Meanwhile, the daily “Blic” reported that Jat had brought in the largest number of transit passengers to Belgrade this summer. A total of 25% of Jat’s passengers, or one in four, uses the airline in order to transit through Belgrade to onward destinations. A total of 10% out of the 352.992 passenger that used Belgrade Airport in July were transit passengers.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Turkish is also hoping to make managerial changes to the airline. Amir Jašić has been named the airline’s acting CEO. B&H’s fleet will shrink this September when its Boeing B737-400 is returned to Turkish Airlines as agreed. B&H will continue operating with its new Airbus A319 jet and two ATR72s. The airline is also expected to launch services to Amsterdam this winter in order to provide its passengers with a quick transfer to the United States. A service to Skopje or Podgorica is set to replace the recently terminated flights to Zagreb.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Flights to Portorož have already been extended as the service was initially supposed to run until July. Flights have now been extended until October 30. Portorož is Jat’s second destination in Slovenia and an agreement between Jat and the tourist board is expected to take place during next week.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
The country’s main hub, Zagreb, managed to handle 234.071 in July 2010, up from 225.102 in July 2009, an increase of 3.9%. Croatia’s largest airport by size, Dubrovnik, saw its passenger numbers increase by 17.3% with 223.800 passengers using the airport. Split recorded impressive numbers with an increase of over 24%, while Pula continued its recovery with a 13.5% passenger increase. Zadar continues to benefit from Ryanair as the airport saw an impressive 44% passenger surge.
The only two Croatian airports reporting negative growth were Rijeka and Osijek. Rijeka continues to slide not only passenger wise but financially as well. The airport managed to handle 15.517 passengers and record a 37% decrease compared to July of 2009. Osijek also reported a passenger slump of 5%, although it should be noted that the number of flights operating in and out of Osijek has also decreased by 28%. Below you can view July 2010 results for Croatian airports:
|Airport||Passengers JUL 2010||Passengers JUL 2009||Change (%)|
Friday, August 27, 2010
Montenegro Airlines has suffered a big passenger decrease on flights to and from Serbia. On the other hand, Jat has managed to claw back passengers on the route and report a big passenger increase. Last year, Jat suffered badly on the route when the airline’s previous management signed a damaging agreement with Montenegro Airlines, which saw Jat practically hand passengers over to its rival. In a recent industry evaluation, Serbian tour operators ranked Jat ahead of Montenegro Airlines on flights to Podgorica and Tivat. While Montenegro was firmly ahead in the evaluation when it came to aircraft, comfort and scheduling, Jat moved ahead with connecting flights and additional services.
Most of Jat’s and Montenegro Airlines’ flights between Serbia and Montenegro depart within a ten minute interval from each other. The two airlines have held a monopoly on the route and have had matching prices, around 110 Euros (return ticket with taxes). Radovanović says that the new agreement is the first step in the formation of a regional alliance and called upon all interested to join.
The new look Montenegro schedule will step into force on October 31, for the 2010/11 winter season. Both airlines are yet to release their winter schedules.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Meanwhile, the cancelation of the Zagreb route leaves B&H with more unutilised aircraft. It is believed that B&H will replace the Zagreb service with another regional destination, either Podgorica or Skopje, both of which were terminated last year due to low interest.
B&H will soon be getting a new CEO as Nudžeim Rečica, the now former CEO, has had his resignation formally approved by the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mr. Rečica will now become the Ambassador to the State of Qatar.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Although the airport is recording financial losses, the Government of Serbia recently created an airport investment fund. While Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport will receive 118 million Euros from the fund, Niš is second in line. The airport also has exemplary relations with its rival Belgrade, which has donated equipment to its Niš counterpart and is training Niš Airport’s staff. The airport has received more funds as the European Union recently donated 150.000 Euros. Niš also recorded a big increase in the number of handled cargo, with a total of 820 tonnes handled, more than in the past three years combined.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Meanwhile, Adria will reduce its current fourteen weekly flights from Ljubljana to Priština to seven times per week during the winter season. The 2010/11 winter season begins on Sunday, October 31 and lasts until the end of March 2011. In total, Adria will have nineteen weekly flights operating out of Priština to Ljubljana, Munich and Frankfurt.
