Belgrade Airport reopens for traffic


Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport has reopened for all departing and arriving flights following a six hour closure after an eleven-year-old Egypt Air Boeing 737-800 aircraft (registered SU-GCO) sustained damage upon landing at 04.00 local time. Photos showed the aircraft with damage to its fuselage, as well as multiple blown tires. The jet had no passengers on board and was being ferried to Belgrade to perform a charter flight. Due to the extent of the damage, the aircraft could not be moved for several hours from the runway. The incident disrupted the airport's busy morning wave of arrivals and departures, with all incoming traffic diverted at the time. The Egypt Air jet was finally moved off the runway just before 11.00 local time.

Air Serbia's incoming flights from Tirana and Athens were diverted to Timisoara, from New York to Zagreb, from Beirut to Sofia and from Larnaca, Thessaloniki, Skopje and Bucharest to Niš. Etihad Airways' service from Abu Dhabi was diverted to Timisoara, while Air Cairo's morning arrival from Hurghada was redirected to Budapest. All other airlines subsequently delayed their flights to Belgrade from their point of origin.

The first aircraft to land in Belgrade following the incident was an Ellin Air jet from Heraklion.

Despite the reopening, delays are expected throughout the day.









Photos courtesy of "Blic" and "Kurir".

Comments

  1. Flights are being diverted to BUD.

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    1. all JUs are at TSR, SOF, INI and ZAG (only JFK flight)

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    2. New York flight was diverted to Zagreb - so cool !!!

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    3. Wonderful, passengers will be inconvenienced because Egyptians can't properly service and fly their planes.

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    4. http://89.164.90.200/local/viewer/SlikeZaWeb/image.jpg

      There it sits!

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    5. Eto zašto je Beogradu potrebna još jedna pista.. za svaki slučaj..

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    6. Zbog jednog incidenta u ko zna koliko desetina godina?

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    7. Ово је типа пети ове године.

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    8. Brkate babe i žabe. Bilo je tipa pet vanrednih sletanja zbog bolesnih putnika, avioni su sletali, putniku je pružena pomoć i avion posle sat i po nastavlja dalje. Ovo je incident nastao na sletanju posle koga avion nije mogao da napusti pistu i prvi je posle nekoliko godina.

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    9. Nije bio niti jedan u poslednjih nekoliko godina gde je pista bila blokirana ovoliko dugo

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    10. Back in 2016:

      https://www.exyuaviation.com/2016/05/turkish-diverts-to-belgrade-over.html

      When runway was resurfaced, traffic was redirected to Batajnica and that was chaotic. Airport is now closing on 6 mil and it is impossible to divert all traffic without costly disruptions. Other airports have multiple runways, or cities have multiple airports, or countries have nearby cities with airports of similar capacity to deal with this. INI does not have capacity to handle all of BEG traffic in all weather conditions. Second runway is absolutely needed. Inserted runway could help short term, but separate second runway is the only complete, long term solution.

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  2. Again, the reputation of Egypt went down after a slight improvement. Anyway, luckily there are no fatalities.

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    1. But its good it is cheap! You can holiday for roughly 400 EUR in Hurghada these days incl flights.

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    2. Yes it is, but remember safety issues. My friend came back from there and he told me that it's okayish but usually tourists are accompanied by policemen just in case.

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  3. JU501 jutros preusmerem u Zagreb

    I ko posle sme da kaze da ZAG nema direktnu liniju za JFK? :-)

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    1. E baš tako. Konačno smo i mi dobili JFK jednom. :)

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  4. This example shows Belgrade needs the second runway!
    Hope there will not be too many disruptions for passengers.

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    1. Samo ceo jutarnji talas i verovatno onaj oko podne. Sitnica.

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    2. Yes, one more long runway, with 2 ILS Cat3b installations. Just in case the runway is blocked for couple of hours every couple of years. Makes perfect sense.

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    3. We have repeated this so many times. Belgrade indeed needs a second runway especially if its goal is mark 12 million pax soon.

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    4. Enough with childish analysis. Gatwick is the busiest airport with a single runway and in 2017 had 45 million pax.

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    5. Yet again, Gatwick has five more airports in vicinity which could receive and handle the traffic. The closest civil airport to Belgrade is 160 km away and in another country. It is not all about efficiency, life is more complex than neoliberal textbooks of economics.

