fully operational would be huge. Better to start from scratch and build a airport to be really proud of.

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    2. I don't think it would be a problem because it would be a clean addition to T2. The airport would operate normally while the addition is made.

      Security, check-in, and baggag handling would all be done in the new addition. No retrofitting would be required.

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    3. Not doable without new terminal building.

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    4. Old ZAG was/is running over capacity and was basically a tin can. New terminal was a necessary solution for ZAGs capacity issues. Terminal I & II at BEG are still not at capacity. So if you build a new Terminal for what capacity? I & II have a capacity, depending on who you ask, from 6-8 million. So you build a new terminal at BEG for what 5m, and then you have old I & II at severe under capacity, and new terminal at only about 3m with a capacity of 5m or so.

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    5. @ anonymous 7,21pm

      BEG can reach this capacity in the next couple of years. In 2014 BEG had an increase of just under 1.1 million pax. Last year regardless of the amount of flights reduced, BEG still had an increase in pax.

      Looking at ZAG, it will take a couple of years to build a new terminal. Looking at the fact that BEG wasn't designed as much of a transit hub, ALOT will need to be done to better basically everything.

      Arrivals hall is small and needs enlargement, transit zone gets congested in the peak times, investment into separating departing and arriving traffic, updating gate areas, adding more check in desks, more retail and outlets for pax such as food and beverage, baggage sorting facilities etc. Is it worth the investment to just add and renovate or just to build a new terminal in phases that will enable future growth.

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  11. No major refurbishment or addition of the airport will take place until it is sold/concessioned. Hence, the delay. It's quite simple. Once the sale process wraps up this year, it will be far more clearer to what extend the airport will be enlarged and done-up.

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    1. Prvo mora da se Air Serbiji da njen terminal. Ne razumem kako to ne shvatate. Firma AB nije u posedu celog aerodroma.

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    2. It doesn't take 2,5 years to "give" T2 to Air Serbia. Something else is wrong.

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  12. Dobit "Tesle" manja za četvrtinu

    Beograd -- Beogradski Aerodrom "Nikola Tesla" objavio je putem Beogradske berze da je u prošloj godini ostvario neto profit od 2,5 milijarde dinara
    Izvor: B92, Wise broker ponedeljak, 28.03.2016. | 08:11 -> 10:17

    To je smanjenje od 24,8 odsto u odnosu na godinu pre.

    Pad dobiti došao je pre svega kao posledica činjenice da ostali rezultat nije dao takav doprinos dobitku kao 2014. godine.

    Kao što je poznato, Aerodrom je na kraju marta prošle godine naplatio od države otpisana potraživanja prema nacionalnom avio-prevozniku, Er Srbija, u visini od 1,9 milijardi dinara, ali je s druge strane nastavljeno gomilanje potraživanja prema ovoj kompaniji, pa su ostali rashodi dostigli 1,8 milijardi dinara.

    Aerodrom je u prošloj godini uslužio rekordnih 4,78 miliona putnika (rast od tri odsto), dok su prihodi u istom periodu ostali nepromenjeni u odnosu na 2014. i iznosili su 8,1 milijardu dinara.

    Država, koja poseduje 83,1 odsto akcija ove kompanije, za ovu godinu je najavila privatizaciju Aerodroma, ali još uvek nije izabran privatizacioni savetnik niti model za sprovođenje ovog postupka.

    Iz beogradskog aerodroma “Nikola Tesla” za B92 kažu da podaci o zaradi potiču iz Infromatora koji se izrađuje u statističke svrhe i nije zvaničan finansijski izveštaj o poslovanju kompanije već je zakonska obaveza svih preduzeća.

    “Podaci u Informatoru obrađeni su na onovu finansijskih izveštaja izrađenih u statističke svrhe i predati su Agenciji za privredne registre 28. februara 2016. godine. Navedeni podaci bitno se razlikuju od očekivanih finansijskih rezultata AD Aerodrom Nikola Tesla koji će biti dostupni danom usvajanja i objavljivanja godišnjeg Finansijskog izveštaja za 2015. godinu, 30. juna tekuće godine”, navode iz tog preduzeća.

