|Rijeka Airport anticipates passenger boom|
New Croatian start-up, Limitless Airways, launched operations last Saturday from its base in Rijeka with plans to further expand its fleet and destination network in the coming months. It is owned and operated by the well-established Swedish tour operator Scandjet. Unlike recent airline start-ups in the country, Limitless Airways is registered in Croatia and has its own Air Operators Certificate (AOC). This summer, Limitless will operate charter flights from Rijeka to several cities in Sweden, Denmark and Finland, with a Croatian-registered Airbus A320 operated by local crew. The airline will maintain services during the winter months as well, with flights to Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco. As a result, Rijeka Airport would be open throughout the year, with commercial services during the off-season as well. “The launch of this new airline with its base in Rijeka will help us achieve our goal of handling at least 180.000 passengers during the year”, Rijeka Airport’s Managing Director, Tomislav Palalić, says.
Limitless Airways is expected to handle some 25.000 passengers during the summer and will lease another A320 during the peak season. “To satisfy the market demand, Scandjet has been using services of more than thirty different airline companies and a variety of supporting service providers. As demand continues to grow, Scandjet decided to invest in its own airline - Limitless Airways”, the company says. It adds, “On May 23, Limitless Airways officially started with its operations. In cooperation with Scandjet Travel, our first travellers were from Sweden and Finland, returning to their homes from holiday. After that, we flew new tourists back to Croatia, from Gothenburg and Kokkola. Many more visits between Finland, Sweden and Croatia are yet to come”. Limitless Airways operates its A320 in an all-economy class layout with its cabin featuring the slim Air France shorthaul seats.
During last winter, Rijeka Airport undertook the biggest overhaul of its passenger terminal since opening its doors in 1970 in anticipation of strong passenger growth. Furthermore, the airport will build a hangar in cooperation with Limitless Airways so maintenance work on its aircraft can be carried out at the airline’s home base. In 2014, Rijeka Airport handled just over 140.000 passengers. A number of airlines maintain services to the city, however, all flights are operated on a seasonal summer basis. In addition to Limitless’ new flights, Croatia Airlines launched new seasonal services from the coastal city to Munich on March 29, complementing its existing summer flights from Rijeka to London Heathrow.