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Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport

Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport (Serbian: Аеродром Никола Тесла Београд / Aerodrom Nikola Tesla Beograd) (IATA: BEG, ICAO: LYBE), is an international airport serving Belgrade, Serbia. Previously known as Belgrade Airport (Serbian: Аеродром Београд / Aerodrom Beograd) or Surčin Airport (Serbian: Аеродром Сурчин / Aerodrom Surčin), it was renamed in 2006 in honor of Serbian scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla. It is the largest and busiest airport in Serbia, situated 18 km (11 mi) west of downtown Belgrade near the suburb of Surčin, surrounded by Syrmia's fertile lowlands.

Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport

Аеродром Никола Тесла Београд

Aerodrom Nikola Tesla Beograd
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Summary
Airport typeInternational
OwnerGovernment of Serbia
OperatorAerodrom Nikola Tesla a.d.[1]
ServesBelgrade
LocationBelgrade, Serbia
Hub for
Elevation AMSL336 ft / 102 m
Coordinates44°49′10″N 20°18′25″E / 44.81944°N 20.30694°E / 44.81944; 20.30694Coordinates: 44°49′10″N 20°18′25″E / 44.81944°N 20.30694°E / 44.81944; 20.30694
Websitebeg.aero
Map
BEG is located in Belgrade
BEG
BEG
Location within Belgrade
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 3,400 11,155 Asphalt/concrete
Statistics (2017)
Passengers5,343,420 Increase8.5%
Aircraft movements58,859 Increase0%
Cargo volume19,514 tons Increase41.7%
Source: Official website[2]
Serbian AIP at Eurocontrol[3]
Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport
Native name
Аеродром Никола Тесла Београд
Joint-stock company
Traded asBELEX: AERO
IndustryAirport operations
Founded13 March 1992; 26 years ago (1992-03-13)
HeadquartersAerodrom Beograd 59, Belgrade, Serbia
Key people
Saša Vlaisavljević (CEO)
Vesna Stanković Jevđević (Chairman of the Supervisory Board)
RevenueIncrease 79.26 million (2017)[4]
Increase €27.56 million (2017)[4]
Total assetsIncrease €270.50 million (2017)[4]
Total equityIncrease €250.76 million (2017)[4]
OwnerGovernment of Serbia (83.15%)
Others[1]
Number of employees
1,408 (2017)[4]
Websitewww.beg.aero Edit this on Wikidata
Footnotes / references
Business ID: 07036540
Tax ID: 100000539
[5]

The flag carrier and largest airline of Serbia, Air Serbia, uses Belgrade Nikola Tesla as their hub. It is also one of the operating bases for low-cost airline Wizz Air. The air taxi services Air Pink, Eagle Express and Prince Aviation also call the airport their home. The airport is operated by the state-owned company "Aerodrom Nikola Tesla Beograd".

Contents

HistoryEdit

First airfieldsEdit

The first airfield in Belgrade was inaugurated in 1910 in the neighbourhood of Banjica and was initially used by aviation pioneers such as Simon, Maslenikov, Vidmar and Čermak. Two years later a wooden hangar was built for the Serbian Air Force, which was at the time engaged in the First Balkan War against Turkey. In 1914, the Banjica airfield was the base for the Serbian Air Force squadron and the Balloon Company. After the end of the First World War, the Banjica airfield was used for airmail traffic and included the routes Novi Sad–Belgrade–NišSkoplje and Belgrade–SarajevoMostar.[6]

In 1911 another airfield was inaugurated in Belgrade, in the lower city of the Kalemegdan fortress on the location of today's Belgrade Planetarium.[6]

Airport in PančevoEdit

An airport in the outskirts of Pančevo, a town located northeast of Belgrade, began its operations in 1923 when CFRNA inaugurated the international route ParisIstanbul which was flown via Belgrade. It was on that route that same year that the first world night flight ever happened in history.[7] The same year airmail service began operating from the airport. The Pančevo airport was also used by the Royal Yugoslav Air Force academy. After the World War II the airport was used by the Yugoslav Air Force before it became the airfield of the Utva Aviation Industry after its relocation from Zemun to Pančevo.[6]

