Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Belgrade Airport set for record July


Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport is on course to register its busiest July on record with passenger numbers estimated to reach 600.000 during the 31-day period. Acting General Manager, Saša Vlasaivljević, is confident the airport will welcome up to five million travellers by year's end and see its figures improve 3% compared to 2015. "We are currently at the peak of the summer season and it's our most successful to date since all indicators show July will be our busiest on record, as we expect to handle 600.000 passengers, which will be a first during a one-month period", Mr Vlasavljević says. On July 18, the airport surpassed its 24-hour passenger record by welcoming 20.417 travellers.

The comments come following a mixed performance during the first half of the year, during which Belgrade Airport registered 2.111.690 travellers, down 1.2% on 2015. "Despite the fact that during the first half of the year our passenger numbers decreased, our growth in the second half will be on the wings of Air Serbia's major network expansion. We expect to see a historic summer with numbers up in both scheduled and charter flights and our five-millionth passenger to be welcomed in early December", Mr Vlaisavljević notes. In June, Air Serbia introduced flights from Belgrade to New York, Hamburg, St. Petersburg, Kiev and Ohrid. So far, it has been decided for both New York and Hamburg to remain in the airline's schedule past the summer season.

During the first half of the year, the airport recorded a net profit of over eleven million euros. Its revenues increased 5% to 33 million euros, while expenses decreased 26% compared to the same period last year. The airport estimates its full-year profits will amount to between 26 and 30 million euros. It comes ahead of a planned concession of the airport in 2017. The Serbian Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure estimates the airport's current market value at 251 million euros. The French company Lazard Freres, which is acting as an advisor to the government, will decide whether the airport should be fully privatised or put up for concession, although it is believed the latter is the more likely choice.

129 comments:

  1. Judging by people's comments here you would have thought they were about to close.

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    1. How do you figure that, you are the second comment of the day?

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    2. Comments on past news re BEG. Take a look yourself.

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    3. About to close, really??? C'mon man.

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  2. They should not be so dependent on Air Serbia.

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    1. Sure. The world's airlines are fighting wildly to start flights to BEG, the management are working double shifts only to read all slot requests that just keep coming in. Really no idea whatsoever why would they need Air Serbia.

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  3. http://www.b92.net/biz/vesti/srbija.php?yyyy=2016&mm=07&dd=26&nav_id=1159311

    Direktor aerodroma Beograd planira da investira 30 miliona eur u Sava centar, tamo preseli operativne službe, izgradi hotel, zgradu od 30 spratova i šoping centar. Plan je da Sava centar dođe na pozitivnu nulu za tri godine.

    Ljudi ovo je vrh! Umesto da tih 30 miliona uloži u aerodrom, napravi proširenje C hodnika T2 za 15 miliona kao što je odavno najavljeno a drugih 15 uloži u renoviranje A hodnika i napravi službene prostorije na aerodromu, on ulaže u propali Strava centar koji nema veze sa aerodromom! Operativne službe moraju da budu na aerodromu a ne u Sava sentru! Hotel je potrebniji na aerodromu a ne tamo gde već postoji veliki Crown Plaza! Umesto da pravi još jedan šoping centar na par stotina metara od postojećeg Ušća, pametnije da obezbedi bolji duty free na aerodromu! Već godinu dana kasni sa platformom za odleđivanje i drugim projektima a ceo ovaj plan sa Sava centrom je protiv svake logike i razuma. Čisto bacanje para umesto da pod hitno sredi ovu SRAMOTU od njegovog aerodroma:

    http://oi65.tinypic.com/3503sra.jpg

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    1. Ne lozite se, nema od toga nista, hahaha aerodromski hotel u gradu.... Slazem se da je potreban - ali na aerodromu! Mali djokica bizmismen

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    2. Kako ce neko ovde da se obogati. Koje su to kombinacije, standardna prica za Srbiju.

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    3. Čak i da ne bude ništa od toga, kako direktor može da daje takve izjave. Jedan dan kaže da je prodaja ili koncesija neophodna jer aerodrom nema dovoljno para za širenje a drugi dan ima para da ulaže na druga mesta!

