Friday, March 28, 2014

Vueling to launch Rome - Zagreb service

Vueling adding new flights to Zagreb this summer

Spanish low cost airline Vueling will launch seasonal flights from Rome Fiumicino Airport to Zagreb this summer season. Services will be inaugurated on Thursday, June 29, and will operate twice per week until September 14. As a result, Vueling will be the first airline to tap into the much discussed and underserved Rome - Zagreb market which currently has no direct flights. Etihad Regional’s earlier decision to drop the planned route will give Vueling an extra boost as it faces no direct competition. The Spanish no frills airline has already put tickets on sale on its website. The flights will complement its existing seasonal service from Barcelona to the Croatian capital which commences on May 2. Further flight details for the Rome - Zagreb flights can be found here.

The 2014 summer season is shaping up to be a busy one for Zagreb Airport. In exactly two months, KLM Cityhopper will launch its new flights from Amsterdam while Air Croatia will inaugurate a one weekly service from Gothenburg on June 14. Germanwings will inaugurate flights from Hamburg, while Trade Air will launch its new domestic commuter service. In addition, Korean Air will resume its summer charters from Seoul to Zagreb. Alitalia has previously said it too plans to launch services to the Croatian capital but is yet to schedule its future flights. ČSA Czech Airlines is also said to be close to launching flights from Prague. The new arrivals are in line with the management’s goal to boost passenger numbers at Zagreb Airport by 8% this year.

Vueling will likely target the leisure market between Italy and Croatia on its new summer service. In 2013, a million Italians visited Croatia, making them the third most populous tourists in the country behind only Germans and Slovenians. Vueling has been present on the Croatian market for several years. Besides the abovementioned flights, this summer the airline will also operate services from Rome and Barcelona to both Dubrovnik and Split as well.

38 comments:

  1. What aircraft will Air Croatia use in the end?

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  2. Vueling is also in final talks with ZAD for seasonal service to FCO.

    @Nemjee - ČSA A319

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  3. It will be CSA Airbus A319 on behalf of Air Croatia.

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  4. Thanks! I suppose they will not re-paint them into Air Croatia's livery? If there is such a thing.

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  5. Well I hope that the Croatian Government even though the Ceo Mr.Kucko is his friend see finally that he is not capable to manage a airline as Croatia Airlines since he is Ceo OU is getting smaller and other airlines are beginning to fly on Zagreb their home base .Normally in other EU countries this Ceo will have his days counted so I would say it's countdown Mr.Kucko

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  6. ExYU in list of new routes from Zagreb you forget Germanwings Zagreb-Hamburg route, and you forget Trade air new Zagreb-Rijeka-Split-Dubrovnik route. As price of ZAG-RJK-SPU-DBV flight is just 387 kn (51,6 EUR) that is much cheaper than Croatia airlines direct flight and lot of passengers buy those tickets instead of Croatia airlines one.

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    1. It hasn't been forgotten. It's on the right hand side and has been there since December 22, 2013. It is the last listed route launch on the list. If you can't find a route click ctrl+f and type in the route.

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    2. Of course it is on right list, but it is not in text. And not to mention 2 routes looks like expansion of Zagreb airport is even more modest than it is.

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    3. Which are criteria to put KLM flights or Air Croatia, but not to put Germanwings or Trade Air flights as new flights this summer from ZAG, in today’s article? Discrimination or you personally have something against Germanwings or Trade Air?

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    4. Give it a rest. They have been added to the article. In addition, you have news on those two in the new routes launches section http://tinyurl.com/ncjmspr / http://tinyurl.com/nhcdhes, news about Trade Air’s new website on the left http://tinyurl.com/qc524du and individual articles on their route launches http://tinyurl.com/ocl7ghr / http://tinyurl.com/ppcw7l2. So, please, next time, check your facts before accusing others of discrimination without any reason whatsoever behind an anonymous id.

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    5. God, why are people constantly mentioning Trade Air routes? They are insignificant and will end up as a major disaster.

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    6. Of course it is not. First, it is PSO, so country is paing for that. You can not loose on that route. Second, it is so cheap that people start to use it instead of Croatia Airlines direct route.

      And not to mention 2 routes and mention others looks like expansion of Zagreb airport is even more modest than it is. But we are so use to that in this blog. Never happend in Belgrade or Air Serbia article.

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    7. I don't understand what you are getting at. All new routes have been listed and even reported in separate articles (every single one - you can click the Zagreb tag to see all the articles). If you do dislike the blog, you are more than welcome to leave.

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    8. Well it was not in original text. I am not talking about list on right, but original text from todays post. Now, you change it and thank you for that. Unfortunately most of readers already read that without those information (2 new routes were mentioned, 2 were not).

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    9. It was omitted by mistake and readers could read about those two new routes in separate news items published when they were announced.

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    10. Please don't feed the trolls.

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  7. BEG CEO announced that this summer the number of passengers will go up by 50%.
    Shame that he is not as expedient with some other things as he is when it comes to bragging.

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  8. BEG airport is one of the things that can slow down Air Serbia. Past 12 months did not bring any major news about airport expansion or renewal. A gates, Terminal 1, parking areas, cargo and many other areas are in a real need for change. It looks like BEG airport did not get new owner or part owner, and even if that happens soon they will have hard time catching up with major growth. Summer of 2014 will test some limits, and summer of 2015 will be a real problem as T1 cannot be replaced by then.