Airport in Dojno Polje (New Belgrade)Edit

Because of the distance from Pančevo to downtown Belgrade, which at that time required crossing the Danube, a decision was made to build a new airport which would be closer. The airport was planned to be built just across the river Sava, in a neighborhood today known as Novi Beograd. It was opened on 25 March 1927 under the official name of Belgrade International Airport (also known as Dojno polje Airport). From February 1928, the aircraft owned by the first local airline Aeroput started taking off from the new airport. The airport had four 1,100–2,900 metres (3,610–9,510 ft) long grass runways. The design for a reinforced concrete hangar that was built at the airfield was made by the Serbian scientist Milutin Milanković, better known for his theory of climate change. A modern terminal building was built in 1931, while the landing equipment for conditions of poor visibility was installed in 1936.[6]

Before World War II, Belgrade was also used as a stopover for some major air races, such as The Schlesinger African Air Race.[8]

Besides Aeroput, Air France, Deutsche Luft Hansa, KLM, Imperial Airways and airlines from Italy, Austria, Hungary, Romania and Poland also used the airport until the outbreak of the Second World War. Belgrade gained further prominence when Imperial Airways brought to Belgrade inter-continental routes, when linked London with India passing through Belgrade.[9] Belgrade was linked with Paris and Breslau because CIDNA and Deutsche Luft Hansa, respectively, included Belgrade on its routes to Istambul.[10] By 1931, Belgrade became a major air hub being linked with regular flights with international destinations such as London, Madrid, Venice, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Warsaw, Prague, Vienna, Graz, Klagenfurt, Budapest, Bucharest, Sofia, Varna, Salonica, Athens, Istambul, and then intercontinental links with Cairo, Karachi and India.[9]

Starting from April 1941, German occupation forces used the airport. During 1944 it was bombed by the Allies, and in October of same year the German army destroyed the remaining facilities while withdrawing from the country.[6]

The airport was rebuilt by October 1944 and until the end of the war was used by the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia as part of the Allied war effort.[6]

Civil transport by Yugoslav Air Force cargo planes from this airport was reinstated at the end of 1945. At the beginning of 1947 JAT Yugoslav Airlines and JUSTA took over domestic and international traffic, and from 1948 Western European airlines resumed flights to Belgrade.[6]

A constant increase in traffic and the beginning of the passenger jet era called for a significant expansion of the airport. In the meantime, a plan to build a residential and business district called Novi Beograd on the location of the airport was introduced. The officials decided therefore that a new international airport should be built near the village of Surčin to the west. The last flight to depart from the old airport was early in 1964.[11]

Airport in SurčinEdit

 
Construction of jetways during the 1960s.

The new location for the airport was on the Surčin plateau, 15 km (9 mi) from Belgrade's city center.[11] Thanks to the original planners' vision, two conditions for the airport's development were fulfilled: a location was chosen which met the navigational, meteorological, construction, technical, and traffic requirements; and the special needs for the airport's long-term development were established.[citation needed]

Building of the new airport started in April 1958 and lasted until 28 April 1962, when it was officially opened by President Josip Broz Tito.[11] During that period a 3,000-metre-long (1.9 mi) runway was built, with the parallel taxiway and concrete aprons for sixteen airplanes. The passenger terminal building occupied an area of 8,000 m2 (86,000 sq ft). Cargo storage spaces were also built, as well as a technical block with the air-traffic control tower and other accompanying facilities. Modern navigational equipment was installed, earning the airport the highest international classification according to the International Civil Aviation Organization.[12]

The airport stagnated during the 1990s after the outbreak of the Yugoslav wars and the United Nations sanctions imposed on the Serbia and Montenegro. The sanctions also included a ban on air travel. The airport had minimal passenger movement, and many facilities were in need of reparation.

With a change in government and international sentiment, normal air traffic resumed in 2001. A few years later the airport's terminal 2 underwent a major reconstruction. The runway was upgraded to CAT IIIb in 2005, as part of a large renovation project. CAT IIIb is the latest runway system, giving aircraft the security of landing during fog and storms. In 2006, the airport was renamed to Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport. Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor and scientist, generally considered one of the world's most famous inventors.[13] The construction of the new air traffic control center was completed in 2010. In 2011 Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport shares (AERO) began trading on the Belgrade Stock Exchange (BELEX).

