Canada's leading leisure airline, Air Transat, anticipates recording even better results on this year's seasonal service between Toronto and Zagreb. After carrying some 5.000 passengers on its seventeen rotations between the two cities during 2016, the carrier has boosted its operations from one to two per week this year and will run flights until later on in the season. "We increased our capacity on the destination from one to two direct flights from Toronto for our summer 2017 season in order to offer our customers more flexibility in their choices of holiday duration and packages", Air Transat's Marketing Director, Debbie Cabana, told EX-YU Aviation News. This year, Air Transat will commence operations to Zagreb on May 30 and run services each Monday until October 16, while a second weekly flight, on Wednesdays, will operate between June 18 and September 3.
Air Transat's Commercial Vice President, Gilles Ringwald, highlighted that, based on current bookings, the passenger structure on these 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. However, the Commercial Vice President noted it was too early to extend the flights past the summer months. "This is a seasonal service running between June and October because our estimates show there is low demand during the winter", he said.
Meanwhile, one of Air Transat's main competitors, leisure airline Air Canada Rouge, has ruled out launching flights to the former Yugoslavia for the time being despite venturing further into Eastern Europe. In a statement to EX-YU Aviation News, Air Canada Rouge said there was no other news to report concerning new route launches beyond what has already been announced, but added, "We are continuously looking at all opportunities, including Croatia, and other destinations. Like all airlines, there are a number of considerations involved when we are selecting a destination, including customer demand, airport infrastructure and competition from other carriers. The Air Canada rouge fleet is growing and that fleet growth will power both network and capacity growth", the company said.