Thursday, May 28, 2015

Croatia’s Limitless Airways launches operations

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.

47 comments:

  1. Excellent, a new airline in the region...!!!!

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  2. Great that they have local AOC. Seems much more serious than the recent ones we had. Good luck :)

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  3. Good luck, why don't they have their livery on the plane?

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  4. Poor Zadar. Originally they were supposed to be based there. Rijeka probably offered a better deal.

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    1. Was it not more to do with Scandjet moving away from the Zadar area as the local population were not interested in opening tourist attractions, restaurants etc...for tourists out of the 8 week "season." People in Croatia really need a reality check as airlines like Ryanair, Norwegian and Germanwings have invested in flying April to October and people will simply not return in future years.

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  5. Anyone have the registration of the plane? Thanks

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    1. 9A-SLA. It's visible in the last photo. 17 years old, formerly operated by China Eastern Airlines.

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  6. Summer season for all Croatian coastal airports will be tremendous. Look at Split : easyJet 19 routes, SAS 9 routes, Norwegian 8 routes, Germanwings 7 routes, Vueling 6 routes. And Croatia Airlines 25 regular routes plus many charters. How awesome and enviable. What a revenue coming from tourism for the country. Sincere congratulations on such a success.

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  7. Maby Limitless can open new routes to/from Eindhoven / Rotterdam / Brussels South Charleroi / Dusseldorf Weeze

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  8. Good luck. Let's hope they live to see another day.

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  9. It is more than obvious that there is a serious company behind this airline which makes me wonder how much longer before they expand further south down the coast.
    I hope OU msnages to preserve its own share of the charter market, now when they have even mord competition.

    What's truly great is that they will also have winter flights.

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    1. CTN planned fleet utilization for this summer is really extremely high, no spare block hours.

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  10. The A320 registered 9A-SLA is 17 years old. It was operated first as B-2362 for China Eastern Airlines until 2014.

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  11. It would be great if in Croatia we finally get a scheduled airline that could really compete against Croatia Airlines. Until then, this is not much because it is just charters where you buy tickets through a tour operator.

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  12. OT: "Treba nam novac iz evropskih fodova ... treba nam novac za izgradnju puteva i pruga. Ako ne možete opredeliti sredstva onda kažite, pa ćemo mi naći sredstva", rekao je srpski premijer"

    Da li se ovo odnosi i na Aerodrom Beograd? Ako EBRD ne da novac, pare dolaze iz izvora van Evrope?

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    1. Aerodrom sve trenutne radove i prosirenja finansira sam, bez kredita a za buduca prosirenja planira stratesko partnerstvo, dakle, odgovor je ne, ne odnosi se na aerodrom.

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    2. Kad ce to stratesko partnerstvo da se zvanicno objavi?

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    3. Trebalo bi uskoro.. da li koncesija ili partnerstvo jos se ne zna.

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  13. Navodno su letovi za Munchen ponekad popunjeni i 100%. Nadam se da ce CA pokusat ostaviti tu liniju tijekom cijele godine.

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  14. Konacno jedan usesan start , ali nebi bilo nista od toga kao i kod ostalih kompanija da ne stoji jaka firma iz nih.
    INN-NS

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    1. Pa dobro to je logicno. Retki su primeri uspesnih privatnih kompanija koje nisu imale veliki kapital iza sebe prilikom osnivanja.

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    2. Da ali ima nekoliko malih aviokompanija koje su pocele od skoro nista pa su uspele.
      INN-NS

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  15. Evo vam jedna lepa slika iz VIE od ATR-a ASL .
    http://imgur.com/oJjEb5o
    Slika iz 772.
    INN-NS

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    1. Pa slika nije ništa posebno. Nije baš najbolje slikati avione iz ovog ugla. :) Ali lep livery svakako

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  16. Well at least the website is well presented and worded unlike other Croatian start ups. So they have a decent PR and marketing team at least it will seem.

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  17. Well at least the website is well presented and worded unlike other Croatian start ups. So they have a decent PR and marketing team at least it will seem.

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  18. Ponovo se pise da TK nabavlja 2 A380.
    Ako se to desi sta mislite na kojim linijama ce biti oni.
    INN-NS

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    1. TK flies to so many destinations that its impossible to predict really. When I looked at the map to where TK flies I was stunned, some small secondary airports in a African country. I would not be suprised if eventually they start Nis or Osijek. That talk about getting the A380 has been going on forever and it was rumored they will get it from Malaysian Airlines who are not really utilizing them.

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    2. PMSL INI or OSI. People on here are on crack!!

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    3. you never know. nobody believed Wizz would start to INN and they will soon. If 4-5 years ago somebody said Tuzla will have Wizz base with 2 aircraft I would have said the same as you did

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    4. INI je NIS a INN je INNSBRUCK to ste pobrkali .
      Mogu jedino u Evropi da lete za Nemacku i nigde vise . Ja mislim da su potencijalni gradovi SIN i JFK .
      Sta misli neko strucni ovde.
      INN-NS

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    5. INI je Niš.

      Nauči kako se piše imena naših gradova. Kad već znaš sve IATA kodovi.

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  19. there have been cargo flights from BEG for the last 3 days with Egypt Air Cargo A300. One is also expected tomorrow. Anyone know what they are transporting? It would be nice if we had regular flights like those one for sure

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    1. I assume its weapons

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  20. Wish them all the best. Good luck :)

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  21. Hopefully Rijeka Airport can materialize from this somehow. I just worry that they have been given free handling/landing/advertising etc and now the airport is going to build them a hangar as well.

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  22. OT
    Today I traveled OTP-BEG on JU.
    Tragical LF some 35-36 in Y and none in J on A319
    YU-APE
    Loadfactor 25% in May, they should close the company. now,

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    1. Thank you for your suggestion. If your advice is accepted, Delta Airlines will close down:

      http://abc7.com/travel/new-york-man-finds-himself-alone-on-delta-airlines-flight/472787/

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    2. This with Delta happened following a sequence of events, look it mentions huge dellay etc. OTP flight was lagged only 20 minutes, which is common, Don't think it played any role.
      This was my third flight with JU this year so far and Ive never witnessed a load factor over 50 percent. I know its low season, but still...

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    3. I have a better suggestion: you and some other patients should seek some serious help in order to cure your obsessive loadfactor disorder.

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    4. http://imgur.com/a7N4ViJ
      A sta cemo sa ovim praznim 772,
      A LF OTP-BEG u opste nije toliko los kao sto ga vi prerdstavljate.
      INN-NS

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    5. The problem with ASL LF is that its unpredictable and it is common to have the outbound flight empty while the inbound is full and vice versa. This is because "waves" are not yet organized so sometimes there is only a few destination to connect from BEG. We discussed this many many times.

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    6. ooooo I flew the same flight today this 10Č26 claims to have flown too. THE PLANE WAS PACKED. Probably some 4-5 empty seats in Economy, there were also three Business class passengers. Now is the question WHO HERE IS LYING?

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  23. WTF

    http://www.flightradar24.com/CTN625/6605c0e

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  24. Congrats to Limitless Airlines! I wish them success.

    P.S. Sadly, we won't see anything similar in Serbia in near future.

    LYKV-LCY

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  25. Maybe because there is no demand nor the economics for another Serbian airline.

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