Recent yearsEdit

In 2012 construction work on the modernization and expansion of the airport began. Work was carried out on the expansion and reconstruction of the A-gate and C-gate departure and transit areas. As a result, an extra 2,750 square metres (29,600 sq ft) were added. Jetways at the A and C gates were also replaced. The construction of a new control tower is planned to be completed by 2018. The current air control tower was built back in 1962.[14] Future expansion of current terminals should see additional 17,000 sqm added, with terminal 2 getting additional 4 jetways.[15]

In January 2018, the Government of Serbia granted a 25-year concession of the Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport to the French airport operator Vinci Airports for a sum of 501 million euros.[16]

TerminalsEdit

Airport two terminals have a combined area of 33,000 sqm, with Terminal 2 being larger of the two, adjacent to one another terminals are connected through a hallway.[17] The airport has 66 check-in counters and 27 gates (of which 16 are equipped with jetways).

Terminal 1Edit

Terminal 1 (T1) was the original and only terminal when the airport was built. The terminal handled domestic flights during the time of Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro, and subsequently has come to being used for international flights, mostly by low-cost and charter airlines. The terminal went through a major renovation in 2016 and 2017 when interior is overhauled.[18]

Terminal 2Edit

Terminal 2 (T2) was constructed in 1979 for the airport's growing passenger numbers. The terminal has a capacity of 5 million passengers.[19] The terminal contains airline offices, transfer desks and various retail shops. The terminal went through two major renovations: from 2004 through 2006, with the arrivals and departures areas of the terminal completely reconstructed, and another one in 2012 and 2013 when there were works on expansion and overhaul of the C platform. While not officially confirmed, it is believed that the overhauled T1 will be used by foreign carriers, while Air Serbia and Etihad Airways Partners would gain exclusive use of Terminal 2.[20]

Terminal 1
Terminal 1 check-in area (prior to overhaul)
Terminal 2
Terminal 2 check-in area

Airlines and destinationsEdit

PassengerEdit

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights as of April 2018:[21]

AirlinesDestinations
Aegean Airlines Athens
Seasonal charter: Heraklion
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Air Cairo Hurghada
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle (resumes 31 March 2019)[22]
Air Serbia Amsterdam, Athens, Banja Luka, Beirut, Berlin–Tegel, Brussels, Bucharest, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Larnaca, Ljubljana, London–Heathrow, Milan–Malpensa, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, New York–JFK, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Podgorica, Prague, Rome–Fiumicino, Sarajevo, Skopje, Sofia, Stockholm–Arlanda, Stuttgart, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Thessaloniki, Tirana, Tivat, Venice, Vienna, Zagreb, Zürich
Seasonal: Dubrovnik, Malta, Pula, St Petersburg, Split
Alitalia Rome–Fiumicino
AlMasria Universal Airlines Seasonal charter: Hurghada
Arkia Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
ASL Airlines France Seasonal: Paris-Charles de Gaulle (begins 24 June 2019)[23]
AtlasGlobal Istanbul–Atatürk
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Aviolet Seasonal charter: Antalya, Athens, Barcelona, Bodrum, Catania, Cephalonia, Chania, Corfu, Enfidha, Girona, Heraklion, Karpathos, Lamezia Terme, Lemnos, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Preveza, Rhodes, Rimini, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Thessaloniki, Zakynthos
Belavia Budapest, Minsk
Croatia Airlines Seasonal: Split
easyJet Berlin–Tegel
easyJet Switzerland Geneva, Basel/Mulhouse
EllinairSeasonal: Heraklion
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
flydubai Dubai–International
FlyEgypt Seasonal charter: Hurghada
Israir Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Montenegro Airlines Podgorica, Tivat
Norwegian Air Shuttle Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Qatar Airways Doha
Red Wings Airlines Moscow–Domodedovo
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich
SunExpress Seasonal charter: Izmir
TAROM Bucharest
Transavia Amsterdam
Tunisair Tunis
Seasonal charter: Monastir
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk (ends 31 December 2018),[24] Istanbul–New (begins 1 January 2019)[24]
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona
Wizz Air Basel/Mulhouse, Beauvais, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Gothenburg, Hannover, Karlsruhe/Baden–Baden, London–Luton, Malmö, Malta, Memmingen, Stockholm–Skavsta
Seasonal: Larnaca

CargoEdit

The following cargo airlines serve the airport on a regular basis as of July 2018:[25]

AirlinesDestinations
DHL Aviation Budapest, Leipzig/Halle, Linz[26]
Turkish Airlines Cargo Istanbul–Atatürk, Moscow–Vnukovo
Swiftair Cologne/Bonn, Sofia

