Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Belgrade Airport begins terminal overhaul


Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport has begun the overhaul of its Terminal 1 (T1) building, marking the first major upgrade of the facility in 34 years. Valued at almost half a million euros, work includes expanding the building's capacity and adding new commercial space. Plans have also been made to reopen the observation deck which has been closed for decades. Previously, the airport completed the renovation of the hall connecting its two terminal buildings, as well as an overhaul of T1's passport control area. As part of the overhaul which began on Monday, the airport will also upgrade the baggage sorting facility located at the terminal. T1 is used exclusively by low cost airlines, Air Serbia's dedicated charter brand Aviolet, as well as other leisure carriers for check-in purposes and immigration. Both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 share a joint departures lounge and gates.

Terminal 1 opened on April 28, 1962. In early 2013, Jat Airways requested for the facility to be handed over to them in order for it to become a dedicated terminal used exclusively by the national carrier. The request was denied at the time. However, according to the Transaction Framework Agreement between Etihad Airways and the Government of Serbia (GoS) in mid-2013, in which Air Serbia is still referred to as Jat, “The GoS shall ensure that either Terminal 1 or Terminal 2 of Belgrade Airport, as the Parties may agree, is allocated to Jat for its exclusive use by no later than 1 January 2014. The GoS shall fund a portion of the costs of the refurbishment of Terminal 1 or Terminal 2, as the case may be, to a standard acceptable to Jat within 2 years of the date hereof, that is proportionate to the size of its shareholding in Jat after the completion of Etihad's acquisition of Jat shares”. The Framework Agreement also states, “The GoS shall ensure that space for a Jat lounge is allocated to Jat in Terminal 1 or Terminal 2 as the case may be, with sufficient capacity to meet its actual and projected business passenger requirements”. While the parties did not stick to the January 1, 2014 deadline, the carrier's lounge has since opened.

Terminal 1 interior

As part of its efforts to add capacity, Belgrade Airport launched a multi million euro expansion project in 2014. This year, it completed the overhaul of the hall connecting the two terminal buildings and built a de-icing platform. However, the planned expansion of its second terminal, valued at fifteen million euros, has been delayed until further notice. Initially, construction was due to commence last year. On the other hand, the Serbia and Montenegro Air Traffic Services Agency has announced the construction of a new control tower at the airport next year. The Agency is in the process of obtaining necessary land and construction permits. The investment in Belgrade Airport's infrastructure comes months ahead of a planned concession. On Monday, the Serbian Prime Minister said the country expects to raise 400 million euros in the privatisation. "We could even get 600 million euros if we give it through a concession for a longer period", the PM added.

115 comments:

  1. It would be nice if they brought back the old look with the beautiful fountain in the middle of the building. T1 is a nice example of modernist architecture.

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    1. Absolutely agree! +1

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    2. Doubt it. They will probably go for the same style they used for the corridor between T1 and T2 which was recently reconstructed

      http://i.imgur.com/wQ9QcP2.png

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    3. ^ That actually looks good when I compare it to the black rubber that was there before.

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    4. Anon at 9.14 is right it will look simmilar to the reconstructed hall where new check in will be.

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    5. "Black rubber" is a classic Italian modernist design of the 1970s feature - FCO used to have it, until they changed it for those ghastly bathroom tiles.

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  2. From what I hear they probably plan to give Air Serbia + partners use of terminal 2 and the rest would use terminal 1. That's why they are renovating it.

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    1. Not sure other airlines would be too happy about that.

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    2. If Etihad wants a new terminal for Air Serbia they should build them one!

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    3. But when they enter Jat they get all the Jat assets, and one terminal is owned by Jat, so 49% of that is now owned by Etihad.

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  3. Above all they need food court, more resting space for connecting passengers and larger duty free space. :)

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    1. Agree about the food court. A cafe and a Hleb & Kifle bakery really isn't good enough especially with more and more transfer passengers using the airport and spending a few hours in the transfer zone. Duty free zone I think is fine. Its quite large plus there are several other stores as well including a few branded shops.

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    2. They also need area to safely leave the baggage on long connections, so passengers can hang out without it.

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    3. Storage lockers, for sure.

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  4. I find that the expansion of terminal 2 is far more pressing. I'm sure there is a reason why they haven't started that. It's not about the money.

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    1. They have actually got a construction permit but for some reason are not starting work on it.

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    2. So what is the reason than?

