|Zagreb Airport set for strong passenger growth following record Q1|
Zagreb Airport anticipates record passenger growth this summer season with the arrival of new airlines, the launch of new routes, as well as the addition of frequencies and capacity on existing services. "We are entering the summer season with optimism. All of these factors will surely result in continued passenger growth, which will serve as the best possible introduction to the new phase of our business development, which begins with the opening of our new passenger terminal", the airport says. It adds, "Over the past two years, seven carriers have introduced services to Zagreb, boosting competitiveness and improving connectivity to new destinations, as well as frequencies on existing routes".
Headlining Zagreb Airport's summer season this year is Croatia Airlines, which will introduce four new destinations including Lisbon, Milan, Prague and St. Petersburg. Furthermore, Czech Airlines will launch four weekly flights from Prague later this month, returning to the Croatian capital after a four year hiatus. Air Malta also plans to operate one weekly seasonal charters to Zagreb from July 18 through to August 15. Notably, the Croatian capital will boast two long haul services this summer with Canada's Air Transat to introduce seasonal flights from Toronto on June 14. The carrier says, "There is a high level of interest for Zagreb and booking numbers are very good". On the other hand, Korean Air will resume its charters from Seoul on May 20. A total of eleven flights will operate during the summer (May, June, September and October) with an Airbus A330 aircraft. In addition, the charter carrier Wings of Lebanon, which last year ran service to Dubrovnik, will also fly to Zagreb this year, operating a one weekly flight from Beirut, starting July 3 to September 11, with a Boeing 737-300 aircraft.
Both LOT Polish Airlines and Qatar Airways will boost frequencies on their services to Zagreb this summer, with the former operating daily flights from Warsaw, and the latter ten weekly services from Doha, which is up from seven weekly last year. Furthermore, both Air France and KLM have increased capacity on their respective services to the Croatian capital. On Monday, the French national carrier upgraded equipment on its daily flight from Paris from a 100-seat Embraer E190 jet to the larger Airbus A318, which has the capacity to seat 135 passengers. Furthermore, the change sees the service operated by Air France itself rather than its regional subsidiary HOP!. Similarly, KLM has upgraded its daily operations from Amsterdam from the E190 to a 122-seat Boeing 737-700 aircraft, which features twenty business class seats, twelve economy comfort seats and a further ninety standard economy class seats. The upgrade sees the route transferred from KLM Cityhopper to KLM's mainline operations. The B737-700 will be utilised until September 5, after which the E190 will make a comeback on the route.
Zagreb Airport handled a record number of passengers during the first quarter to the year, welcoming 509.387 travellers over the past three months, an increase of 6.5% compared to the same period in 2015. Furthermore, the number of aircraft movement increased to 8.906, up 0.7%.