StatisticsEdit

TrafficEdit

Year Passengers Change Cargo (t) Change Aircraft movements Change
2002 1,621,798 6,827 28,872
2003 1,849,148  14% 6,532  4% 32,484  13%
2004 2,045,282  11% 8,946  37% 36,416  12%
2005 2,032,357  1% 7,728  14% 37,614  3%
2006 2,222,445  9% 8,200  6% 42,360  13%
2007 2,512,890  13% 7,926  3% 43,448  3%
2008 2,650,048  5% 8,129  3% 44,454  2%
2009 2,384,077  10% 6,690  18% 40,664  8%
2010 2,698,730  13% 7,427  11% 44,160  9%
2011 3,124,633  16% 8,025  8% 44,923  2%
2012 3,363,919  8% 7,253  10% 44,990  0%
2013 3,543,194  5% 7,679  6% 46,828  4%
2014 4,638,577  31% 10,222  33% 58,695  25%
2015 4,776,110  3% 13,091  28% 58,506  0%
2016 4,924,992  3% 13,939  7% 58,633  0%
2017 5,343,420  9% 19,758  42% 58,859  0%
2018 (01.01. - 30.11.) 5,267,613  6% 20,065  16% 56,178  3%
Source: [27]

Busiest routesEdit

City Airport(s) Weekly Departures
(Summer 2018)
Airlines
  Tivat Tivat Airport 42 Air Serbia, Montenegro Airlines
  Podgorica Podgorica Airport 35 Air Serbia, Montenegro Airlines
  Zürich Zürich Airport 33 Air Serbia, Swiss International Air Lines
  Vienna Schwechat Airport 32 Air Serbia, Austrian Airlines
  Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport, Domodedovo Airport 31 Aeroflot, Air Serbia, Red Wings Airlines
  Istanbul Atatürk Airport and Sabiha Gökçen Airport 25 AtlasGlobal, Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines
  Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport 21 Air Serbia, Lufthansa
  Athens Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport 21 Aegean Airlines, Air Serbia
  Paris Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and Beauvais–Tillé Airport 17 Air Serbia, Wizz Air
  Munich Franz Josef Strauss Airport and Memmingen Airport 17 Lufthansa Regional, Wizzair
  Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport 17 Air Serbia, TAROM
  Thessaloniki Thessaloniki Macedonia International Airport 14 Air Serbia
  Rome Leonardo da Vinci International Airport 14 Air Serbia, Alitalia
  Skopje Skopje Airport 13 Air Serbia
  Amsterdam Amsterdam Airport Schiphol 13 Air Serbia, Transavia
  London London Heathrow and London Luton 12 Air Serbia, Wizz Air
  Ljubljana Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport 12 Air Serbia
  Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi 12 Etihad Airways
  Warsaw Warsaw Chopin Airport 12 LOT Polish Airlines
  Stockholm Stockholm Arlanda Airport and Skavsta Airport 11 Air Serbia, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Wizz Air
Source: [21]

Busiest airlinesEdit

Rank Carrier Passengers 2014 % Passenger %
Change 2013
1   Air Serbia 2,647,923 50.6  68
2   Wizz Air 415,590 9.0  10
3   Lufthansa 283,867 6.1  6
4   Montenegro Airlines 258,841 5.6  2
5   Swiss International Air Lines 203,518 4.4  10
6 Other 1,128,754 24.3  20
Source: [2]

ServicesEdit

SecurityEdit

Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport is built with only one airside hallway for both departing and arriving passengers. For that reason, security checks are located at gate entrances rather than on a central location. Passport controls are placed on two entrances and the single exit of the hallway. All passengers must pass the passport control, as there are no domestic flights. An additional security check used to exist on the hallway entrance, but it was removed in 2013 as it inconvenienced passengers and was not essential for security.[28] In 2007 the airport prohibited cars parking next to the airport terminal, instead they have to use the car park provided, as a result of the 2007 Glasgow International Airport attack.[29]

LoungesEdit

Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport offers a single business class lounge, Business Club, for all airlines operating from the airport. "Business Club", opened in 2011, covers an area of 250 m2 (2,700 sq ft), and seats 30 guests.

Airport also has a VIP lounge, with separate check-in and passport control facilities - also used by general aviation customers. The lounge consists of three parts - the first part for leisure, second for television crew and press conferences and a third part is a presidential suite. The lounge has a total surface area of 500 m2 (5,400 sq ft). The lounge is also used as a press centre, upon the arrival of VIPs.

Air Serbia Premium Lounge is the first dedicated airline owned and operated lounge at the airport. It is open 24 hours a day for Air Serbia/ Etihad Airways business class passengers, as well as members of the Air Serbia/Etihad Guest frequent flyer program.