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    3. My guess is it has something to do with either the concession or with Air Serbia. Not sure. But in their quarterly report they listed the status of the expansion that they got the permit.

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    4. No major expansion of the airport will take place until it is sold/concessioned. Once the sale process is completed, it will be far more clearer to what extent the airport will be enxpanded.

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    5. If so, why they invest in T1 than?

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    6. Anon @11:57

      Good question. The only logical explanation: there will be no concession so keep renovating T1 and T2.

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    1. http://i.imgur.com/j0flS9t.jpg

      http://i.imgur.com/wVncepK.jpg

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  6. OT ...does anyone know why JU650 (BEG-SVO) was cancelled today? There are no JU flights today on this route!?!...

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    1. Again you with Moscow and your false claims that something was cancelled. Look at their Moscow timetable and you will realise why there is no flight to Moscow today.

      http://www.beg.aero/strana/7731/%D0%A1%D0%B5%D0%B7%D0%BE%D0%BD%D1%81%D0%BA%D0%B8-%D1%80%D0%B5%D0%B4-%D0%BB%D0%B5%D1%82%D0%B5%D1%9A%D0%B0?kompanija=&destinacija=MOSCOW%20SHEREMETYEVO&odDan=29&odMesec=10&odGodina=2016&doDan=25&doMesec=03&doGodina=2017&type=ID&flightSearch=true

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    2. @9.23: A cancelled flight means that a flight was scheduled to operate on a certain day and it didn't. No flight was planned to operate to Moscow today based on their winter timetable.

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    3. http://www.svo.aero/en/timetable/today/?text=650

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    4. Because SVO did not update its timetable from last winter.

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    5. OT - Any idea how many pax are flying from Male tonight? Is an A320 really enough to bring them all, or will some be sent with the regular morning departure?

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  7. I was at the airport yesterday. They have sealed off the terminal and dismantled the travel agency booths although they left space so people can still use the chekin desks there.

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  8. What's the point of spending money on this if you are about to be put up for concession?

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    1. What if no one is interested hypothetically or there is a change in government with a different plan. The airport can't stop just because there is a possibility of a concession.

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  9. almost 1/2 million :(. Sad that we are that poor, so such an information become important

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    1. Please spare us your pathetic comment.

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  10. Is it just me or does Vucic keep changing the price from week to week.

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    1. It's not just you. He also changes his policies from week to week.

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    2. Thanks so much for your thought-provoking political analysis.

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  11. BEG will become extremely overcrowded next summer with new Wizz Air flights, another widebody flying from China. Just imagine passportort checks on arrival when New York and a few other flights land at the same time.

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  12. http://tangosix.rs/2016/07/12/fotografije-pocetka-rekonstrukcije-zgrade-nikole-tesle-i-ilustracije-buduceg-izgleda-aerodorma/

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    1. Fantastic.... good work...... congratulations....

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  13. Whatever happened to the whole "Airports of Serbia" thing? They created a public enterprise, employed a few people for absolutely nothing.

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    1. what do you mean? that is how AV is boosting unemployment figures down! a second plus is that some of his protegees got a job!

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    2. That's a good question. What's up with that?

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    3. They established the company in April but it doesn't include BEG. As expected, it is a waste taxpayer's money.

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  14. The guy who played a big part in destroying JAT is now doing the same with the airport...

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    1. I doubt he makes much of the decisions.

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  15. They will also reopen the observation deck :)

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    1. Nice but too bad there is no direct view of the runway!...

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  16. OT

    YU-ARA departed BEG last night, no transponder destination listed, I tracked her at 39,000 ft just south of Thessaloniki.

    Any idea where she went?

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    1. Look at the last comments in yesterday's article on airport results.

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    2. It went to the Seychelles....

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    3. Any idea how many pax are flying from Male tonight? Is an A320 really enough to bring them all, or will some be sent with the regular morning departure?

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  17. Good it was about time they did something with that outdated terminal. Going from T2 to T1 was just like entering another dimension.

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  18. I still remember the time people from the city went to this terminal just to eat ice cream. I'm glad there will bring some new life to it and will open the terrace again.

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    1. Really!? Wow, when was that?

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    2. When it opened in 60s. One of the first places in Belgrade to have ice cream :)

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    3. Seems like many, many people were fascinated by the airport/observatory back then. It's not uncommon to hear people talk of how they went there just to have coffee or ice cream. It's really great that they are bringing it back.

