Belgrade Airport to overhaul runway and terminals by 2024


The new operator of Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport will carry out a number of infrastructure developments by 2024, valued at over half a billion euros. According to the Serbian government, the concession agreement, which is yet to be made public, obligates VINCI to reconstruct the existing runway, build a temporary runway, overhaul the apron, build new taxiways, including rapid-exit taxiways, which permit aircraft to vacate the runway at high speeds, renovate and expand the airport's two terminals and improve overall services and facilities. While the overhaul program will increase the airport’s capacity, the modernisation will also make operations more environmentally friendly. All of the aforementioned projects must be completed within the first five years of the takeover. VINCI is set to immediately reorganise and optimise passenger flows by expanding retail areas inside the terminal buildings.


VINCI is also expected to build a new terminal building sometime over the next two decades. Furthermore, it will be required to grow passenger numbers to fifteen million per year by the end of 2043 and increase aircraft operations to 120.000. The operator estimates that Belgrade will hit seven million passengers by 2024 at the latest and ten million by 2030. The French concessionaire noted it has an "energetic investment plan" in place for Belgrade Airport, which includes, "developing a very strong airline marketing policy". It added, "We will work very hard with other airlines to create routes which develops connectivity for the country and the city and brings many new visitors. VINCI Airports understands their [airline's] needs and perspectives and provides data, forecasts and analysis to let them make enlightened decisions. VINCI Airports teams work tirelessly to encourage airlines to open up new routes and works with local economic stakeholders and travel companies to guarantee their success".


According to the company, the investment and modernisation program aims at increasing the airport’s role in the region. VINCI made an up-front payment of 501 million euros for the 25-year concession last week. It will also pay an annual concession fee of between 4.4 and 15.1 million euros, which will vary depending on the annual profit and the percentage payable to the state. The International Finance Corporation, which is providing part of the financing, said, “We are delighted to support the entry of a global leader in airport operation to Serbia, helping Nikola Tesla Airport reach its full potential for all stakeholders. This is the first airport concession in the country and we hope it will serve as a model for how the private sector can deliver efficient solutions in infrastructure in the region” . Another partner, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, noted, “This is Serbia’s first large infrastructure concession and we are delighted to support its financing, together with other international partners. The competitive, transparent and sound process which is at the heart of this project will also be the foundation of its success". Belgrade Airport stocks on the Belgrade Stock Exchange reached their highest value yesterday since they began trading in 2011.

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  1. I think the main thing that needs to be done is reconstruct the runway and I'm glad it will be done in the first fuve years.

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    1. And why would that be the main thing or be so urgent?

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    2. Because it is not in good shape.

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    3. Like the one in Sarajevo no major work has been done on the runway in decades so it needs work.

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    4. Wasn't it overhauled some 15 years ago together with the rest of the airport (Terminal 2)?

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  2. Dali je ovo novi logo? Nikola tesla ime ostaje ili menja?

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  3. Bring more new airlines.

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  4. Sounds exciting. Good luck!

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  5. So no new terminal anytime soon?

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    1. There is no need for one. Extending C and A gates will happen first.

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  6. Not sure why the French will not do that well. Just thinking out lately.
    I think the Turks or Germans would've done a better job.
    Again, I hope I am wrong. 5 years for a sole runway and current terminal extension is a lot.
    If I am not mistaken, it took ZAG almost 3 years and look at their high-class product.

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    1. I don't know have you ever been to Zagreb before? The 60s shoe box terminal lacked basic services and a new terminal was necessary.

      I doubt anyone would build a new terminal in Belgrade straight away as there is absolutely no need because you can expand T1 and T2 at both ends and current capacity (without any expansion) is close to 10 million.

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    2. ZAG has a beautiful new terminal, there's no doubt about it. The management is, unfortunately, another story!

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    3. I have been to ZAG in 2012 and just used the old terminal. When I saw the new one in photos and on YouTube, I couldn't believe my eyes.
      It took 3 years to build, right?

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    4. It took 3 years after 20 years of planning and announcements each year that it will start next year. It was a condition in the concession tender.

