Friday, July 18, 2014

Flydubai schedules Zagreb and Sarajevo launch

Flydubai to Bosnia and Croatia from December

Flydubai will inaugurate flights to Sarajevo and Zagreb on December 8 and December 16 respectively. The low cost airline will operate two weekly flights from Dubai to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital while services to Zagreb will run three times per week. Commenting on the launch, Flydubai’s CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith, said: “We remain focused on opening up underserved markets and strengthening air links from Dubai’s aviation hub to the region. The new flights to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia represent new opportunities for travel, trade and tourism for passengers in both countries and the United Arab Emirates”. Flydubai will become the first carrier to operate direct flights from Dubai to Sarajevo and Zagreb.

These two new routes bring the number of destinations the low cost airline serves in Central and East Europe (CEE) and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to 26. The airline will then serve a total of 75 destinations within a five and a half hour flying radius of Dubai. Economy class return fares from Dubai to Sarajevo and Zagreb start from 420 euros with twenty kilograms of checked-in luggage free of charge. Furthermore, Flydubai will offer its business class service on both of these new routes with return fares starting at 1.570 euros and forty kilograms of checked-in luggage free of charge. All prices include taxes. Tickets are already on sale through the airline’s website.


Flydubai’s new flights to Bosnia and Croatia will give travellers an opportunity to transit via Dubai and connect to Emirates’ network to the Far East, South East Asia and Australia. On its Zagreb service, the low cost airline will compete indirectly against Qatar Airways, which will launch three weekly nonstop flights from Doha to Zagreb from October 1. The addition of Sarajevo and Zagreb to its network will see Flydubai serve a total of four cities in the former Yugoslavia this winter, complementing its existing flights to Belgrade and Skopje. The service to Belgrade will operate three times per week this winter while flights to Skopje will run twice per week. Details on the new Sarajevo and Zagreb flights can be found by clicking the provided links.

48 comments:

  1. Once again Croatia Airlines missing out on a route that is going to be a good one.All passengers travelling from Australia will be flying via Dubai not anymore via Frankfurt .Just can say and see that Croatia Airlines has no business plan thank you Mr.Kucko the so called Ceo of Croatia Airlines

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    1. via Frankfurt lol. what a troll

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    2. And AGAIN Kucko failed
      How long will this going on??

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    3. Croatia Airlines Fail

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    4. Most Australian visitors come via London not Frankfurt, same goes with all far eastern travelers, Korean air has direct links to Zagreb and JAL, but majority of visitors to Croatia come via London and Paris, not Dubai. So OU has a sound strategy in increasing its flights to these two cities.

      Frankfurt is important for other connections but London and Paris are more important for its links to other non EU destinations.

      Even with Dubai being directly connected not much will change, most Aussies come via Doha or Singapore if they wish to go directly to Zagreb. Dubai tries to barge in, but convenience for Australian visitors is more important than few dollars. Singapore has long been used by Aussies to get to Europe and there's little that will change that, sure Dubai has some Aussie travelers but not significant to change current status quo. Doha on the other hand is more convenient to Aussies cause its closer to Europe.

      Doha is becoming more important as its base for many western operations in the region, including major US and UK military bases.

      Long term Doha is far more exciting than Dubai, dubai is a concrete jungle wanna be tourist destination with two thirds of its properties empty and other third barely utilized.






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    5. AnonymousJuly 19, 2014 at 1:03 AM,

      Aren't you the person who predicted that BEG will have 3,8 million in 2014?

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    6. Buddy, Doha is light years behind Dubai and I doubt they will manage to come close to it in the next 50 years.
      The only reason Qatar sends their A321 to Zagreb is because of limited competition at the airport. Let's be realistic, before flydubai, there were two real airlines offering flights to Asia, Turkish Airlines and Qatar (and Aeroflot to a much lesser extent).

      The great thing for Zagreb is that flydubai (regardless of their relationship to Emirates) will open a whole new market thanks to their low-cost policy; low-cost is not to be confused with low-fare.
      Even from Belgrade, one can find €400 tickets to places like India and the Arabian peninsula.