      Does anyone know from where it will be accessed? Is there a staircase or an elevator?

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    4. My dad used to take me to the airport almost every Sunday just to sit by the airside and gorge on the grill watching the aircraft (we're talking late 60s/early 70s). The grill is still excellent, although you have to go to the Borik restaurant for that. As for T1, I hope it will be renovated sensibly, bearing in mind the original design and the vibe.

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  19. Reconstruction of A6-A10 gates will also begin soon. According to project documentation they will also build additional ground floor gates for passengers to be bussed to remote stands.

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    1. They should wait for the beginning of summer season to do work - it would make perfect sense.

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    2. About time too. The remotest gates (A8-10) are as ugly, cramped, stuffy and uncomfortable as a gate can get.

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  20. And what will happen with much needed runway overhaul?

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    1. What runway? BEG? It's working perfectly fine everyday with A330 taking off. And I hope you're not one of those that say BEG needs second runway.

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    2. No, he is referring to the much needed overhaul of the runway which was announced by airport officials. Why do you have to go on hatin' without first asking politely?!

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  21. OT: http://www.b92.net/biz/vesti/srbija.php?yyyy=2016&mm=12&dd=07&nav_id=1207457

    potencijalni kupac beogradskog aerodroma, baš kao i strani suvlasnik "Er Srbija", želi da ostvari potpuni monopol u vazdušnom saobraćaju Srbije, sprečavajući ostale vazdušne luke i aviokompanije da normalno posluju.

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    1. Yeah I'm sure the guy from Uzice knows what he is talking about.

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    2. Samo se pitam kako je to Er Srbija ostvarila monopol na trazistu sa razvojem Niskog aerodroma i udelom putnika od 50% na aerodromu u Beogradu.

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    3. ma nema tog investitora. to je opravdanje nacelnika uzica da ne mora da se investira i da ova incijativa nacelnika cajetine bude anulirana

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    4. Место што кукају боље би им било да прекопирају модел који је примењен у Нишу. Молићу лепо, ако нема пара у републичком буџету нека набаве кредит па нек оспособе аеродром. Ако нису у стању онда нека директор слободно да оставку и нека препусти то место неком способнијем.

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    5. Nije do direktora. Aerodrom je dat na upravljanje gradu Užicu. Gradonačelnik neda da se išta radi. Druge opštine bi da rade i imaju para, al Užice kome aerodrom spada neće ni da čuju, nego bolje da zjapi tako prazan. Direktor se trudi, al đabe. Nedaju mu.

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    6. А из ког разлога се градоначелник противи? Није ми логично... иако се ради о Србији.

      На крају крајева, исто може да се каже и за Краљево. Но добро, надајмо се да ће их успех аеродрома у Нишу погурати нешто да ураде.

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  22. Anyone knows where's Radovan Rodney Marinković? BEG has been in quite a few articles and yet no Rodney.

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    1. He posted a comment today about the terminal 1 on Tango6.

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    2. Maybe he is boycotting us.

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    3. I miss the old guy. Come back Rodney!

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    4. Pozdrav svima na ovim stranicama. Pre desetak dana sam stigao iz Sidneja ovde u Kraljevo. Tek sam se "izlecio" od jet lags. Mogu vam reci da se radujem pristojnom preuredjenju terminalu 1.
      Posebno gradnje platforme na krovu terminala za posmatranje aviona na aerodromu. Posle vise decenija i to dolazi na red. Zelim reci hvala Bogu!. Po mojem skromnom vidjenju, svako unapredjenje postojecih objekata, infrastrukture,dodavanje novih sadrzaja
      Povecace vrednost ove vazdusne luke za predstojecu (verovatno) koncesiju. Bez koncesije, Aerodrom Nikola Tesla nije u stanju da investira nekoliko stotina miliona evra za iducih trideset godina.
      Nemoze da poveca broj putnika, aviona i kargo saobracaja koliko moze strani koncesionar koji vce uloziti vise stotina miliona evra u iducih deset do petnaest godina.
      Eto toliko od Rodney - a sa zimovanja u Otadzbini, kraj neotvorenog aerodroma Morava-Kraljevo.

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    5. Dobro nam došao.