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  9. OT: Interesting Analysis (you might have to regster first)

    ANALYSIS: Balkan airlines struggle for survival
    http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/analysis-balkan-airlines-struggle-for-survival-396214/?

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  10. It's nice to see things fiiiiiiiinally moving in a positive direction at ZAG.

    Although the growth potential may look modest when compared to the rest of Ex Yu (especially BEG), I am happy because I personally believe that a sustainable growth is better in a long run.

    Ex Yu Aviation did a good job listing the most important of new routes, but here's a more descriptive overview:

    KLM - 7 x weekly to Amsterdam (100 seater)
    Vueling - 2 x weekly to Rome (150 seater, A319)
    Germanwings - 2 weekly to Hamburg (75 seater, CRJ)
    Air Croatia - 16 rotations to Gothenborg (140 seater)
    Trade Air - 7 x weekly to Osijek/Rijeka (30 seater)

    Add-Ons:
    Turkish Airlines - 7 x more flights compared to 2013
    El Al Israel - 1 x more weekly flight
    Vueling - starts the season 1 month earlier

    An arrival of Czech Airlines on a route to Prague would be an amazing news too...

    We may hope for OU to make a modest growth (1 to 2%) based on additional 12 seats on their A320s and better LF.

    If all this actually materializes, I believe ZAG may grow up to 10% this year.

    2015 is much more of an important year for ZAG.

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    1. Zagreb should record growth in 2014, doesn't matter if it's 1% or 10%, not so sure about next year, OU is in deep trouble, who knows if they'll even exist in 2015!

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  11. Good news for Zagreb and happy to hear it.

    One OT:

    Lufthansa is discontinuing one of its third daily flights from Munich to Belgrade. Guess that news about them loosing passengers a few days ago was correct.

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  12. OT: New news from Adria and their fleet. They are buying two new Bombardier CRJ 900NG. http://www.boarding.no/art.asp?id=57203

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    1. Adria will this year receive 4 brand new CRJ900NextGen. First will arrive in 1.4.2014 :)

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  13. Farewell Yu-AON
    http://www.flightradar24.com/JAT100/2fd4698

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    1. - YU-AON landed at NOC (Ireland) yesterday at 14:34 and left the fleet, returned to Triton

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  14. Sorry for another OT but there was a lot conversations here about LH challenges and their relationship with TK and MEB3. I found this text that covers it fairly thoroughly I think.

    Challenges facing Spohr in Lufthansa's top job: http://tinyurl.com/l5vgx4f

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  15. Anyone knows if Is it possible to buy a round ticket on the Zagreb - Seoul route (Korean Air charter) for a single traveller (based in Croatia)?
    For the time schedule I'm flexible.
    Anyone did it? Any contact in Zagreb? Price estimation?

    It would be great for me to fly from Zagreb directly to my beloved S.Korea :)

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    1. I don't think you can. The charters are organised by the tourist organisation in Seoul and is only available for South Korean tourists I think. A good alternative could be Qatar :)

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  16. Nice to see things are moving in ZAG, slowly, but still... Hope Kucko (CEO of Croatia Airlines) goes to jail before it's too late!

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    1. U and 4.3 million Croats in Croatia.

      We all can see how he is running Croatia Airlines like his own personal fiefdom, hopefully USKOK comes knocking on this doors soon.

      From what I understand there are some stuff going and USKOK is looking at things, but we won't know much until USKOK has sufficient proof to charge Mr Kucko with charges that can stick. USKOK is one of the best things in Croatia right now, they're doing their job rather well, could be better, but so far so good, they've put behind bars so many corrupt politicians and "businessman" in past 3 years we'll need to build another prison next to Remetinec just to hold them all in. lol

      And most USKOK personal are young, educated and well versed in Croatian laws. No old kumnajara in USKOK, most are in their 20s, with some in mid 30s and few in 40s. Important if you we wont to eliminate corruption, for most agents weren't exposed to political machinations and manipulation by political power.







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    2. They should check Mr.Kucko past in Zurich and Amsterdam when was working there.I think they will be surprised what they will find out. My advice would be contact his staff there

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    3. Unfortunately it won't be possible from what I understand is he fired them all at Zurich and Amsterdam he even had a case going by the ethical commission of Croatia airlines .

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  17. OT: Swedish Business Class-forum review Air Serbia. Very positive. Link translated with Google. Not perfect but understandable.

    http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=sv&u=http://www.businessclass.se/test/europas-storsta-underdog-flygbolag-air-serbia-business-class-london-belgrad/&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dair%2Bserbia%2Bbusinessclass.se%26client%3Dsafari%26rls%3Den%26biw%3D1920%26bih%3D1002

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    1. Thank you for that. Very good news. It shows just how great of a transformation JAT has made in less than eight months! Before, the cabin crew were known to be unfriendly, now we have problems with the crew being too enthusiastic!

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  18. Interesting that LH sent its A321 from Munich today. Stay tuned tomorrow for great news.

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  19. Today BEGOTP/JU almost full. 55+ pax. Can't wait to see A319 starting in 2 days.

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