|Croatia Airlines’ passenger numbers unchanged on last year|
Croatia Airlines yesterday handled its millionth passenger for the year, one day ahead of 2014, positioning itself as the second busiest carrier in the former Yugoslavia. Mario Popović was the lucky millionth passenger, travelling from Amsterdam to Zagreb. To mark the occasion, Mr Popović (pictured above) was awarded two return economy class tickets to any destination in Croatia Airlines’ international network. During the first seven months of the year, the Croatian carrier handled 1% more passengers compared to the same period in 2014. The airline anticipates welcoming 1.88 million travellers on board its aircraft by the end of the year, which would represent growth of 2 - 3% on 2014.
The figures achieved so far this year are significantly lower to estimates made by the Croatian State Management Office (DUUDI), which published its 2015 outlook for the Croatian carrier late last year. In its report DUUDI expects for the airline to welcome 1.987.231 passengers in 2015, of which 1.908.644 should come from scheduled services and the other 78.587 travellers on charter flights. In addition, the State Management Office forecast an average cabin load factor of 72.4% in 2015. Since launching operations in 1991, Croatia Airlines has flown 30.8 million passengers, of which 21.2 million on international flights, and the other 9.6 million on domestic services.
Meanwhile, Air Canada has concluded a unilateral codeshare partnership agreement with Croatia Airlines, which came into effect last Saturday. As a result, the Canadian carrier and fellow Star Alliance member has placed its “AC” designator code and flight numbers onto Croatia Airlines’ services from Zagreb to Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, London Heathrow, Paris and Zurich (and vice versa). Furthermore, Air Canada codes will now appear on the Croatian carrier’s flights from Dubrovnik to Paris and Rome and from Split to London, Paris, Rome and Zurich. The new agreement is the latest in a number of high profile codeshare partnerships Croatia Airlines has made over the past few months, which have included deals with Singapore Airlines and LOT Polish Airlines.