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    6. Blagodaran Vam. Bolje sve vas nasao.
      U nadi za dobre rezultate na predstojecem avio samitu u iducoj nedelji u Beogradu. Pogotovo prisustvo Boeing-a, Airbus-a i ostalih cetiri prizvodjaca aviona. 2017 godina ce biti godina pocetka znacajne transformacije razvoja u vazdusnom saobracaju u jugo istocnoj Evropi. Povecanje prisustva LCA u ovom delu Evrope pomocice da posle znacaja gradnje novih auto puteva, avio saobracaj dobije najznacijnije mesto. Percepcija ima koliko i ljudi. Ali ogromna vecina nas zeli da putnicki avio saobracaj da ovaj deo Evrope izadje iz proslosti... Srbija i Aerodromi Srbije takodje. Pocetak kupovine nove flote, otvaranje i ojacanje Niskog, Kraljevackog i uzickog aerodroma. Na prvom mestu, dolazak investitora na Aerodrom Nikola Tesla. Neka bude ovo novo-godisnja rezolucija i sinergija dobre volje na ovim prostorima.
      Rodney Marinkovic. Home of Qantasville II. Kraljevo Serbia.

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    7. Rodney how was your flight from SYD to Beg, was it on JU and how was your most recent flying experience?

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    8. Dear Anon 9:34 AM.
      Flight from Sydney to Belgrade was so nice. Beutifull.
      Postovani, celokupan let od 19,5 sati trajao je sa Etihadovom B777 i A320.
      Obzirom da sam leteo sa staff travel kartom, imalo je nesto slobodnih mesta tokom citavog trajanja leta. Mada sam kupio i back up kartu za Er Srbiju, zbog povoljne konekcije sam koristio EY 71 AUH-BEG. Iskreno govoreci moje srce je vezano za krila Air Srbije uvek kada postoje mogucnosti mesta i konekcije.
      Ovo je bilo moje sedamdeset peti let u zadnjih gotovo pedeset godina. Izmedju moje vazduhoplovne Domovine Australije, i moje Otadzbine rodjenja Srbije.
      Zeleci uspesan avio samit u Beogradu i uspesan razvoj Er Srbije, privatizaciju Beogradskog Nikole Tesle i dogradnju Kraljevacke Morave i Uzicke Ponikve.
      Neka vam ovi pozdravi budu i New Year Resolution.
      Uz svako dobro, ostajte s'Bogom i miru.
      Radovan. Kraljevo + Sydney.

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  23. Somehow I doubt they are making all these improvements for T1s biggest user Wizz Air. So I assume there is a catch.

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  24. This is great news. BTW CEO of Belgrade Airport said on RTS yesterday that he expects 10% passenger growth in December.

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  25. And how long will the work last?

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  26. Praise the Lord! This is a miracle... these renovations are more than welcome. BEG was in desperate need of a facelift. I was especially happy when they fixed the hallway linking T1 and T2, it was like a set from a horror movie, especially when it's dark outside.

    The terrace looks wonderful. It's such a brilliant idea to bring it back. It should be interesting to see if they add more bus gates once the reconstruction of A6-A10 begins.

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    1. +1

      Bud gates are planned for A6-A10. At least that's what it says in their quarterly report on future projects.

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    2. Actually some gates at the end are on pillars and underneath there is nothing. They could at least put 4 bus gates there.

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    3. Ok, I just read it and it seems like they will use this space for bus gates. Great. Maybe now Wizz Air can migrate to the B platform and they can bus the passengers from there. There is no point for them to use airbridges unless they use them for boarding- which isn't the case now.

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    4. wow so Wizz Air doesn't actually use the air bridge even though they part next to it? Talk about cheap.

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    5. I only use Wizz Air when flying to LCA and from what I've seen so far only those with priority boarding get to use the first door. In LCA they are parked in front of an airbridge but are not connected to it so both doors can be used.

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    6. The usage of the jet bridge comes with a fee. LCCs avoid any unnecessary costs + it's faster to load a plane using two doors.

      The only airline which is exempt from paying the jet bridge fee is Air Serbia.

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    7. The fastest way to board would be to park the aircraft at a remote stand and then to bring the passengers with a bus who would board the plane through both doors.
      The current system is not ideal since you have to go down the jetbridge, around it and then all the way to the back door. Same thing when deplaning.

      However, I think they do it like this since they don't have to pay for the bus.