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    4. sramota!! ova prica i laiku zvuci potpuno nerealno...

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    5. That is more than scandal.

      1. BEG is late with deicing platform for more than one year

      2. BEG is late for two years with so needed rebuild of A6-A10 gates, building new C7-C10 gates, new bus gates, 3rd floor, self luggage disposal. And one can not see any new deadlines, there is no plan for that.

      3. Air Serbia has plan to bring new planes, open new routes but BEG airport has plan no to invest in airport in near future.

      4. After those urgent investments they need to invest in hotel near airport (not in Sava centar) as BEG becomes hub and more and more people need to make sleepover + delays, new terminal (they publish plan for that), new luggage system as that one is on verge of collapse, and in 5-10 years period they should invest in 2nd runaway.

      In same time BEG will invest in Sava centar instead of Airport?!?!?!?! They don't have money to invest in airport, but have money to invest in Sava centar?!?!?!

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  4. wow 600,000 in one month. That's pretty good for BEG.

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  5. Very busy summer and thus far no big operational problems. Nice job.

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  6. Good result having in mind current situation with limited low-cost carriers and destinations.

    I'm flying more then 10 times per year and half of that is from Budapest airport. Hopefully concession would be done successfully and company that wins can attract more low cost carriers or current ones expand more.

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    1. Do you fly from BUD because it offers more destinations and LLCs than BEG?

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    2. It's generally cheaper.

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    3. It's cheaper, they have a lot Low-cost destinations and even regular airlines offer lower fares compared to Beg (e.g. Qatar, Turkish)

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    4. Even if you factor in drive time to BUD, parking/shuttle bus, border, plus 3-4 extra hours of travel time?

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    5. Not on all routs but on some routs of "regular" airlines it's more cheaper to do so... there's more competition and prices are adjusted to that.

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  7. Always good to hear official figures, which are starting to turn decent. Contrary to the regurgitated doom and gloom frenzy that some characters here use to medicate their internal frustrations.

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    1. Yeah, because officials will step forward and give negative results. Also, there is more than a single month in the year. ;)

      ...or have you already forgotten about all the previous months?

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    2. So now you are suggesting they are lying with the result? Whenever the numbers are not in your favor it's a conspiracy.

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    3. Of course they are laying about the results! Even a child can see that they have no idea not only about math but accounting as well.

      Two weeks ago the assistant director was telling the press that they need money for an expansion (without any masterplan) and now the CEO is reporting fantasy profit figures. With that profit numbers they can go to ANY bank and finance whatever they need, if they would have a plan of course....

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    4. Of course. Doesn't matter if it's a record. He will always come and explain how it is negative, bad, a disaster etc. Unfortunately, I doubt his hate has much to do with the airport itself.

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    5. BTW there is a masterplan. Was published here a year ago.

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    6. No, I am saying that no manager will go out when the results are bad which is why they haven't made any similar statements in the past months.

      Also, you are using the best month of the year to present as if the situation is brilliant at the airport. Let's see if you will do the same in oct or nov.

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    7. And let's say in Frankfurt the CEO came out and made a comment on their disaster results for June? No. Of course the CEO will come and comment when the results are best. It's the same everywhere in the world.

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    8. You mean the masterplan from like 1985? lol

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    9. BEG is no FRA and JU is not LH.

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    10. No there is a new one which is completely different from the one in the 80s. You obviously didn't see it.

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    11. There is NO masterplan.

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    12. There IS. It has been published. Just because you missed it, your problem.

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    13. Share it or it didn't happen.

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    14. And who said it didn't happen? You? Because you are a divine being? Look for it yourself. It was published here during the first quarter of last year.

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    15. @ AnonymousJuly 27, 2016 at 9:56 AM

      And who said it was?

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    16. No, it wasn't published, stop making things up. It's not healthy.

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    17. Can administration tell us if and when a masterplan was made so that this arguing can stop. Thank you

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    18. The only thing that's not healthy are the hysterical bouts that you suffer from daily, when you don't take your anti-trolling medication. If you've run out, we can send you some from Serbia.