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    5. Better late than never, amigo.
      Anon 09:27. I agree with you. I think DBV might exchange some experience with ZAG.

      In the case of BEG, the management seems decent as well as the current terminal in general. Lets see what them Frenchies will do with it.

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    6. Something like this (the future main hall in Split) would be great:

      https://www.instagram.com/p/Brz-tM5nu-f/

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    7. Whoa! SPU Airport will look super cool!

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    8. So not true. New terminal planing starts in 2006 and finished in 2016. So it is not 20 but 10 years. First 6 years was decision if to do it with concession or without it.

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  7. The graphics in those screens is hideous. I hope it's a temporary solution.

    More importantly, I hope they realize the value (if nothing else speaks to them) of the name 'Nikola Tesla' and stop shying away from displaying it as an inseparable part of the airport's name.

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    1. This is like the least important thing. The priorities of some people...

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    2. +100

      Also the yellow colour and the combination of the logo, which is a meant to be an airport one and not a discount store with this small "i".
      Most airports in the region have much nicer ones too. Good logos: PRG, BUD, ATH, CGN and so on.
      I relate it to the HOP! Air France logo seriously

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    3. Everything is important including the name so stop being mean.

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    4. Between attracting new airlines, building new infrastructure, reconstructing existing infrastructure, securing profit and increasing passenger numbers it is the least important if the logo is green, red or yellow.

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    5. Anon 9:20, with this abrupt change, Vinci are the ones who seem to be making it a priority. Be that as it may, I find it a relevant thing to discuss, especially in a region where airport names are so politicized, and 'Nikola Tesla' was/is a breath of fresh air.
      The graphics, on the other hand, well, I hope I don't have to explain the importance of signage for an airport.

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    6. @9.15
      I don't think anyone planned to build a new terminal straight away because I don't think it was asked of them.

      This was Zurich Airport's plan for Belgrade Airport. They came second in the tender.
      https://youtu.be/5pqx5VLH3C8

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  8. Airport plans going back 30 years included new terminal and new runway. In March of 2003 when BEG had 1,6 mil annual passengers based on 2002 numbers, EU agency also proposed BEG development plans based on a new runway and a new terminal. In April of 2015, outgoing management presented vision for 2030 that was also based on a new terminal and a new runway. Now that BEG will have over 5,5 mil passengers, that firm commitment to second runway (not inserted) and a new terminal has somehow vanished from immediate requirements for a new 25 year concessionaire. Hundreds of millions of infrastructure equity that were planned for decades have been replaced with temporary solutions and pushed out indefinitely.

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    1. @AirCEO
      If the Serbian Government didn’t ask for a €500m payment at contract award on top of annual fees then I’m pretty certain some, if not all of these capital investments, would have been included as requirements in the contract.

      You can’t have €500m payment, plus €5-€15m annual fee, plus renovation and expansion during the first 5 years PLUS new runway and terminal.

      If as some claim here that civil aviation is bringing hundreds of millions of Euros annually into the Serbian economy through Air Serbia then I would have preferred to strengthen this offer by providing a world class terminal facility rather than take a one off payment and be stuck with a terminal from the communist period for decades. However, kickbacks are easier to receive through one off payments rather than annual fees over a 25 year period, so there’s some logic there.

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    2. The logic is to finance our corrupt government now. They can't be bothered to think 25 years into the future, they'll be long gone by then.

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    3. They must be expecting some big returns on investment to justify that 500 million price.

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    4. This is the plan AirCEO is referring to I believe.
      http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EwrzXyUVbz8/VQUzbPfixUI/AAAAAAAAQPM/xMmWbaU9y54/s1600/beg2025.jpg

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    5. @Observer
      That is one of plausible explanations. Current govt gets a lot more upfront cash than expected back in 2013/4, concessionaire gets to spend a lot less by not being required to build completely new runway and terminal, and Govt of 2043 gets screwed by geting back maxed out airport based on an obsolete 60-70 year old core.

