Saturday, June 21, 2014

Zagreb Airport breaks million passenger mark

Zagreb puts in strong June performance

Zagreb Airport handled its millionth passenger of the year yesterday, six days ahead of 2013. The millionth traveller, Viktor Petrovski, arrived on a Croatia Airlines flight from Skopje where he was greeted by the CEO of Zagreb Airport, Bruno Mazurkiewicz, and awarded a gift voucher. Mr. Mazurkiewicz said, “I am delighted to have welcomed the millionth passenger at Zagreb Airport and for it to have happened six days ahead of last year. It is a result of our combined efforts, which after growth of 5.9% in May is continuing in June as well. During the first fifteen days of June we have recorded growth of 8.6% compared to the same period last year and we expect an excellent summer season ahead”. Zagreb Airport’s management hopes to achieve 8% growth this year. Following a slow start to 2014, the airport has seen its numbers pick up.

Fuelling the growth are primarily foreign carriers. In January, Turkish Airlines launched a second daily flight from Istanbul to the Croatian capital while KLM Cityhopper inaugurated daily services from Amsterdam to Zagreb last month. In addition, low cost airline Vueling will operate seasonal summer flights from Rome to Croatia’s busiest airport from June 29 until September 14, twice per week. Starting in October, Qatar Airways will launch three weekly nonstop flights from Doha, while the other four weekly flights will continue to operate via Budapest. Meanwhile, Korean Air has completed its first round of charter flights from Seoul with its Boeing 747-400 jet, operating a total of six rotations. The Korean national carrier will run a further four rotations in September with its Boeing 777-200.


On the other hand, easyJet has announced its plans to terminate service to Zagreb at the end of the 2014 summer season while Etihad Regional also cancelled its plans to operate flights from Rome to Zagreb. However, Flydubai intends on running three weekly services to the Croatian capital starting this winter. New low cost start-up Dalmatian is expected to launch flights at the end of the month, with operations to begin on June 30. The airline plans to operate services from Zagreb to eleven destinations. Flight details for all of the new flights can now be found on the right hand side in the new route launches section.

43 comments:

  1. Happy for both ZAG and BEG. Higher pax ---> higher employment ---> less free time ---> leisure time spent more fruitfully ---> less trolls on these forums

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  2. Btw, does anyone know what happend to Vueling's inaugural flight BCN - BEG?

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    1. took off at 4:20

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    2. The only thing that I know is that the plane turned back. Here is it on FlightRadar:

      http://www.dodaj.rs/f/2S/RR/1wARd5hD/untitled.png

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    3. They seem to have sent a replacement plane. The original one was ECLVB and the replacement ECLSA

      Doesn't seem to be too serious as ECLVB was already in the skies as of this morning.

      However, not a nice start for Vueling.

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    4. Nice news indeed, Zagreb is on 8% target goal for 2014. important to add, Zagreb tourist figures are also skyrocketing, yoy 17.4% more tourist and 15% more nights spent in first 5 months.

      Last year Zagreb had 875 000 visitors, this year 1 million visitors is expected. Zagreb is on target to hit 2.0 million visitors, of which 250 000 are domestic and 1.75 million foreign, with 3.5 million nights.

      Hopefully tourism is one aspect Zagreb airport can benefit from in a longer term ,like Prague, Vienna and Budapest airports do where some 30-50% of all travelers are tourists visiting the city.

      Currently only 10-12% travelers passing through Zagreb airport are tourists.

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    5. Great results for Zagreb Airport! They could be better if Croatia Airlines had good management, new routes...

      P.S. How come Swiss doesn't fly to Zagreb? Croatia Airlines flights to Zurich usually have good LF!

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    6. Swiss has occasional charter flights to Zagreb, but they don't really fly to Croatia for some reason, perhaps somerthing to do with Lufthansa, no idea. I know they've tried to get slots at Zagreb and Split airports but so far no flights. in Before Swissair went bust they had 15 weekly flights to Zagreb alone.

      It is quite likely they'll return either this or in 2015, they can't stay out for much longer, and since Croatian passport holders can move and work in Switzerland without any difficulties I'm sure numbers can go up. some 120 000 Swiss holiday in Croatia each year, this number excludes ex-pats with Swiss passports .

      Zurich is also very popular destination with twice daily service by OU, with high load factor and very profitable route. Swiss should come in 2015 at the latest.



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  3. OT: flight to SKG by JU was delayed 4 hours!!!! I mean, this is really not fair.. Instead 00:20 today, it took off 04:28h. Whats wrong with air serbia???!!!! If I was todays traveller to skg, i would complain very much.. to spend thos whole night on the airport? thats unbelievable... Pliz exyu, if its possible to find out what was wrong with todays early morning flight to skg. Thx

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    1. AnonymousJune 21, 2014 at 10:04 AM,

      Sir/Madam, I am not trying to be rude, but I am genuinely interested. What kind of emotions do you feel when thinking about Air Serbia?

      I just can't understand why so many people are so fascinated by every single thing that Air Serbia does, to the point where they inquire about the delay for a specific flight. Why is Air Serbia getting such great attention? Why does nobody check the on-time performance of any other airline?