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    19. Most of the current development is based on a masterplan drafted in 2003.

      http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EwrzXyUVbz8/VQUzbPfixUI/AAAAAAAAQPM/xMmWbaU9y54/s1600/beg2025.jpg

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    20. 13 years old Masterplan? Come on!!!! Hahahaha.... On that time Jat was on 980.000 passengers, there were no plan for intercontinental, even Wizzair was not in BEG.

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    21. So you were absolutely wrong about a masterplan for the 80s. Take a break so people can actually discuss normally without your attacks.

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    22. Yeah because 2003 is so much better than 1985. Actually, 85 would be more appropriate to use than 03 given the condition of civil aviaiton in those years.

      We all remember how eerie BEG was in 2003. The airport today is much different.

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    23. Well, just like I said, BEG does NOT have a masterplan. Looking at a plan from 2003 and still not following it means that you do NOT have a plan.

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  8. Very good result. Let's hope they can maintain it throughout the year.

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  9. Speechless.

    Are some of you using the same drug as Sasa? Do you have any idea about math?

    Passengers: to reach 5 million the airport needs to bring in 2,9 million passengers in the remaining months of the year. This is 900.000 pax MORE then in the first 6 months...now please divide that by a A320....

    Profit: 90% of all tenders is still in July 2016 be done on the 2015 budget.
    The results for 2015 has already been published and still purchases are being done against that result.....

    If the turnover for the first 6 months was 33 million euro the full year turnover should be about 77 million euro and with a 30 million euro profit by the end of the year those numbers would put BEG as the most profitable airport in the world by far. What is the reason for a concession?!
    This is a cash cow the world can only dream about.

    Plans: BEG has NO masterplan and the CEO wants to take on Sava Center

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    1. AV treba cash. Aerodrom, Telekom i EPS su jedini proizvodjaci istog u Srbiji to je krenuo Dinkic da unistava, ali ili nije mogao ili nije stigao. Spasavanje SC verovatno trazi SNS. Znaci izgleda prvo SC pa prodaja ili izdavanje BEG.

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    2. @10:01Da bi Telekom, Aerodrom i EPS ostali konkurentni i donosili drzavi neke prihode potrebno je u njih uloziti ogroman novac. Ovo posebno vazi za Telekom koji gubi trku sa konkurencijom i vrednost mu pada umesto da raste.

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    3. Ne lupetaj svoje mambo dzambo gluposti iz Dinkicevog repertoara, kako u Nemackoj drze neki od postanskih servisa npr DHL. Kompanije u drzavnom vlasnistvu i slicnim tipovima normalno posluju. U Srbiji su dali budzasto licence za telefoniju Jevrjima SBB i Orionu. Ni jedni ne pokrivaju celu teritoriju samo muzu drzavene telekomunikacije i potrosace. Iako zivim u jednoj od centralnih zona nisam mogao da dobijem SBB jer nemaju mrezu. Ako zele profit naravno da trebaju da uloze pare.

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    4. Odgovor je "ne lupetaj" a u prilog tome "kad može u Nemačkoj. To vam je sabiranje baba i žaba. Ne možete uporedjivati jednu od najmoćnih zemalja na svetu sa raspalom, post socijalističkom Srbijom! Za modernizaciju ovih preduzeća su potrebne milijarde koje nemamo. Ne ulazeći u vaše materijalno stanje, to bi bilo isto kao kada bi ste krenuli u renoviranje stana a da zivite samo od skromne plate.

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    5. Anon. 10.01 Ako imate dokaze da je nesto neko krao i upropastio, izvolte na sud pa dokazite. Ako ne dokazete, platite debelo sto ste lagali, kao sto je zuta stampa vec nekoliko puta platila za slicne optuzbe koje su se pokazale kao lazi. Ovo nije mesto za politicarenje i nemate pravo da ikoga takvim optuzbama dovodite u polozaj da bude tuzen zbog klevete, pa ni ovaj portal. Vi slobodno verujte da su devedesetih tekli med i mleko i da vasim izborima niste doprineli da Srbija jos pre bombardovanja dodje na evropsko zacelje, da je uvek neko drugi kriv sto ce vasi unuci ziveti gore nego vi.

