Monday, December 12, 2016

EX-YU airports launch major projects


Following the lead of Zagreb and Dubrovnik, which will open their new passenger terminals next year, a number of other airports across the former Yugoslavia are investing heavily in upgrading their infrastructure. They include Belgrade, Split, Ljubljana, Tivat, Tuzla, Mostar and Banja Luka. The scope of the planned upgrades include new terminal buildings, the overhaul and expansion of existing facilities, as well as the extension of runways and technology upgrades (click photos/visuals to enlarge).


Belgrade Airport launched the reconstruction of its Terminal 1 building last week, which includes expanding capacity, the addition of new commercial space and a new automated baggage sorting facility. Furthermore, plans have also been made to reopen the observation deck which has been closed for decades. As part of the expansion, the airport will feature 33 new check-in desks, five of which will be used for self check-in purposes. Work is expected to be completed by the start of the 2017 summer season.

     

Split Airport is finally expected to begin work on its much-delayed new terminal building next year. Work on the first phase of the project should be completed in the autumn of 2018, while the second phase is expected to be concluded in the summer of 2019. Last week, Split Airport inked an agreement with Kamgrad, Viaduct, and KFK Tehnika to build the new facility. The expansion will increase Split’s annual capacity to 3.5 million passengers, while the terminal should stretch over 34.500 square metres. Furthermore, the car park and bus area will be expanded by 35.500 square metres. The project is valued at 59.3 million euros.

   

The relocation of a 2.3 kilometre stretch of road, which will allow for the expansion of Ljubljana Airport's infrastructure north of the runway has begun. The airport's long-term development plan involves the construction of a second terminal, a hotel, office space, commercial premises and a logistics services centre, to be known as Aeropolis. The project will radically change the appearance of the airport and will involve the construction of a rail link to the city in subsequent phases. Ljubljana Airport's operator, Fraport, has endorsed the Aeropolis development project and believes work could be completed by 2035. The relocation of the road, valued at 2.5 million euros, will be completed next year. Ljubljana Airport has begun upgrading its existing terminal building with the refurbishment to be carried out in several phases, until its completion in 2018.

 

The construction of Tivat Airport's new multi million euro terminal has been delayed once again. Airports of Montenegro, which runs Tivat Airport, last month selected the design of the new facility, which will stretch over 12.000 square metres and will be linked to the existing terminal. The project also involves the construction of new taxiways and the expansion of the apron, which will have the capacity to handle nine aircraft, up from the current seven. Construction of the new terminal will take eighteen months. However, Tivat Airport is yet to begin tendering procedures to select contractors and finalise a loan with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The project is valued at 32 million euros.

     

Tuzla Airport has begun work on the two million euro expansion of its terminal building. The added capacity will enable the airport to handle 800 passengers per hour, up from the current 400. Furthermore, the new-look terminal will stretch over an area of 4.915 square metres, whereas the current facility covers 2.971 square metres. The airport, which serves as a base for Wizz Air, is expected to handle some 305.000 passengers this year, while between 500.000 - 600.000 travellers are estimated to pass through its doors in 2017. The expansion project is to be completed by April next year.

   

The overhaul of Mostar Airport's passenger terminal has begun with work expected to be completed by the end of the month. Valued at 250.000 euros, the reconstruction is being funded from the European Union's Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA). "The terminal building will have significantly greater capacity than before which will speed up passenger flow", Marko Djuzel, the head of Traffic and Security at Mostar Airport, said recently. Furthermore, funds are being invested in new equipment. The Federation government of Bosnia and Herzegovina recently approved fifteen million euros for the development of Mostar Airport between 2017 and 2019.

   

Banja Luka Airport will expand its terminal and build a new cargo facility in a bid to boost its passenger and storage capacity. The 3.1 million euro project will be carried out over a six to nine-month period and will include the expansion of the existing terminal building by 397 square metres and the construction of a new cargo storage depot, which will stretch over 1.360 metres. Work is expected to commence next year.