      @Anon at 13:52
      Corrrect, that was the plan from March 2003. New terminal and runway are in the lower part of the picture. Updated plan from April 2015 also has them:

      https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QZcI32x6WL8/VS_KfJnTRfI/AAAAAAAAQ3w/Kdj-Du8_G6A/s1600/airport2030.png

      However right now it looks like Vinci is only required to build something like this:

      http://www.beobuild.rs/forum/download/file.php?id=54171&mode=view

      We can see inserted runway and terminal layout with extended C concourse to C14, out of which three seem to be for widebodies. Updated A6-A10 gates are likely. If you zoom in, most interesting part is trapezoid shaped object just outside of current Terminal 2, behind current C1-C6 gates. Orange section above C gates probably indicates new section Vinci calls "gallery" at this link: https://beg.aero/eng/corporate/concession_contract.

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  9. To improve experience for transfer passengers I hope they bring some fast food chain. The Durfy cafe and the small and overcrowded Hleb & Kifle is really not enough.

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    1. Not to mention way overpriced.

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    2. True. Especially H&K compared to prices at any other of their eateries.

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    3. No Serbian Latin version on their website?

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    4. Of course there is
      http://www.beg.aero/lat/home

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    5. I for one am extremely happy there is Cyrillic. Congratulations.

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    6. I am referring to H&K

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    7. Why should there be?

      There is no Cyrillic version on IDEA's website.

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    8. Because Cyrillic is not dead.
      nemjee for example always posts in Cyrillic and this is an important alphabet..outta the aviation discussion, of course.

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    9. I don't see why some people are making the use of Cyrillic an issue, it's the Serbian alphabet and we should cherish it.

      Also what has IDEA got to do with anything? Until recently they were Croatian owned so ...

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    10. I meant that Croatian Cyrillic isn't on the IDEA website in Croatia.

      http://www.croatianhistory.net/etf/et04.html

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    11. At last Anonymous, It is more of a Gothic scripts not Cyrillic.

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    12. Now it's all Russian owned anyway.

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  10. I have been connected to Airline industry since early childhood and have deep connection to Belgrade Airport. Just few observations. Discussing logo is very subjective like discussing cars, but I personally think new logo is (and I hope) temporary solution. It screams low-cost/younger travelers/nightlife etc. Font, color do not project higher-end look. It is also a mis-match with current A drawing it has. It does somewhat match Vinci colors and red dots. Again, i was hoping for higher-end look, but hey if they have strategy with this marketing start, all power to them. As far as terminal, I agree that they can easily re-do and expand current one and it can look good. As long as it is not a mis-match of different designs/materials but rather nicely-flowing interior and exterior, then it will be good. Bottom line, I think this is great for both Belgrade, Serbia and Region.

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  11. Let's give them the benefit of the doubt and start working before we pass judgment. The good thing is we have 2 new airlines coming to BEG next year and many airlines announcing extra frequencies.

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    1. Wonder if we will see more long hauls.

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    2. They said they will work on it.

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  12. Obzirom koliko ovaj aerodrom zarađuje mislim da su mogli da obnove pistu i terminal sami, kao što to rade u Dubrovniku i Splitu. Ovako su prepustili veliku zaradu Francuzima.

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  13. Half a billion euros for 5 years. Not bad.

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    1. 500 mil EUR in 5 years is great investment for an economy like ours. Looking forward to the airport becoming better.

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  14. So a second runway is definitely planned?

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    1. They said from the start that a second runway would be built.

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    2. yes but once the existing runway is overhauled it will become part of a dual parallel taxiway.

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  15. We must first see the concession agreement.

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    1. They can't publish it because of the Nis limitations. It won't look good.

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  16. I don't think people are aware of the scale of things they will do in the first 5 years and are purely focusing on a new terminal.

    First they will build an inserted runway, reconstruct existing runway. add 5 new A gates, build supporting infrastructure like administrative buildings, make a new taxiway system and build new taxiways. From what I hear B gates apron will also be extended and improved.

    They will also eventually build a full second runway, not inserted.

    They didn't buy all that surrounding land for nothing.

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    1. If we knew which plots they got it could tell us something on where they plan on expanding.