All flight details for the new flights can be found on the right hand side in the new route launches section.
Monday, August 23, 2010
The director of Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport said that Aegean’s exit and AirBaltic recent temporary service withdrawal won’t have a major impact on the airport’s results. Belgrade has seen major growth over the summer, with a projected passenger increase of 18% this August.
Aegean Airlines commenced flights to Belgrade on January 1, 2010 after Olympic Air handed the service over to them. Aegean’s announcement is a major coup for Jat, which will have no competition on the route for the first time in almost ten years. Aegean and Olympic will merge operations by the end of the year.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Meanwhile, Radovanović revealed that Jat’s financial balance has been drastically improved in the past twelve months. “We are trying to position ourselves on the Bosnian and Macedonian markets. However, in order for us to succeed we need the support of the Government, in particular from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Infrastructure. Such support does exists but I am asking for more”, Radovanović said.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
This will be Adria’s second route to be operated outside of Slovenia with the first being the Vienna – Frankfurt service. Adria has gained rights to operate the flights from Germany thanks to Lufthansa and its membership in the Star Alliance network. Adria has added several new destinations to its network in the past several months including Banja Luka and Marseille.
All flight details for the Munich – Priština service can be found in the new route launches section on the right hand side.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Unprecedented interest has been shown for the development of Kraljevo Airport. Initially, the cities of Kraljevo, Čačak and Kragujevac showed interest for the airport’s development but since then another eight have shown their support - Novi Pazar, Raška, Ivanjica, Lučani, Gornji Milanovac, Knić, Vrnjačka Banja and Trstenik. All of these cities and town will be co-financing the airport’s development which will cost 22.5 million Euros. On June 17, the Serbian Government approved the project and drafted a planned timeline of the airport’s development.
The construction of a new control tower, replacing the one bombed, will begin in the next two months. Soon after, the runway will be extended by 250 metres, bringing the runway’s total length to 2.500 metres. The airport is expected to open in August 2011. It is believed that the Government has moved swiftly to approve the airport’s development due to requests made by the Fiat automaker which owns the Zastava car manufacturer in nearby Kragujevac.
The airport in Kraljevo will be named Morava after the nearby river, while the military part of the airport will continue to be called Ladjevci.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
“Our plan is to expand our fleet and purchase another aircraft. We aim to be the best in the airline industry, slowly but surely reaching the top”, Zoran Milevski, the president of the board of the Metropolitan Investment Group (one of Mat’s owners) said. Mat Airways currently owns a Boeing B737-500 which carries a hybrid livery comprising of the airline’s logo and bits and pieces of the Macedonian flag. Danijela Pusara, the airline’s PR manager, said that Mat is currently not seeking to become Macedonia’s national carrier but she did not rule out the possibility for the future.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Jat Airways also touched on its looming privatisation process saying that it is now clear that there will be no new and old Jat. Jat Airways will stay as is and the Government will look for a potential buyer which would invest millions into the airline. The Serbian carrier believes that through privatisation it will be able to significantly increase its number of passengers and flights and, as a result, aid its hub, Belgrade, as well as its other partners such as Jat Catering, Jat Tehnika and SU-PORT (Jat’s handling company). Turkish Airlines continues to be the most interested buyer. The Turkish national carrier is being enticed by the fact that Jat has extremely respectable slots at many European airports (many of which it doesn’t even use), in particular London Heathrow. Turkish is also attracted to Jat due to its highly trained and skilled pilots and the fanciful geographical location of Belgrade Airport. Jat believes that with a strong national carrier, Belgrade could handle 10 million passengers per year.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The director of Zagreb Airport, Tonči Peović, hopes that the concessionaire would be selected by the end of the year. The necessary documentation should be ready by October 15, after which the Government is expected to announce a tender. The companies that have won the tender for the conceptual design of the new terminal have lowered their initial cost estimates from 220 million Euros to between 150 and 170, a price more suitable for potential partners, Peović said. Zagreb Airport would contribute between 20 to 30% toward the construction cost. “Several airports have expressed interest in becoming concessionaires”, Peović reveled without disclosing which ones, although rumors are circulating that the central European airport such as Frankfurt, Zurich and Vienna are all interested.