   

A number of other airports are in the process of planning their expansion. In Sarajevo, work will begin on overhauling the runway and taxiways next year. The airport is also considering whether to build a new terminal or expand the existing facility. Furthermore, a VIP lounge, car park, office building for staff and support services, as well as an expansion of the apron are all planned. Pristina Airport will have its runway and taxiways extended, as well as its ILS (instrument landing system) upgraded. The runway will be extended from the current 2.560 metres to 3.000 metres. The investment is valued at thirty million euros, although no firm timeframe has been given as to when the work could begin. Meanwhile, Niš Airport is also set to start work on the expansion of its terminal next year.

73 comments:

  1. Let's hope half of this actually get's built.

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    1. Out of all of these construction has only begun on Belgrade and Mostar.

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    2. Split is dead cert it'll be built, problem was Stalkenink land next to the airport, land that by agreement from 70s belong to the airport, however was leased to the staklenik who went bust in late 90s. Now the land is empty and unused, eventually this is where the next phase will go, once airport hits 5 million + pax. Land offers 40 hectares of land to be used by the airport.

      Pula airport also have plans for new terminal with current terminal refurbished too. Current terminal is a 6400sqm box designed to handle up to 1 million pax. There are plans to expand the taxiway and remove some of the old structures at the airport first, after that new terminal to be build and old terminal used as a luggage sorting facility and for airport's commercial use.

      Pula is expected to handle 500 000 pax in 2017.

      Zadar airport will also need expanding soon, if traffic gets any bigger.

      OT news, EasyJet is coming back to Zagreb in 2017, Either in April or May, trice per week.

      TAP is also looking at returning, they're still talking, only problem with TAP, they don't have enough planes to cover all the destinations as is. TAP might be back in May or June if they can work things out.


      SAS is also in final stages of talks in adding Zagreb out of Stockholm. They're looking at starting in May or June year round trice per week at first, increasing this to 5-6 times. This is 95% certain.

      Finnair is also looking at launching flights in 2017, May of June, trice per week connecting Zagreb and Helsinki, with service being seasonal at first running from May to October.

      Aer Lingus, is another operator looking at starting flights to Zagreb in 2017, little is known, other than they are talking and are seriously considering the route. 20 000 Croats live in Ireland, and 80 000 Irish visited Croatia in 2016, with 100 000 expected in 2017. 15000 Irish visited Zagreb and there are two Irish pubs in Zagreb.

      If EasyJet, SAS, Finnair, Aer Lingus and TAP do materialize in 2017, that'll push Zagreb airport beyond 3.2 million pax for 2017, I projected 3,07 million for 2017 as is. fingers crossed.




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  2. Seems to be a lot of development in Bosnia. For such a small country, three airport projects, two of which have already started is an achievement.

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    1. Its an achievement that they all have over traffic as well.

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  3. Nice so now we have ZAG, DBV, TIV and SPU all building new terminals.

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    1. It's good to see all this infrastructure investment at airport in ex-Yu. The region is finally waking up.

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    2. And unfortunately nothing new for Ljubljana. Aeropolis project is a few years late and the chances of it getting built are slim.

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    3. They were about to start construction of a new terminal in LJU before Fraport came but minority shareholders rejected the plan.

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    4. Biggest mistake was Fraport not building new terminal :(

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    5. There is not enough demand for a new terminal.

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    6. Such as shame they blocked it. We would have had a new terminal by now that could compete with Zagreb. Now they are thinking about building a new terminal in 10 years -.-

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    7. Yeah they really need one, with all the growth in pax numbers

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    8. There were around 34 mio EUR fm LJU AP ready for new terminal investment, so when LJU AP was taken over, the share holders were paid out those 34 mio EUR
      So mo wonder FRAPORT has no intention to build a new term immediately

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    9. Hey JU520 BEGLAX you travel often to LJU. What do you think of the current terminal and have they made any improvements recently?

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    10. The terminal is way too small, especially during the 3 waves morning midday and late afternoon. The only thing Fraport did so far is removing the old office spaces where TK and Easy were located to make space for the security check queue. Little thing. Xray still takes time. Airport built an extra Schengen gate in the upper building, Gate 2A. Means if an ac is parked at gate 3 or 4 (non Schengen Gates), they still can board the ac by going thru the hall airside and board thru the bridge
      They hve started works on the road
      Otherwise nothing is being done
      The arrival waiting hall is so small that mostly people are waiting outside or in the outdoor cafe right next which has tentroof
      Quite disappointing airport seeing Zagreb, Skopje, Pristina, DBV or Belgrade
      Very few commercial space. So best to use yr time is the WIFI

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    11. LJU doesn't need a new terminal, until pax numbers are at least on the level of year 2008, which will not happen with Adria's financial situation and charges that do not allow LCC expansion.