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    7. "...Doha is far more exciting than Dubai..."
      Lol...Have you ever been to the Middle East?
      Transiting at the airport doesn't count :)

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    8. To start, compare SQ frequencies to EK. There are 12 daily flights to Australia from DXB only with EK (3 x SYD, 3 x MEL, 3 x PER, 2 x BNE, 1 x ADL) with a further 2 by QF (1 x SYD, 1 x MEL). Out of this, 3 x daily to SYD is A380, as well as 2 x daily to MEL, and 1 x daily to BNE with the A380, with the other flights operating on the B77W. EK connects alot to Europe from Australia.

      As for Doha being more interesting than Dubai, I guess you havnt been to either. Dubai is far from a concrete jungle. As or property not being used, there is not enough hotels to cater tourist demand, with another 100 5 star hotels alone to be built in the near future. You can find some interesting projects online which are being built or scheduled to be built.

      Transiting is enough to see the huge difference between Doha and Dubai.

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    9. When i said more exciting, I mean not glutinous and with strong western infrastructure in place, with major western military bases there and infrastructure being built to accommodate future growth.

      Dubai is more of a concrete jungle, and no Dubai had 10 million tourist but most only passed through the city staying there only few days. A majority of properties, offices and hotel remain empty shells or underutilized in many cases less than 20% occupancy rate.

      Many people have lost their money investing in to that shithole and can't get it back cause nobody is mad enough to buy a property there anymore. Place lives of its name which isn't that great, not that much of the middle east is any great to start with.

      I am less impressed with FlyDubai than Qatar, so perhaps i am defensive of Qatar airways in a way cause I'd hate to see flyDubai coming to Croatia or emirates for that matter, but if they must I'd rahter use Singapore and Doha to connect to Australia.

      That being said most Aussie visitors to Croatia come via London. Some come via Frankfurt and Paris, but majority come via London. Perhaps once the Doha terminal is finished and fully operational and Qatar starts flying to Australia with more frequency than Aussies might have the alternative in form of Qatar to get to Croatia, but as with most Aussies who visit Croatia, they're visiting several EU countries not only Croatia, Croatia begin one of the last destination where they spend up to 3 days, so London will remain main hub for Aussies visiting Croatia. Ex-pat community in Ozz is significant and might warrant several weekly flights on top of current 7, but I really don't see it as a detrimental factor.

      Detrimental factor for Zagreb is London and good connection with London, to a lesser extent Paris and Frankfurt too, Amsterdam as well. These 4 airports will play a crucial role in Zagreb's future growth as an regional airport.

      And this is why i said Dubai isn't important for Croatia as much London is.




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    10. When i said more exciting, I mean not glutinous and with strong western infrastructure in place, with major western military bases there and infrastructure being built to accommodate future growth.

      Dubai is more of a concrete jungle, and no Dubai had 10 million tourist but most only passed through the city staying there only few days. A majority of properties, offices and hotel remain empty shells or underutilized in many cases less than 20% occupancy rate.

      Many people have lost their money investing in to that shithole and can't get it back cause nobody is mad enough to buy a property there anymore. Place lives of its name which isn't that great, not that much of the middle east is any great to start with.

      I am less impressed with FlyDubai than Qatar, so perhaps i am defensive of Qatar airways in a way cause I'd hate to see flyDubai coming to Croatia or emirates for that matter, but if they must I'd rahter use Singapore and Doha to connect to Australia.

      That being said most Aussie visitors to Croatia come via London. Some come via Frankfurt and Paris, but majority come via London. Perhaps once the Doha terminal is finished and fully operational and Qatar starts flying to Australia with more frequency than Aussies might have the alternative in form of Qatar to get to Croatia, but as with most Aussies who visit Croatia, they're visiting several EU countries not only Croatia, Croatia begin one of the last destination where they spend up to 3 days, so London will remain main hub for Aussies visiting Croatia. Ex-pat community in Ozz is significant and might warrant several weekly flights on top of current 7, but I really don't see it as a detrimental factor.

      Detrimental factor for Zagreb is London and good connection with London, to a lesser extent Paris and Frankfurt too, Amsterdam as well. These 4 airports will play a crucial role in Zagreb's future growth as an regional airport.

