Record start for Belgrade Airport

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Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport handled a record 333.989 passengers in January, representing an increase of 1.3% on the same month last year. The growth was fuelled exclusively by foreign airlines while Air Serbia saw its numbers decline during the month. In January, Belgrade Airport registered 4.180 aircraft operations, which is down 0.8% on 2017. Over the 2017/18 winter season, which runs until the end of March, a total of 26 airlines are maintaining flights to 61 destinations in 36 countries from the Serbian capital. Last year, the airport handled a record 5.343.420 travellers, positioning itself onto the list of the top 100 busiest in Europe.

MonthPAXChange (%)
JAN333.989 1.3

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  1. Fantastic result. I suppose Wizz Air's second A320 was the main reason for such growth. If this trend is kept then BEG might come close to 5.9 million this year.

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    1. If this 'trend' continues, BEG will have 5.412.884 passengers in 2018. Trend = 1.3% growth.

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    2. When I commented it wrote 13%, it was fixed later on. We both know this trend won't continue as from next month airlines are starting to increase their flights.

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    3. BEG's biggest obstacle to growth is ASL cutting its schedule compared with last year.
      I 'm afraid the additions in capacity by foreign carriers wont be enough to even approach 5.9 million pax.
      Maybe next year.

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    4. Well, we will still have to see how other months perform and if JU manages to pull its act together. My guess is that we will have around 5.7 million this year.

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  2. I saw 13% before it was changed so I got so happy. :D

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  3. 1,3 % change is not a big increase. Its on par with last year basically.

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    1. It's 1.3% more than last year.

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  4. 1,3% is not big result. But it is still positive trend.

    Concerning the fact that Air Serbia had 12% cuts in number of flights that is OK, accumulate mostly by increase of Wizz Air, Transavia, Qatar and flydubai.

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  5. Even if ASL had a cut of 12% of flights, they could have managed a more even result. But their fares are just out of this world. Just compared FRA-BEG-FRA 14-21Feb. Cheapest flight 161€, Air Serbia 377€....This is absolute low season. With such fares they are bound for collapse...

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    1. AMS-BEG-AMS 2-11 March
      Transavia 118
      Air Serbia 240

      BEG-AMS-BEG same dates
      Transavia 133
      Air Serbia 240

      And it's very similar for other dates, no matter the season.

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    2. ali ne zaboravi da su promenom sedista povecali kapacitet za isto toliko %

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  6. Arey they getting self service kiosks installed for Air Serbia soon?

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  7. This new fare structure of Air Serbia's is puzzling. The entire purpose of it is to un-bundle services so that you can enter the market with lower lead in fares, as the LLCs have been doing with great success since the early 1990s. All this seems to be doing for Air Serbia is just complicating what was an otherwise simple product offering and not presenting to the market attractive fares, even if those (lower) fares would only be for one or two economy class 'buckets'. This indicates clearly that either a) JU's cost base is still way too high and/or b) that they have old Jat fossils working in revenue management who don't understand the concept very well. I bet it's a combination of the two. At any rate, they are going to p*ss off the market with this as can already be seen by the reaction of the commentators on here already. This is NOT sustainable for Air Serbia, and the clever folks at Vinci will be observing this with worry and concern and will not 'support' such out-of-date pricing policies for long as it will severely limit their number 1 intention which is to get passenger numbers up. The Ryanair CFO comments are ominous - won't be long before they're here at which point Air Serbia becomes irrelevant on the market in the same way Bulgarian is in SOF and TAROM is in Bucharest.

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  8. OT
    SPU 17,2. Increase of course

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