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  17. It was good to opt for Vinci. Now lets see if they will deliver as promised.

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    1. I agree. Vinci is a good company and the price as well as planned investment budget is pretty good.

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    2. +1
      I'm glad a European company won. Vinci is a big and serious company.

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    3. Hope it works out. The airport concessions in ex-yu have so far turned out ok.

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    4. They have managed all the airports that they run quite well. So I don't see why they wouldn't do the same in BEG.

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    5. LIS is a disaster and overcrowded.

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  18. "We will work very hard with other airlines to create routes which develops connectivity for the country and the city and brings many new visitors."

    Good to hear. Looking forward to the new arrivals. Wonder who we might see.

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    1. I hope to see Eurowings increase its woeful presence.

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    2. EW isn't coming back this year though

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    3. They will. They haven't loaded their timetable for BEG yet. They always do it in January.

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  19. Finally. Let's see what becomes of this concession.
    Also I hope JU pulls its act together.

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  20. When will they replace the management?

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  21. Vinci has set a target to reach 7 million pax by 2024.
    That is a poor target.

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    1. I think it's the case of them being extremely conservative so they can show that they have achieved well over their target.

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    2. That would be achieved with zero investment and efforts on the airport side.

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  22. I think there will be some good times ahead. I'm glad the airport will no longer be controlled by the state.

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    1. Since BEG is no longer state controlled as of today, maybe they could start focusing on Nis and Kraljevo.

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  23. Speaking of BEG, anyone know how the numbers are shaping up in December?

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    1. I think it should have nice growth similar to last month.

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    2. So we will end the year with 5.7 million pax?

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    3. Yes, maybe higher.

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  24. Hopefully we will soon get a timeline when all these improvements will happen.

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  25. Interesting that the French now control BEG, ZAG and partially PRN.

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    1. Turks - Skopje, Ohrid, partly Pristina
      Germans - Ljubljana.

      Are we all so incapable of managing our own airports?

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    2. Obviously yes.

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    3. United under a foreign boot.

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  26. And when I just remember how people on here were saying that the concession will fail, that they will get below the asking price, that the tender is fixed for the Chinese...

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  27. Why didn't the Serbian government include INI in the concession package?

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    1. The government needs to invest in INI in order to sell it, just like they did with BEG. INI currently lacks basic infrastructure.

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    2. It doesn't look as if the government will be interested much in Nis even after this concession.

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    3. Hi Anon 10:37,

      Lacks "basic infrastructure"? Excuse me, could you back your theory?
      INI terminal was refurbished already and looks decent.

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    4. Not sure when you were last time in Niš. They closed only restaurant as well.

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    5. What happened with the airport resto? Could you enlighten us a bit?

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  28. Unfortunately it seems airport will only get some variant of the inserted runway and T1/T2-attached new terminal extension.

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    1. Inserted runway will be used so they can reconstruct the main runway. New runway will be built probably in around 20 years. I.e during the final years of the concession.

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    2. I don't get why they need a second runway in the next 25 years and where exactly do they plan to build it.

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    3. There is space in the south-west.

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    4. @Anon at 11:35
      Use common sense, why would concessionaire invest hundreds of millions to build another runway with only five years of concession left? There is no way that will happen.

