Friday, May 5, 2017

Monarch to expand Zagreb operations


Low cost carrier Monarch Airlines will expand its operation from the United Kingdom to Zagreb by extending its two seasonal routes throughout the winter and is on the lookout to add services from Birmingham to the Croatian capital. The airline, which commenced operations from London Gatwick and Manchester to Zagreb last week, will maintain the two routes during the 2017/18 winter season, with tickets going on sale yesterday. “We are delighted to be announcing Zagreb as a year-round route for Monarch. We are opening the Zagreb market up to customers from both the north-west and the south of the United Kingdom with the extension of the flying programme", Monarch's Chief Commercial Officer, Ian Chambers, said. The airline is also considering introducing flights from Birmingham to the Croatian capital in 2018.

Apart from its new Zagreb service, Monarch has been flying to Dubrovnik for seven years and is launching seasonal flights from Birmingham to Split this June. “The summer flights and city breaks to Croatia have been selling well and we are always looking for new routes that we can offer all year round, so we are happy to be adding Zagreb as another city break to our winter programme”, Mr Chambers said. Monarch will maintain three weekly flights between Gatwick and the Croatian capital, as well as two weekly services between Manchester and Zagreb over the winter months. As a result, Croatia Airlines will see added competition on its London flights. Although the carrier maintains services to Heathrow, it will reduce frequencies on the route at the start of November after selling four of its slot pairs at the airport. Last year, 43% of all passengers flying on Croatia Airlines' flights between Zagreb and Heathrow were point-to-point travellers.

Monarch Airlines is on course to become the first low cost carrier to see success on flights between the UK and Zagreb. Wizz Air previously linked Zagreb to Luton up until February 2011, while easyJet offered flights between Zagreb and Gatwick until October 2014. Monarch Airlines boasts a fleet of 34 aircraft, made up of Airbus A320s and A321s with the capacity to seat 180 and 214 passengers respectively. The A320s will be phased out with the introduction of the Boeing 737 MAX jets from next year onwards. The airline offers several services to its passengers at an extra charge. These include additional baggage, allocated seats, in-flight catering, as well as priority services. In 2014 it introduced non-reclining seats across its entire fleet after customer feedback.

141 comments:

  1. Zagrab is going in the very right direction. It's always good to grow in gradually. It would be good for Wizz to return and compete on the London route too.

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    1. I don't think there is any room left for Wizz on this route at the moment. Would be nice to see them back though but according to some inside info they did approach ZAG around a year ago but ZAG did not accept their conditions.

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    2. Wizz is somthing more for Osijek

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    3. Why is Wizz more for Osijek and not for Zagreb?

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    4. Fees? Lower competition?

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    5. Zagreb is wealthier than Osijek?

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    6. Where do you live? Mars?

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  2. It's interesting that Monarch's sales seem to be doing very well. They have also increased capacity to A321 on some of their flights to ZAG. They could really hurt OU and even BA with these flights.

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    1. I think it could also affect Adria's LJU-MAN flights.

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    2. I think BA has the most to lose here. OU is basically done in London. They are giving up and the remaining slots will be put on sale as soon as the cash runs out. Most likely next winter.

      The battle for London will be fought between ZB and BA. I am putting my money on ZB due to lower costs than BA which means they are always going to be cheaper.

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    3. Agree with the above anon. Will have to see how they respond to this. Will they slash fares or increase frequencies (or decrease them). Keeping in mind how badly the BA product is deteriorating there is really no difference between them and Monarch anymore.

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    4. While Monarch is price competitive, it caters for 2 markets which do not interfere with the market served by BA. Monarch sells city break flight+hotel packages to UK travelers through a tour operator, and UK leisure travelers are the primary customers. Second market that Monarch caters to is the Croatian P2P market (Croatians/Slovens/Bosnians).

      BA, on the other hand, caters to transfer business & leisure passengers (croatians, slovenians, bosnians + all other foreigners who use LHR as a transfer hub to get to Croatia/Slovenia/Bosnia). Small portion of BA market is a typical P2P market (whether business or leisure).

      My conslusion: BA will see some pressure on its route, but not a lot - especially now that OU has reduced 5 weekly flights...Overall, pax numbers should have a slight growth to London.

      p.s. Monarch's added value is in the fact that it will maintain MAN year round, a route that hasn't been served from ZAG since JAT and the 80's.

