Belgrade Airport is still state-owned and it awaits privatisation as the government intends to partly apply a voucher privatisation, under which millions of Serbian citizens would receive, free of charge, a portion of the shares of Nikola Tesla Airport and four other major state-owned enterprises. The move has been repeatedly postponed despite a completed registration of eligible beneficiaries, who would later be able to trade the stocks on the Belgrade stock exchange.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
UPDATED MARCH 10
The 2009 summer season starts on Sunday, Mach 29. The national carrier of Montenegro will not include any major changes to its scheduling when compared to its winter season operations. Most interestingly the carrier will cut capacity from Podgorica to its key market – Serbia. Montenegro Airlines will operate 22 weekly flights from the country’s capital to Belgrade compared to 26 this winter. Instead, capacity will be increased from Tivat to Belgrade (from 14 weekly flights to 22). Flights from Tivat to Milan will be discontinued due to poor passenger figures on this line. Other services will stay the same with no or small increases in frequencies. Montenegro Airlines will operate 3 weekly flights to Vienna from Podgorica while it will code share with Austrian Airlines under flight number YM4501 the other 4 days of the week. It will also code share to Ljubljana with Adria Airways (with some flights operated by Montenegro Airlines and some by Adria). In its preliminary schedule the airline has not included its Tivat to Niš service which was operated last year during the summer.
Montenegro Airlines will receive its second Embraer ERJ195 aircraft in May this year. The airline will commence its regular summer charter flights from May and they will operate until the end of September. Despite announcements that the carrier will start new flights to Copenhagen, Priština, Skopje and Sarajevo they have not been listed in the summer schedule.
Below you can see the frequencies and aircraft types that Montenegro Airlines will operate during the summer in comparison to the winter 2008/09 period.
|Destination||Frequency (winter 2008/09)||Frequency (summer 2009)||Aircraft type (winter 2008/09)||Aircraft type (summer 2009)|
|Belgrade||25||22||F100 and ERJ195||F100 and ERJ195|
|Ljubljana||2||3||F100 and ERJ195||F100 and ERJ195|
|Frankfurt||4||5||F100 and ERJ195||F100 and ERJ195|
Flights from Tivat:
|Destination||Frequency (winter 2008/09)||Frequency (summer 2009)||Aircraft type (winter 2008/09)||Aircraft type (summer 2009)|
* All frequencies above are weekly. The timetable is subject to change and if there are any changes it will be updated.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Flights details can be found here.
All details regarding this flight can be found on the right hand side in the “new route launches” section. Tomorrow on the blog you can view Montenegro Airlines’ summer schedule.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
In the last month of 2008 most European airlines saw a large drop in passenger numbers, with the Greek Olympic having the largest drop of 20%. Adria did well with only a 1.3% drop while the two other members from the former Yugoslavia that are part of the AEA (Association of European Airlines), Croatia Airlines and Jat Airways had mixed results. Croatia did extremely well managing to become one of the rare European airlines to have a rise in passenger numbers in December 2008 of 8.3%. Jat Airways saw a hefty drop of 10%.
