Qatar Airways launches Zagreb serviceQatar Airways has today inaugurated flights from Doha to Zagreb, marking an important event for the airport. Qatar Airways will be the only Middle Eastern airline with scheduled all year round flights to the Croatian capital. Flights will operate every day via Budapest. QR947 took off this morning bound for Zagreb. The return flight will depart Croatia's busiest airport in the afternoon. Services will operate with the single aisle Airbus A320. While Qatar won’t be competing with anyone directly, it is bound to take a share of the passengers heading to the Far East and Australia, which have up until now been shared amongst Croatia Airlines, Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines.
Qatar Airways has been granted full operating rights between Budapest and Zagreb, allowing it to sell tickets on the sector. It will make Zagreb the only capital city in the former Yugoslavia with a direct air link to Budapest. All of the major airports in the EX-YU region were left without flights to the Hungarian capital following Malev’s demise earlier in the year.
The inaugural flight from Doha to Zagreb has not been sold out. There are many seats left in economy class. While the business class section is fully booked on the Doha - Budapest sector, the majority of passengers will leave the jet in Hungary, with the twelve seat business class section mostly empty on the Budapest - Zagreb leg. The situation is similar on the return service. However, like any route, time will be needed for it to attract customers which might not be familiar with the service at the moment. Zagreb is Qatar Airways’ first destination in the former Yugoslavia. The airline will also launch services to Belgrade later in September. Flight details for the Doha - Zagreb flights can be found here.