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    5. Thanks for the good explanation Petar :)

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    6. Guys, it's not about who will lose. The MARKT grows. When I flew to LTN with WIZZ back in 2007 flights were always packed. Due to high charges at ZAG the airline saw other opportunities where selling 49€ tickets is better because they keep more of it, instead of paying to the airport. The demand is there, it's simply a decision of where more remains of the ticket price in the airlines pockets. 10 years later Croatia is booming and there is room for at least three daily flights between ZAG and LON.

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    7. If OU was not such a basket case Monarch would not stand a chance. I am sad that a local, Croatian company is losing business to a foreign one. It especially stings since Agrokor went the same way.

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    8. I am not sad for Agrokor, why should I? Ocito su muljali i to im je rezultat. A sto se tice OU isto tako, ako netko ponudi nesto bolje, briga me za OU.

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    9. I am sad because they hired locals at least and paid taxes to our government

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    10. Just a heads up to all bloggers on here.

      When referring to something to be sold it's said 'for sale' and not 'on sale'. On sale in English usually means it's going to be a price reduction and not to be sold. So in future if Croatia Airlines decides to sell its slots in Heathrow or elsewhere it should be said ... 'Croatia Airlines slots for sale in Heathrow' and not 'Croatia Airlines slots on sale in Heathrow'.

      Nothing personal just sayn.

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    11. It is "on sale" actually.

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    12. No it's not, Anon 11:22 is 100% correct

      "on sale" = rasprodaja/akcija
      "for sale" = na prodaju

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    13. Pa covjece, anon 11:45 je ironicno komentirao, kako ne kuzite? ahahahahaha, je, "on sale" jer su ih rasprodali. Sto vam nije jasno? :)

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    14. Correct its for sale (To be sold) and not on sale.

      If anything is going to the market to be sold off its for sale.

      Anything to be offered at a discounted price is on sale.

      Airline tickets go on sale, fashion goes on sale, shoes goes on sale.

      Houses are 'for sale', assets are 'for sale', slots are 'for sale'.

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    15. Anon 3.34am correct!

      Even if an asset is sold at a price that's below market price it's still 'for sale' and not 'on sale'.

      Consumer goods go on sale and assets are for sale. If an asset is below market price it's still for sale but said to be under market value and not worded as on sale.

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  3. Lowest fees on Monarch flights are EUR86 round-trip ZAG-LGW and EUR80 round-trip ZAG-MAN. These are really competitive and no other airline flying between Zagreb and UK can match that at the moment.

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    1. Does that include baggage? Those are really good fares.

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  4. Bravo Hrvatska!

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    1. Znaci svaki put kad vidim neki tekst o Hrvatskoj znam koji ce komentar sigurno biti ovde :)))
      LOL
      Oplakah :)

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    2. Hahahahaha :)

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  5. Zagreb Airport management are doing a fantastic job at attracting airlines. This is fantastic news.

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  6. Birmingham would be a nice addition.

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  7. Anyone flown with them yet? What are they like?

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  8. How many passengers the expect to carry during the first year?

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  9. I don't understand how Wizz and easy did not succeed on the route to London. Especially since back then I don't think BA was still flying to Zagreb.

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    1. In April 2016, during the Eye for Travel in London, I spoke to a guy who used to work as a revenue manager for easyJet. He said, back in 2012-13, ZAG was not performing as well as the rest of the Croatian coast. However, he has said that in terms of Zagreb, a lot has changed since - for the better of course and that UK people now perceive Zagreb much more now...

      Although UK travellers' top choice in Croatia has been Dubrovnik, the overall growth to Croatia overspills to Zagreb.

      In 2016. there were 630K UK travellers, while more than 800K are expected in 2017.

      Back in 2012/13 there were "only" around 350k...

      It's all about the numbers, working the market - working on the tourist product, and putting oneself on the map. Look at what Zagreb did with the Advent, a manifestation that everyone made fun of back in 2012, and now Zagreb manages to get 100k visitors during December. Only 5 years before, Zagreb could barely break 40k visitors in that time of the year.

      So, work on your destination product, marketing strategy, infrastructure and the results will come...

      And yes, Monarch has big plans for ZAG.

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    2. Interesting thanks. So we might see easy come back to Zagreb sooner or later.

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    3. @ Petar, could you share some of their plans with us or at least give us a hint?