      And this is why i said Dubai isn't important for Croatia as much London is.

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    11. Dubai whatever you want to say is far more 'civilised' in comparison to Qatar. The amounts of tourists, the business flows, the image in general. Qatar as with Qatar Airways are known for a serious lack of basic human rights. QR crew are lucky to escape upon arrival at outstations, and many have done so, but unfortunately on a very frequent basis, labor workers are sent home in coffins. Qatar may have western military baces but has cave man mentality. To defend QR in anyway is disappointing to say the least. If only you were slightly aware of what each euro your ticket was funding and supporting...

      As for the future of ZAG, it all depends on the state of OU. With Kucko as the CEO the airline doesnt have a bright future it should have. Many mistakes and many missed opportunities. OU should of been the one operating to DXB years ago but didnt, a huge lost opportunity imo. I believe the opposite, and believe that DXB had alot to offer OU. Its not about the diaspora but the Croats in Croatia too. They travel as well, and India seems as an interesting destination for vaccation for example, flying between VCE and DXB you will see many Croats. I think FZ will do well in ZAG and wish them success.

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    12. @JATBEGMELJuly 19, 2014 at 11:47 PM

      Look, I am not defending Qatar, i am just saying I'd rather have links via Doha, instead of Dubai, to me all of the middle east is a massive cesspool and highly recommend avoiding that part of the world at all cost.

      Everything you've said for Qatar is valid for all middle east countries i mean Gulf countries.

      As to OU, look OU is just one among many airlines that fly to Zagreb, why should Zagreb base its future on performance of an airline, be it national carrier.
      I simply don't understand mentality that is still set in 80s, we're in 21st century , national carriers are thing of the past, we need more carriers operating out of one base to get the best deal, by sticking to one carrier you only invite poor service, high prices, corruption and ineptitude.

      As to OU missing on Dubai, I think we can all sleep, I am even happy OU didn't start Dubai flights or contemplated one, Istanbul is a massive hub only 2 hours flight from Zagreb, best place to connect to Australia and other destinations, Turkish has now double daily flights to Zagreb this and than you have 7 weekly flights to Doha,I think this is relatively good coverage for a small airport such as Zagreb,.


      Airport Sizes

      very small regional - .01 - 1 million
      Small regional/national - 1 - 5 million
      Medium regional/national - 5 - 10 million
      Large national 10 - 20 million
      Small Hub national/international - 20 million +
      Major Hub/international- 50+ million







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    13. Last Anonymous, if one thing is clear - you've got no brains. You haven't travelled to any single place, yet you open your mouth polluting this blog with improper spelling and horrible grammatical mistakes spilling your 'knowledge' about places you've never seen in your life other than from your bedrom. At the same time you're a racist and you proved it many times. "Not much great things about the Middle East" (craddle of civilization, heard about it?), well, as a person who visited both i would say the same about Croatia. Now let's talk about concrete things.

      You said: "Australia is poorly connected to Europe via Dubai"
      The truth: Dubai is probably the city best connected on Earth to Australia with 12 daily flights, most of them A380, Emirates being in the closest possible deal with Australia's national airline, Qantas, who stopped flying to a number of destinations in Europe, funneling pax through Dubai instead

      You said: "most Aussies come via Doha or Singapore if they wish to go directly to Zagreb. Dubai tries to barge in, but convenience for Australian visitors is more important than few dollars."
      The truth: There is not a single airline operating flights between Zagreb and Singapore that i know of, neither will in the near future, so that's another nonsense more for you. Secondly, how can it be more convenient (and cheaper) to fly to Zagreb while incurring two or more stops (via SIN), than with a single stop via DBX??! Your 'reasoning' is beyond me while your self-contraditions are astonishing.

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    14. You said: "Doha is better for connections to Europe because it's closer than Dubai"
      The truth: LMAO - Dude, have you ever looked at the map? Are you confusing Dubai with Durban or some other place in Africa? Cause judging but your comments that seems to be the case. Besides, how would closeness to Europe matter if you're on a connecting flight from another contintnet that's at the same distance from both airports??
      http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=syd-doh-zag%0D%0Asyd-dxb-zag&MS=wls&DU=mi

      As for the convenience of flying via SIN - LOL again (just not to confuse you, LOL is not an airport, it's my reaction to your 'smartness'). If flying via SIN looks 'more convenient' in your brain than i can only guess how other things look in-there.