Adria’s good results can be partially thanked due the Slovenian 6 month presidency over the European Union, which saw business travel drastically increase. The results for January 2009 are expected to be very bad for Adria which is why the airline has still not announced their figures for the first month of the year. The only 2 airlines from the former Yugoslavia which have announced their January 2009 results are Jat Airways and Montenegro Airlines. The Association of European Airlines recently announced that the number of passengers transported by its 32 member companies was down 5.4 million in 2008 to 366 million, marking the first retreat during an economic crisis. The AEA said over the last 25 years, the figures had only decreased when the nuclear power plant melted down in Chernobyl and after the September 11 attacks.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Montenegro Airlines CEO, Zoran Đurišić, stated that Dubrovnik Airlines is welcome to start flights between Croatia and Montenegro, responding press speculations that the government would not issue a license to the Croatian charter carrier in order to protect the state owned Montenegro Airlines. The Montenegrin national carrier will enter the summer season, which starts on March 29 with 5 aircraft which should be increased to 6 from May, 2009. The airline’s management also announced the closure of its Podgorica to Milan service due to unprofitability.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Dubrovnik will have a tough year as it will have to deal with the global financial crisis and sliding tourist vistor numbers. In January the airport saw passanger numbers slide by 9.4%. However many airline’s have anounced seasonal summer flights to the city which should bring optimism to airport authorities. Aer Lingus, Austrian Airlines, Blue1, Clickair, Croatia Airlines, easyJet, Estonian Air, Germanwings, Iberia, Jet2.com, Lufthansa, Luxair, Norweigan Air Shuttle and TUIfly have all announced seasonal summer destinations to and from Duborvnik.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
The flight times have been conveniently placed for passengers from Belgrade to connect to LOT’s South American destinations – New York, Chicago and Toronto. These transit passengers will be the target group for LOT. All flight details regarding this new service can be found on the right hand side in the “new route launched” section.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Jat’s management however sees a brighter future saying that summer operations will see a significant increase with many new lines beginning operation. The month that could significantly suffer this year compared to last is May while June is expected to see a large increase in passenger numbers.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
The global financial crisis has well and truly arrived to the countries of the former Yugoslavia which can be seen by the sliding passenger numbers at both airports and airlines. However Croatia received a lucky boost during the first month of 2009 due to the hosting of the Worlds Men’s Handball Championships which were held in Osijek, Split, Varaždin, Poreč, Zagreb, Zadar and Pula. Due to this event there were many passenger travelling to the country including media, fans and competitors.
Croatia’s main airport, Zagreb, saw 139.119 passengers in January this year compared to 137.026 in January 2008. This means there was a small increase in passenger numbers of 1.5%. There were more transit passengers although a decline in aircraft operation compared to last year. Split also saw a passenger increase. There were 27.079 passengers this January and an increase of 0.8% compared to last year. Zadar and Pula which were also in focus due to the handball had more passengers at their airports. Zadar saw an increase of 51% while Pula, with a total of 2009 passengers saw an increase of 40%. Dubrovnik which did not have the opportunity to play host to the event was hit hard by the economic crisis. With tourism drastically falling the airport also saw a decline of 9.4% in January 2009. With only 36 passenger, Osijek had no change compared to January 2009.
When all the main airports in Croatia are taken into consideration, in total there was an increase of 0.56%.
Monday, February 16, 2009
This campaign aims to help the company attract passenger during the global economic crisis which has had a great impact on the aviation industry. Jat has not posted its January 2009 results, most probably due to a fall in passenger numbers. Its hub airport, Belgrade, reported 148.949 passenger this January, 19.406 passengers less than in January 2008.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Regular readers might remember that Croatia Airlines’ Dash 8 has been involved in various security incidents in the past few months. Experts state that the aircraft is unreliable. SAS Scandinavian Airlines withdrew the aircraft from its entire fleet after numerous incidents that involved landing gear collapses and engine failures. The plane type was also recently involved in the fatal Buffalo, New York crash killing 48 people on board.
Friday, February 13, 2009
According to MAT, EUROCONTROL’s decision to ban flights until interests dating back from the 2001 military conflict are paid is irrational and inappropriate at this time due to the global economic crisis, which first hit the air traffic sector. MAT’s management further states that financial damages would reflect on the employees, whose number is to be reduced by at least 40%. Costs will also be reduced through fleet redesign (that is the use of smaller and more economic planes). MAT leadership stated that the Greek lobby is obviously too strong, thus neither MAT nor the Macedonian Government's efforts for the problem's settlement have resulted in success. "Although Macedonia is a EUROCOTNROL member-state, this institution has not responded to the Government's letter dated December 18, 2008 in which it gave support to MAT in settling the problem", the airline’s representative commented.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
The deduction of the ticket price from the ticket value was also confirmed by Belle Air. “Starting from February 3, we have received official notification from Priština International Airport. Belle Air has taken immediate measures to reflect the tax deduction from the actual ticket price. We hope and believe that the Albanian government will take equal measures so that the price of the tickets from Priština to Tirana comes down to an affordable level”. According to him, two types of taxes have to be removed by the Albanian government: the 10 Euro tax for border-crossing which became applicable from January this year and the airport tax amounting to 14.5 Euros. Currently a one way ticket to Pruština from the Albanian capital costs approximately 42 Euros.