Transport linksEdit

 
Airport driveway

CarEdit

The airport is connected to the A3 motorway via a nearby interchange. The toll station on A3 is located to the west of the interchange, and the sections to the Belgrade downtown and the Belgrade bypass are toll-free.

BusEdit

Service Destination (departing from the airport) Operator Frequency Trip duration
Line A1 Slavija Square "Association of private carriers" 20 minutes 30 minutes[30]
Line 72 Zeleni Venac GSP Belgrade 24 minutes 30–40 minutes[30]
Line 607 New Belgrade/Surčin GSP Belgrade 105 minutes 25–30 minutes[30]

TaxiEdit

Licensed taxis from the airport to the city are available.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport – Basic Company Data www.beg.aero (in English) (in Serbian)
  2. ^ a b "Official website" (in Serbian). Retrieved 11 April 2007.
  3. ^ "EAD Basic - Error Page". Ead.eurocontrol.int. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e "СТО НАЈ... ПРИВРЕДНИХ ДРУШТАВА У РЕПУБЛИЦИ СРБИЈИ У 2017" (PDF). apr.rs (in Serbian). Belgrade: Агенција за привредне регистре. September 2018. pp. 20, 21. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Основни подаци о привредном друштву". apr.gov.rs (in Serbian). Serbian Business Registers Agency. Retrieved 24 February 2018.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport. "History: International Belgrade Airport (1927)". Archived from the original on 5 October 2007. Retrieved 24 July 2007.
  7. ^ The story of JAT: the best and the worst of Balkan air travel at bturn.com, 31-7-2012, retrieved 17-5-2018
  8. ^ England to Africa at The Mercury, 21 September 1936
  9. ^ a b "World Airlines Directory". Flight International. 8 May 1931. p. 407.
  10. ^ International Air Guide: Air Atlas (see Beograd)
  11. ^ a b c Nikolić, Jovan (8 May 2007). "Svi Beogradski aerodromi" (in Serbian). Glas javnosti. Retrieved 24 July 2007.
  12. ^ Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport. "History: Belgrade Surcin (1962)". Retrieved 4 April 2007.[dead link]
  13. ^ B92 (2 February 2006). "Aerodrom menja ime u "Nikola Tesla"" (in Serbian). Archived from the original on 13 March 2007. Retrieved 4 April 2007.
  14. ^ "Rovčanin: Novi kontrolni tornjevi u Beogradu i Tivtu" (in Serbian). Tanjug. 1 October 2014.
  15. ^ "Prve ilustracije: Novi izgled "C" hodnika aerodroma "Nikola Tesla" - Tango Six". Tangosix.rs. 4 August 2015. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  16. ^ "Pala odluka: Kome će "Nikola Tesla"". b92.net (in Serbian). Tanjug. 5 January 2018. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  17. ^ Mondo WEB Portal (14 May 2006). "Otvoren "Terminal 2" na aerodromu u Beogradu" (in Serbian). Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 14 May 2006.
  18. ^ "PHOTOS: Belgrade Airport overhaul". EX-YU Aviation News. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  19. ^ I.R. (15 May 2006). "Vrata za pet miliona putnika godišnje" (in Serbian). Danas. Archived from the original on 1 April 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2007.
  20. ^ "EX-YU Aviation News". EX-YU Aviation News. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  21. ^ a b "Timetable :: Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport". Beg.aero. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  22. ^ https://www.exyuaviation.com/2018/11/air-france-to-resume-belgrade-flights.html
  23. ^ http://www.aslairlines.fr/en/scheduled-flights/direct-flights-to-paris-from-belgrade/
  24. ^ a b "Turkish Airlines to fully move to Istanbul New in late 4Q18". ch-aviation.com. 16 October 2018. Retrieved 2018-10-16.
  25. ^ "Cargo Flights Timetable :: Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport". Beg.aero. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  26. ^ "Flight Information :: Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport". Beg.aero. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  27. ^ "Traffic Figures Archive". Nikola Tesla Airport Official Website.
  28. ^ "Samo jedna kontrola na aerodromu" [Only one control on the Airport]. RTS. 20 May 2013.
  29. ^ Mondo WEB Portal (14 August 2007). "Zabranjen saobraćaj ispred zgrade aerodroma" (in Serbian). Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 8 August 2007.
  30. ^ a b c Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport. "Official website". Retrieved 26 February 2013.

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