Monday, February 6, 2017

PHOTOS: Dubrovnik Airport opens new terminal


Dubrovnik Airport will partially open its new multi million euro Terminal C building today, with the facility to be fully functional by April. "The first phase of the opening will take place today. Check-in and security check points will be moved to the new terminal. As a result, the Terminal A building will be completely closed for passenger traffic. We hope to make the full move to Terminal C by the start of the summer season. We are delighted with the opening of the new terminal, which will boost our passenger services", the airport said in a statement. The new terminal is spread out over 24.181 square metres and is located next to the existing Terminal B building. The two will be combined into a single functioning unit. On the other hand, Terminal A will be used solely as a baggage sorting facility.


The first passengers set to check in at the new terminal are those travelling on Croatia Airlines' flight to Zagreb at 13.20. The facility features check-in and commercial space stretching over 1.000 square metres, eight security lanes, a departure lounge with commercial and catering facilities, a premium lounge and restaurants. Furthermore, it boasts sixteen gates, two of which will be used for domestic flights and the remaining fourteen for international services. It is all part of a major 274 million euro expansion, which includes the construction of the new storage facility, access roads, a car park and the lengthening of the runway and taxiways. The airport will expand its apron and taxiways next year, while the overhaul of the runway is scheduled for next winter. The entire expansion is to be completed in 2019 and is being financed mainly through EU structural funds and local bank loans. The project will cater for future growth in traffic and improve safety and service standards. The airport launched tender procedures for these major upgrades in mid-January with the deadline for the submission of bids set for March 3.

Dubrovnik terminals A, B, C layout

Dubrovnik Airport registered its busiest year on record in 2016 by handling 1.993.243 passengers, an increase of 17.7% compared to last year. Croatia Airlines accounted for 19.1% of all traffic, followed by easyJet (11%), Norwegian Air Shuttle (8.9%), Vueling Airlines (5.4%) and Thomson Airways (4.7%). The busiest routes were London, Paris, Barcelona, Manchester, Helsinki, Amsterdam, Madrid and Dublin, The airport started 2017 on a strong note by welcoming 19.329 travellers through its doors, up 23.4% on the same month last year. The figures were aided by the promotion of Nissan's new-generation Mirca model, which is taking place in the city. The Japanese automaker will host over 7.000 agents and 500 journalists in Dubrovnik between January 9 and March 23. As a result, an additional fifty special flights will be operated during this period. Meanwhile, a number of airlines have announced plans to launch new services to Dubrovnik this summer season. They include Eurowings, Jet2.com, Monarch Airlines, easyJet, Flybe, Volotea and Thomson Airways. However, despite plans for flights to New York to be introduced this summer, the airport told EX-YU Aviation News there was no progress in this regard nor are there any indications the flights could commence soon.

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Photo credit: Goran Mratinović

126 comments:

  1. All of this airport development in Croatia is very impressive.

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    1. What an exciting few months for Croatian aviation :)

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    2. Yeah Croatias airports renovation are booming

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  2. Dubrovnik was always the best run airport in the country. Congratulations on opening it well ahead of the summer season.

    Split, watch and learn.

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    1. And they did not need foreigners to come in in form of a concession to do it all. Congratulations!

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  3. Combined terminal B and C will have an area of around 37,000 sqm. That would make it one of the bigger airports in ex-Yu.

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    1. It should be number four if Zagreb's new terminal is counted, which is the biggest.

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    2. Zaqgreb @ 65000sqm (to expand to 127000sqm as part of pahse II)
      Skopje @ 41000sqm
      Pristina @ 39000sqm
      Dubrovnik @ 36500sqm
      Belgrade @ 33000sqm (eventually to expand to 49000sqm)
      Split @ 12500sqm (to expand to 37500sqm)
      Ljubljana @ 15500sqm (to expand to 42000sqm, eventually)
      Sarajevo @ 8000sqm (to expand to 14000sqm)
      Pula @5500sqm (expansion planned to 10 000sqm)
      Podgorica @ 5000sqm
      Zadar @ 4000sqm (to expand to 7000sqm)
      Rijeka Airport @4000sqm
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  4. Smart decision to turn the old terminal into baggage sorting facility.

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  5. Maybe Croatia Airlines will pay more attention to Dubrovnik now.

