Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Flydubai plans Zagreb and Sarajevo service

Flydubai heading to Zagreb and Sarajevo this winter

Low cost airline Flydubai is set to launch flights to both Zagreb and Sarajevo this winter season. According to the “Aviokarta” portal, flights from Dubai to the capitals of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina will be inaugurated at the start of the 2014/15 winter season in November, pending government approval. Services to Zagreb will run three times per week while flights to Sarajevo are planned to operate twice per week. Flydubai has previously announced plans to fly to both cities, however, these fell through on both occasions. The new flights will mark the first time Zagreb and Sarajevo have been linked with a scheduled service to the largest city in the United Arab Emirates.

Flydubai first announced plans to fly to Sarajevo from April 2013. At the time, the low cost airline said, “Flydubai is doing good business and we are planning on launching two weekly flights from Sarajevo”. However, only two months prior to the service launch the airline shelved its planned flights, explaining that crew duty times would have been exceeded on the return leg to Dubai. Thus, this would require a mandatory rest period for the crew in Sarajevo, which would increase costs for the no frills airline and make the route unprofitable from the outset. In addition, the airline also considered launching flights to Zagreb in 2012 but decided against the move due to the same reasons. It is unclear how the airline will bypass these technical obstacles this time around.


Flydubai has a solid presence in the former Yugoslavia as it maintains flights to both Belgrade and Skopje. During the peak of the summer season, the low cost airline will operate up to five weekly flights to the Serbian capital and a further two weekly flights to Skopje. Recent rumours that the airline’s service to the Macedonian capital will be suspended have been unfounded as Flydubai recently scheduled and put on sale flights to Skopje throughout the 2014/15 winter season. On the other hand, it will maintain three weekly flights to Belgrade over the coming winter.

Flydubai operates a fleet of 35 Boeing 737-800 jets to 68 destinations. Despite its low cost model, the airline offers a dedicated business class cabin on select routes. Flydubai is expected to put tickets for its planned new flights to Zagreb and Sarajevo on sale once it is granted all necessary permits.

40 comments:

  1. Great news, Zagreb is doing much better than last year, more carriers coming soon, new routes, hope for some moderate growth this year! Glad for Sarajevo as well!

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  2. Like I said yesterday, connecting ZAG and SJJ into Zagreb-Sarajevo-Dubai route would maybe allow these flights to go 5 weekly.

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    1. But this is already 5 weekly, 2 to Sarajevo and 3 to Zagreb.

      No point going Sarajevo to Zagreb.

      Also it will be interesting to see if services increase during the Christmas new year period and also for next summer.

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  3. Instead of flying twice a week to to every regional city, they first should concentrate on going daily...
    Businesspeople need daily frequencies.
    I mean for what do they have their new business-class for gods sake ?!

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  4. SPU ...

    @9:39 AM

    but way ? they would lose the advantage of direct flight and become like competitors in Sarajevo JU and TK in Zagreb QR and TK ( potentially JU )

    People do not fly in Dubai for one day , frequency is not crucial.

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    1. I don't get you. For me, I would like to have more options in terms of dates. If I have a short stop in Sarajevo, It's fine for me. Just my personal opinion...

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    2. (don't get me wrong, I would like to have BEG-SKP-DXB 6 times per week or daily then 3 per week).

      And I don't think FZ would compete with JU a lot, since JU flies there 5 or 7 times per week (correct me if I am wrong) while FZ would fly to Sarajevo only twice per week.

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  5. The former Yugoslavia becomes more and more of a fragmented market.
    FlyDubai,Qatar and Pegasus are jokes.
    But good for Turkish Airlines and Etihad.
    They are the only airlines that have at least daily nonstop flights to the same destination.
    Twice weekly against three times daily in Sarajevo.
    Thats an easy choice!

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    1. One stop between Australia Bosnia and Croatia = easy choice.

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    2. So, Sarajlija, does it mean you would choose a carrier (TK) just because they fly 3 times daily? I think this is a great news for both Sarajevo and Zagreb!