The construction of the passenger terminal is expected to begin in 2012 and the project could be completed by the end of 2014 or the beginning of 2015. Until the new terminal rises from the ground, the expansion of the current terminal is planned as a temporary solution to deal with the passenger volume. You can review that project here.
Monday, August 16, 2010
AirBaltic operates four weekly flights from and to Belgrade. The airline will operate its last service to Belgrade on September 12.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Limak will be responsible for operating and maintaining the passenger terminal, car park, ground handling, fuelling and cargo areas, as well as the runway and apron facilities. “Our aim is to increase the number of passenger from 1.5 million to 4 million annually,” said Sezai Bacaksız, deputy chairman of Limak, at the press conference held at the Ministry of Economy in Priština.
Friday, August 13, 2010
The owner of Macedonia’s two international airports, TAV, has called on the Macedonian Government to create a national carrier in order for the two airports to profit and expand. The CEO of Airlift Service (which operates charter flights from Skopje under the name Skywings International), Ajan Džaferovski, explains that there is no need for a national airline. “I can’t name a country which has created a national carrier in the past twenty years. Most countries want to get rid of them or sell them, as is the case with Jat”. On the other hand, the Ministry of Transport says that any future national airline in Macedonia will be privately owned and won’t have any state capital.
Airlift Service operates charter flights out of Macedonia and recently received a Boeing B737-300 (registered Z3-AAN). The newly established Mat Airways received its registration code, 6F, but still operates charter flights out of Belgrade, Serbia on behalf of tour operator Kon Tiki Travel.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Trebinje Airport will initially have a capacity to handle 250.000 passengers on an annual basis, while the number will grow to 1 million by the time the project is completely finalized. In 2009, the Austrian based consulting firm “Airport Consulting Vienna” carried out a feasibility study regarding the economic viability of Trebinje Airport which is to be built close to Dubrovnik Airport in Croatia and Tivat Airport in Montenegro. The results of the study show that Trebinje could become a major rival to the other two well established airports. The report states that Trebinje should strive to attract low cost carriers. The report also states that while the airport might not be able to turn a profit in the first few years of operation it could become an extremely competitive airport within Bosnia and Herzegovina. Due to its natural beauty, Trebinje could attract sizeable amounts of tourists. Bosnia and Herzegovina currently has a total of 4 international airports – Sarajevo, Mostar, Tuzla and Banja Luka.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
After the Government announced that it would create a new airline banks were apprehensive of loaning Jat money for future aircraft leases and new engines for its aircraft because they feared the money would not be paid off as it would stick to the old Jat. Furthermore, Jat has been reporting better results, has invested heavily in new advertising and has begun solving its fleet problems which has swayed the Government against creating a new company. “Blic” reports that the Government will announce a tender to find a privatisation advisor next month and would look to privatise Jat through the same model as it did the carmaker Zastava, which was successfully sold to the Italian Fiat in 2008.
The Serbian Government is keen to sell Jat before the 2012 parliamentary elections.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
While most other airlines in the region have begun to bounce back after the global financial crisis, Croatia Airlines is still struggling. The Croatian carrier saw passenger numbers decrease by 9% in the first five months of the year with results for June and July yet to be published. This is in comparison to Adria Airways’ decrease of 3.9% and Jat Airways’ increase of 0.6% for the same period. The airline is still pinning its hopes on the peak of the 2010 summer season, which has, so far, been very successful for the Croatian tourism industry.
Monday, August 9, 2010
In late September, Jat will receive its first out of two Boeing B737-700 aircraft on a three year lease. The second aircraft is scheduled to arrive in November. The aircraft will be initially deployed on flights to Dubai, Frankfurt, Moscow and London. According to the Jat Media Centre, all of the airline’s departments are preparing for the aircraft’s arrival.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
As reported earlier in the week, the Airbus is the airline’s fourth aircraft. B&H's Boeing B737-400 will operate for the airline until late September, after which it will be decided whether it will remain with the airline until next year or returned to Turkish Airlines. B&H is the fourth national EX-YU airline to welcome a new aircraft to its fleet this year, following Adria Airways, Croatia Airlines and Montenegro Airlines.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
The bidders for Maribor Airport will have to secure 70.000 Euros in bank guarantees and the ministry reserves the right to reject all offers if it deems them as inappropriate. Several Slovenian and foreign investors have reportedly already expressed interest. The companies mentioned include postal operator Pošta Slovenije, flag carrier Adria Airways, as well as the current lease holder.
