Canada's Air Transat, which last week launched seasonal one-weekly flights from Toronto to Zagreb, is considering extending its service to the Croatian capital next year and adding extra frequencies. The carrier's Commercial Vice President, Gilles Ringwald, said the airline's operations to the country in 2017 will largely depend on this year's performance. "This is a seasonal service running between June and October because our estimates show there is low demand during the winter. If we achieve satisfactory results this summer, we could extend the season next year", Mr Ringwald said, adding that the leisure airline plans to carry some 5.000 passengers on its seventeen return flights to Zagreb in 2016. "We are always looking for new opportunities and could introduce additional frequencies on the route next year. It will all depend on this summer's results", he noted.
The Commercial Vice President highlighted that, based on current bookings, the passenger structure on the flights is varied, featuring a mix of both diaspora and leisure travellers. "We have seen all categories of passengers. There are those wishing to visit Croatia or just visit family and friends. Our advantage is that we have an extensive European network, allowing our passengers to combine their trip to Zagreb with other cities, such as Venice and Budapest", Mr Ringwald said. Air Transat will today operate its second flight to Zagreb. Unlike last week, it has scheduled the larger Airbus A330-300 on the route (instead of the -200 series).
Commenting on the new service, the General Manager of Zagreb Airport, Jacques Feron, said, "These flights are very important because there is a significant number of Croats living in Canada, but also because of tourism and business exchange. This route will surely attribute to the positive results and passenger growth we have continuously recorded". Zagreb Airport handled its millionth passenger this year on July 5, a week ahead of 2015. Air Transat is the third new airline to launch flights to the Croatian capital this year, following LOT Polish Airlines in January and Czech Airlines in April.