    Kako dodaju, očekivana bruto dobit beogradskog aerodroma u 2015. iznosiće 3,971 milijardi dinara, što je za 6 odsto više u odnosu na 2014. Očekivana neto dobit u 2015. godini iznosiće 3,314 milijardi dinara, što je jedan od najboljih poslovnih rezultata od osnivanja beogradskog aerodrome.

    Iskazana razlika u vrednosti dobiti nastala je, kako kažu, smanjenjem ispravke vrednosti potraživanja iz 2015.

    Izvor: http://www.b92.net/biz/vesti/srbija.php?yyyy=2016&mm=03&dd=28&nav_id=1112912

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    1. Do those figures include the $22 million written of by the airport in January?

      https://www.krik.rs/en/government-waives-debt-of-air-serbia-to-belgrade-airport/

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    2. I guess these numbers are the ones before their accountants used their creativity which is why the CEO spoke against them and refered to them as 'statistics.'

      But what I find especially interesting is that the report mentioned that Air Serbia's debt has accumulated. Does it mean that they are not paying their bills again and hat they will be eventually written off or...?

      There is something fishy here.

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    3. Istovremeno je Republika Srbija uplatila 8,8 miliona Aerodromu Beograd na ime starih dugova Jata u martu 2015. (Zaključak Vlade Republike Srbije 05 Broj: 40-15095/4012-1)

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    4. Ali koliko sam ja shvatio i sa tom uplatom oni su osetili pad jer Er Srbija ne placa svoje troskove?

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    5. 8,8 milijardi ne miliona.

      Da, pad. E sad kolik bi bio da još Srbija nije uplatila skoro 9 milijardi.

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    6. Da li to znaci da je realan pad skoro 18 milijardi dinara?

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  13. Please people, let's try to use some logic at this blog, even though the airport apparently has none.

    The airport just finalized a tender for a capacity survey covering from 2016 to 2040. In my mind, any construction taking place anywhere in the world would wait for this assessment to be finalized BEFORE you start throwing out new tenders for any terminal, luggage-sorting, or anything whatsoever that has to do with the infrastructure of the airport. When you have an assessment of what you need then you start making plans on how to cope with that (in a normal country that is called a MASTERPLAN, which BEG does not have). To complete such a survey takes about 3 months from the day of contract, which is about 2 months from the closing of the tender.

    The airport has also published a tender for VDGS (5 units), apparently they are changing technology from what they purchased 3 years (11 units) ago into something new since they are allowing a new technology to be introduced.

    I think that we all are aware of that one of the biggest issues for Air Serbia at BEG is the luggage sorting.....a new system takes 10-12 months to install from the day of ordering.

    So pulling it all together, how can somebody open a tender for a new terminal building without having a capacity assessment as the basis for ANY infrastructure works????
    How can you switch technology on a technical solution which you invested in just 3 years ago??? Or is there something else behind this?
    3 weeks for a tender for a new terminal, without a masterplan is a joke.

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    1. OT: od danas KLM za Zagreb leti sa 737-700 u novom liveriju.

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    2. Gde ti vidis tender za novi terminal?

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    3. anon 12:59; please learn to read...it says BEFORE you launch tenders for a terminal etc....

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    4. 3 weeks for a tender for a new terminal, without a masterplan is a joke.

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    5. Anon 1:43; you cannot read only one thing, you need to read the tread from the top...."Bids should include an analysis on the existing state of the terminal's infrastructure, as well as its projected capacity." They are requesting the bidder for a construction to make an analysis of the capacity, when it is BEG whom should define the capacity needed, either by their own analysis or by using the results from the recently closed CAPACITY tender.... Do you understand this? Further down in the tread the issues with 3 week is being mentioned.
      When you develop an airport you work with a MASTERPLAN, which stretches 20 years and revised each 5 years. Most airport, of size, even have a Masterplan manager, with an obligation to make sure that any investment is IN-LINE with the MASTERPLAN.

      BEG does not have a MASTERPLAN.

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    6. BEG had several masterplans in the past 10-20 years but didn't execute any of them.