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    3. Nice news - very encouraging for the Zagreb catchment area (Slovenia, Croatia and north BiH)... This market was up to recently seriously underserved with connections to the Middle East, or East in general... Up until 2011, out of Zagreb you only had 1 x daily TK to Istanbul, and seasonal flights to Tel Aviv. Now, there's Qatar (direct + via Budapest), 2 x daily to Istanbul, Tel Aviv (6 weekly frequencies in the summer season) + Fly Dubai 3 x weekly (hopefully up to 4 or 5 weekly in summer of 2015) would be an amazing addition...

      Many Croatians used to take a bus to Belgrade airport specifically for this route. With the added potential of inbound tourists from Middle East and Asia, I am sure tis route would be a success...

      Cool... :)

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    4. Yes,i would.
      If one flight is cancelled i take one of the other two flights that day.
      And with daily flights i can plan my holidays without missing a single day.
      If thats not an advantage i dont know what it is!

      I also earn miles with them...

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    5. Ref. Mr.Peter
      Since you have said, " Many Croatians used to take a bus to Belgrade airport specifically for this route", which I doubt, beside better and closer airports like Vienna, Budapest, etc. Consequently, your statement indicates next year significant drop in pax. at BEG, since "many" Croatians will take a bus anymore.
      Idi BRE

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    6. Petar was clearly pleased with the new ZAG route but your chauvinist mind is simply too narrow to figure it out.

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  6. OT

    Air Tahiti Nui left Zagreb a few hours ago.

    http://www.flightradar24.com/THT761/3897e7d

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  7. oh finally you can book a EK+FZ flight on emirates.com
    ( wasnt the case when i checked last time )

    Now that makes a lot more sense ! ( one stop to Australia )

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  8. *Admin, zasto ni si objavio vest za rast skopskok aerodroma u mjesec Maj i za povecanoh broj operacija letovima??

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  9. I wonder how flydubai will work in Sarajevo during the foggy winter seasons... I see lots and lots of diverted flights. Have they taken this into the equation?

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    1. True indeed.
      "Magla dugogodišnji nerješiv problem aerodroma u Sarajevu"
      http://radiosarajevo.ba/novost/136377/magla-dugogodisnji-nerjesiv-problem-aerodroma-u-sarajevu

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  10. SPU ...

    Oprostite na koristenju materinjeg jezika ovih par stranaca koji tu zalutaju su mi nebitni.

    Ponovo pojedine kolege okrecu vodu na svoj mlin bilo da je rijec o cestim frekvencijama TK ili JU/EY. iz Sarajeva ,Beograda, Zagreba ili Skopja sa direktnom opcijom koju sada nudi FZ ili QR iz pojedinih gradova .

    Kazete to je vrlo znacajno ako imam dva dnevna leta sa TK iz ZAG ili tri iz SJJ, pa imam i 17 dnevnih letova LH/OU/OS sa kojima mogu sa jednim presijedanjem u Dubai ili dalje. Nije mi jasno zasto se nekaze da je ovo odlicna stvar za nas korisnike i ozbiljna konkurencija i TK i JU i LH/OU/OS nego se omalovazava ove poteze sa brojem frekvencija.

    Za ova ex-yu trzista frekvencija nije bitna jer vecina putnika ide u turizam, dolaze iz diaspore na duze, a poslovnjaci nisu nabrijani da moraju u jedan dan do Dubai-a ( uostalom to ni sa TK ,LH ili JU/EY nije moguce kako god okrenes uzme ti dva-tri dana) .Uostalom poslonjaci su robovi allianca i nece zamijeniti FZ sa svojim maticnim prevoznicima.

    FZ grabi ljude za dalje kroz mrezu EK i to je glavni razlog zasto je QR okrenuo ZAG direktno. Jedno presijedanje za Australiju , Aziju , Afriku. Jasno na nekim linijama iz ZAG ce TK i danje biti konkurentan sa jednim presijedanjem , recimo da idem u NBO mogu da biram FZ,TK,QR,LH ili ako idem u BKK.