The only city operated from Priština that is 200 kilometres (or less) in distance is Tirana. The distance between these two cities is 185km.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
In response to the question of when a larger number of airlines offering cheap tickets, so called "low cost" airlines, would be able to come to Serbia, Mrkonjić said that Serbia is open to them on condition that they cooperate with the national carrier Jat Airways. The low cost “Nikki” from Austria is hoping it will begin flights from Vienna to Belgrade once the agreement is passed by the Serbian parliament. Currently an agreement between Serbia and Austria only allows 2 carriers to operate scheduled flights. These rights are being used by Jat and Austrian Airlines.
Meanwhile the Serbian government announced that Jat’s management will be changed. They will be replaced by professionals that have worked in Jat for many years and know the company well. Mrkonjić said he is certain Jat will become a strong and competitive airline.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Ljubljana Airport claims that the enlargement of the apron is also necessary because of the need for substitute aircraft stands to take the place of those that will be closed during construction of the new passenger terminal. This 50 million Euro project is expected to be completed in accordance with the current plans. The capacity of the terminal will be 2.5 million passengers per year or 850 arriving passengers per hour and the same number of departing passengers. During the most intensive work Adria Airways will redirect some of its evening flights to Maribor.
Monday, February 9, 2009
The global financial crisis has seen passenger numbers slide at airports across the world, particularly in November and December last year making January results extremely important as they could be vital in showing the trend 2009 will have. Recently the charter Dubrovnik Airlines announced it will commence services from Pula in Croatia to Priština twice a week, operating every Friday and Sunday.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Seasonal summer flights were operated successfully from Dubrovnik to Tel Aviv in 2008.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Jat Airways found itself in major financial trouble after the privatisation of the airline failed last year. For the past decade various governments in Serbia have been less than interested in Jat and its future. However the current government and the Minister for infrastructure said that the new government, which was elected last year, will take care of Jat and that the carrier should become a regional leader by 2011.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Meanwhile B&H Airlines is preparing for the 2009 summer season. The airline is soon expected to receive a Boeing 737 aircraft, the first jet-engine aircraft in its 2 member fleet. However the exact type of the B737 is still unknown. It is likely that the aircraft will either be a B737-700 leased from the low-cost SkyEurope, which has found itself in major financial problems and is facing bankruptcy. The other suggested aircraft type is the 800 series. It has been implied that this aircraft would be given to BH from Turkish Airlines, BH’s new owners. No matter of the exact type, the new aircraft would allow B&H Airlines to commence services to more lucrative destinations which it cannot reach with its current fleet of 2 ATR72s. In particular BH would focus on the Scandinavian market, particularly Sweden where there is a large Bosnian Diaspora. The airline has already announced that it will redirect some of its flights towards Western Europe via Tuzla so it could include the domestic airport in its destination network. The airline’s management has announced that during 2009 the Bosnian carrier is aiming to commence direct services to Vienna, Prague, Dusseldorf, Gothenburg, Stockholm and Tripoli. The airline would also add new destinations to its regional network – Belgrade in Serbia and Podgorica in Montenegro. The only other regional destination the airline operates to is Skopje in Macedonia.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
3rd placed Sky Srpska logo
Sky Srpska is scheduled to launch later this year with their aircraft to have the selected winning logo painted on them.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
The airline’s network focus is on Italy where it serves 17 destinations. The most recent additions to the network were Perugia and Rimini which were both added last summer. Another route to Zagreb in Croatia was also started but quickly abandoned. Only 2 EX-YU airlines operate to Priština – Croatia Airlines from Zagreb from 2008 and Adria Airways from Ljubljana. Serbia’s Jat Airways ceased flights to Priština in 1999 and has not returned since. Those traveliung to Priština by air are usually members of the small Kosovo-Albanian diaspora in Germany and Italy and soldiers stationed in the disputed region.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Both Podgorica and Chisinau airports are similar in size and passenger movements. In 2008 Moldova’s main airport had 830.000 passengers pass through its doors while Podgorica Airport had a total of 500.000 passengers. Chisinau is currently served by 11 scheduled airlines with the national carrier Air Moldova recently put on sale. Podgorica Airport is served by a total of 8 scheduled airlines.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
The Ljubljana based carrier now has a total fleet of 15 aircraft, with 14 currently operating for Adria. The fleet’s avarafe age is 9.7 years.