Belgrade Airport continues record run

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Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport handled over 645.000 passengers in September, representing an increase of 11.6% on the same period in 2018. According to operator VINCI, the airport handled over 4.750.000 travellers during the first three quarters, up 7.4%. In a statement detailing its third quarter results, the company said, “Belgrade Airport, which became part of the VINCI Airports network at the end of 2018, recorded 9.3% growth in the third quarter, driven by the opening of new routes by Air Serbia, Air France, ASL and Wizz Air”. The airport is estimated to handle some 6.2 million passengers by year’s end.

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  1. That is a monster September! That target of 6.2 mil is starting to look more and more realistic by the day. 6.1 is now a certainty.

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  2. I’m interested to see whether JU’s share will rise.

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    1. They opened more destinations than all others combined and had more charter growth than all others combined. Of course their share will rise.

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    2. Belgrade is beating every other exyu airport in terms of additional passengers by a wide margin in 2019. Gap is getting much wider.

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    3. BEG shows serious management skills at VINCI. I'm sure the growth will be even better than what most optimistic between us are forecasting.

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    4. Third month in a row BEG manages to overtake SOF.

      September:
      BEG: 645.000
      SOF: 622.615

      Bravo Belgrade! Congrats!

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    5. Vinci did nothing.

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    6. That is the real question - is the year this good because of Vinci’s quiet work or would it have been like this either way. I know we all wanted 200 intercontinental destinations and three new terminals 7 hours after they took over, but we really can’t complain - the results are awesome. I just hope they do some serious work soon to separate incoming passengers so we can have a centralized screening area.

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    7. Main growth was fuelled by JU adding a lot of new flights. Vinci had nothing to do with that. Even third daily by LH from MUC and SU was before they came. All they did is bring daily AF and seasonal ASL and seasonal two weekly from LYS.

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    8. ^That's not exactly negligible.

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    9. Well ASL had like one or two flights in September so they barely contributed. AF on the other hand couldn't fuel THIS much growth. By that logic third daily from MUC contributed more as it was mostly a combination of A320/321 while AF was mostly A319.

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    10. SKG numbers continued falling with -1.1% in September. They had 740.995 this year.

      My guess is that BEG has a good chance of overtaking them in November or at least coming really close to them. They had 580.000 passengers last year.

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    11. All Vinci did really is change the logo, change the web site to the worst, change the badge strap (employees neck) and dismiss as much as possible the name of Nikola Tesla. Other than that almost nothing was done by them.

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    12. You have absolutely no clue what they are doing.

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    13. SOF will have a terrible October, Ryanair cut lots of flights in Sept and Oct (pilot/plane shortage) but will introduce them back in November.

      But, we should not party yet, because they usually have a very strong winter as whole UK & Israel are skying there.

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    14. Well BEG will have some 8 extra daily flights this winter. SOF will really need to up its game. Also H1 2020 will be also challenging for SOF because BEG will have all those new flights that were launched this summer. Overall BEG will come really close to 7 million next year.

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    15. Why? I don't see the two airports as competing in any light. Even less SKG. And the most important thing is what value those airporports bring to the population and the economy.
      Those figures are just **** measuring.

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    16. So what if we are comparing them? BEG in terms of size and prospects is more comparable to SOF or SKG than to ZAG or DBV. We are comparing apples to apples. Don't see why you are triggered by this especially now when BEG is catching up to SOF.

      Lighten up.

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    17. To sum up your doubts.

      SKG - seasonal airport
      SOF - not the only airport in the country with 2 more making as much traffic as BEG.
      BEG - The de facto only country in the country similar to Hungary. Voilà.

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    18. Whose doubts? Which anon are you replying to?

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    19. @15.47 Belgrade is not the only airport in Serbia. Nis has more passengers than a number of Croatian airports.

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    20. Wow Burgas handles more or less the same number of passengers like ZAG! Crazy! I didn't know that.

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    21. My prediction for next year:

      BEG: 6.8 million
      INI: 520.000

      Not bad.

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    22. BEG has a hub model. SOF and SKG are O&D and even then you can hardly compare SOF and SKG because SKG has strong summer due to tourism and SOF has strong winter due to tourism.

      Same way you can't compare Hamburg Airport to Munich Airport although the cities are similar in size and wealth.

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    23. BEG didn't have a hub model until 2013. Nothing is stopping SKG and SOF from doing the same. It's not BEG's fault they didn't do anything about it!

