Belgrade Airport targets 6.2 million passenger


Photo credit: Darkl Ćirkov

Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport is aiming to handle 6.2 million passengers this year, while Serbia as a whole should reach at least 6.6 million travellers, the country's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, Zorana Mihajlović, said. Speaking to BBC News Serbian, Ms Mihajlović noted that Belgrade Airport should handle "at least 6.2 million travellers", while Kraljevo's Morava Airport, scheduled to open on June 28, will welcome "around 20.000 passengers this year and between 100.000 - 150.000 in 2020". The Minister noted that Niš Constantine the Great Airport will see approximately 380.000 to 400.000 travellers this year. In 2018, Belgrade processed 5.641.105 passengers, while Niš settled for 351.582.

Ms Mihajlović previously said that as part of its concession contract, Belgrade Airport's operator VINCI is obligated to meet set passenger targets each year. "We have projections on how many passengers will be handled, how many new flights we can expect etc", she noted. The President of VINCI Airports, Nicolas Notebaert, recently said, "We must now open new routes so we can secure sustainable growth in the coming years. The good thing about the concession is that my interest and the state's interest are the same. It is a special agreement whereby the more passengers I have, the greater the revenue I have, the better it is for the country's economy. What we have done at other locations was to double or triple passenger numbers. We are talking about 25 years. We will be here for a long time. We are already working on bringing new airlines to Belgrade".

Belgrade Airport has not reported its growth figures so far this year, with VINCI to release its first quarterly results on April 12 at 17.45 CEST. On the other hand, Niš Constantine the Great Airport has recorded its fifth consecutive month of declining passenger numbers in February. The Serbian government recently approved five million euros to subsidise the launch of ten new routes from Niš. City authorities must now identify the ten destinations which they deem are of public interest, after which an international tender will be launched to seek out potential operators. Kraljevo's Morava Airport is set to open in late June after a number of previous deadlines were missed. "From its opening in late June, until the end of this year, we expect several carriers to introduce flights", Ms Mihajlović said.




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  1. Is it feasible for them to add 559.000 passenger this year?

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    1. They added 300.000 last year with barely any new flights. This year there are going to be 70 more weekly flights, that's a lot man.

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    2. I guess the airport is confident which means they saw some growth in January and February. We will know in a month. Hopefully they update their website and add statistics.

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    3. 10% increase in passenger numbers seems quite a lot. I am not very confident it would be reached either.

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    4. So you think those extra 70 flights will be empty?

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    5. @09:47
      No, I think that 10 more flights a day during the Summer wont increase the airports yearly total by 10%.

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    6. Why not? On top of those 10 daily there are going to be even more charter flights.

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    7. Lufthansa is constantly packed to the last seat (anytime I travel). Many other companies are also performing well. AirSerbia is not flying completely empty planes so it should be doable.

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  2. So, it means realistically Belgrade goes to 6,1 million

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  3. Two more weeks are we are launching a whole new chapter with LH introducing third daily from MUC and Air France making a majestic return to Belgrade. Unlike the previous years, JU will increase many flights from 31.03, for example TIA will become 9 weekly right away. Exciting times ahead for BEG, Serbia and the whole region.

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    1. In fact, JU will have fewer flights in April and May compared to past few years, and then the growth is coming.

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  4. It very much looks to me that some deal has been made with Ryanair for Morava Airport. If you remember last year FR management met with the Serbian government. Mihajlovic expects 20,000 passengers this year which is the same projection Ryanair gave for its flights to Banja Luka when they started flying there in October for the period October to January. Mihajlovic also keeps saying how the B737 will be able to land at KVO. So in my opinion they have reached some deal. And the projection for next year is also the same projection Ryanair has given for Banja Luka for 2019.

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    1. If that is the case it would be fantastic.

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    2. Agree. That was exactly what I mentioned few days ago when Morava airport was the topic of the day.

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    3. Probably one destination right now, maybe some German city or somewhere in Sweden? I wouldn't be surprised to see Berlin-Kraljevo launched.

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    4. Or KVO-BTS

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    5. Unless FR offers single PNR connections from BTS this route would be useless.

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    6. How on Earth would any line from Serbia targeting Vienna be useless?

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    7. BTS is not VIE.

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    8. Actually, it kinda is

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    9. We want Ryan in Belgrade!

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    10. We don't want Ryan, we already have Wizz and Easy. Zagreb doesn't have any.