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  29. Za pocetak je dovoljno od VINCI Airports sto se tice rekonstrukcije oba terminala i ostale infra strukture. Iskreno sam iznenadjen da u svojoj strategiji investicija su stavili izgradnju Treceg terminala i paralelne (ne insert) piste tek pri kraju svoje koncesije. Zar preko 700 miliona evra uz napomenutu rekonstrukciju nije dovoljno za novi terminal od 50 hiljada kvadrata?... Sto se tice novog loga za rekontruisanu vazdusnu luku nebi trebalo da predstavlja problem. Izuzev volje od ljudi koji odlucuju... Ovde bih, nezavisno od VINCI-jeve investicije pomenuo i gradnju buduceg hotela na aerodromu. Ostaje samo nada da ce hotel imati dovoljan kapacitet i za goste sa plateznom moci od 50 evra. Sto niza cena, veca je popunjenost. U svakom slucaju imace kapacitete i za ljude koji mogu platiti 150 i vise evra na noc. Verujem da ce u iducih 10 godina hotel biti izgradjen. A cene? Kako odluci investitor, njegova analiza i strategija. Sigurno jeste da ce investicijom od blizu tri cetvrtine milijardi evra, Nikola Tesla se preporoditi i zasijati sjajem u odnosu na dosadasnji utisak. Bez ruznih rasutih objekata koji su rasuti izmedju velikog Hangara i malog kargo objekta. Uvek kada se dolece ili odlece ostaju ruzni utisci. Novo vreme dolazi. Bez "udzerica". Bar na na aerodromu koji nosi ime Nikole Tesle. Vedriji dani dolaze za korisnike Beogradske vazdusne luke i svih koji vole aerodrome i komercijalnu avijaciju.
    Srecna Nova 2019 Godina!.
    Radovan, Kraljevo.

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  30. Priorities for me - deal with taxi mafia, change website look and then everything else. These two can be done very quickly.

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    1. That is doable in a week time. When there is a will, there's a way.

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    2. What is wrong with airport's website?

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  31. I hope they attract more European legacy airlines that used to fly to BEG. The recent announcement of Air France is a good start.

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    1. Many Vinci-run airports have a big LCC presence so it will be interesting to see if they try and attract more of those too.

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    2. On the first place Ryanair.
      Belgrade already has Norwegian, Wizzair, Vueling, flyDubai, easyJet, Pegasus, Transavia

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  32. VINCI has said it is interested in purchasing a majority stake in ADP (Aeroports de Paris) which is state owned. Now that would be interesting because if VINCI does buy a majority stake, BEG and ZAG would be run by the same company.

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    1. That would be an interesting development.

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  33. So so far we know that they plan to renovate existing terminals, build new terminal at late stage, renovate current runway, build new runway, increase share of foreign airlines, have good relationship with Air Serbia, not increase fees for two year, not fire staff for first three years...

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    1. Them not increasing fees is quite important and a good move by the government. It also gives Air Serbia three more years to stabilize.

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    2. If you think that JU needs another 3 yrs to stabilize that will mean 8 yrs since it was launched that would require it to stabilize.

      Are you for real ?? If it takes 8 yrs to stabilize a company with 20 aircraft, then what more can anyone say ?

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  34. Their planned investment budget is very good. Hope for some improvements at BEG soon.

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  35. Will they stick to this plan for expansion?

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QZcI32x6WL8/VS_KfJnTRfI/AAAAAAAAQ3w/Kdj-Du8_G6A/s1600/airport2030.png

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    1. Or this?

      http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EwrzXyUVbz8/VQUzbPfixUI/AAAAAAAAQPM/xMmWbaU9y54/s1600/beg2025.jpg

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    2. If they realize 20% of that masterplan it would be great.

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  36. By Vinci's taking over BEG it is expected nothing but Belgrade airport to boost its numbers. It is already far ahead of ex-Yu airports but with Vinci's management its goal should be catching up with airports like SKG or SOF and beyond.

    It is good to hear many new improvements, including second runway, will be done in BEG. With many new destinations BEG will become true magnet for passengers from neighbouring countries and it will surely reach 7 million far before 2024. Realistically it will already happen in 2021.

    Congratulations to BEG!

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    1. Air France confirmed already flying to BEG starting from next summer season.
      It is very likely U2 will open a base in Belgrade.
      Already announced significant winter and summer traffic increasing from all together LH, LX, SU, LO, OS etc.
      It is also possible FR will start flying to BEG.
      JU summer schedule expexted to be nice surprise.
      Very promising times for Belgrade airport!

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    2. In this entire discussion of improving arrival numbers, everyone seems to have forgotten one critical and important element - promotion of Serbia as a tourist destination. It is not enough to do all these great things to the airport, if the destination itself remains largely unkown.

      On this point, the Govt has a big job to do, because doing all these things to make the airport better, will be in vain ...