      You said: "Doha has more Western infrastructure"
      - What 'Western infrastrcture' means to start with? Dubai's got a metro (a nice one) and has got a much more developped infrastracture than Doha while until recently QR was operating from an airport barely larger than BEG. Another indication that you've got no idea of the reality of both places neither seen them in live.

      You said: Doha is more 'glutinous'
      The truth: That means what and how it applied to a city?! You seem to have no idea of the meaning of that word, shame on you.

      You said: "and no Dubai had 10 million tourist but most only passed through the city staying there only few days."
      The truth (quoting you): "but as with most Aussies who visit Croatia, they're visiting several EU countries not only Croatia, Croatia begin one of the last destination where they spend up to 3 days"
      So what makes Croatia better than Dubai, if people spend the same time visiting a city in the desert and a whole country, including its capital?

      You said: Belgrade is gonna have 3.65 million this year and same growth as Zagreb
      The truth is: LOL - any more predictions from you? :D

      - You want to appear as a smart and immaculate person but sorry
      The truth: You're a bigoted idiot.

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    15. Last but not least, to crown your absurdity, your wanna be expert-like categorization of airports. The number of passengers is much less relevant to determine the importance and category of an airport than the number and diversity of destinations. Catania has more passengers than Beirut, yet one is a world-class airport, the other just a regional one. What matters is WHO flies and WHERE, not how many.

      "to me all of the middle east is a massive cesspool and highly recommend avoiding that part of the world at all cost."

      Have you ever been in love with a Muslim girl and she rejected you (or with any girl at all)? Doesn't seem to be the case.

      Judging by your comments and your narrow-mindness, it's the whole real world you've been avoiding outside your room and not just the Middle-East. So better stay there and don't come out even on this blog, all you risk is more frustrations and embarassment as was the case now.

      The only cesspoll in-here seems to be in your mind or what's left of it anyway.

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    16. @AnonymousJuly 20, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      U're a horrible little cunt that goes around trolling and making things up, you clearly don't know who you're talking to so you just make things as you go, Where and when did I say Belgrade is going to have same growth as Zagreb or 3.65 million what ever.

      U're just a little fascist neo nazi kid sitting behind computer screen screaming at anyone that says anything bad about Serbia or JAT.

      Accusing anyone who says anything bad about Dubai or Ethiad of racism. U're one ignorant stupid individual who twists, lies and make things up as he goes. U are one evil vile individual who deserves contempt and hatred.

      I can only hope you get a nasty cancer on your face so when you wake up each morning you are reminded of your stupidity.

      U're one of stupid hateful individual, and you read my posts you'll see everything you've said is twisted lie.

      Read on u vile evil little cunt.

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  2. I heard that the Croatian Civil Aviation Authority refused to grant Air Serbia and Etihad a code-share agreement between Belgrade and the three Croatian destinations.
    Why would they do that? It's so stupid.

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    1. They already have code-share on flights to DBV, SPU and PUY.

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    2. Quick search finds:

      SPU: EY6012
      DBV: EY6008

      No codeshare for PUY.

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  3. 420€ the cheapest? TK and even Qatar are offering prices in that range (410-430€) on ZAG-DXB! (at least for Sept.flights)

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    1. FZ have horrible fares to BEG, they are very expensive compared to TK and OS. Now that EY and JU operate double daily flight between AUH and BEG, FZ have had numbers significantly reduce. Last I checked on the loads back in febuary, they didnt even have 50% CLF.

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  4. TK requires connected flight in Istanbul so it is not too competitive. Qatar is a different issue.

    But then again, what matters is how much the prices of connected flights to Far East and Australia would be. Only a fraction of passengers would be O&D.