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    6. Getwick has two runways, but can only use one at the time.

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    7. 160km away. Jesus, that takes 10+ hours with a bus. And in another country, what a disaster. Passengers would need to get a visa on arrival, so complex.

      Get real, BEG does not need another runway nor for traffic nor for contingency purposes.

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    8. Why no flights were diverted to Batajnica?

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    9. Because it is not equipped to handle commercial aircraft - there is no equipment, no passport control, no customs control etc. It's a military airport.

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    10. @anon 10:21
      No need to be sarcastic. Tourists from all booming/promising markets for Serbia do need visas if they land in Romania, Croatia or Hungary as those are EU countries with visa requirements for citizens of China India, Iran, Turkey...etc.

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    11. Did Vinci mention anything about the second runway in the concession?

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    12. Only Vlaisavljevic, current director, mentioned "inserted runway" as a part of VINCI plan in a TV show. But it yet to be seen whether they take over or not.

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  5. Any info on the status of removal of the damaged plane?

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  6. Back to school dear pilots. You missed flare technique lessons.

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  7. @admin
    It would be nice to include in your report whether there any reports of human casualties. After all, human life is more important than a damaged airplane or flight diversions.

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    1. the plane was empty:
      "The jet had no passengers on board and was being ferried to Belgrade to perform a charter flight."

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    2. Aha pilots and the flight attendands are no humans?

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    3. @Visit Kosovo
      That would be in the first sentence if there were any casualties.

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  8. Stay strong LYBE, the power is in you (muack)

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  9. I ovaj problem ce biti resen kad Vansi izgradi umetnutu pistu

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    1. ah...koncept umetnute piste :)

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    2. Pa sad bi dobro dosla. Ne znam dal ce moci da slece A330,al ovi manji hoce sigurno.

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  10. Just curious why INI couldn't accept more than those 4 (JFK excluded). They wouldn't be able to handle so many passengers at once?

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    1. There is no space. They also have their own flights to handle.

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    2. What is the maximum size of the airport aporn at LYNI?

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    3. Well 10-15 years ago whole JAT fleet + Aviogenex + bizjets + IL-76 were diverted to INI due to fog in BEG. There are pics that show around 10+ planes but it was packed. Good thing is it is Wednesday so only one SWR flight to ZRH with E190. On some other days it would be hairy.

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    4. yes, but back then were no regular flights, so they could pack them all. now, INI has their own flights and passengers to take care off, so can't afford to pack 15 planes on apron

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      4 planes

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    5. I didn't know it was that small, 4 only? What will happen with the new Vienna flights in November then? Also A321 is a not very short. Won't they interfere with the Ryanair flights too?
      So if 4 planes arrive at a time, I imagine the terminal to be overpacked, right?

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    6. oh, the length of parking position is enough. terminal is the issue, as it's overpacked with 2 planes, let alone 3 or 4

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    7. Thanks for the info, my brother. Uf, imagine Wizz and Rajan (189 seats) at the same time. The 321 has 230 seats if I am not mistaken. So 230 + 189 = 419 passengers at once. O moj Bože!

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  11. Already any time-update available about reopening?

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    1. It's highlighted in red in the text.

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    2. Another update, because that is not up to date anymore.

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    3. If it's going to open at 12 and it's now 11 how do you need a new update?

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  12. How did they move it?

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    1. they replaced tyres and pulled it to Tehnika hangar

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    2. Only the outer ones.

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  13. Thank you for the updates and congratulations to BEG for dealing with this relatively quickly.

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  14. Will anyone notify the public about the root cause of the accident? I even believe making a statement to the public is mandatory. We should know if it was a tech problem, a pilot error, control tower error, or something else.

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    1. well, text clearly says:

      "Boeing 737-800 aircraft (registered SU-GCO) sustained damage upon landing at 04.00 local time. Photos showed the aircraft with damage to its fuselage, as well as multiple blown tires"

      which clearly says it's tech problem. why should anyone say more then that?

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    2. It seems to be an issue with the plane. The exact same plane had problems with its breaks in Khartoum before it operated Cairo-Belgrade.

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    3. Egyptair is not very safe. They have the famous suicidal crash MS flight 990. Also recent one MS flight 804. Personally, I would avoid them.

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  15. Here you can see moving of the aircraft off the runway.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PL5Iz0BFMms

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