Thursday, June 4, 2015

Potential Seoul - Zagreb flights get approval

Croatia and South Korea sign Bilateral Air Service Agreement

Croatia and South Korea have signed a Bilateral Air Service Agreement, paving the way for potential scheduled flights between the two countries. The Korea Office of Civil Aviation initiated the Service Agreement late last year in order to regulate frequencies, designated airlines of the two signing countries, origin and intermediate points, traffic rights, type of aircraft and tax issues. The proposal is said to have come after Korean Air expressed interest in launching scheduled services to Zagreb. The airline has operated charter flights between Seoul and the Croatian capital for several years. Under the agreement, the designated carriers from each country will be able to operate up to seven weekly flights between the two states.

Following the signing of the Bilateral Air Service Agreement in Dubrovnik last Thursday, the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it hoped the agreement can help increase bilateral trade and investment and facilitate people-to-people exchanges between the two countries. The Croatian government said, “By concluding this agreement, the primary assumption is that regular nonstop flights between our two countries will be established”. In 2013, some 75.000 Koreans travelled to Croatia. This number tripled last year, adding up to some 240.000 Korean tourists. The Croatian Minister for Tourism, Darko Lorencin, has said that his country wants to set up scheduled flights to South Korea. “We are seeking to establish regular flights to Korea to cater to a surging number of Korean tourists visiting Croatia”. He added, “Korea is the most important market for us in Asia”.

Last month, Korean Air resumed seasonal summer charters between Seoul and Zagreb. A total of fifteen flights are planned until August 22. The number of services offered has been extended compared to last year, when a total of seven rotations were performed. Croatia has become hugely popular in Korea thanks to a reality show featuring Koreans in their 20s and 30s visiting Croatia’s hotspots. South Korean TV then produced another hit travel-reality show in which several well-known Korean actresses backpacked their way through the country. Korean Air operates flights to a range of European destinations including Prague, Frankfurt, Milan, Rome, Vienna, Paris, Moscow, Madrid and London. Furthermore, the SkyTeam alliance member also has a 44% stake in ČSA Czech Airlines through holding company Hanjin.

59 comments:

  1. Great news :) that B777 on the photo at Zagreb Airport looks nice

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    1. What plane is behind the B777? and who's is it?

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    2. Air China B747-400

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    3. Which year was that. I assume that was a presidental B747

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    4. charter iz Kine, evo i video kad je napravljena fotografija gdje se vida oba aviona

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjGupIyM7Gg

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCMfzUSAOb8

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    5. Nice thank you

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    6. Great news, go Zagreb!

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    7. Excellent move, hope to see more flights from Korean Air to Zagreb next year! Are there any Zagreb May figures published?

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  2. dakle, letovi neće biti više charter nego će biti redovni kroz cijelu godinu ili samo sezonski?

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    1. Apparently they are in negotiations with Zagreb Airport about starting scheduled flights year round.

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  3. Well done. It seems Zagreb Airport's management is really trying to attract as many new customers as possible. If Korean Air starts flights to Zagreb it would be very bad news for Qatar Airways.

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    1. Considering the number of destinations QR or TK sell to and from ZAG, and the fact that possible launch of direct ZAG ICN flights would additionally increase the demand to/from Korea - not necessarily a big hit. Plus, I don't really see KE flying daily, and 2 or 3 per week also offer limited capacity.
      However, excellent news for Croatia tourism if it happens!

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    2. Majority of QR passengers to/from ZAG are Japanese, not Korean

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  4. Would be cool if JU and KE sign a code-share between BEG and ICN via ZAG.

    However that will never happen because the Croatian CAD keeps on blocking JU applications for code-shares. Latest victim is A3 between BEG and ZAG. Idiots.

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    1. I don't understand why they are not approving them. Pure protectionism I guess.

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    2. Funny how Zadar is going to AUH while Zagreb is blocking Etihad codes to Croatia on JU.

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    3. Protectionism in Croatia, unlike protectionism in Serbia, seriously?!

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    4. I think it's more protectionism in Zagreb, than it is protectionism in Croatia.

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  5. Doslo je vreme da AS kupi barem deo CA.

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    1. Tesko da bi Alaska Airlines mogla da kupi deo Air Chine ;)

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    2. Jok, nego da Aeroflot kupi Alaska Airlines da se osvete za ono onomad!

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  6. When you consider that this was initiated from the Korean side, it would not be too far fetched to think we might have year long scheduled flights from next year.

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    1. The statements from both sides look promising to me

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    2. @Q400,

      Not next year, perhaps 2017, next year is too early I think.

      This year they'll have 12=16 seasonal operations to Zagreb, next year they might up that to 20-24 and than in 2017 twice weekly service is possible.