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    3. Hmmm very good point.
      Don't forget SKG is now in the hands of Germans. They are currently investing on their portfolio.
      If SOF is given to the English or Spanish it will be very interesting what happens.
      BOJ will be expanded according to Fraport, same as LJU and has very similar SPU traffic.

      Now if BEG secures a bigger terminal and second runway and aims for 12 million, even more interesting.

      The good thing is that we see mainly positive trends in the Balkans and a very healthy "competition".

      Cheers.

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    4. People choose to fly to a destination, not because of the shape/condition of its airport facilities/infrastructure. In most cases, unless they have been there before, people have no idea re the state of the airport that they are flying to. You can build anything, but if there is no destination demand, then it is all for nothing.

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    5. See it from the other side.
      If airports do a good job and attract airlines who will offer attractive prices many customers will chose that destination although it was not their original intention.

      And we have also the opposite examples. Bordeaux is really nice city, but with horrible LCC terminal csalled Billi. Because of it many people will not fly there anymore although they would maybe like to visit Bordeaux again.

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  37. We want lowcost line from BEG to VIE

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    1. Go to INI. They already cry BEG has all the monopoly

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    2. Who would go to Niš from Belgrade, to fly to Vienna, a city reachable by car in 6,5 hours?

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  38. Whats happening with the observation deck?

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    1. Nothing. Vlasavljevic said that they didn't realize the project and that he hopes Vinci will.

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  39. Znaci izbacen nova web strana aerodroma na beg.aero nema vise Nikole Tesle niti stari aerodromski app vise ne radi. Nema puno informacija na novoj strani. Naprimer ranije se moglo videti koji tip aviona leti, sad nisam nasao.

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  40. New website launched beg.aero

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    1. Horrible!! :( :( :(
      Come on, mate. The previous website was so good!
      It showed the aircraft type, wind speed and was so easy to use.

      This one looks like a mediocre excel sheet:

      https://beg.aero/cir/letovi#dolasci

      No a/c info, no colour differentiation.

      I am personally disappointed.

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    2. I like it. Much more professional and better than the MS Paint created website from before. It is also mobile optimised which wasnt the case before.

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    3. The old version is this one:

      www,beg.aero/welcome.54.html

      Ït was easy to use, the list of airlines shown was very clear. The code shares and different colours to distinguish the information.
      Hey, if you are a fan of cheap excel files, then fine.

      You have your opinion, I have mine.

      I don't like it.

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    4. Absolutely better than the one we have in ZAG!

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    5. Horribly bland website, it looks as if they put minimal effort into it. I hate the fact they no longer show the aircraft type on the website. Also, do they even have a section with statistics? Maybe they will hide those as well like the type of aircraft.

      The old website wasn't perfect but this looks as if they just wanted to get rid of the old one in a hurry. Overall they corporate identity leaves a lot to be desired.

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    6. Lol "hide" statistics. Vinci publishes all statistics for all its airports on their central site. Like Fraport. The website has also been online for a total 5 hours. Don't you think more content will be added.

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    7. +10000 Nemjee! Finally, someone who understands the basics.

      In the old website, you can clearly see the gate number, the code share partners, the aircraft type, the old and new arrival times.
      Those "old fashioned blinking lights" showing airline status landing or not.

      The drop down menu to search for the statistics.
      I used to check the website quite regularly. For me, this is simply sad. The once authentic Serbian website is now nothing but a minimalistic, dull MS Excel website.

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    8. And what do I care for their central website? BEG is my airport and it should have all the publicly available information on there.
      Unless they make some major upgrades to the website it will be quite a disappointment.

      Anon 20.26

      I agree, I used to check flights at beg.aero at a daily basis but this is a disaster. I guess we'll have to move onto FR24. ;)

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    9. Nemjee bro, I used to save this website in my favourites and not even from Belgrade myself.
      Honestly and no kidding here, the previous website was extremely good.
      I also use FR24 but liked the dark main carrier and code share in lighter font.

      You enter, see what that the temperature is, what the wind speed is...the concession news. All so professionally made.

      The previous website was visual and user-friendly.

      I will try to delay my fury and wait silently for a positive change in 2019!