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    4. At the rate Easy is expanding in Croatia..rather sooner than later I would say

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    5. Still don't get that easy hasn't opened a base in Split. They fly to 15 destinations from there!

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    6. Split does not have conditions to base plane. But after expanding terminal it will be very possible to see easy open base there.

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    7. 16 actually
      + 2 from easyJet Switzerland

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    8. They are also strong in Dubrovnik. They will have 14 destinations by the time they complete their summer expansion this year.

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    9. Again, it's 16. You forgot easy Switzerland ;)

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    10. Oops sorry my bad :)

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    11. Hello - in terms of sharing the details, I can say Monarch is interested in opening 1 to 2 new destinations to ZAG by Summer of 2018. To me, these are "big enough" plans...considering ZAG was not practically doing anything for years and years...

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    12. ^ Thanks, excellent news :)

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  10. I'm expecting for many more announcements to come in the near future for Zagreb :)

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  11. With the way things are developing at Zagreb, over three million passengers this year is more than certain.

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    1. 3.2 or 3.3 million this year for sure.

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    2. 3,2 mil easily, especially now with Monarch flying year-round. 3,3 mil perhaps ...it is possible if everything turns perfect. And things never turn perfect...so let's say 3,2 mil would be more than great - it would mean a 16% growth afterall, which again is something ZAG has to work hard for...

      Judging from my internal source of April's growth for ZAG - things are looking up...

      ZAG did incredibly well in April, especially considering new flights just started on April 28th...

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    3. I've heard of 18% growth in April, when will they publish the figures?

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  12. The most important thing for me here is that they will fly all year round, which is excellent.

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  13. 19 new routes from the UK to Croatia this year
    Zadar - Bristol, Ryanair
    London Gatwick - Zagreb, Monarch
    Manchester - Zagreb, Monarch
    Manchester - Dubrovnik, Monarch
    London Stansted - Dubrovnik, Jet2
    Glasgow - Dubrovnik, Jet2
    London Stansted - Pula, Jet 2
    Edinburgh - Pula, Thomson
    Doncaster-Sheffield - Dubrovnik, Thomson
    Manchester - Split, Thomas Cook
    Belfast - Dubrovnik, easy jet
    London Southend - Dubrovnik, Flybe
    London Southend - Zadar, Flybe
    Bristol - Pula, easy jet
    Glasgow - Zadar, Ryanair
    London Stansted - Split, Jet2
    Manchester - Dubrovnik, easy jet
    London Heathrow - Pula, British Airways
    East Midlands - Split, Jet2

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    1. Impressive.

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    2. The only issue is that except for Monarch to Zagreb all of those are seasonal.

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    3. wow nice. I still think there is a way to go before the number of UK tourists reaches the same level as during the 1980s but this is on the right track.

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    4. The number of visitors from the United Kingdom to Croatia grew 26% in 2016 to three million over-night stays but you are right that they are still have to surpass the record from 1987. This will happen in 2018.

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    5. I believe this pre-war 1980s record was broken already in 2016. Pre-war record was something like 550k UK visitors, and in 2015. Croatia had just under 500K. Last year (2016.) it was 630k. In 2017. it will be around 800k

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    6. Not in overnight stays though. At their peak they were over 4,5 million. Back then the average UK visitor would stay (mostly around Dubrovnik) for about 10 days. That number will be surpassed probably in 2018. with all the increases and new hotels.

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    7. Total number of passengers between all airports in UK and Croatia was 1.100.000 in 2016. Busiest route was London-Gatwick-Dubrovnik, then London-Heathrow-Zagreb and then London-Gatwick-Split.

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    8. Nice work. UK carriers have seen the potential but OU which should be driving the growth and promoting Croatia as a holiday destinations is leaving one of the most important markets in Europe.

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    9. Pity, no flights from UK to Rijeka, apart from 1 weekly flight by CA

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    10. 20 new routes - you forgot Birmingham-Split, Monarch :-)

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    11. @An. 1:17
      Ryanair flies twice weeklY Rijeka to Stanstead. Last time I checked the map Stanstead was still in the UK :)

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  14. I hope these flights work out. Interesting choice of destinations.

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  15. is easyjet still interested in buying Monarch? The airline was close to collapse last year.

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    1. They have resolved their financial issues.

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    2. They have for now. It remains to be seen how the fleet change from A320 to B737 will affect their financials.