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  10. It's pretty sad that it is impossible to have a normal discussion whenever the topic is BEG airport or Air Serbia. It takes a few minutes before certain people get their claws out and my guess it's the same couple of people or the same person.

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    1. Ne zaboravi i chirliderse koji ne propustaju priliku da velicaju stvari i koji su podjednako losi kao i ovi hejteri.

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    2. Give me an example of normal discussion in light of the Sava Center announcement. Can you say something like "That's a smart business decision" and keep a straight face?

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    3. @10:21 Molio bih da mi objasnis, kako je pohvala jako dobre vesti loša i kako to možemo staviti u isti koš sa ljudima kojima i ovakva vest poput ove današnje sluzi za jeftino politikanstvo?

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  11. OT: Any information for subsidies flight from Budapest to Ex YU capitol city??

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  12. When I saw 40+ comments I hoped for some interesting discussion and points of view.

    Alas...

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  13. It was about time that Belgrade after 11 months start to grow. In those 11 months BEG lost almost 100.000 passengers. For sure that is not good result.

    I just hope that it will become trend and not just one positive month. For sure good July will not compensate those 100.000 lost. I hope that in August BEG wold be in zero, totally annul 100.000 minus, so with results on last year basis.

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    1. Are you aware that in the period before that 100k loss there was a 1M GAIN of pax? After such an increase it is normal to have some small bounce backs before returning to the growth path.

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    2. True but that was trend after Air Serbia huge expansion. It was not problem after several months, noone make alarm here because of few "winter" months, but now one can say it is trend, because it is 11 months in role. 100.000 is not "small" number. BEG would need July and August with very good number (more than 10% plus) to make it zero, and to hope September, October, November and December will make increase that we will have yearly increase.

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    3. Sorry but I still don't get your logic. The airport is waaaay above anything that would have happened if Jat was still around or finally dropped dead. 100k is an absolutely acceptable tremor if you take the previous developments into account. And it ends this month anyway, and turns back to growth. I really don't see any reason for panic when it comes to numbers in BEG - the problem is it mid-term and long-term strategy which is virtually nonexisting. Not to mention that the airport's management is probably the biggest bunch of imbeciles the international aviation has ever seen.

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    4. BUD became much bigger once MA collapsed, what makes you think the same wouldn't have happened in BEG?

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    5. Biggest thing having affect on BEG numbers is that the number of charters have dropped. Less tourists to Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt, which means less flights. You can notice the reductions to AYT, DLM and BJV. TU is only flying to BEG while JU used to fly to TUN, MIR and NBE. JU isn't doing charters to SSH and HRG, no flights to Taba and its been a couple years since there was charters to Aqaba.

      Sure, other charters have come such as SKG, PMI, CTA, but I don't think its to the same numbers as previously.

      I dare say that INI has also taken pax as well with the arrival of LCC. Sure, many have been taken from bus companies, as well as from the neighbouring regions, but I'm sure there is a small number from BEG as well.

      What will be interesting to watch is if JU will reduce as much as they did last winter. This will affect the BEG numbers.

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    6. Anon 4:06,

      It took BUD 3 years to overtake the pax number from 2012 (when Malev went bust). On top of that, they have a huge LCC that is headquartered in Budapest and has a lot of aircraft based in BUD. Where would Serbia find such local carrier?

      Further, BUD loses money on a tremendous scale because LCCs who now fully dominate the airport simply do not generate enough revenue. Last but not least, Budapest is far more attractive location than Belgrade and Hungary is an EU country.

      As I said, if Jat collapsed BEG would need at least 3-4 years to return to 3.7M pax from 2013 and another 3-4 years to reach 5M. With ASL it will go much faster + INI has been brought back to life.

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    7. SOF is doing fine without a strong national carrier, BEG would be similar to that. Nothing bad there.

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    8. @Anon at 6:29

      If SOF is doing fine without a strong national carrier, please call LHR, CDG and FRA and tell them to chase away national carrier and they will do fine.