    Ako idem u Australiju QR i FZ imaju strasnu prednost u odnosu na svih ostalih , zasto da letim sa tri stopa s TK ,JU/EY ,LH jedino me cijena moze motivirati a tu kompanije gube, ok milje su za neke isto presudne al frekvencija za tako daleka putovanja nije.

    Prema tome za neke destinacije FZ i QR su u ogromnoj prednosti , izbjegavajuci presijedanja , kasnjenja , gubljenja prtljage , psihicki umor i sve ono sto se desava kod vise stopova.

    Tri puta TK iz SJJ je za druge potrebe , ili JU/EY iz BEG za AUH, ali uz LH oni ce iz ZAG i SJJ dobiti ozbiljnu konkurenciju prema nekim destinacijama.


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  11. Air Serbia continues to revise planned operations on Belgrade – Beirut service. From 01JUL14 to 25OCT14, the airline is operating 4 weekly flights, instead of daily, as 3 of 7 weekly service remains closed for reservation. Airbus A319 aircraft operates this route.

    JU826 BEG2340 – 0315+1BEY 319 x126
    JU827 BEY0400 – 0550BEG 319 x237

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    1. Wrong. Air Serbia operates five weekly from July on 1-3-567.

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    2. Why Kroacija isn't flying to Beirut? I'm sure they would make it better

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    3. Rumor is that Air Serbia LF to/from Beirut is less than misery i.e. 37%.
      Max. so far 44.7%

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    4. False information, flights to Beirut is about 69-75% LF

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    5. You confused it with Virgin's LF of 37%, see the link:

      http://www.ttgdigital.com/news/air-travel/virgin-atlantic-defends-performance-of-little-red/4691689.article

      If I think as certain Airline Consultant, solution would be for Virgin to stop flying to LHR and instead feed LH at FRA and MUC, right?

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    6. Last few flights to Beirut departed with 110+ passengers. The problem is the flight back where there are less passengers, about 65% on average.

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  12. FlyDubai from Zagreb to Dubai daily with stop in Belgrade would be perfect !!!
    : )

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  13. Flydubai timetable for Ex Yu:

    1......... DXB - BanjaLuka -DXB
    .2........DXB - Tuzla-DXB
    ..3.......DXB - Maribor -DXB
    ...4......DXB - Ohrid- DXB
    ....5....DXB - Split -DXB
    .....6....DXB - Rijeka -DXB
    ........7 DXB - Pula - DXB

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    1. Banja Luka, Tuzla, Maribor, Ohrid, Rijeka, Pula to Dubai? hahahahaha... one of the best jokes this year!

      You do know that that those flaydubai flights would make 50% of all passengers in those airports? Exempt in Maribor there will be almost 100% of all passengers. And to make Maribor before Ljubljana? You don't have a basic knowledge of air traffic.

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    2. ^He forgot to add Trebinje airport ...

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    3. And Nis, and that new serbian one without flights.

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  14. Pretty good editing work today, I am impressed with the cleanup! Thanks!

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  15. Today two planes from Zagreb to Brazil for Croatian football fans

    Air Tahiti Nut, Airbus A340-300, 296 seats (32 business, 264 economy)
    Royaljet Boeing 737-700NG, 52 seats (22 VIP first class, 30 economy class)

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    1. We know everything about the first one but nothing about RoyalJet. Who is that for? Must be polititians, or HNS vrh. Royal treatment none the less.

      http://www.royaljetgroup.com/en/section/our-fleet/vip-chartering/boeing-business-jet-bbj

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    2. Premijer Milanovic i njegova svita su leteli RoyalJet-om...idu na otvaranje

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    3. Are there any pics available? Thanks!

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    4. Yes, there are lot of pictures in Croatian aviation forum.

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    5. It is not prime minister plane but for sponsor of Croatian football association paid by sponsor.

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  16. Zasto na sajtu emirates.com nemoze sa FZ da se rezervise let BEG-DXB-SYD-DXB-BEG:
    Nego moze samo BEG-FRA-DXB-SYD-DXB-FRA-BEG ili preko Düsseldorfa.Moze samo da se leti sa QF,EK ili sa JU a sa FZ nemoze :) bas glupo mora se presedati 2 puta.

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