      ****grrr****

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    10. I still hope they are not done with the website. I guess time will tell.

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    11. Nemjee - design is subjective. Unless you are a graphic artist and can find objective technical faults in its design elements, then let's just leave it at that.

      As for some of the things it has deleted from the previous mgt, that is another matter altogether and I would support your view on this aspect.

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    12. My main issue is the lack of information, not so much the design itself.

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    13. "Horribly bland website, it looks as if they put minimal effort into it." ... that was your opening sentance and you say that was not your main issue ...

      Nemjee - really ?

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    14. And what's your point? I don't recall there being a rule that required the main issue to be always mentioned first. You know, there are lists of priorities that start from the lowest and go towards the highest. ;)

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    15. Actually all they wanted is to show how Belgrade airport, after paying so much money to GoS for it, is not important to them so they intentionally downgraded airport's web site to look awfull.


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    16. Maybe they didn't do it intentionally, maybe they didn't care enough about it. After all look at the mistake with Kosovo ;)

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  41. All in all quite disappointed by the plans. But hay - they overpaid anyway.

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    1. Agreed. If the one-off payment was not included in the contract that sum could have been invested in terminal(s) facilities.

      Needless to say, Vinci will anyhow overstate their investments into runway and terminal renovations, but nonetheless capital investments would have been much higher without a doubt.

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  42. Najapsurdnija pista u Srbiji ima puno manjih ostecenja koji daju svoj doprinos za puno vece tehnicke probleme na avionima Airbus330 i skupi servis za amortizere i donji postroj tog tipa aviona,Jedan avion Airbus330 aviokompanije Air Serbia ide na duzi popravak i servis.

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  43. Airbus330 aircraft has very sensitive landing gear,this aircraft needs very smooth runway surface asphalt for landing.The newer aircraft only Boeing 777/787 and Sukhoi 100 superjet has very strong landing gear and all Tupolev 214/204 aircraft models.

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  44. So basically so far, the virtual part of LYBE:

    - Nikola Tesla no longer present
    - Nightclub logo like you said above
    - New cheap website
    - ASL lack of information
    - Lack of Serbian and south Slavic culture by excluding Cyrillic alphabet (Serbia has good spiritual and traditional ties with Russia)

    Vinci must be careful from the start. Sensitive issues, this is Serbia, not France.

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    1. Have you even visited the website? It is in cyrillic. You obviously haven't even visited it.

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    2. Cyrillic is there so that's good. I agree with the name part, seems like Nikola Tesla is only used in very few places. They probably don't want it overshadowing their own name around the airport and the website.

      I hope they are not done with the website. Unlike with the previous one you can't see yesterday's and tomorrow's flights. There is also no seasonal timetable and so on.

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    3. "Lack of Serbian and south Slavic culture". It's an airport website. What are you smoking?

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    4. Yes let's go globalist all the way! Down with cultures, lets all be bland and same so that fat cats can get richer.

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    5. It doesn't matter!! u know what am talking about!
      Why is all the hard work of the website accumulated FOR YEARS shoved in a matter of days???

      Come on, even Athens had a lousier website.

      Apparently you are all just not so sober following the holiday season BUT...you will wake up soon and it will be too late.

      God save Nikola, AMEN!

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    6. What are you people talking about? I just opened the desktop version of the Belgrade Airport site and it is really nice. Beautiful images of Belgrade in the background, clean, modern, nice colour template. Overall a major improvement on the bright red from before.

      And for the person talking about "Serbian heritage" or whatever, the site has actual imagery of Belgrade, Cyrillic font. It has more to do with Serbia than the previous site.

      Overall I really like it and I'm neither some Vinci or BEG cheerleader. I just think it is refreshing and easy on the eye compared to the previous one.

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    7. It is clearly obvious that you are not well acquainted with the previous website.
      It was rich in CONTENT. It was easy to navigate, even using your smartphone.
      The list of airlines was visible, the schedules were clear and you could feel that human touch.
      Now, it's nothing but an imported French style "fancy logo", "ibis budget hotel" style website.