      Croatia has exited recession so things are looking promising, more money for travel and Croats do not need visa for japan and S Korea, so possible holiday destinations for many Croats, who never seen Japan or Korea. So full time service might prove great way of linking two countries.

      Unnamed Chinese airline and JAL are set to start charters to Zagreb next year as well, JAL is returning and Chinese airline in question could be Air China.


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  7. OT: Legendarni kapetan Stevan Popov nas je napustio...legenda JATa i odvratnih vremena 90-tih. Slava mu http://www.b92.net/info/vesti/index.php?yyyy=2015&mm=06&dd=04&nav_category=16&nav_id=1000451

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    1. Slava njemu i njegovu Kikasu!

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  8. Amazing how a tv show can impact on tourism and trends. Good luck, I hope these flights get launches next summer! :)

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  9. Dali je u opste za ovu godinu planiran 772 za ZAG ?
    I nije mi jasno zasto se HR strana ne zalaze da to bude OZ a ne KE barem bi i CTN imao neku vjdu.
    INN-NS

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    1. http://rs.n1info.com/a66351/Vesti/Sindikat-pilota-trazi-inspekcijski-nadzor-u-Er-Srbiji.html

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    2. http://www.exyuaviation.com/p/the-independent-union-of-serbian-pilots.html

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    3. Kakve veze imam ja sa tim ne odlucujem ja o tome, a sta da kaze moj prijatelj koji leti za OS na 772 i ima samo 24 sata retko kad 48 H odmora u JFK pa nazad za VIE.
      A za transport neka im daju za dzabe parking na LYBE .
      I radno vreme necu da komentarisem zato ko voli tj posao i neradi ga zbog para izdrzace , a ima i solucija kome se ne svidja neka trazi bolje.
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    4. Pravice oni JAT od blata, ahahaha...

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    5. Pa to kukaju samo bivsi radnici JATA nekuka nijedan koji je od pocetka u ASL primljen.
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    6. A sto je onda Sindikat pilota nezadovoljan i trazi inspekciju?! A zasto bi bivsi radnici kukali zbog bivse firme, pa oni su uzeli otpremnine i dobili penzije, niko ih nije terao, sami su izabrali (ne odnosi se na stjuardese)?

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    7. Bivsi radnici JATA koji su ostali u ASL oni kukau .
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    8. Pa vecina pilota su bivsi radnici Jata, znaci oni "kukau"

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    9. Da oni kukaju nekakuaju ovi sto su novo zaposleni , naravno ima izuzetaka i medju bivsim jatovcima.
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    10. Na sindikatima je da se bore za svoja prava, ništa novo. Dete, dok ne počneš da radiš, pst!

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    11. Ja nisam ni poceo sa tom temom nego sa nekom sasvim drugom tako da procitajte ponovo.
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    12. Ali komentarises i klasifikujes radnike u stare, nove.. nemas ti pravo na to. A piloti i osoblje se svuda bore za svoja prava i u Nemackoj pa zasto ne i u Srbiji.

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    13. bas si ga lepo ucutkao hehe

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  10. OT: new Alitalia livery. Hogan spoke at the event.
    http://www.alitalia.com/us_en/news/nuovo-brand-4giugno.html

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  11. Right now many in S.Korea are scarred to fly with middle east airlines.
    They would happily fly to Zagreb direct and pay more.
    The MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) just took first 2 casualites in S.Korea. A man travelling in Middle East and a woman taking care of him in S.Korea (hospital I think).
    Won is very strong and people taking overseas vacations to Europe (not frequently and not every year) prefer security over potential health risks even if minimal.
    I person can pass the disease to many in the aircraft.

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  12. I could imagine KE go 5/7 ICN-PRG-ZAG-ICN. I am confident they could fill 2,5 ac pw. Not unlikely they could also sell the intra-European sector as there is no competition. In that case OK could again serve PRG-NYC-PRG with their only A330 which surely would be mote profitable both for them and their main stakeholder KE.