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    9. JATBEGMEL
      Another platitude!!!!!

      There was not so huge decline in charters this year. In June there was some 20 charters less, but even if it was 30-40, there was 50 more flights of Air Serbia in June than last year. Together with others carrier there is

      65 more flights in June - 30 charter = 35 more flights!!!!

      But still number decline.

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    10. Anon. 7.55 Putting five exclamation points doesn't make your argument stronger, just the opposite, it shows the weakness of your point.

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    11. Can you denies those numbers and those facts?

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  14. OT:
    Wizz have based 5th A/C @ Cluj

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    1. I hope someone will soon start flight to BEG, if is not possible from Oradea.

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  15. Great news for BEG. Hope August follows as well.

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  16. That is it finally. I will simply not read comments on this excellent site again. Pathetic.

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  17. 'Da su ipak, porasle plate u javnom sektoru upućuju i najnoviji podaci Republičkog zavoda za statistiku, po kojima i ove godine prva dva mesta zauzimaju opštine Surčin i Kostolc, koje su sedišta nekih od najvećih javnih preduzeća. Drugim rečima jasno je da su plate na aerodromu "Nikola Tesla", "Er Srbije" i preduzeća za podzemnu eksploataciju "Kostolc" i pored zakonske zabrane povećanja to ipak uradile. Stručnjaci tvrde da ovakva praksa može biti pogubna za javne finansije.'

    http://www.blic.rs/vesti/ekonomija/otkrivamo-plate-u-junu-podigao-javni-sektor/4dys10p

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  18. OT: zanima me da li netko zna leti li jos Vueling iz Pule za Rim. Hvala.

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  19. I'm just curious, now where the results seems to be good for BEG airport, are they going to publish them after 20 days like june results?

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    1. I'm just curious when Podgorica Airport will publish its results for June since it is July 27 and they have not published it on their website.

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    2. Don't waste your typing I'm not from montenegro.

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    3. I don't care where you are from. I am stating that Podgorica Airport has not published it's numbers for June and its already 27 July. Or is criticism of other airports not allowed?

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    4. Sorry for the misunderstanding I thought you wanted to stick it on me without any reason, my apologies.

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    5. Belgrade only needs to compare to himself. Belgrade once published results on the first workday of the next month. Then they recently hired extra 900 new employees with "amazing" diplomas and extreme loyalty. Unfortunately, these bright people need fifteen times more for the same job. Diplomas these days! No wonder ASL CEO recently complained that BEG is a bottleneck for Air Serbia future development.

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  20. Here is little math on this subject. So far they had 2.112M pax this year. To reach 5M pax in 2016 BEG needs to record over 2.888M pax in second half. That’s almost 280K extra compared to the same months last year or 10.7% on average if my mats is correct. If July proves to be record breaking he stipulates with exactly 600K (11%YoY) the difference for the last five months drops down to 218K and the average increase needed is 10.6%. What’s the chance of this happening I don’t know. They did introduce NYC, HAM etc. + charters that weren’t there last year but it still seems too much to me.

    He also mentioned reaching 5M in early Dec. For the sake of argument let’s assume they do have 600K in July and 168K by mid Dec (half of Dec 2015 +10%). To reach 5M by this point it would require 357K more pax in in those four months (Aug-Nov) or over 20% compared to same months last year.

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    1. Best month on the record was August 2014 with 576.461 passengers.

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    2. Charters? Just few days ago cheerers here point that bad result in June was because 30 less charters than last year? Now we have more charters?????

      We are talking about CEO that miss 2015 predictions for 10%. We call that than Jatovanje. You forget that, we laugh a lot about that.

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    3. The 5 million mark is reachable, but highly unlikely unless the rumors turn out to be true that 2 A320 are coming in the winter months (again very questionable).

      Charters are down by a lot of course even though there are more destinations now than before. Some of the destinations are operated by JU every 10 days so you do the math. Finally I remember 2-3 years ago there were around 6-8 charters to Antalya alone daily in addition to 3-4 flights to Bodrum and Dalaman. There were also more flights to Tunis and Egypt even thought these countries were a mess and still are to certain extent.

