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BEG Records Biggest Growth In Eastern Europe  
User currently offlineju068 From Serbia, joined exactly 5 years ago today! , 2579 posts, RR: 6
Posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1963 times:

Good afternoon...


Belgrade airport announced yesterday their passenger numbers for March 2012. During the month, a total of 216.025 passengers used the airport which represents growth of 14% when compared to March 2011, when it handled 188.826 passengers.

Belgrade airport recorded 20% growth in passenger numbers in January, while February numbers were more modest, due to numerous snow storms, when 7% growth was recorded.
If this trend continues then we can expect to see Belgrade airport enter the list of Europe's 100 busiest airports.

In 2011 Belgrade airport made €13.6 million profit which is considerably less than the previous year because Jat Airways had not yet settled its bills. Once the national carrier does so the profit is estimated to be greater than €20 million.

BEG and SVO rank as top airports by passenger growth in Eastern Europe. In 2011 Belgrade airport handled a total of 3.124.000 passengers which represented growth of 16% year on year.

Here are some numbers for Belgrade airport:

2006: 2.222.445 (-1%)
2007: 2.512.890 (13%)
2008: 2.650.048 (5%)
2009: 2.384.077 (-10%)
2010: 2.698.730 (13%)
2011: 3.124.633 (16%)
2012: 604.210 (14%)

Link to the story:
http://www.aviokarta.net/vesti/1073-...m-prvi-u-istocnoj-evropi-po-rastu/

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User currently offlineaivisavia From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2010, 160 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1945 times:

At the same time Riga airport recorded a 3.6% fall in passenger numbers in March! However 1.1% increase yearly. This could be a disastrous year for Riga, however, Belgrade is doing well! Congrats to them!

User currently offlines4popo From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 261 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1897 times:

What is BEG's all-time record for passengers handled? I'm guessing somewhere around the late 90's.

User currently offlineju068 From Serbia, joined exactly 5 years ago today! , 2579 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1711 times:

Quoting s4popo (Reply 2):

No, not the 1990s, it was in the late 1980s. If I am not mistaken the only year when Belgrade handled more passengers than it does today was back in 1987. However, if this trend continues they will handle more passengers than ever before.


User currently offlineLuka From Serbia, joined Aug 2006, 185 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1684 times:

Quoting s4popo (Reply 2):
What is BEG's all-time record for passengers handled? I'm guessing somewhere around the late 90's

The record was 1987 - 3.311.951. 2011 was the third best year on record. 90s were a disaster becuase of sanctions, wars, bombing and so on


User currently offlineadriaticflight From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 516 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1591 times:

Quoting Luka (Reply 4):
The record was 1987 - 3.311.951. 2011 was the third best year on record. 90s were a disaster becuase of sanctions, wars, bombing and so on

Well done Beograd! It's definatly time to beat that 1987 record. I would love some more LCCs to arrive there, but things are getting better year on year in the airport!


User currently offlineju068 From Serbia, joined exactly 5 years ago today! , 2579 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1476 times:

Quoting adriaticflight (Reply 5):

True, however if we look at what was offered some years ago the situation today is quite good. I mean besides Wizz Air which has its one aircraft based in Belgrade we have Air One which will launch three weekly flights from Milan, flydubai which increased Belgrade to five weekly flights, Niki which has recently upgraded the route to twelve weekly frequencies and finally Norwegian which will operate a total of six weekly flights to Belgrade.

On a side note, Freebird Airlines will operate charter flights from Antalya to Belgrade this summer. Flights operate twice per week, arriving at 18:00 and departing at 19:00 from Belgrade.


User currently offlineSASMD82 From Netherlands, joined Mar 2007, 741 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1469 times:
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Good news. I have been thinking for years why countries like Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia get so few passengers. There are loads of (tourism) opportunities in these countries.

These growth figures are great but do actually not surprise me at all.


User currently offlineLuka From Serbia, joined Aug 2006, 185 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1369 times:

It's also an intersting note that flights from Belgrade to Split (Croatia) resume this summer after 20 years.

User currently offlinesmbukas From Lithuania, joined Feb 2009, 198 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1322 times:

BEG numbers looks impressive, but is far behind biggest growth in Eastern Europe.

ACI Europe reports this year Istanbul is growing about 18% per month, Moscow SVO about 20% a month. Also Vilnius airport is growing more then 50% every month in last 6 months, and Tallinn airport is also reporting 20-25% growth every month in last 20 months.

Growth in Eastern Europe is quite usual thing. I could see that old developed and relatively in the region big airports as WAW, PRG, BUD, RIX is staying flat or declining, but other active airports are taking growth - VNO, TLL, BEG, BOJ and some other.


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