      Building infrastructure just to brag about is insane. Look at MBX's brand new terminal and pax numbers: 15 million EUR wasted for less than 25k pax in 2015. Cost of terminal is 230 EUR/pax (15.000.000 EUR divided by 65000 pax since 2012).

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    12. I think they'll wait till 2020 with the new Terminal, I think management wants the airport to rreach2 million before they start working on a new terminal.

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  4. BEG and SPU will look really nice.

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    1. Yeah I like the modern look of Split and the observation deck at BEG will be fantastic like in the old times.

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    2. According to renders 1 and 3 of BEG airport, you can watch runway straight from Windows in T1 (in renders, planes are visible out of Windows). I found this pretty interesting!

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    3. Yes. That used to be a waiting room there (render 3). Been closed off the last couple of year. But I don't think you see the runway. You see the apron of the A gates and Jat Tehnika hangars in the distance/

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    4. The area was closed off when they placed the financial department in that area. Seems like they will be moving. You can see a small part of the runway from there, not much but still something.

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    5. Doesn't that kill of any chance of having bus gates from A6-A10? Isn't that the area beneath it?

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    6. Not necessarily, the empty space is around gate A9 and A10.

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  5. I think that two airports in Montenegro is just too much and they are cannibalizing each other. I would prefer that they built one big airport that could serve both cities. Is there a possibility to build it somewhere between Podgorica and Tivat and provide good road/rail links to both cities?

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    1. I don't think there is anywhere you could build an airport between Tivat and Podgorica.

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    2. Tivat and Podgorica serve rather different markets. This is clear when you look at their dep/arr boards. Tivat get lots and lots of holiday traffic and is pretty much Serbia and Russia only outside the season. Podgorica has a large percentage of its pax base among the locals, so the flights go to many different destinations all around Europe. There is some small amount of cannibalizing but not as much as you might think.

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  6. All in all (other than Pristina) none of those airport does anything to improve chances of aircraft actually landing in adverse weather (despite the frequent fog everywhere in the area). Bling terminals does not help at all when the aircraft diverts to another airport...

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    1. True although as far as I know BEG installed CATIIIb system a few years ago.

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    2. Yes, BEG, ZAG and LJu are the "safe havens" in the are.

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    3. The most problematic here is Sarajevo among the larger airports. How they can not find a solution to this is beyond me.

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    4. No practical solution exists for Sarajevo, except installing Cat III system and reducing max payload for aircraft.

      Show us an airport with similar terrain configuration and lower landing minima.

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    5. Then go ahead with installing CAT III.

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  7. In a few years Split will need another expansion the way things are going.

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    1. Pitty the new terminal won’t have air bridges. Would have fit the glass exterior well.

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    2. They don't really need to waste money on yhem. Weather is mostly fine, people can walk to the plane.

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    3. You can get additional money for it. It's why Dubrovnik did it after all.

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    4. if SPU continue to grove like this in next few years, they need to start thinking about brend new airport ASAP. SPU has no room left for further expansions.

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  8. wow I like the way the terminal will look in BEG. Quite modern.

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    1. They should have built a new one instead of wasting money by putting lip;stick on a pig.

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    2. There is no point in building a new terminal. The concessionaire will do it.

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    3. Ne treba lupati pare u novi terminal kada stvarno nije potrebno.BEG će izgledati super i sa manjim ulaganjima.Podizanje novih terminala znači trošiti ogromne pare i zaduživanja a to BEG sigurno ne treba. Još da se sredi vanjski deo dolazaka biće fantastično.Svaka čast rukovodstvu BEG na pametnom ulaganju i ne razbacivanju para na nove terminale.

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    4. Osoba koja prica o svinji i karminu ocigledno nikada nije bila na aerodromu u Beogradu koji je takav kakav je vise nego pristojan. Od ex-yu aerodroma jedino mu moze parirati novi zagrebacki terminal koji ga, posto je potpuno nov i moderan, verovatno i prevazilazi.