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    4. My apologies, I wasn't following what's happening with charters this summer. I assumed that becouse of permits not being issued on time or at all,there is more flight this year.

      Regardless,as it stands right now they'll have a tough time reaching 5M, especially by "early Dec".

      Imho two new A320s seems unrealistic. They would have to be grounded most of winter. I don't expect Hamburg or some other new destinations to perform that well right away.

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    5. I don't understand where these rumours of JU getting an extra 2 aircraft - in the winter of all mths - come from. They cut capacity in the winter, like every other ex-yu airline. They went even further last year with their cuts and having proved it a profitable move, will also keep to the same strategy this winter. They needed extra aircraft in the summer, although with everything that happened this year across Europe, it probably proved a wise move not to bring in any additional aircraft.

      So if they didn't bring any in during the high season, why on God's earth would they bring in any additional aircraft during the winter ?

      Every airline in Europe is showing softening demand in Q3. Easyjet recently did something for the first time in their history - introduced promotional fares in August. LH has reduced its profit forecast and the same story continues across Europe.

      And yet, people here work themselves into a frenzy believing that JU is going to bring in an additional 2 aircraft, especially against this backdrop.

      If anything, they need to be getting rid of aircraft over the winter - looking for wet lease opportunities elsewhere.

      Pls stop with these crazy ideas ....

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    6. The story is now slightly different as they have to find a way to fill the JFK flights all through the winter season. I think it will push them do try things other than just seasonal cuts.

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    7. I am one of those JU stipend managers in AUH and what I heard is that they need it because A319s are too small in summer. In winter they will be used on max two rotations until some 'older' a/c go into maintainance. Winter schedule is far from finalized and some exciting changes are coming.

      The planning department here in AUH should have it published soon.

      HAM is selling fantastically from day 1. Lots of p2p which help with yield.

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    8. ^any new destinations? Are they planning to keep Kiev? more info

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    9. Can't say as they already threatened to fire me for saying all this. lol

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  21. Below is a must read article by tangosix

    http://tangosix.rs/2016/27/07/sta-se-nalazi-u-kargo-iljusinima-koji-polecu-sa-beogradskog-aerodroma/

    I have been saying for at least a year that the ONLY reason to why BEG has such an impressive cargo growth is the war in Syria and unrest in Middle East. Many people probably know this, but never talk about it.

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    1. Izvoz oruzija posebno municije je dugogodisnji projekat Srbije i u SFRJ i danas. Idi lepo na mycity.rs pa vidi kako
      ga tamo napusavaju. Kada su se peglali Irak i Iran izvozila je i Bosna.

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    2. So what's the problem? It is not illegal trade, all these weapons go to Saudi Arabia and UAE completely legally and with the approval of big international players including Russia. What Saudis then do with the weapons, well I think we can all guess what they do, but again it is their responsibility with which apparently no one has serious issues either.

      I'm not saying we should be proud of it, just pointing out there are no illegal operations there. And it is understandable that the state wants to keep low profile on it - anyone out there would do the same.

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    3. anon 5:50, I wanted to point out what is the primary reason for cargo growth in BEG and most likely other places in region. A couple of months ago there was a discussion on this topic and some people were in denial as to what is fueling the cargo numbers.

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  22. Ovo su odlicne vesti za LYBE i nadam se da ce ipak preci 5 mil pax u ovoj Godini. I takodje bilo bi dobro da se 1 nova destinacija otvori kad dodju A320.
    INN-NS

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    1. Dolaze A320?

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    2. Trebalo bi ako se opet nesto ne ispadne drugacije .
      INN-NS

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    3. Doci ce a mozda i nece. Cestitam Marko, odlicna ti logika. Sigurno si u pravu kako god da ispadne.

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    4. Valjda je mislio kada dodje deset A320neo, zar ne?

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    5. Ako dodju 2 A320 mogu da ovore jos 5-6 novih destinacija. Barselona, Venecija, Insbruk, Madrid ima mnogo kombinacija.

