Heading to Zagreb in 2012One of the world’s fastest growing airlines, Qatar Airways, yesterday announced it will launch services from its hub in Doha to Zagreb along with another six routes. As a result, it will become the first airline from the Middle East to operate scheduled all year round flights to Croatia. Flight details are expected to be released soon. The new route will be launched sometime after February 1, 2012 and is likely to be operated by the short haul Airbus A319-100LR or the A320-200. Other routes Qatar Airways will be launching in 2012 include Tbilisi (Georgia), Baku (Azerbaijan), Isfahan (Iran), Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Zanzibar (Tanzania), Kigali (Rwanda) as well as Mombasa, Helsinki and Perth. “Our mission has been to operate to key business and leisure destinations around the world, but also to underserved markets where others dare not venture into. We take bold decisions to serve certain markets because we believe it makes strong business sense”, Qatar Airways CEO, Akbar Al Baker said yesterday. In the region, Qatar Airways operates flights to Budapest, Sofia and Bucharest.
Meanwhile, employees at Zagreb Airport are planning industrial action starting tomorrow which will disrupt some flights betwen 11.00 - 16.00 CET. The workers union say the strike action is needed in order to “defend worker rights at the airport, especially with the possibility of a takeover”. Last week the workers' union requested for the CEO of Zagreb Airport, Tonči Peović, to be replaced due to falling profits.
EX-YU aviation news will keep you updated with developments relating to Qatar Airways’ Zagreb launch as well as the pending strike at Zagreb’s Pleso Airport.