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    11. Or SJJ! We can't take that BUD route seriously as it's full of ... subsidies.

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  5. This is realistic as foreign carriers keep growing organically, and Air Serbia is finally expanding.

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  6. I expect summer growth to be around 12%.

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    1. Summer months should be strong with Air Serbia expansion and especially with charters.

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    2. I heard JU will operate between 10 and 14 charter flights a day during peak summer season.

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    3. I just don't know with what planes they will do this.

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    4. Obviously they plan on getting more planes. What else could they do?!

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    5. They should be getting them soon then. It's already March.

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    6. Why should they get it in March when most expansion takes place in June.

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    7. 10-14 charter flights is completely doable with 3 B737. Plus they have spare capacity on the A319 fleet.

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  7. So that would mean annual growth at 9.9%. I think it's doable.

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    1. My prediction is that the airport will grow between 8% and 10%.

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  8. Great news. BEG should have nice growth this year.

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    1. There are no any news, only the prediction is 10% passenger growth compared to last year, which is extremely hard to achieve. If BEG make it , this will be wonderful surprise.

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  9. I highly doubt her projections for INI and KVO will come true.

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    1. The ten new routes from INI will certainly increase traffic by a lot.

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    2. When will these routes be launched and by whom?
      It is almost the middle of March.
      Or they will be launched from the winter season onwards?

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    3. I think that deadline has not been set.

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    4. INI can repeat last years result or do even little better. It seems that flights from Nis to Hurghada will happen this summer http://www.politika.co.rs/sr/clanak/424584/Egipat-zeli-avio-liniju-Nis-Hurgada

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  10. Nice to see. I think summer will be very strong

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  11. I hope Wizz Air will diversify its offer from BEG soon and finally introduce Spain, Greece or Portugal.

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    1. Doubt it. They are asleep in BEG.

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    2. As so many airlines including JU are opening new routes from and to BEG in 2019 I would prefer W6 to make their expansion in 2020.
      On that way both 2019 and 2020 would be successful years...

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    3. Wizz will only lose in 2019 and they should because they don't care about BEG. Let others take away their market.

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    4. W6 is primarily receiving new A321 NEOs from Airbuses with 230 seats in them.
      Few new routes that they can launch from BEG that have enough demand to fill such a number of seats.

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    5. Yes but those A321s are replacing A320s which could be used for BEG.

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    6. I think that we can expect U2 to expand in BEG and kick W6 in the nuts. FR will expand in INI and start LYKV, which will knock W6 further

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    7. Quite possible taking in consideration how W6 is inactive in Serbia

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    8. Anonymous at 10:19
      What you are suggesting would be far more damaging to JU than W6.
      Its cost base is much higher than the Hungarians.

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    9. Not really as Wizz Air is becoming quite irrelevant in Serbia, they are not expanding or responding to market needs. easyJet can expand without hurting JU.

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  12. Aperently AirSerbia and AirCanada interline agreement comes to end today as well stop on ticket sales
    Does anyone knows any reason behind it? Thx

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    1. My guess is JU's YYZ flights are coming this winter.

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    2. yes.. i heard about this ...i wonder if it means just that
      . that direct flight are coming..

      and im saying this from Frankfurt where i was delayed 24 hrs.. LH flight from BEG was late coming into FRA.. AC did not wait and i was stuck in FRA.

      NOW a day later im heading to YYZ.

      Cooome on direct flights YYZ-BEG

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    3. How was the load on LH from BEG to FRA? I guess it was the afternoon flight that was late?

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    4. You meant next winter? How far ahead interline gets cancelled, 6 months or a year? Tickets that were already sold for this summer as JU-AC interline will go ahead.

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    5. Every time when I fly on this route LF is between 85 and 100% (overbooking happens often)

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    6. full!!! so full that a female passanger was places in the jump seat...if you can believe it. we pushed back the went back to the gate because the female passanger could not fit in the jump seat.. she wsd taken off the flight and her bag. then we lost our slot in FRA so we couldnt leave right away. when we finally took off and came to FRA area. we could not land due to traffic and wind. so holding before we land .. and AC did not want to wait.

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    7. That's crazy! Was it an A320? I don't understand why don't they send the A321 from the start! I also noticed that BEG-MUC that starts soon will be an A319 from the start. Impressive.

