Friday, September 8, 2017

Czech Airlines downgrades Zagreb service

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ČSA Czech Airlines will operate flights between Prague and Zagreb on a seasonal summer basis only, with the service to be suspended over the coming 2017/18 winter season. The Czech carrier will resume operations between the two cities just before the start of the summer season, on March 19, twice per week, after which it will add a further two weekly flights for a total of four from March 26. During the winter of 2016/17, Czech Airlines maintained the service for most of the season, but temporarily suspended operations for a month between January 27 and February 27. Delta Air Lines and Korean Air both codeshare on ČSA's Zagreb service. Croatia Airlines also maintains flights between the two cities on a seasonal summer basis.

20 comments:

  1. They are such a messy airline. Their SKP operations, departure times and equipment (ATR7) are ridiculous.

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  2. Let OU take their cake. I could've flown with them few months ago, but I've chosen OU even though the price was pretty much the same.

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  3. The good old days when OK had flights to US and Canada and used to fly the A310 and classic B735. They used to operate many cities on a double daily basis. What a joke of an airline it is today.

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    1. I flew with them BEG-PRG-JFK in 2007 and they had a solid product, miles ahead of LOT at the time.

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  4. I myself got a call yesterday that my ticket PRG-ZAG-PRG for December/January has been cancelled and I've been offered rerouting (either via CDG or AMS) with horrible times. So, I'm going to get a full refund and then book elsewhere. This is the second time this happened on the same route to me, so I'm done with CSA.

    However, they must be doing something right, as they increased their passenger numbers yoy in H1 2017 by 22% (!) and their load factor was 81% (and increase of 11 pct). Not sure about profits, but based on recent years, most likely in the black ...

    Anyway, as far as I'm concerned, that's it, really a joke of an airline!

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  5. OT numbers for first 8 month foreign visitor numbers are in. Croatia recorded between 12 and 15% more visitors in first 8 months, couldn't really bother to do the numbers but same time last year Croatia had 11.7 million visitors, this year numbers are nearly 2 million up, 13.3 million visitors and 75 million nights, 10 million more nights than last year.

    All visitors by country are up, for example number of US visitors is up by 40%, same goes for Chinese, S. Korea, HK, Thailand and India. Number og Polish visitors is up by a third, as is UAE, Indonesia, Portugal and Ireland. Nearly 65000 Irish visitors in first 8 months, and still no direct link with Dublin!??? Disappointingly, only 50 000 extra Italian visitors in first 8 months.

    Italy is next door to Croatia, numbers should be way up, around 3 million figure, not 1 million. This is where HTZ needs to do loads of effort.

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    1. Aer Lingus flies seasonally to Pula

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    2. as to the Italians, the have less spendable income, the economy is not doing that well.

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    3. To be fair, Italians have their own sea, beaches, and historical monuments, they don't really need to come to Croatia for those, unlike continental Europeans.

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    4. Really a genius logic. In that case French shouldn't go to Italy, Spaniards to Greece or Croats to Portugal, but hey - they do!

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  6. 15 million visitors in Croatia in the first 8 months. Not 13,3 million.

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    1. Sorry, should have been more clear, I normally count only foreign visitors. If we add all this year 17.5 million visitors, 15.7 million foreign. Around 92-95 million nights is my projection, could be 100 million.

      Zagreb is also doing well, 717 000 foreign visitors, 830 total, September, October and December are very good months for Zagreb. Normally 100-120 000 visitors. November, January, February and March are not so good. January has decent numbers in first two weeks of the month, around 50 000 visitors last year, but for the rest of the month, numbers are really bad, barely 8000 visitors for remaining two weeks.

      Hopefully things change this year.

      Zagreb could hit 1.35 million visitor, 1.1 million foreign.

      That would be 200 000 growth on last year. Zagreb grew at an average rate of 17.5 % this year, 1151 + 17.5% = 1.35 million very likely.

      2018 could see 1.55 million visitors.
      2019 - 1.75 million
      2020 - 2.0 million.

      Still lot less than Vienna with 5.8 million, Prague with 6.4 million, Budapest with 4.3 million and Munich with 7.1 million (yep, Munich is more popular than Vienna or Prague).

      @this rate Zagreb could have 3.0 million visitors by 2025 or in ... 3 million is a good number to have, for a small city, really great number to have.

      Copenhagen for example had 5.1 million visitors, 11.3 million nights. Zagreb should be aiming for these figures by 2040.

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  7. And 85 million nights, not 75 million.
    https://www.croatiaweek.com/15-million-tourists-visit-croatia-in-2017/

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  8. No Croatia bashing but sorry guys I've visited Zagreb many times and it's a boring city. It has so little to offer and so little to see. You can't compare yourselves to Vienna, Munich or Budapest... there is no comparison. Just enjoy the growth but don't expect to eclipse cities that offer a one stop shop for tourists.

    Oh and if I you asked me which is the most tourist capable and beautiful city in the ex-ju, it's LJU. And no I'm not Slovenian.

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    1. Thanks for you "opinion", but Zagreb isn't comparing itself to any of mentioned cities, but hey - someone liked it since it was named European destination No 1 for 2017 by Lonely Planet. And it might have been boring up until several years ago, but not anymore. There's always something happening in the city.

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    2. Ljubljana is more beautiful than Zagreb, I agree. Things have changed and Zagreb is not boring anymore. Peaceful, yes, but not boring. Ljubljana, on the other hand, is a really boring city. Just my opinion, Anon 1:02.

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    3. Ljubljana is really cute little city, the city center or about 1sqm of the city is very beautiful part, but that is really it. Does not have much else to offer. Zagreb isn't big as Budapest or Vienna, or can offer similar flare of either cities, however Copenhagen for example is similar size to Zagreb yet has more visitors than Budapest.

      Zagreb can equally make its own niche and make city very desirable place to visit.

      Also Zagreb has changed dramatically in past few years, the cultural offer in the city is quite something, city offers festivals and street performances/markets throughout the year.

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  9. Just for the record, Zagreb is the most visited destination in Ex Yu. So...the qualification of a "boring" city just does not seem believable...

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  10. Boring city, you cannot blame CSA for everything.

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    1. The only boring thing are you with your pathetic try to bash.

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