      How has it gotten to the point where someone who is not a passenger on a specific flight, feels the urge to post about the existence of a delay and also beg the admin for information on the delay. I just don't get it. Why does Air Serbia get so much attention.

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    2. Because as many air serbia fans stated, this is mostly a serbian blog according to the people that visit it daily. Everything about as is a news,but when is negative you protest,when positive and trifle, you can post dozens of posts about it.

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    3. The scheduled Atr-72 had a technical problem and it couldn't fly.

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    4. According to the flag counter, Slovenians are on the 2nd place and we barely post anything about our national carrier. So it is not the problem of serb majority but in different mentality and dealing with its own problems.

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    5. Because there really isn't much to post.

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  4. juce sam leteo sa air serbia 737-300 iz beograda za split. mogu vam reci da je avion bio 80%pun samo par prazni mesta je bilo. dosta transitni putnika je isto bilo.

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    1. Aha... ukpno je bilo 130 putnika! Dubrovnik je imao jako solidnu popunjenost, oko 82% u oba smera.

      Ono sto je najzanimljivije je to da Croatia Airlines je imala 7 putnika koji su presedali na njen let preko Beograda. :)) Koliko se secam 4 je doslo iz Pariza a drugih tri se ne secam. Bilo bi lepo kada bi JU i OU saradjivali.

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    2. So cool. I would like to know how it was possible to buy a ticket Paris-Beg (JU) and Beg-Spu (OU) if JU and OU don't have any kind of agreement? Are those tickets bought via some agency like Tipsta, Tripair or something like that? Thanks.

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    3. I guess they were bought via one of those internet sites like expedia and so on.

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    4. no you simply buy them separately, although you will buy ticket as one (thorough mentioned websites), if the airlines do not have an agreement your flights will be treated as separate. so once you arrive in BEG you will collect your luggage and check in with OU for your flight to SPU for example. I have done a similar thing with flights from LCY-ZRH operated by LX and ZRH-BNX operated by JA.

      For example if JA had and agreement with LX their load would be much better to BNX and SJJ. The same with JU and OU, or JU and JA on more flights not just BEG - SJJ, etc.....

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    5. Well, when it comes to JU-JA relationship, it helps because JU has its code on JA's flight.
      I heard from a friend who works at SJJ that the loads have considerably improved and that a lot of flights have a loadfactor of more than 70%. If true this is amazing given the fact the route started with 1 to 3 passengers. lol

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    6. Thanks guys. It is really nice to see healthy loads on flights from Beg to Croatia. Last few days from Dubrovnik to Beg LF was from 75 to 88%.

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    7. Wed 18.6. DBV-BEG
      39 of 66 seats = 59% lf

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    8. Well not every flight can be packed, the most important thing is that on average the loadfactor is very high!

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    9. yea well it was wednsday. Weekend flights are more loaded plus yields are better because they increased prices for friday, saturday and sunday...

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    10. Average load factor is not near to call it high!!!!

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    11. It actually is, epecially to SPU.

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  5. A6 SAA se vratio u Beograd,sada je prekrsten u YU API.
    Leteo je juce za Moskvu i ovog momnta leti za London.

    :)

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  6. Belgrade airport will break two million passenger mark on June,30th.

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  7. Good news .These numbers are not thanks to Croatia Airlines.

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    1. Croatia Airlines Fail

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    2. Nope, all of the growth is due to foreign carriers increasing their presence, OU still operates at reduced schedule and will continue to do so until March 31st 2015..

      So with OU's return to normal operations in 2015 and number of new carriers arriving to Zagreb, growth numbers should be impressive, at least 12% for 2015, easily.

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    3. Unfortunately, additional capacity doesn't equal additional pax, so I'm less optimistic than you, even though it would be great if it came true. I also don't think OU will rebound as easily as everyone expects.

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  8. Zagrebu i Beogradu hvale preko Okeanski letovi.
    Jel nekad A380 sletao na ANT.
    INN

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    1. Za ANT (St. Anton airport u Austiji) nisam siguran, ali na BEG (Nikola Tesla airport) nije nikada.

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    2. Smesni ste sledeci Aerodrom je u Friedrichshafenu a na Arlbergu ne postoji Aerodrom.
      INN

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    3. Hohenems and also St. Gallen airports are closer.... I guess, ANT is the "airport code" for St. Anton Railway Station, wouldnt be the first one of such kind....

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  9. LalosJune 21, 2014 at 3:05 PM
    Не прави се паметан, знаш одлично да је мислио на Аеродром Никола Тесла.

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    1. ..koji ima oznaku BEG, pobogu.

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    2. Ja znam sve oznake za ANT i BEG i LYBE.
      INN

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    3. @INN, Beogradski aerodrom ima dve oznake, IATA: BEG , ICAO: LYBE

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  10. Etihad regional ce leteti banjaluka beograd ima li ikakve sanse za zrh ini ili gva ini makar u zimskoj sezoni

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    1. Nikakve. Nula. Zero.

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