      Looking at how Air Berlin is doing financialy after doing effectively the same (but reverse), it doesn't show promising. Let alone that it has no common sense anyway.

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  16. What is OU doing? They should have more flights to the UK.

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  17. Dejan MilinkovićMay 5, 2017 at 10:58 AM

    OT: B787-800 is announced at beg.aero for tomorrow afternoon. Anyone has an idea what airline it could be?

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    1. No it's coming from Dubai. It's not a commercial flight.

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    2. DUB 17:50 (06.05.) 17:50 (06.05.) Boeing 787-8 Na vreme

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    3. Dejan MilinkovićMay 5, 2017 at 11:33 AM

      DUB is Dublin, not Dubai.

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    4. I think the guys at BEG mixed up something... Its saying DUB as origin but listing DXB airport under the flight details. The call sign looks like a private flight - BBJ 788.

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    5. Dejan MilinkovićMay 5, 2017 at 2:29 PM

      Yes, you are right, code is probably wrong. So, it could be Abu Dhabi Amiri Flight's one, we will see...

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    6. Yeah, Abu Dhabi Amiri has both the 8 and 9 versions, except that their flights use the SULTAN call sign, would probably depart from AUH and not DXB and operate as Government VIP flights meaning, they would not be listed on the site.

      This is someone else... in either case, Deki get your camera ready. This is the first visit by a 787 to BEG right?

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    7. Dejan MilinkovićMay 5, 2017 at 4:59 PM

      Pretty sure yes.

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    8. Dejan MilinkovićMay 5, 2017 at 6:46 PM

      After some research my pick is Deer Jet's Dreamliner, the one with 2-DEER registration has landed at DUB (not DXB)today. But as I said, we will see...

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    9. That's interesting and I think you're right.

      Deer Jet is owned by Beijing Capital Airlines, in turn owned by Hainan Group HNA.

      My gut feeling is the seniors are coming to Belgrade to announce commencement of flights between PEK and BEG.

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    10. The inbound flight is postponed till Sunday. BBJ 788 2-DEER will be parked at LYBE for two nights.

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    11. Dejan MilinkovićMay 5, 2017 at 9:13 PM

      Pity, it will be rainy on Sunday.

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    12. Nadam se da ce objaviti letove PEK-BEG .
      Ako ga uslikate Gospodine Milinkovicu podelite slike.
      Hvala unapred :)
      INN-NS

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    13. Nadam se da ce objaviti letove PEK-BEG .
      Ako ga uslikate Gospodine Milinkovicu podelite slike.
      Hvala unapred :)
      INN-NS

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  18. Survival of the fittest. OU managed to outperform Wizz and easy jet between Zagreb and London. When BA started flights it went downhill. I hope they don't suspend London completely now with Monarch flying as well.

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    1. They probably will. When they exist Heathrow it means they won't be flying to the UK market at all :/

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    2. The main difference being that when they competed with easyJet and Wizz Air they had access to state finances. When BA showed up they no longer had that privilege.

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  19. Good news for Zagreb. Once the UK people like a destination they usually tend to revisit a few times.

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  20. Well its a good weekend break for English people. It's not too expensive, the alcohol is cheap and the air fares are now low with Monarch.

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  21. Anybody knows how ZAG did april? How many passengeres?

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    1. ZAG did very, very well. It was a double digit growth. Results will be published today.

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    2. Are you sure they will publish today?

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    3. Yes,they will

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    4. They are fast and efficient at Zagreb

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    5. Maybe they will publish at midnight

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    6. I'm also interested in cargo traffic, they seem to be doing fine this year in ZAG.

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    7. Not really
      It is still only about half compared to 2006

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  22. Split
    75.525 / 123.230
    +63,16%
    +44.705


    Jan - Apr
    160.444 / 211.413
    +27,01%
    +50.969

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    1. Split and Dubrovnik are on fire!!

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    2. Wow... so what are the projections for 2017?

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    3. ^ here
      http://www.exyuaviation.com/2017/02/split-airport-plans-for-record-2017.html

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    4. Split heading for 2,7 Million this year!

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    5. ohhh sh....t wow!

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    6. July 650.000 pax?

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    7. Keep in mind that easter was in April this year.

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    8. You are right! But then just combine March and April figures this and last year (March must have been the stronger month last year due to Easter!)--- You still get a growth of an breathtaking 42%!

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    9. With its new terminal Split will handle some 5 Million Pax by 2022.