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    1. No way. They are too busy coming up with different plans every second day.

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    2. Not sure how a new terminal will make them pay attention. They suspended Rome last year and their new Dubrovnik-Frankfurt route is performing quite poorly this winter. More promotion would not hurt.

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  6. Congrats. Shame about the US flights though. I think it could have worked. There is definitely potential.

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    1. It would have been a cherry on top of the cake in 2017 which will be huge. New terminal opening, so many new routes. Let's hope it happens in 2018.

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    2. 2 weekly seasonal flights would be great. Less of a chance once Zagreb-NYC starts.

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    3. There won't be any NYC-ZAG flights, or flights to Dubrovnik, not this year, not next year
      Get over it

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    4. New York - Zagreb flights should be announced soon.

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    5. Of course they should
      And there are people from the US that want to visit Croatia
      Loving your propaganda

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    6. I'm surprised Air Transat hasn't tried Dubrovnik from Toronto. Seems like a good fit for them.

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    7. For a very long time we have been hearing here there will be flights from US to ZAG and there was always the information "it will be announced soon". It is obvious there will be nothing of it, just wet dreams.

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    8. Cekaj, cekaj ;)

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    9. @ 11:20 If they did that it would impact their Zagreb loads. The reason they chose Zagreb is because this way they capture diaspora + leisure traffic. If they flew to Dubrovnik it would be purely leisure traffic.

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    10. Well, after Ek announced ZAG I wouldn't rule out anything, let's put it like that. After all the talk that there's no remote chance of EK in ex YU,and only possibly in BEG, we witnessed the opposite. Let's not rule out anything at this point.

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    11. Before the Zagreb - NYC flights were just rumors. Now it has been confirmed. At this point it's only a matter of time when the official announcement takes place. Don't be jealous.

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    12. Nothing to do with jealousy, what is there to be jealous of exactly? It has to do with these being mentioned months ago and still nothing. Time is running out.

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    13. @Michael - could you please say if you are refering to a reliable internal source or is this your opinion? I would appreciate to know. Thanks.

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    14. I am referring to a reliable source, which was cited here at EX-YU Aviation News as well sometime in early January.

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  7. What airlines will send their widebodies to DBV next summer? Can all airbridges handle large aircraft at the same time?

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    1. Thomson will send the B787 and B767. Not sure about the others.

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    2. ANA did run charters with a 777
      There were also 330 and 340 charters

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    3. Hifly 330/340 were subcharters of Norwegian

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    4. no Austrian 767 this summer

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    5. Austrian B767 was sent for crew training purposes and due to a lack of A321s. Mind you, the difference in seat capacity is not that great.

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    6. That's right, I know this.
      Just talking about widebodies @ DBV..

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  8. OU - note. Number 1 route DBV to LON and you are selling slots citing that it is loss making? Perhaps your business plan coupled with an ineffectual management team needs scrutiny - just a thought!

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    1. Maybe they should have cancelled ZAG-LHR but kept DBV-LHR.

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  9. Alen Šćuric PurgerFebruary 6, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    Thanks god A building will not be used any more for domestic departures. It was depressing and claustrophobic, always overcrowded even if there was just one domestic departure at a time, no window (just tinny one on door)... I really hate that departure zone, and have to use it several times per year.

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  10. Dubrovnik 16 aviomostova, Zagreb samo 8. Bogme su fino opeljesili Zagreb. Nekako mi se cini da je tih 8 premalo, pogotovo rano ujutro kad ima puno odlazaka i popodne (od 12 do 18h) kada ima i puno odlazaka i puno dolazaka.

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    1. Ima 16 gejtova ali ne aviomosta ;) DBV ce imati sve ukupno 4 aviomosta. Trenutno su 2 u funkciji.

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    2. Koliko onda gate-ova ima novi terminal u Zagrebu?

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    3. DBV will have four air birdges (two are already installed and functioning, two more are going to be installed by the summer season). DBV has 16 gates, not air bridges.

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    4. Yes. How many gates in total does the new terminal in Zagreb have?

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    5. 15 gates overall - 8 air bridges + 7 bus gates (I think :P)

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    6. Haha beat them by one :D

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    7. Don't forget about gates on old(current) apron, they can be used in need. DBV didn't beat ZAG
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      Great terminal DBV well done ;)

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    8. Great job, any new shops or coffee bars?