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    1. youre right, i only wanted to say that the term "low cost" in relation to FlyDubai is somewhat misleading (especially with their Balkan-DXB fares)

      I dont know how cheap/expensive is to operate a narrow body on DXB-ZAG,only for comperison Emirates is charging 430€ for Germany-DXB with A380

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  5. Inhteresting facts: DXB-BEG is currently the longest route served by FZ, its 3.819 km and takes over 5h. With this introduction of new services Zagreb will claim this title. It is clear that Emirates, a company which created FZ to feed them isnt eager to start flying to either BEG or ZAG, since theyre now possessions in realms of Etihad Airways and Star Alliance, respectively. Also glad to hear they wont be discontinuing SKP.
    As for a number of Croatian diaspora combined with lack of one-stop opportunities between Croatia and Australia i wonder that Qatar did not send widebodies to Zagreb, or that Singapore Airlines (being a Star Alliance member) did not start flights to Zagreb, at least seasonal.

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    1. Yes, yes - "Also glad to hear they wont be discontinuing SKP"
      if they wont to cancel SKP - why stay also in winter 2014/15 ?? If stay in winter they obligatory gonna stay also in summer 2015.... Tnx

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    2. want is different then wont. glupaku! #facepalm

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    3. Ti go ne razbiras angliski dobro.

      Want and won't is different.

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    4. @Miroslav MilosevicJuly 18, 2014 at 10:27 AM

      Of 150 000 Kiwi and Aussie visitors to Croatia in 2013, some 80% came via London. London is far more important to Croatia than Frankfurt when it comes to Asian visitors, and you have like 60 weekly flights to Croatia from London each summer with 25 weekly flights in rest of the year.

      Qatar is also sending A321 on a weekly basis during summers. Singapore no direct flights cause of Lufthansa, but there's a good chance Korean will introduce twice weekly service to Zagreb year round from 2015.

      Croatia is rapidly becoming very popular destination for Koreans, Japanese and now Chinese, so direct links between Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul year round is possible by 2017.



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    5. AnonymousJuly 19, 2014 at 1:54 AM
      Hey aren't you also the guy who posted that BEG will have 3,8 million in 2014?

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  6. Air Serbia avoiding Ukraine (JU651).

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  7. A6-SAB is on its way back to Belgrade now... will it be YU-APJ?

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    1. this is the worst aircraft in the fleet; it was better to get it returned to the lesor...OBICAN KRS OD AVIONA!

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  8. i'm not so sure that this new ZAG service will be much good for Croatian diaspora in Australia ... the FlyDubai service goes to a different airport in Dubai to the one in which flights from Australia fly into ....it is not so seemless ...

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    1. That's not true. Emirates flights to Australia depart from Dubai International (DXB) same as Fly Dubai flights to/from Zagreb.

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    2. Some FZ operations are transfered to DWC during the runway closures in DXB. As this is almost complete, FZ will be returning all operations back to DXB.

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  9. I noticed that Air Serbia has two flights to Prague today... seems like they moved ahead their 8th weekly frequency! Great news.

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    1. Yes, 2 Air Serbia flights and 1 Czech Airlines (OK9037) cargo flight ATR72 adapted for cargo.

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    2. Actually, the CSA cargo flight is operated by Farnair Europe.

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  10. Admin if tommorows article is about ASL second daily flight to Prague you should definitely kill yourself and end this pathetic career of yours

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    1. calm down. Just calm the fuck down-

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    2. And yet, you visit and comment this pathetic blog. This means you should have killed yourself already.

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    3. @ Darko Marjanovic, the additional Prague frequency was reported exclusively over a month ago. As for the rest of your comment and your other insults, I won't stoop down to that level.

      http://exyuaviation.blogspot.com/2014/06/exclusive-air-serbia-launching-tirana.html

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    4. Exactly what I was talking about... You can't even have a conversation with a "reader" without deleting ones comments

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    5. I am not going to have a coversation with a person who wrote I should kill myself and writes vile insults on a daily basis.

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    6. If you further need to vent your frustrations you can write to exyuaviation@mail.com. False and bogus claims behind anonymous nicknames mixed with insults and foul language is not allowed Darko. Your comments will continue to be deleted as you have overstepped the mark of decency so many times.

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    7. Oh wait Darko Marjanovic is that Lady Gaga fan who use to run a fake Air Serbia facebook page which he use to present as the "official" facebook page until they shut him down. Ko o cemu kurva o postenju.

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