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    8. It was A321

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    9. AC and JU announce interline partnershop cancellation on Friday and already starts today. Very strange to see such a fast suspension of interline agreement .

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    10. That is bad news.

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    11. Flew to Malaga, via FRA, two weeks ago. Flights to and from FRA were fully booked on A320, and overbooked to and from Malaga, on A321.

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    12. LH must really do well in BEG.

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    13. Not true.. JU/AC agreement is still working and flights may still be issued on one single ticket

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    14. LH is performing fantastically in Belgrade. They are completely packed this winter. I really do not get JU approach. We all need to connect with LH at reasonable prices and JU flies half empty on most routes?!

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    15. No one needs to connect with LH. Just fly directly to BCN, MAD, NCE, JFK etc. If you insist on flying with LH to collect miles you deserve to pay through the nose.

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    16. Pay through the nose? LH is usually cheaper than JU to JFK. hahaha
      And what if days when JU flies doen't suit me? What then? I wait for you so that you can be happy?

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    17. JU/AC SPA fares has been updated today...they are much higher now...so cancellation of interline agreement is fake news.

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    18. Real news is they are no longer competitive, effectively equivalent of cancellation. AC/LH or AF/JU offers are now cheaper.

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  13. I have a feeling U2 might open a base in BEG next year. This is just a thought. They have very close cooperation with Vinci and they have expanded their operations from BEG this summer nicely last year.

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    1. A base might be premature but it would be nice if they expand and add a few more destinations such as ORY and/or LIS.

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    2. Maybe even later this year...

      8.8.2018
      "Prestavnica low cost avio kompanije rekla je da je još rano reći da li bi EasyJet takođe mogao da otvori bazu na aerodromu ,,Nikola Tesla”, ali da će menadžment kompanije redovno pratiti rezultate na svim linijama.

      ,,Postavite mi ovo pitanje za godinu dana”, zaključila je ona.

      http://playtravel.rs/playnews/vesti/easyjet-zeli-da-uvede-jos-novih-linija-iz-beograda/

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    3. So we should ask her in about five months. I doubt she will say anything positive since they didn't add any flights in 2019.

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    4. Let's see...
      Your post seems reasonalble, but from the other side we should not forget that Vinci and easyJet have excellent cooperation and you never know what is being planned behind the curtain.

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    5. I wouldn't be surprised if Vinci wants to force Wizz to be more proactive in BEG by inviting easyJet to expand.

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    6. Agree... btw U2 and DS are doing very well at BEG..it seems to b true..

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    7. For the first time Wizz is being challenged by another airline on a route they serve. Usually it was the other way around. Let's see who wins on BSL-BEG - easy or Wizz.

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    8. Wizz keeps n doing well to Basel with very high load factor. I think there is enough space for both on this route.

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    9. My opinion is easyJet.

      They offer better prices, they offer better hand luggage policy and they offer better flying times...

      So, for me there is no doubt about it.

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    10. I don't think easyJet wants to share, i think they will increase flights to push them out. Who wants to land at BEG at 00:25 when easyJet flies at a much better time.

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    11. EasyJet free hand luggage 56 x 45 x 25 cm ==> no weight limit
      Wizzair free hand luggage 40 x 30 x 20 cm ==> 10 kg

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    12. This baggage policy with various low cost airlines become more & more complicated. I've just had a brief look at Wizz policy. You have this first item, then if you have Wizz Priority you get second free item, even bigger. And if you want checked in baggage then you need to choose between 10kg, 20kg or 32kg. Of course, you need to decide everything upfront or you will be charged even more at airport...

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    13. In my post it was clearly written that given information are for free hand luggage - so the luggage you can take on board not to pay anything.

      As long as you need to pay something it is out of this comparison.

      I was flying many times with easyJet and the fact you do not have to weight your hand luggage is very very helpful especially as the size of the allowed hand lugagge is much bigger than by W6

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    14. @Anon 12:35
      My intention was not to argue with your comment, just a observation of how thing got complicated. Considering that, EasyJet offering from marketing perspective is very good.

      And since you mention, if you pay for something it is not out of comparison. It depends how expensive basic fare is and how expensive are additions. Other thing that counts, at least for me, is how complicated is to figure it out.

      And again, at the moment, I don't have idea how does it looks when you compare current prices for this 2 airlines, I'm making general comment.

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    15. I understand your point, but I tried to be precise in my comment.

