Saturday, September 29, 2012

EU boost for Croatia

Airlines add flights to Croatia in 2013

With Croatia becoming the 28th member state of the European Union next summer, many airlines have already announced plans to increase frequencies to airports across the country. Croatia has already seen a record number of tourists this year, with figures set to be given a further boost in 2013 as Croatia joins the European family. Finnair has announced more frequencies to both Dubrovnik and Split. The Finnish national carrier will be operating four weekly flights between Helsinki and Dubrovnik, up by one from this year, and will maintain a one weekly service from the Finnish capital to Split. Furthermore, Aer Lingus will be strengthening its service from Dublin to Dubrovnik with five weekly flights to be operated from the very start of the 2013 summer season.

Low cost airlines have also announced additional flights to Croatia next summer. Lufthansa’s Germanwings will introduce an additional one weekly flight from Stuttgart to Dubrovnik, bringing the total number of flights to two. In addition, the Stuttgart - Rijeka service will also be boosted with an added weekly frequency. Germawings’ services to Croatia are likely to be taken over by Lufthansa’s planned new low cost airline - Direct4You. The Dutch based Transavia will also be boosting frequencies on flights from Rotterdam to Split next summer. The only airline so far to announce a cut in frequencies to Croatia next summer is Air France which will halve the number of its flights from Paris to Zagreb.

Croatian airports are predicted to be the big winners from the country’s European Union membership. EU accession naturally brings with it more investment, tourism and business. In January 2007 Bulgaria and Romania joined the European Union thanks to which the airports in Sofia and Bucharest flourished. In 2006, Sofia Airport handled 2.2 million passengers. This number jumped to 2.7 million in 2007, an increase of 24%. Wizz Air created its Wizz Air Bulgaria subsidiary in 2006, a year before the country joined the EU. At Bucharest’s Henri Coanda Airport, the EU impact was even greater with numbers jumping from 3.5 million in 2006 to 4.9 in 2007, a 40% increase.

24 comments:

  1. Shame that no one is adding flights to Zagreb :(

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    1. Yes, it's shame British Airways is not adding daily Zagreb-Heathrow, it's shame Skywork is not adding twice weekly Zagreb-Bern, and that's for the winter timetable, and shame will be even bigger when summer timetable starts....:)

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    2. Yes, it's shame British Airways is not adding daily Zagreb-Heathrow, it's shame Skywork is not adding twice weekly Zagreb-Bern, and that's for the winter timetable, and shame will be even bigger when summer timetable starts....:)

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    3. Again, LOVE your comments :-)

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    4. First of all I am Croatian so no need for that kind of attitude.
      If we compare ZAG to the other cities the growth, then their growth is pathetic. So what they get a daily A319 and a two weekly flight on a tiny Dornier.

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  2. @exyu,

    flights from STR to DBV will be twice a week, not threetimes. This year was a single flight on saturdays, next year on thursday and sunday!

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  3. And the name direct4You wont be the new airlines name! It is just the intern name for this project. Beginning next year, the new name will be published

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  4. Croatia is new European tourism star. Glad to see that Dubrovnik is surpassing 1,4 mil pax this year.

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  5. Eeeeeeeh moja domovino...jadna si sto ides u EuROPskoj Uniji! :(

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    1. a Vi ste gospodine (ili gospodjo) sigurno iz Hrvatske, kada "idete u Uniji"...

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    2. LOL, pozdrav iz Rijeke, love your comments :-)

      Alex London

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    3. Heheh gasto hrvatski ;)

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    4. Bok...da, naravno da jesam iz Republike Hrvatske, otkuda bih drugdje bio? Smijesni ste...

      Najvise se bojim Eura, pa i Hrvatske ekonomije...ovdje plate skoro i nisu nikakve na odnosu kakve su bile 90'tih (radim u Krasu, od 4.500 kn tjednom tokom 90'tih do jednu 3.000 kn tjedno ovih dana). Vijeruj te da se je vise zaradjivalo (i radilo) za vrijeme Domovinskog Rata nego sad...sad dobijes posao samo ako poznajes strani jezik (to, AKO dobijes posao). A moja braniteljska doplata i nije nista...ovo je strasno. A za nase lijepe susjede u Bosni i Hercegovini...njima nije i nikada bilo lako!

      ...i naravno sa nisam sretan zbog EuROPske Unije!

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    5. Čisti Hrvat koji piše plate ;)

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    6. lol, plače ye trebao reci, naravno svi hrvati to znaju ;)

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    7. Hahahaha...a vi pisete 'ye' umijesto 'je.' Nemojte vi nama govoriti kako ce to Hrvat pisati...ma tko ste vi uopste?

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  6. Actually the correct title would be "EU boost for Dalmatia" as we do not see any boost for continental part of Croatia. Actually we can see PAX number decreasing in Zagreb and Osijek

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    1. One day Vojvodina will experience exactly the same benefit.

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    2. Well Well now, no need for that :)

      I'm sure 2013 will be equally bad for all if recession continues as it did in 2012.

      Zagreb is year round airport and depends on growth through out the year.

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  7. Congrats to Croatia! Bulgaria and Romania benefited a lot from this membership, the same will go to Croatia. One day, ZAG will be grand...

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