Mairbor is Slovenia’s second largest airport, behind Ljubljana but ahead of Portorož. Maribor airport opened to commercial traffic in 1976 and upgraded its runway in 1999. In 2007, the airport reported 1.480 flight operations, 31.936 passengers and over 19 tons of transported cargo. The airport was, for several months, served by the low cost Ryanair, between 2007 and 2008. In 2010, Adria Airways and several other airlines relocated to Maribor during Ljubljana’s runway overhaul.
Friday, August 6, 2010
In December last year, the European Union abolished visa requirements for Serbian citizens entering the 27 member state union, which has contributed to the passenger rise. Furthermore, from June, citizens of the European Union only need their identification cards to enter Serbia, rather than passports.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
With the arrival of the Airbus, B&H Airlines will have a fleet of four aircraft comprising of two ATR72s and one Boeing B737-400. The B737-400 will operate for B&H until late September after which it will be decided whether it will be remain with the airline until next year or returned to Turkish Airlines.
Meanwhile, Nudžeim Rečica, is expected to leave his post as B&H’s CEO. He is likely to become Bosnia and Herzegovina’s ambassador in the Gulf state of Qatar.
Photo courtesy of Skyliner Magazine, taken by Gökhan Sarigöl.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Belgrade has two terminals which have the capacity to handle five million passengers per year. Terminal two was completely refurbished between 2004 and 2006. The airport is the largest out of all in the former Yugoslavia. Passenger results in July 2010 have broken previous records. According to a 1990 master plan, Belgrade Airport was intended, by January 2010, to have a third terminal, second runway, office block, hotel complex and a rail connection to the city centre.
Belgrade is not the only capital city airport which will see expansion and refurbishment in the near future. Zagreb, Sarajevo and Ljubljana all intend to expand while Skopje is already seeing construction work. Podgorica is the only EX-YU capital city airport which currently has no plans to expand although Montenegro’s largest airport was completely refurbished several years ago.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Peović recently told the media that Zagreb Airport depends too much on Croatia Airlines and that such a state is unacceptable. Croatia Airlines holds a 67% share of all arrivals and departures from the airport, giving it a leading position from the country’s main airport. Peović is pressing for more low cost airlines to commence services to Zagreb. Recently, easyJet announced its plans to begin flights from Zagreb. Peović announced that the airport’s management is negotiations with Ryanair, the world’s largest low cost airline, to commence flights to Zagreb. Ryanair has been present in Croatia for several years, operating flights mainly to the Croatian coast.
It is estimated that Zagreb Airport will report a 3% passenger increase by the end of the year, compared to 2009.
Monday, August 2, 2010
Eurocontrol, the agency responsible for air traffic control in Europe, has begun implementing its “Single European Sky” initiative which began back in 1999. The key objectives of this initiative are to restructure European airspace as a function of air traffic flows, to create additional capacity and to increase the overall efficiency of the European air traffic management system. The initiative plans to close down many air traffic control centres in Europe and leave only several in key areas of Europe. Belgrade has been selected to control the skies over the entire Balkan Peninsula. This controversial part of the initiative will begin implementation from 2012.
The construction cost of the new air traffic control centre in Belgrade amounts to 19 million Euros while, together with the new equipment, the entire project tops 90 million Euros. According to the project manager, Belgrade will have the most up to date air control centre in the world and the largest control centre in the Balkans.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
The new arrival will be wearing a Turkish registration. According to recent reports, the Bosnian Civil Aviation Directorate is unhappy with such a decision and is requesting for the aircraft to be registered in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This could further delay the aircraft’s arrival.
According to Global Distribution System (GDS), the B&H Airbus is to enter service this fall.