      "As long as you need to pay something it is out of THIS comparison" . It means that in this case I compared only the luggage you do not have to pay for and in this case it is obvious U2 offers much better product.

      This comparison does not include people who travel with more pieces of hand luggage or with check-in luggage.

      And price wise...

      Random dates
      BSL-BEG-BSL U2 (06:40-08:35h ; 09:30-11:45)===> 18-23.6.2019 ==> 59,00 EUR
      BSL-BEG-BSL W6 (22:40-00:30h ; 15:50-17:45)===> 17-24.6.2019 ==> 95,00 EUR

      Above hand luggage policy applied

      Check in luggage
      1 x 20 kg with Wizzair ===> 34 EUR one way
      1 x 23 kg with easyJet ===> 23,39 EUR one way




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    16. It looks that you are fore some reason very deep into this Easy/Wizz rivalry :)

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    17. I am always on the side of my pocket :-)

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    18. I don't know what's worse, U2's departure from BSL or W6's arrival to BEG.

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  14. 2019 will be a big one for BEG. Only part of what is coming has been revealed so far.

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    1. You mean YYZ and PEK have not yet been revealed?

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    2. Is there even an option to start YYZ this summer ?

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    3. I think that summer 2019 is too close for BEG-YYZ

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    4. No chance for this summer. Tickets would already have had to be on sale.

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  15. Why not? Makes perfect sense. We passed five million, six is just around the corner.

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  16. I believe we will have major expansion of low cost carriers in Serbia soon.

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  17. Exciting times ahead. Hope we see BA come back in Belgrade.

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    1. I would like to but I honestly doubt.

      JU and W6 are very well covering P2P demand and for transfer passengers there are so many other European airports (FRA, MUC, AMS, CDG, WAW, SVO, FCO, ATH, IST...) with connection possibilities where Serbs do not need a visa.

      Issuing UK visa costs a lot and it automatically makes the travelling wth BA much more expensive and time consuming for Serbian citizens


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    2. I agree with your argument but I had the same line of thinking about Air France and they are coming back after all. But like you say, the big issue with BA is also visas.

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    3. I would rather have Norwegian or easyJet from LGW. BA is like Ryanair on short haul flights.

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    4. Norwegian from LGW would offer cheap connections to North America.

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    5. Big difference is that JU and AF cooperate on the route, BA would compete with JU.

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  18. Dovodjenje novih avio kompanija, povecanje broja linija sa izgradnjom novih i prosirenjem postojecih objekata preporodice vazdusni saobracaj Srbije na Beogradskom aerodromu. Sa Niskim aerodromom, aktiviranjem Kraljevacke Morave i buducim otvaranjem Uzickih Ponikvi, broj putnika na ova tri aerodroma tesko moze preci iznad 800.000 putnika na godisnjem nivou. Veoma vazno je napraviti veliki kargo centar na Moravi uz produzenje piste na 2.800 metara sa ugradnjom ILS na nju. Racunajuci i buduce trecerazredne male aerodrome u Krusevcu, Kragujevcu, Jagodini, Boru i Sjenici, ukupan broj putnika u sastavu Aerodroma Srbije nece preci 900.000 putnika na godisnjem nivou.
    Za iducih deset godina. Sto se tice Aerodroma Nikole Tesle potpuno realno je ocekivati projektovanih 15.000.000 miliona putnika godisnje. Kao sto je ranije objavio i VINCI Airports.
    Istina, potreban je mir. i bice. Jer mir nema alternativu.
    A Srbija nije Srbija bez korenite promene transformacije civilnog avio saobracaja, uz osavremenjavanje infrastrukture na aerodromima... Jos mnogo toga ce doci zbog uklapanja Srbije u buducnost u Evropskim stremljenjima avio saobracaja. ✈
    Rodney. Kraljevo✈Sydney. ☺🌞🌗✈🌍🌏🌎✈🌐✈

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  19. 6.1 mil. je sasvim ralno. Prica se da ce u AS stici jos jedan A320. Mogli su za Barselonu komtno da u ltnjim mesecima puste i treci nedeljuni let. Jutarnji let je vec prebacen na A320.

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    1. Slazem se sa tobom i izuzetno mi je drago da Barselona belezi takav uspeh. Taj grad je predivan i veza BEG-BCN je odavno trebala da bude uspostavljena u nekim normalnim vremenima leta a ne u 04.00 ujutro.