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    7. Anon: 2:38; well, if you don't follow the plan you have (good or bad) it means that you don't have a plan...voila BEG. :)

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  14. The only construction going on is the security checkpoint at the entrance of T2 (didn't see T1, suppose the same thing is going on there).

    I honestly can't believe they're going to do the same thing they did during the 1990s, with security personnel guarding all the other doors in order for them to be used for exit only.

    It's a reaction on BRU attacks, but they're not introducing heightened security until they finish construction of the checkpoint...

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  15. It's cool to have a bigger and more modern terminal but come on, the airport barely handles 5mln pax p.a. This is less than the traffic of Chareloi for example. Yes, a wide body will be present but only 1 per day as it will be flying most of the time. Also let's not forget that no new carrier will operate new destinations nor we see an increase in the frequency or capacity of the foreign carriers from/to BEG

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    1. So why is Zagreb then building a new terminal?

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  16. Wings of Lebanon every Friday from Beirut to Zagreb from July to September.

    They had flights last year from Dubrovnik.

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  17. Hey guys... today is Wizz Air's first flight to Baden Baden! We wish them best of luck and may their presence in BEG grows in the future as we need more fully paying custoemrs here. ))

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    1. Wizz has a long-standing reputation of being a fully paying customer at BEG...

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    2. @ anonymous 10,25pm

      no they don't.

      http://www.exyuaviation.com/2014/01/belgrade-under-fire-for-wizz-benefits.html

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    3. Look at the date. The CEO went to prison and they were forced to pay for the services they are using... unlike a certain other carrier. ;)

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    4. Air Serbia is now "fully paying customer", so you need more of Air Serbia.

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    5. Not true. Even when they will pay "fully" (not like last year when AB gave them 22 million EUR) they will still have discounts 50-70% on all services in BEG. The only company that will have those huge discount. Others can have 10-20% discount.

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    6. Read the article, BEG has problems now because JU is AGAIN not paying its bills so the losses have accumulated and the money they got from the government barely covered it.

      So what's the difference between Jat and Air Serbia if neither one of them is paying BEG?

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  18. Record years in profit.

    But still no T2 reconstruction and new gates which are delay for god knows how long.

    Ring a bell? Why airport which have multi-million profit and record income delay essential reconstruction and increase of capacity.

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    1. Kapacitet aerodroma je daleko od popunjenosti. Strabag i sl nece jos dugo dobiti posao. Dzaba trubite.

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    2. Pa aerodrom je sam najavio
      - obnovu A6 do A10 što je više nego nužno

      - nove gejtove na C što je nužno posebno radi A330 i novih letova

      - povečanje prostora za dučane i ugostiteljske objekte što svi znamo da treba

      Dakle, aerodrom je sam to rekao i što bi? Odustaše? Jer to ne treba. Neistina.

      Jer se nema para? Kako ako su rekordni profiti?

      Nešto tu jako smrdi!

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  19. Anyone know why YU-APA, BEG-FRA, is returning to BEG?

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    1. There is a sexy lineup on final approach now:

      TK Cargo A310
      TK A321
      Swiftair Atr Cargo!

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  20. Admin: i think you got it wrong somewhere. Valorisation of T1 public procurement is not related to overhaul works you have mentioned. It is meant to show future potential of T1 and to identify bottlenecks and help defining its future. Overhaul you mentioned is A6-A10 refurbishment which will allow one E category stand and increase number of gates.

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    1. Also T1 refurbishment is in process but due public procurement of new bhs things are a bit slow. All works are in order to get an independent check in system in t1 that will satisfy beg capacity needs. By the way beg capacity study public procurement is also running.

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    2. So many RFPs and studies yet nothing has been done for passengers in almost two years except stupid passport booths in T1!

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  21. First world airport problems according to McKinsey & Co:

    http://www.slideshare.net/McKinseyCompany/from-touchpoints-to-journeys-seeing-the-world-as-customers-do

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    1. Number 6 is all too real in many airports. Finding seating at the departure gate when all the pax are waiting to board the plane can be very difficult.

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  22. Why are BEG gates C3/C4 out of service?

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