      Jeez...lets see what they do with the terminal and get rid of the Nikola name completely.

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    8. Accept that not everyone shares your oppinion and that the "human touch" aka aljkavost was not to everyone's taste. You also have a clear list of airlines on the new website with updated airline logos (unlike the previous one).

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    9. Yeah, updated airline logos...gimme a break, man!
      Where are the visual timetables? Where are the annual statistics?

      Plus, look how Belgrade is written in perfect French English with an American video:

      "Belgrade international airport"

      https://beg.aero/eng/corporate/about_us

      At least Nikola Tesla is mentioned in the, mind you, very last sentence as if he never existed.

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    10. Tame a chillpill. It's a website.

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    11. Anon 23.21

      One could say the same to you. As in that you should accept that some people don't share your opinions and that you should accept that? The primary issue here is that unless they add more content (as mentioned above), this version of the website will be a massive downgrade. As for the name of the airport, it is an insult that they have more or less removed it. In my opinion it is disrespectful towards the country they came to do business with. Tesla is part of the Serbian brand and almost completely removing it actually make BEG as a brand far less recognizable. As I wrote yesterday, I think they had to remove it so that their company logo could be placed in its place.

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    12. My 2 cents regarding new web :) I think that new layout & design is huge improvement over the old one, which in my opinion was plain ugly :)
      I do understand that some info is missing, hopefully they will add it over time.

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    13. They could have had Powered by Nikola Tesla with Vinci superimposed over it.

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  45. I think the new look of the website is fine. It does have Serbian Cyrillic (in fact its the default setting). It's clean, modern, easy to navigate, and optimized for mobile screens. Sure it's lacking some of the content that the previous version had but remember, they just made change so more may be coming.

    Websites change and are updated all the time. I'm sure the next change will have its share of critics who are nostalgic for the good "old" version.

    However, there is this scandal waiting to happen: https://beg.aero/eng/corporate/about_us

    Map of Vinci Airports, clearly shows Serbia without Kosovo. Whatever your position is on this issue, this is just bad for Vinci's domestic PR. Waiting to see how long the media takes to notice this.

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    1. It has already happened:
      https://www.danas.rs/drustvo/na-sajtu-beogradskog-aerodroma-mapa-srbije-bez-kosova/?fbclid=IwAR17G8gD5062oQUIhFI1I0OiBdnVFGQLcJJoEqfWov3X8WSbq-NFr1HwkVc

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    2. They removed the map.

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    3. Good. Now there needs to be public pressure to bring back Nikola Tesla. Vinci is definitely not off to a good start.

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    4. They said it was a technical mistake. Sure.

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    5. True, if it was technical mistake they should have fixed the map not removed it.

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  46. Hm ,any word about cargo?
    At old site there was cargo section, on new site i cant find it!

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    1. Click on "Business" or "Poslovno" at top of the page, near the language selection.

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    2. I think he referred to the list of cargo flights the same as the civil aviation ones.

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    3. Anon 08:37: thx , for info!
      Anon 08:40 : Negative.... Question was about cargo. Are there any plans for Cargo section i didt hear a word about cargo...

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  47. Some positive change at the airport today. New big free mobile charging ports for all types of phones have been set up near checkin.

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  48. BTW, Vinci is taking over Gatwick?

    https://www.b92.net/biz/vesti/svet.php?yyyy=2018&mm=12&dd=27&nav_id=1486726

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    1. Yes. That was surprising. Which airport will be next? Maybe SJJ?

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    2. Well, they are missing some bigger airport in US, I think...

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  49. Site is obviously improving day by day. Air Serbia commercial put up on the website. I also think they will bring back aircraft types for each flight. If you go to their live departures page they still haven't added gate numbers so they are obliviously working on it.

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  50. Gatwick Airport: Majority stake sold to French firm
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46691846

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  51. Whoever thought it was a good idea to give this to a French company ?

    Purging the name Nikola Tesla, amateur website, map stupidity (deliberate insult or ignorance you decide), rubbish logo.

    And that's in the first week...

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  52. Did they said anything about cargo?

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