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    10. Split will gonna need new airport soon

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    11. As long as they finish that new terminal, they can handle a million in July with ease

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    12. Wow, Split!!!!! Congrats, hope for new terminal as soon as possible!

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    13. Does hotel capacity in SPU catchment area grow at the same rate as the airport?

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  23. Happy to see Monarch expanding and keeping its two routes to ZAG. They are a good LCC.

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  24. London has always been a crazy destination. Always affordable and always with demand. Also by increasing capacity they are being more aggressive with prices by lowering them. Wizz still have a chance to try Zagrab.

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  25. OMG - stop with Wizz, please.
    ZAG doesn't need Wizz and their service. If Wizz flies to other cities it doesn't mean it have to fly to ZAG too.

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    1. You are right, ZAG doesn't need Wizz Air but the Croatian travelling public does.

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    2. +1. BEG does not need Wizz, too.

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    3. true, boutique airports in boutique countries

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  26. Šta je Wizz šugav pa ne treba da dođe u ZAG? Ili to ZAG glumi neki nivo? Smešni su argumenti da ZAG nije aerodrom za low cost saobraćaj.

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    1. Wizz je nekoliko puta naglasio da je Hrvatska skupa. A ZAG valjda iznad svih

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    2. O kakvom nivou govoriš? ZAG je jednostavno skup, očito se Wizz-u ne isplati obavljati letove, barem za sada!

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  27. Oh please, Wizzair would already fly to Zagreb if they could earn enough or more than on markets where they are expanding.

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    1. yeah INI is for sure more profitable

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    2. Why would't it be? If INI gives them better terms than mzlz...

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    3. What terms is Wizz getting at ZAG?

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  28. Flew Monarch LGW-ACE two weeks ago.

    They have massive market at Canaries and none of ex-YU airports are served to any of the five massive airports...

    Cant imagine there is no market whatsoever?

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    1. Ukratko, Kanari su Britanski staracki dom, posebice engleski. Svaki njihov penzic koji iole drzi do sebe zivi na Kanarima....

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    2. Really?

      (Not to mention couples with pre-school kids or without. Have a look at Thomson/Condor/TUI flights from Germany. Looks like you are really an expert?)

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    3. jesam, strucnjak sam. sad procitaj ponovo naslovni posta na kojeg sam se nadovezao, promisli jos jednom i donesi zakljucak.
      dakle, linije iz ex yu za kanare nemaju po meni smisla. cemu? za koga? mozda bi se skupio jedan avion u tjedan dana....ako i to.
      kad? u ljetnoj sezoni? za koga? za trziste koje si bas i ne moze priustiti full usluga na 7 do 10 dana......

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  29. That has nothing to do with facetious comment you made. Read your reply yet again.

    Since you are clever as 'Pčelica Maja'...you will realise that Canaries have season all year around unlike any part of ex-YU. You will also know that JAT had flights there in the past. It wont be hard!

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    1. sto, smetate te cinjenica kako su kanari za britance isto sto i Florida za Amere?
      sto ima duhovito u ustedi na energentima?
      tebi je smijesno sto jedan britanac samo prseljenjem na Kanare ustedi par tisuca samo na grijanju godisnje?
      to ti je smijesno?

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    2. pa Pcelica Maja ce te podjstiti kako van sezone putuju mahom umirovljenici....mislis kako umirovljenici s exyu prostora imaju mogucnosti za takovo nesto?
      naravno kako ih ima, ali takvi su rijetki.
      pamet ti je za ligu naroda....a znamo kako je ona prosla...kao i jao ako tresne

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    1. Ek comes to Zagreb in 25 days.

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  31. OT KK is introducing three additional and LO ine additional weekly flight to BEG.

    http://www.aviatica.rs/lot-atlasglobal-uvode-dodatne-letove-beograda/

    5,5 million PAX in 2017 is achievable result.

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  32. Bice zanimljivo videti ko ce imati najvise putnika prema UK. Koji Grad osim ZAG ima jos letove prema LHR ? Hvala unapred .
    INN-NS

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    1. Bice zanimljivo videti ko ce imati najvise putnika prema UK. Koji Grad osim ZAG ima jos letove prema LHR ? Hvala unapred .
      INN-NS

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    2. Why is Zagreb always the last one to post monthly results? I think it had 235,000 pax. in April.

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  33. Bad news for OU

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