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    9. @AnonymousFebruary 6, 2017 at 9:15 AM

      Don't worry about Zagreb having only 8 passenger boarding bridges, future plan is to extend to terminal to 20 PBBs, and 27 gates. Right now Zagreb has 15 gates.

      Future is good.

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    10. The future plan is for ZAG to have 16 boarding bridges, not 20. And that will happen as part of phase two, which will commence with the apron extension, once the terminal reaches 3,5 million passengers. That should happen by the end of 2018. if everything goes as planned.

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  11. OT:
    Swiss will operate Zurich-Zagreb with CS100 from July, but with one rotation less then last year (3 pw).

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    1. Hmm... I thought LX operated daily flights last year. Strange that they can't make it 7/week. I guess OU has a tight grip on that market.

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    2. I think LX has troubles getting the right slots in ZRH. LX waves times are meanwhile packed in ZRH

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    3. Yeah but they can get decent passengers in ZAG like they can in BEG or BUD. I still think it's OU that's the problem here.

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    4. @anonymous 9:18AM, In regards to Swiss, their booking engine has CS100 planned throughout the entire season to ZAG, starting from the Spring. Are you looking at the GDS data ? CS100 has 122 pax capacity, so 3pw is roughly similar to having 4pw with ARJ100 (97 pax), 4pw was last year's frequency. Only in 2015 (opening year) Swiss fly daily, due to the fact they were penetrating the market with capacity and lower prices...

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    5. @Peter

      http://avioradar.hr/index.php/hrvatska/426-bombardier-cs100-dolazi-u-zagreb

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    6. oh, ok thnx :) - so CS100 will be introduced gradually with the last ARJ flight on July 9th. Cool.

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  12. Like someone said above Dubrovnik Airport has had one of the best management teams. It's a bit sad that Dubrovnik Airline failed. Passenger numbers would have reached well over 2 million last year if they were still around.

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    1. I think it would have been really difficult for Dubrovnik Airlines to compete against all the LCCs and leisure airlines flying to Dubrovnik today.

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    2. +1... on top of that, Dubrovnik Airlines had maddogs in it's flet, and they cost a fortune to maintain nowdays...

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    3. Well if Dubrovnik Airline was around maybe there wouldn't be as many LCCs there today. They had a good brand overall.

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    4. True ANA operate B777 last year. Will they be resuming those charters in 2017?

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    5. And terrible livery

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    6. And an awkward name.

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    7. Never understood Dubrovnik Airline without the S at the end.

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    8. Haha yeah that's why I said it was awkward. I think most people added it.

      I also think that OU should have been named Croatian Airlines in stead of Croatia Airlines

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  13. I used Terminal B last year. Efficient and modern. It was a bit busy in the departures hall but I was mid-August.

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    1. Departures hall was in building A. You used building B on arrival only.
      There is no Terminal A B C on DBV, there is only one Terminal with bulidings A,B and now C

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  14. Congratulations. Looks good. Looking forward for some photos.

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  15. I like that they have made it pretty much the same as the B building.

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    1. Well that was the point. It forms practically one building.

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  16. The January results are excellent. This should be another strong year for Dubrovnik. Is there any truth to the rumors that Qatar Airways will start flights to DBV this year like a few claimed here?

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    1. No, it was repeatedly stated here,but QR will not extend in Croatia beyond Zagreb. Main obstacle was/is that QR doesn't do seasonal routes and year round DBV wouldn't be feasable.

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  17. They managed to build it quite quickly. In just a year. The real wow will be if they do all the planned expansion of the taxiways and runway work. It makes up the majority of the actual investment.

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    1. Runway work will be done during winter 2017/18 when there is little traffic. But I don't know whether they are actually extending the runway or just putting new asphalt.

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    2. why extending 3300m rwy?

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  18. Looks good. Is it predominately made out of tin?

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    1. Yep. That's why it was built quickly.

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  19. Off Topic: TAV is talking with EuroWings about launching flights from Dusseldorf and Munich to Skopje http://kanal5.com.mk/vesti_detail.asp?ID=116825

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    1. I doubt it has potential. Wizz already flies to DTM/EIN and FMM.

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  20. Looking fabulous! Congrats!