      Slazem se da je vrlo glupo graditi novi terminal. Ne mislim ni da ga koncesionar treba graditi kao poseban fizicki odvojeni terminal.

      Neka se koncesionar nadoveze na postojeci tako da moze da primi 10 miliona putnika i da bez ometanja saobracaja i rada moze prosiriti na 15, kasnije 20, neka poveze aerodrom zeleznicom sa Beogradom i Novim Sadom, izgradi dodatne garaze, poslovne zgrade i hotele, pa ce biti super. Citav prilaz aerodromu treba da bude prosireni terminal.

      Odvojeni terminal je usluga koncesinaru, posto je njima tako najjeftinije, a medvedja usluga Beogradu i Srbiji.

      Postojace dva razdvojena terminala, sto je specijalno glupo za jedan aerodrom te velicine.


      Na kraju, nije mi jasno za sta je to rukovodstvo zasluzno i na cemu bi mu trebalo cestitati. Da ima pameti i profesionalizma, pola prosirenja bi vec bilo izgradjeno iz sopstvenih sredstava i BEG bi kupovao aerodrome u okolini. Ali sa trenutnim shvatanjem javnog interesa i vladajucom poslovnom kulturom to je nazalost moguce samo u svetu maste.

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    5. Potpuno slazem sa vama @Anonymous 1:40 PM Bas to. Kakav odvojeni terminal.. Bio nedavno i aaerodrom je, pogotovo iznutra je ok. Joz sa ovim izmjenama ovdje najavljenima, solidno. I upravo bi trbalo zeljeznicku liniju izgraditi, prvo i prvensveno, to se mora pritisniti koncesionara, sadrzaje dodatne na prilazu i tako. Bas sam to razmisljao dok sam putovao u grad.

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  9. Banja Luka needs to change something fast... and it isn't its terminal.

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  10. You forgot Nis mate!

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    1. They didn't forget it. Read the last sentence and link...

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  11. Finally some higher quality renders of Tivat Airport. Looks great but I doubt we will see it built anytime soon.

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  12. Zasto su ove arhitekte koje rade rendere toliki shabani da redovno trpaju A380 i B747 na slike ispred aerodromskih zgrada na koje nikada nece sletati.

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    1. Haha i ja sam to primetio.

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  13. The sad thing is this region has nice new terminals that are completely unused. Examples Maribor, Kraljevo...

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  14. Regarding new terminals we now still have ZAG and DBV building new ones ith SPU and TIV having announced such plans. No more than that. We still don't know if the works might start... Remember Split's terminal has been delayed for years.

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  15. I hope the expansion in Mostar is an indication that they will be getting scheduled flights next year.

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    1. Possibly either Wizz Air or Ryanair.

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    2. None of it is confirmed.

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    3. I know, that's why I said possibly.

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  16. I like all the new designs. Good news for a change :)

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    1. http://www.exyuaviation.com/2016/12/lufthansa-to-launch-new-pula-service.html