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  13. Poštovani putnici,


    Obaveštavamo Vas da su, posle višemesečnih odlaganja i brojnih protivrečnih informacija koje su, vrlo često
    tendenciozno plasirane u javnosti, sa raznih strana, konačno rešeni zahtevi za dobijanje odobrenja za čarter
    letove u tekućoj letnjo sezoni i to na sledeći način:

    Egipatska kompanija NESMA AIRLINES i pored pozitivnog zaključka Direktorata više puta dostavljenog i
    potvrdjenog, ODBIJENA JE u celosti, za svih 75 letova koji su zahtevani, bez obrazloženja i uprkos uveravanjima
    koja smo dobili od strane DCV da će, nakon stupanja na snagu izmena i dopuna Zakona o vazdušnom
    saobraćaju, kojima je očigledno, samo formalno, anulirana uloga Ministarstva nadležnog za poslove
    saobraćaja, Direktorat, kao sada isključivo nadležno nezavisno telo “odluku doneti profesionalno i u skladu sa
    zakonom”. Sa iznetog, obaveštavamo Vas da je prodaja aranžmana za Egipat stopirana, te da Vi možete svoja
    uplaćena sredstva u punom iznosu preuzeti u Agenciji u kojoj ste uplatili aranžman, naravno, uz uvek otvorenu
    mogućnost promene destinacije. Intenzivno pregovaramo radi pronalaženja alternativnog rešenja za prevoz
    preostalih naših putnika, na svim polascima, o čemu ćemo Vas hitno obavestiti.

    Poštovani naši putnici zahvaljujemo na Vašem strpljenju, ali, pre svega na podršci i odanosti, koja je i nas i našu
    konkurenciju, koja se svesrdno borila na protivnoj strani, iznenadila. Svojim razumevanjem Vi ste učinili da
    kolektiv ARGUS TOURS-a ima snage i entuzijazma da ovu nametnutu borbu izdrži i podnese ovo nesvakidašnje
    nasilje koje nema opravdanja ni uporišta.
    Izražavamo žaljenje i zabrinutost zbog odluke DCV, koja je lišena svakog opravdanja i osnova i za koju mi
    nemamo drugi komentar izuzev da je i ona rezultat sprege raznih interesnih grupa, koje su pod plaštom višeg
    interesa, proizvele svima nama, nesagledivu štetu, koja je u srpskoj turističkoj privredi do sada nezabeležena.
    Činjenica je da je ponuda Argus-a dostupna našem prosečnom gradjaninu, pa se trudimo da u tim okvirima,
    poslujemo savesno i korektno, ali, očigledno je da počinju da vladaju drugačija pravila.

    Još jednom Vas uveravamo da smo preduzeli sve što je bilo u našoj moći, zajedno sa našim dugogodišnjim ino
    partnerima, koji su zaprepašćeni ovom situacijom, te da smo u toku protekla dva meseca zakucali na sva vrata
    u nadi da ćemo pronaći rešenje. Na osnovu krajnjeg ishoda, posle više od osam meseci koliko su trajale
    procedure u DCV – uz intenzivan diplomatski pritisak, mi, za sada nismo mogli ništa da učinimo, što je
    poražavajuće. Vi ste mogli, kroz nevidjenu medijsku harangu pratiti šta se dogadjalo i u kojoj meri je čak i naše
    esnafsko udruženje YUTA svojim izjavama doprinosilo komplikovanju i konačnom negativnom ishodu ovog
    problema.
    U svakom slučaju, Argus Vam stoji na raspolaganju za svaku varijantu koja bi Vama odgovarala.

    Kolektiv ARGUS Toursa

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    2. A tom ARGUS TOURSU ako je stalo do udobnosti putnika neka kupe bolje buse a ne one kao da se vozite u Buretu i ako je nov. Ili ako imaju toliko turista neka se ugledaju na TUI.
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    3. The loser in this case is only BEG airport due to less income from that airline as well as less pax. I think we can all agree on this one.

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    4. So Serbian poor tourists are not losers ?

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    5. I was referring aviation perspective wise, so no!

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    6. Argus je najgora supacka firma, sa njima sam isao do Stambola i nikada vise mi ne pada na pamet da idem sa njima.

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    7. Što se nama zalite?

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    8. Mi na srecu nismo vasi putnici.

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  14. OT : LH A321 from MUC to SOF is diverting to BEG

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    1. No clue. The plane is now on it's way from BEG to SOF... Apparently it couldn't land in SOF, it made few holding circles, but didn't try to land...

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  15. This news is HUGE.

    The whole focus of exYU airlines flying intercontinental has been back to front for years- money is to be made flying to Asia or the M.East rather than TATL to N.America!! KE is a quality operation, and Korean GDP and trade remain world-leading.

    The big question: will OU codeshare with KE on this project, rather than their *A inmate OZ?

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    1. To sam i ja predlozio neverujem i prava je steta za CTN .
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  16. Hello Argus Tours or whoever it may concern,

    I suggest diverting your demands to BHDCA and asking permission to fly to Banjaluka Airport.
    Not positioned in but close enough to Serbia.
    There is a scheduled 5 time per week JU BEGBNX flights.
    Those can be extinguished to daily flights for sure but using much bigger aircraft than ATR72.

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