|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.