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    8. Wizz Air does use the air bridge when operating from A8 or A9. Particularly during disembarking, the passengers can normally use either aircraft exit as they see fit. During boarding, priority passengers are allowed in first, front rows are directed towards the front door all the way down the air bridge, whereas the back rows are usually advised to get off the air bridge via staircase and board the plane from the rear, but that's not strictly enforced.

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  27. This is all great but they are running around 2 years behind schedule on all major projects.

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  28. Ryanair announced ZAD-BRS twice weeklY flights from end of march and Glasgow is finally bookable from 3 July twice weekly service.

    Easyjet has listed Zadar in their destinationlist, but without destination

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  29. Nadam se da ce se svi planovi ostvariti sto se tice novih letova.
    Mogli su napraviti normalno ogradu staklenu nisku kao u INN .
    INN-NS

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  30. EX-YU and other bloggers, concession contracts usually envisages a huge lump-sum payment and certain minimal annual concession payment. Moreover, concessionaires are required to invest certain minimal amount of money in airport's infrastructure, equipment etc. during concession period. So, the quoted amount of 400 mil. euros consists of what ? Does anyone have any information or at least any idea about this.

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    1. I don't think anyone really knows, requirements change all the time.

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    2. PM must have known about which part(s) of concessionaire's duty he'd been speaking. And journalists who quote politician's words must be familiar with the subject.

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    3. Every euro invested in current T1/T2 at BEG is euro taken away from future new terminal. Adding capacity to existing terminals directly postpones building a new terminal. When planned reno to A gates and extension of C gates is complete, there will be no need for a new terminal for at least 10 years. What is the point of handing over an airport to a concessionaire if they won’t build new terminal in a decade?

      Rooftop terrace is a great idea, but it should be on top of a future terminal, not T1. Looks like they got this idea from this post from 2 years ago:

      http://www.exyuaviation.com/2014/12/croatia-airlines-responds-to-serbian.html?showComment=1417447596160#c3771264784937101481

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    4. AirCEO, to me it seems that the government has realized that it can't get a good enough deal for a concession so they are making the most of the current situation. With this expansion and renovations, BEG should be fine for another few years. It's really only during the noon wave that the airport becomes chaotic. In the morning, evening and at night there is still enough space. JU's night bank is still extremely weak outside of the summer timetable. Even in summer they have about 8 departures.

      If they add these bus gates then we could see all LCC carriers being moved to the remote stands which will provide the airport with a few additional gates.

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    5. Why they should build a new terminal?

      They need to rebuild and extend the existing one. Completely reorganize it so that the airport can develop organically for the next 30-50 years, with all options possible (big, medium and small growth of traffic). That is actually more expensive than building new satellite terminal (not the least because airport cannot be closed during rebuilding), but it is much better long term infrastructural solution.
      Plenty to do for a serious concessionary. And lot to invest.
      If possible, the concessionary should be requested to build railway link to Belgrade-Novi Sad railroad.

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    6. Are you sure you did the math? Annual growth of only 5% means 21M in 30 years, 56M in 50 years. That's not possible with current terminals, no matter how you rebuild them.

      Too late now, but should have torn down T1 and build new terminal stretching from T2 to access road behind cargo terminal. Patching old terminals will never yield same result.

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    7. They can still move the cargo area and in its place add another five airbridges with bus gates underneath. In addition to that, they can move the warehouses opposite from the B platform and to add another 7 remote stands.

      In such a way they wouldn't need to expand for at least another decade.

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    8. They can expand that way, but current terminal facilities like baggage handling, border control and baggage claim could become a bottleneck.

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  31. A bit off topic, but it would be nice to see older pictures of the interior of BEG.

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    1. Go to the vintage photos album on the ex-yu aviation facebook0 page. There are a few from terminal 1.

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  32. ot: Er Srbija šmekuje nabavku aviona ako pogledate listu učesnika avio samita iduće nedelje u Beogradu. Dolaze i Boing i Erbas, to može da bude zamena za stare 737, a može da bude nabavka aviona ta duge linije, 787 ili A330NEO. Sledi ponuda RJ i svi dolaze: Embraer, Bombardije, Micubiši i SSJ. Mora da padne neka narudžba!

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    1. Bas oni mogu da priuste 787, tek A330neo

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    2. Ako mogu A330, mogu i A330NEO

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    3. haha pa majko mila nisu kupili A330 vec su ga iznajmili :D

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    4. haha pa i svi drugi se mogu iznajmiti. Realno je da uzmu neki RJ.

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