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  21. Anyone know the capacity of the new terminal?

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    1. Terminal B and C will have a capacity of 5 million I think.

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    2. 5.5 million is the total capacity.

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  22. very good job, DBV both on expansion and passenger numbers.

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  23. Nice work. Other than Zagreb, where else is work being done on airports in Croatia?

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    1. Split has plans for new terminal

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    2. - Zadar Airport is expanding international departures area
      http://www.exyuaviation.com/2017/01/zadar-airport-to-add-capacity.html
      - Brac is extending its runway
      http://www.exyuaviation.com/2016/10/brac-airport-to-begin-runway-extension.html
      - Pula is overhauling its runway
      http://www.exyuaviation.com/2017/01/pula-airport-begins-runway-overhaul.html
      - Split Airport should start its terminal expansion this year hopefully
      - Rijeka Airport also did runway work recently
      http://www.exyuaviation.com/2016/12/rijeka-airport-closes-for-runway-work.html

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    3. Bravo Hrvatska!

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  24. OT: Jan - SKP : 122.521pax or +12,3%

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  25. Total terminal area is 36600sqm, Terminal 1 is 15400sqm and extension is another 21200sqm

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  26. Hope they will be able to pay off the big loans they have taken out.

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    1. They would not have gotten the loans if the banks thought they were unable to pay them back ;)

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  27. Not many photos yet. This is the only one
    https://scontent-vie1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/16463763_1893977257500840_6656372234783630063_o.jpg?oh=7d6b21e7932a6ca941143dfaac4d4e0e&oe=5903F674

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    1. Not the best pic but the check in area looks big

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    2. You can see the pictures here
      http://dubrovackidnevnik.rtl.hr/vijesti/grad/projekti-u-zracnoj-luci-pogledajte-kako-izgledaju-prve-vizure-novog-dijela-terminala-fotogalerija

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  28. OT: LJU
    Cargo-partner plans to build 15.000 m2 cargo center in phase 1 (just bought 52.000 m2 land). https://tl.finance.si/8853805/Dobra-novica-Cargo-partner-bo-na-Brniku-zgradil-logisticni-center-za-25-milijonov-evrov

    Lek/Novartis and Kuehne + Nagel also plan to build cargo center (the biggest Novartis distributon center in Europe).
    https://manager.finance.si/8853667/Na-Brniku-bo-najvecji-Novartisov-distribucijski-center-v-Evropi

    Good news for LJU.

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    1. + TNT is moving to a soon-to-be rebuild hangar towards Šenčur.

      Hopefully some part of cargo from new center will be transported via air and not just road.

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    2. Great news! LJU as a cargo hub, why not?

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  29. Well done Dubrovnik. Nice to read positive news from the region :)

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  30. Any chance of charters to SEL and TYO?
    JU and OU must react fast before the bigger sharks arrive and dominate DBV.

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    1. Last year ANA operated charters from Tokyo and a few other cities in Japan. They will probably come back this year again.

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  31. Terminal looks great from the outside and I like the check-in area. Quite large and modern. Congratulations.

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  32. Are there any pics of the new waitinghall, combined with B?

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    1. Here https://goo.gl/Zstw4G

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  33. OT, does anyone know what happened to yu-api in Milan yesterday evening?

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  34. Admin: tx for the great job with all the photos. With u its almost like being live at all these events. Thanks so much for sharing your passion with us!

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  35. OT: SKP - DOH will start from July 17th.

    Also apparently TAV Macedonia is negotiating with Eurowings for flights to MUC and DUS.

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    1. That was reported a while ago
      http://www.exyuaviation.com/2017/01/qatar-airways-schedules-skopje-service.html

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  36. I wish they did this to Podgorica

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  37. Perhaps it's only because of the photos, but monitors behind check-in agents look a bit small. I had a same impression regarding those in ZAG.

    If someone had an opportunity to see it live in action, what do you think?

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  38. For those who care. There is no Terminal C at DBV like stated in article. There is only ONE Terminal with buildings A,B,C.

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    1. The airport refers to the three structures as "terminals", as seen in their statement, hence the article uses the same terminology. Furthermore, if you read more carefully, the article also states, "The two will be combined into a single functioning unit".

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  39. Did anyone use the terminal? Impressions?

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