      Videcemo samo kako ce se ponasati tokom zime mada uz povoljne cene karata mogla bi biti jako dobra vikend destinacija pogotovo uzimajuci u obzir njenu povoljnu klimu.

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    2. Komtno je ralno pogotovo ltnjim casovima.

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    3. hahahah +1

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  20. It certainly looks to be like a good summer ahead. I do think the Minister is a bit too optimistic about the results and I'm not sure BEG will reach "at least" 6.2, meaning she thinks this will be the absolute minimum. But BEG will certainly surpass 6 million this year which is a great achievement too.

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    1. I think this is a realistic estimate, at least for BEG but let's wait and see.

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    2. I think 6,2 million is very maximum and certianly not "at least"

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    3. well that's your opinion.

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  21. As an aviation enthusiast I really like the current development at all the airports across the former Yugoslavia. Nice development and hopefully more good news to come for all :)

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    1. +1
      It's all good news, the more the airports in the region develop the more developed it will be. Just compare it 10 years ago. BEG had just 2 million, SOF the same.

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  22. Beograd zasigurno zasluzuje sve cestitke povodom predvidjenog plana rasta za 2019 koji ce se kretati izmedju 8 i 10%.

    Ovo posebno dolazi do izrazaja kad se zna da je Beograd ubedljivo najprometniji aerodrom u bivsoj Jugoslaviji i da je beogradskih 10% mnogo vise od 15% najblizih pratilaca.

    Posebno raduje cinjenica da se u Beograd vraca Air France osetno poboljsavajuci konektiranost beogradskog aerodroma kojem je cesto puta bilo prebacivano da mu fale prevoznici kao stoje Air France.

    Takodje izuzeno raduje da su se kompanije poput Swissa, Aeroflota ili Lufthanse odlucile uvesti po dodatnih 7 nedeljnih letova do glavnog grada Srbije sto sa ostalim stranim avio kompanijama izlazi na oko 40 novih nedeljnih polazaka.

    Kao slag na tortu dolazi ponovno sirenje krila Air Serbie koja uvodi novih 9 destinacija (2 sezonske) znacajno pojacavajuci svoju mrezu linija i aktivno spremajuci teren da konektiranim letovima napuni kako svoj sadasnji let za JFK tako i svoje buduce avione za YYZ i PEK


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  23. Well if Zoka says so
    https://bit.ly/2CdXIXT

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  24. The JU/AC interline agreement has not been cancelled. Where on earth did you get that information? On top of that, even the SPA is still valid.

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    1. EXYU tourist agencies in Toronto. They offered many deals where AC operates YYZ-LHR or YYZ-ZRH etc leg and then JU operates 2nd leg ZRH-BEG or LHR-BEG etc as a single ticket. Those deals have been abruptly announced as ending today.

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    2. yep .. same email i got from the serbian travel agencies in Hamilton.

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  25. I really don't know why AS is avoiding MUC

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  26. Congratulations BEG!!!!
    I can just hope something changes in ZAG soon because BEG clearly shows how it's possible to grow at much higher rates. Lowering taxes in ZAG, and bringing LCC's, taking politics out of OU and enabling its development with ZAG hub, attracting more long-haul services, is all possible, and is all what BEG already did. I don't think ZAG will ever reach BEG numbers, after all BEG has always been central and the biggest airport in ex-you, but ZAG could do much much better and have much higher numbers and I am so sorry and so sad it is not happening.

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    1. No thanks, ZAG is a different kind of airport and it can survive on normal airlines. Cheap airlines bring passengers but not profits for the airport. FR and U2 can fly from MZLZ but they have to pay what others pay, it's only fair.

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    2. I would really like to know where you will hide when ZAG soon announce arrival of one LCC with special prices adjusted to them

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    3. @anon 14.37 LCCs pay the same price in Belgrade as other airlines. Wizz regularly complains about it.

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    4. Anonymous11 March 2019 at 14:37

      Snobbism might portray some kind of superiority complex, but if thats the case, then Aerodrom Zagreb is "a different kind of airport" for all the wrong reasons. It ought to look around for some neighbourhood ideas.