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    6. Kako se prica radi se o povecanju kapacoteta na postojecim linijama. Uvodice se postepeno dodatni letovi na svim destinacijama, a novih linija nece biti pre leta 2017. Zasto bas sada stizu ta dva a320, mislim da samo mali broj ljudi zna.

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    7. Da, da Innsbruck sa A320, to nemože omanut!

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    8. Da zimi bi mogao ici A320 ali leti ne .
      I takodje ja ne znam sto procate kad se ne znate .
      INN-NS

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  23. Slightly OT : JU stats for July, PAX +10,5%, OPs +8,5%, LF higher than 82%.

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    1. Minute of silence for haters.RIP.

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    2. Not Hater but RealJuly 27, 2016 at 8:03 PM

      And that will not be enough even to make 50% of 100.000 passenger shortage from last 11 months.

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    3. But it's still July, what about last few days?

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    4. It is summer season even if a company named AIR BANANAS the load factor would be high, and if the prices were low then higher than higher, so give me a break GUESS WHO.

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      82% with all new destinations is not good? You should give us a break!

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    6. Biggest and best ex-YU company. Well done again, Air Serbia!

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  24. One school of thought suggested Sava Center news is BEG management looking for new jobs once concessionaire takes over, with SC staying outside of airport concession deal similar to ZAG deal.

    That could be true. Management is free to go, but not to take 30 mil of airport money with them. What I am worried about is airport management now pushing for Public Private Partnership (PPP) so they get to keep airport jobs as part of government representation if PPP/concession deal is signed. They have shown incompetence in managing an airport, so it would be far better for concessionaire to completely get rid of existing management, bring in new professional manager (or make clone of Dane Kondic, one for ASL one for BEG) to do the right job within agreed guidelines.

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    1. But they didn't even make it to the Euros...

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  26. OT: I flew today WAW-BEG on 737 YU-ANJ and I must say that aircraft is not at bad shape at all. You can see that is not brand new, there are here and there some proof of wear, seats are slim type, I think similar comfort like ones in A319/320, after reading so many bad comments here about old 737's I must say it was pleasant experience. I am sorry that I did not take photo of YU-ANJ as I am not sure when next time I will get AvioLet 737 instead of Air Serbia Airbus (yes I know that AvioLet is "Charter Brand" of Air Serbia)

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    1. I flew with one last year to Greece on a charter flight. Decent planes, but some people will always find black lining and reason why this is unacceptable. Never mind they don't apply the same standards to any other exyu company.

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    2. As addition to previous post, on Monday I flew BEG-WAW on A319 YU-APD and economy was almost 100% full, just 2 or 3 empty seats. Today was similar, not so full, but only around 10 seats empty in economy. Most of travellers in both ways are young people in early or mid twenties, looks to me that they are using flight for going to and back from Adriatic. Only few business looking guys.

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    3. Actually, YU-ANJ was always praised as the best B733. It's cabin is quite nice and it looks relatively ok. It's the other ones that are pretty bad, that is YU-ANK and YU-ANI. YU-AND is pretty ok.

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    4. Old. Most of them not in good shape. No business class. No wi-fi...

      ... in one word it is not in standard of A319/320, not in standard of Air Serbia and for sure not what people pay for (especially if they pay for business in A319).

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    5. True but some like ANJ or AND are more or less ok on shorter flights (up to 90 minutes) where there is not much demand for business class. I don't think most passengers would mind flying to PRG on ANJ instead of any of the Atrs.

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    6. Anon. 23.27
      An airplane that serves primarily for charter flights should have business class? How comes? If there was someone flying business class on these flights, they would send an Airbus instead. But there was nobody. Why would they fly empty business class if they could fill entire plane with economy passengers? Excellent business move by ASL.
      And what is the deal with wifi? Do ATRs have wifi?

      There is no point holding Air Serbia to higher standards only to trash it.

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  27. I enjoyed every time when I had opportunity to fly on JU B733

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  28. Izgleda dobro ali ovo nije vise nasa zdracna luka vec francuska :(

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