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    24. BEG a hub? Oh ok. RIX is not.
      SKG is Greece's second city and Fraport will work on it, rest assured.
      Neither SOF nor OTP pretended to be "hubs". They just function differently.
      Plus, BEG will need another big expansion similar to that of JU this year to maintain and increase growth in 2020.

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    25. Yes, Belgrade is a hub. No doubt about that. Don't forget that JU introduced massive growth in June which means first six months should see big growth like H2 in 2019.

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    26. Yes, Fraport will do a marvellous job in SKG like they did in LJU. LOL!

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  3. Fairly certainly will, due to new destinations, various frequency increases and now the Adria collapse to top it all off.

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  4. Last year in October, November and December BEG had 1.239.829 passengers. With zero growth BEG should be at 5.989.829.

    My guess is that BEG should be around 6.120.000 at the end of the year. This is with average 10% growth in the next three months.

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    1. As it stands the growth should be over 10% for each and every one of those months given the recently announced JU increases & Adria's collapse. Wouldn't really be surprised if they make it to 6.2 mil.

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  5. Can someone let Vinci know that welcome in Serbian is spelled separately unless it's an adjective. lol

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    1. Unbelievable that this wasn't spotted by anyone. Reminds me of GSP Beograd announcement "očitajte vašu kartu" which took them years to correct to "očitajte svoju kartu".

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  6. Belgrade must be full of tourists, good job

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  7. All this is nice but the best thing about this winter are the nonstop flights from Minsk with Belavia! They are such an exotic add.

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    1. Air Serbia should codeshare with them !

      Belavia would feed JUs mediterranean destinations perfectly .
      Because of visa free policy there is O&D too which is at now still underdeveloped -
      A lot of room for further growth !

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    2. Maybe we see a fourth flight in summer, the other Saturday they sent E75 without the BUD stop.

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  8. Za ovoliki rast Vansi ce sigurno uplatiti u budzet 15ml evra. Sasvim dovoljno za snazniji rast ErSrbije u sledecoj godini.Odlican posao.

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  9. Tomorrow 13:40 time in Belgrade will land an Airbus 340-500 from Kuwait Airways !!!

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  10. Besides daily LO from BUD next year, has anyone else made any announcements for BEG? Like someone wrote BEG is getting YYZ flights.

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    1. https://www.exyuaviation.com/2019/09/eurowings-returning-to-serbian-market.html

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    2. Cool so that's 10 weekly flights already secured for next summer!

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  11. I hope someone films the Kuwait Airways landing tomorrow in Belgrade and posts it on Youtube !
    A340-500 are no more in scheduled service nowadays, that makes them very special nowadays .

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    1. ^ This must be the first time such a plane lands in Belgrade ?

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    2. Mahan Air used to send A340-600 on regular basis last year.

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    3. Mahan je reaktivirao B747-400 kad na leto dodju sa njim...

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    4. I would like to see Kuwait Airways flying regularly to Belgrade with Airbus 320 .

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  12. 6,1 or more is great news. Is there anything more that could be done? Well, there is. Vinci said they are working on bringing long haul airlines to BEG, so far that score is 0. Now that low season is around the corner, they can start construction of a new terminal, or at least refresh old A gates, or at least show us detailed plan on what will be done and when. It would be nice if new control tower gets going as well. Is there more anyone else can do to push BEG numbers higher next years? Well, there is. Air Serbia could expand wide body fleet and long haul destinations, or at least start replacing 737 and ATR fleet as promised long time ago, then use that metal for new 2020 destinations. That's not too much to ask...

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    1. Someone said Air Transat might come to Belgrade though I think Rouge would make more sense since they have the B763.

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    2. Someonce said Etihad will be sending A380 to Belgrade. Don't believe everything you read here.

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    3. No one said that, you confused with people who wrote that EK will send the A380 to ZAG piloted by a Croatian.

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    4. They did

      Anonymous15 March 2017 at 09:44
      Apparently Etihad will be sending an A380 to Belgrade as part of a promotion next month. BEG is one of the cities it will be visiting.
      https://www.exyuaviation.com/2017/03/hogan-etihad-air-serbia-partnership.html

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    5. Gubite vreme na sitnice umesto da obratite paznju na vazne stvari koje se odlazu i nikako da se dogode u BEG.

      Ako nista drugo, makar se A330 YU-ARA nocas vratila na BEG.

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  13. Quoted figure 9,3% pax growth in Q3 at BEG is false, exact figure is 10,2%.

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  14. Beg needs to upgrade big time, big city dingy airport and expand ...go there every year love belgrade

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    1. I think they already started expanding the airport around C gates but yes, I agree with you, an expansion is desperately needed.

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    2. Nothing is being done around C gates.

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