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    5. @An.14.37
      Are you aware of the fact that Ryanair, Wizzair, Transavia, Easyjet fly to and from Frankfurt, Munich, Amsterdam, Fiumicino, Malpensa, Madrid, Barcelona, Athens....? Do you really suggest ZAG is better than those airports? And what do you think, are passengers of legacy carriers who are getting food and drinks on board for free more likely to buy food and drinks at the airport or would that be passengers not getting anything on board on LCC'S? Have you ever flown one of the "cheap" airlines? If yes, you would know they carry business passengers as well, people going to couple of days city breaks who spend a lot, tourists, even transfer passengers lately, who spend the same or more as legacy airlines passenger's, with only difference being numbers and profits from those passengers counted in millions. It is sad there are people who still believe it's bad for an airport to have one million passengers more than before because they fly on "cheap airlines". Unbelievable!

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    6. hahaha come on, you think MZLZ would make more money from FR or WZ than EK or QR? Come on, given me break. They are after profits and sustainable business, not only pax numbers like some in the region. FR already fly from the region so MZLZ can't give them same treatment especially not when EW and otehrs pay normal prices.

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    7. Like you've been told, they pay normal prices in Belgrade for example as well, which had a net profit of 25 million euros in 2018.

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    8. They have to pay normal prices because JU doesn't pay anything. That is not case in MZLZ, at least CA pays its bills.

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    9. Then do you mind telling us how much profit ZAG made last year?

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    10. @16.07 what you are saying makes no sense. If LCCs pay normal prices in Belgrade and you claim they don't pay normal prices elsewhere, then they must really love Belgrade.

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    11. @An.16.00 and probably 14.37
      hahahaha, yes, because you don't know the basics of economy in general, not only aviation. It is always about the quantity. You always earn more with cheaper prices and big numbers against more expensive prices and small numbers. In addition to that I never said ZAG should concentrate on LCC only instead EK and QR what you imply now. On the contrary, growth of both traffic and profits is only possible by having everything there. And just for the end, to leave alone foreign airports and stay in Croatia :Do you think Split with all LCC 's flying there is bad airport? Aren' t you ashamed that ZAG with its brand new terminal, base/hub of the flag carrier and several times bigger city than Split and country capital has almost the same passenger numbers and less profits? Is it sustainable business you talk about?

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    12. SPU is different because it brings almost only tourists so seats are sold to tour operators. DBV is copying ZAG by attracting normal airlines like AA, IB, BA... and not cheap airlines like ZAD, it is very risky because they black mail if they don't get what they want.

      ZAG is good now, it got KE and EK before that. More great airline to come in 2019, stay tuned.

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    13. @Anon at 16:07

      JU doesn't pay anything

      Dokle bre vise ovih trolova? Izvestaji pokazuju da to nije tacno, ako imas bilo kakav dokaz za to, pokazi, ako ne onda admin podrzava trolove!

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    14. 14.37.,16.00 and 16.51
      SPU :70 % of traffic LCC on scheduled routes, and "almost only tourists so seats sold to tour operators" hahaha ha which century do you live in? you are talking about majority of charter flights in SPU which actually has some 80% regular services. Do you even know the difference between charter and regular flight?

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  27. I was at the airport yesterday and it was packed in PM hours; honestly I never expected so many people on an off-season day such as 10th March. There were people in all check-in areas. I flew SU2097 and it was packed; they even upgraded some passengers to business as they were overbooked.

    Two negatives: a) sad that Nikola Tesla naming is out of the picture b) the new tail livery on YU-ARA looks like an unreadable mess. The plane was parked in front of the hangar area and absolutely nothing from a distance on that tail can associate / connect with Serbia.

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    1. Is 2097 the 18.45 departure? What was the passenger structure like?

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    2. That is correct 18:45. A number of Chinese and Serbs connecting to PEK via Moscow and I would say a lot of point to point pax. as well because lots headed to immigration / passport control from that flight. Interesting that SU went for de-icing prior to departure despite the fact that the sky was clear and without rain. Others like JU flight to FRA / AMS; AZ didn't go through de-icing prior to take off.

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    3. Maybe the air towards Russia was much colder? That's interesting. If SU does this well then I imagine what will happen in summer. I guess we will be seeing a lot of A321s.

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  28. Easyjet base would be fantastic! But even increase of their flights would be very good.
    Looking at their bases these are destinations with good possibility to work out from Belgrade: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Edinburgh, Hamburg, Lisbon, London Gatwick, Lyon, Manchester, Milan M, Naples, Nice, Palma, Paris Orly, Porto, Toulouse, Venice.

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    1. Plus they already fly from Berlin :)

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