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  18. Sve ovo lepo izgleda. Svi ovi terminala koji su prikazani odisu savremeno. Nisam sigurno koliko ce nove technologije biti uradjeno? Koliko nove opreme za opsluzivanje aviona... Iskreno verujem da ce se osavremeniti. Sto se tice updated Terminal I. na aerodromu Nikola Tesla jeste minimum, koji se sada dogadja. Mnogi od nas ocekujemo koncesionara. To je jedini nacin da se Beogradski aerodrom kompletna u pristojnu vazdusnu luku. Dovoljno veliki, da u iducih 50 godina, nece se dogradnji, prepravljati...
    Izuzev tehnoloskih unapredjenje i odrzavanja, drugog "sminkanja" nece trebati. Drugi nacin ne postoji da se u doslednost vreme od desetak godina napraviti Hub!. Boze moze da se kaze, ne treba nam gradnja treceg terminala, ne treba nam druga pistachio, ne treba nam Nov prilazu terminal ima, ne treba... Mozemo mi "nasim" snagama. Ne zurimo, za 30 do cetrdeset godina... Ne treba toliko. Ko ce da leti...
    Sigurno je da ce Beogradski vazdusnu Luka u buducih deset do pet aesthetician godina imati iznad dvanaest miliona putnika. Kargo saobracaj da ne u racuna vam. Kao ni ostala tri putnicki aerodroma u Srbiji. Od kojihave samo Niski je tek poceo. Dok predivni mali terminal napravljen pored piste kraj Morave, izemdju Kraljeva i Cacka, vec blizu pet godina, "nit' umire nit' mu lake biva". Kojem li je on "faraonu" namen Jen. "Faraon" vec dobro osedeo, ali je hvala Bogu zivot i zdravo. Ali je aerodrom Morava u ropcu. Evo vec skoro PET dugih godina.Verujem. Verujem, da ce se sa Kraljevacke Morave po leteti. Ne mozete mi nadu oduzeti!!!.
    Sutra je Praznik. Pocinje Prvi Avio Samit, Jugoistocnu Evrope, u Beogradu!.Srecan nam takav praznik. Iscekujmo dobre i napredni novosti sa ovog veliko i prvog skup a na jugo istoka Evrope.
    Pozdrav iz Srbije.
    Radovan. .

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    1. Ima dosta greska koje su se pojavice. Nisam ih primetih prije objavi. Oprostite mi.
      Rod Kraljevo

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  19. OT: ZAGREB back on EasyJet Site however without any Destinations yet.

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    1. Yeah, great news! Finally!

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  20. Putting "Airport" in front of the city name seems to be an epidemic in ex-Yu.

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    1. Oh, no, not you again!

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  21. OT - Copy of Skytrax review for Aegean Airlines

    I flew four sectors with Aegean for the past month: KBP-ATH, ATH-HER, HER-ATH, ATH-BEG. The level of service is consistent. Warm meal served on the flight from Kiev (<2 hours). Candies distributed before departure which is a nice touch and certainly doesn't cost much. Legroom is better than Air Serbia due to slim/thin seats. On the flight to Belgrade we were served a sandwich which was at least twice bigger than its competitor on the route, but as much lower in quality. It was basically a bread-bun. All in all i would recommend Aegean, the main downside being the ATH airport which is very unfriendly and has no proper space or rest areas for long-transits. To summarize:

    + Polite and attentive crew
    + Attention to details
    + Consistent service
    + No IFE (yes, this is a plus)
    + Nice legroom
    + Good meal on longer flights

    - Boarding in ATH 80% of the time being done at remote stands like low-cost carriers, even in cold and windy weather
    - Luggage policy seldomly applied, at some stations strict one-bag policy as Wizz Air/Ryanair, at others no one pays attention
    - No proper business class
    - Poor quality meal on shorter flights
    - ATH airport makes Aegean unattractive as a transit airline making for poor transfers if the wait time is longer than a few hours (very frequent in winter), Reaching Athens to spend a night can also be very expensive and time-consuming (distane to the city being 45 kilometers).

    As to compare with their main competitors/regional rivals on the mentioned sectors, Ukraine International offers a much more flexible luggage policy of 12 kg cabin luggage so i'd rather fly with them in the future rather to face the uncertainty of the mood of the gate agent. Very light load on the flight to Belgrade perhaps due to the season, but Air Serbia was 95% full on a flight weeks ago. Free check-in luggage, use of air-bridges in Athens and overall better quality meal (even in smaller quantity) makes them a better choice on the sector.

    Photos with some spotting around ATH + T1 in Belgrade (the photo with Tesla is meant to say "enough is enough"):

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/66du4bi27xoum4k/AAD8SKb7GmEpJXX9X8kgshYma?dl=0

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ab35ry66ilflu6b/AAC2Qa4BduA5zhdlP6xtZGjta?dl=0

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  22. Great news for Belgrade T1. I hope they will refurbish the building which has some remarkable arichitecture also from outside. T1 and the tower look quite run-down and don't make such a good impression on first time visitors.

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  23. Nadam se da ce uz nove dodatke BEG dobiti dosta novih linija i pogotovo vise letova sa wide body avionima.
    INN-NS

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    1. Jeste, i spejsšatlom do meseca. četri puta sedmično.

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