Zagreb Airport set for busy summer


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. The dominance of full service carriers is set to continue as they are projected to account for over 90% of all seats on offer from the Croatian capital this summer. Following on from a record 2017, Zagreb Airport has continued to post strong results in the new year. In January, it handled 191.276 passengers, representing an increase of 13.3% on the year before. The number of aircraft movements grew 8.6% to 3.039.

MonthPAXChange (%)
JAN191.276 13.3

Two new foreign carriers will commence operations to the Croatian capital this year with Aegean Airlines to start three weekly flights from Athens, which will be followed by Air Canada Rouge's four weekly service from Toronto. The latter will compete directly against Air Transat, which itself will increase its seasonal flights to Zagreb by resuming operations on May 15, some two weeks ahead of last year. Last month, Air Canada Rouge, which will offer a total 20.586 seats each way between Toronto and Zagreb during the June 2 to October 7 period, told EX-YU Aviation News, "We are satisfied with advanced bookings for our new Zagreb service. It has fully met our expectations. This is why we have allocated four weekly frequencies to this route, which is primarily targeted at leisure travellers".


For a third year running, Croatia Airlines will launch new routes out of Zagreb with flights to Dublin and Mostar planned to commence in May. “We are excited that for the first time in Croatia Airlines’ history we will have a Zagreb - Dublin route. We see the introduction of this flight as a contribution to the development of tourism in both countries and we are looking forward to seeing many Irish citizens in the Croatian capital, as well as in other parts of Croatia", Croatia Airlines' CEO, Jasmin Bajić, said. Furthermore, the carrier will add four additional afternoon flights on its Skopje service for a total of twelve per week, as well as an extra two weekly operations to Rome (via Dubrovnik) for a total of ten. It will also add one service to St Petersburg, bringing its total number of flights on the route to three per week. This growth will offset the airline's reduction in flights between Zagreb and London Heathrow.

Emirates will enter its second year of operations in Zagreb this summer, with the airline maintaining daily flights from its Dubai hub. "Emirates remains committed to the Croatian market, and works closely with our travel industry partners to support and grow the route. Our new partnership with Flydubai now offers additional possibilities to serve our customers in Croatia better, and the two airlines continue to talk and develop the partnership", the Dubai-based airline told EX-YU Aviation News recently. Meanwhile, Spain's Iberia will maintain up to eight weekly seasonal flights from Madrid to the Croatian capital, an increase from five weekly last year. It will also bring forward the resumption of the service by a month to early May. LOT Polish Airlines will boost operations between Warsaw and Zagreb from ten weekly last summer to double daily starting June 26, while Lufthansa’s low cost subsidiary Eurowings plans to handle some 200.000 passengers to and from the Croatian capital this year, with the novelty this summer being its service from Dusseldorf which was launched during the 2017/18 winter season. Swiss International Air Lines, Brussels Airlines and ČSA Czech Airlines will all resume seasonal flights from their respective hubs to Zagreb on March 25.

You can review what's in store this summer at Belgrade Airport here and for Ljubljana Airport here.

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  1. Good work for ZAG. Now it should really focus on trying to get a LCC to base a plane there.

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    1. Easy jet would be good but they left a few years ago. Considering their presence in Croatia during the summer, I hope they are at least considering ZAG.

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    2. Yes but LCCs would damage the presence of legacy carriers there. Look at what happened to LH once competition arrived, it melted their passenger numbers.

      If FR/W6 launched flights to Sweden, Germany... it would hurt airlines like LH, OU, LO, OS...

      Better to stick with this premium formula.

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    3. easyJet has chosen LJU, I don't see them launching ZAG anytime soon. The two cities are not too far apart and the Slovenes gave them much cheaper charges.

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    4. If any LCC opens a base it would probably be Eurowings but they complained about high fees just 2 months ago and said that this is why they are cautious about expanding from ZAG.

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    5. ZAG's management won't make any moves that would hurt OU so I doubt we will be seeing an LCC base here anytime soon.

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    6. I hope Eurowings never opens a base. They are extremely expensive with crappy service.

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    7. to me Eurowings and Easyjet aren't really LCCs... lowest prices i've found with them were never below 150 euro return.

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    8. Depends probably how long in advance you planned your trip.
      For example I paid BSL-KEF 100 eur return with U2.

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  2. It would be nice to see Air Canada Rouge extend their flights to year round and who knows maybe upgrade to Air Canada next year as well. I guess it will depend how they perform this summer.

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    1. That's what they said in that interview ex-Yu published last month. Interesting I read that in Budapest they are already negotiating extending the season and even mainline AC coming.

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    2. BUD is a much larger market than ZAG.

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    3. If BUD is getting it only now then it's silly to expect ZAG to get it in the next decade, maybe 12 years.

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    4. Ah, ok, so that's how it works, Anon 12:09!

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    5. Unlikely for ACR to extend their season first year.

      Also, if Air transat continues to serve Toronto - Zagreb, ACR will continue to compete on the route.

      The chances are, Ait Transat will move to Montreal - Zagreb route and let ACR do Toronto - Zagreb. If that happens, AC could take over in 2020.

      However, last year over 150 000 Canadians visited Croatia, 53000 visited Zagreb. The chances are, this number will continue to grow fast. 250 000 Canadians could visit Croatia in 2020, if projections hold.

      Funny thing though, 476 000 Us visitors, no direct connection between Zagreb and US. 120 000+ US Visitors visited Zagreb last year.

      Zagreb had 1.3 million visitors in 2017, nearly 10% were from US and 5% from Canada.

      Also, number of Brazilians in Croatia went up dramatically, 64000, 33% growth on previous year. If numbers continue to go up at that rate, number of Brazilian visitors in 2020 could reach 150 000.

      Not sure if that would warrant direct link between Rio or Sao Paulo with Zagreb, would be interesting to see first Latin American carrier touching down in Zagreb before 2025.



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    6. What percentage of those 476.000 are Croats with US passports? They are not your typical tourist.

      Also, AC will not come to ZAG.

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    7. And you know that because... crystal ball?

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    8. No, just common sense which you seem to be missing. Air Canada is launching Warsaw, a major Star Alliance hub, only now while it's still not flying to Athens.

      But sure, they are going to launch mighty ZAG before silly, provincial ATH.

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    9. Thankfully, we have you to give us the dose of reality.
      And that silly Emirates launched tiny ZAG. Ts-ts-ts...
      Stop stating something you don't know will or won't happen. You'll look damn stupid if it happens. Oh, wait! You're hiding behind Anonymous. NVM.

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    10. The only thing is that EK has been already flying to WAW, ATH... when it lauunched ZAG. So my comparison stands since AC doesn't still fly to ATH so why would it launch ZAG before? Or maybe you are saying it will benefit from OU's powerful regional network? :D

      Hmm well you are not showing your identity either. You can post as Anon anytime you want, so...

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    11. Again, I didn't say they will or they won't start flying to ZAG. You do NOT know if they will and there isn't a formula that airlines use before launching a certain route, so that one you're telling me doesn't mean much.
      And yes, I could write under Anon, but I don't. Which can't be said for you.

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    12. Not Anonymous but not Frishki either15 February 2018 at 16:27

      Yeah ... but it's hilarious how you are implying the AC might come when we don't even know if they will manage to defeat Transat while offering a much worse product.

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    13. Can you read?
      Where did I write that AC is coming to ZAG. I wrote you or anyone doesn't know if they will ever come.
      And that nickname is hilarious.
      Not really.

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    14. Not Anonymous but not Frishki either15 February 2018 at 16:32

      Of course we don't know anything for sure but we can speculate and predict what's realistic and what's not. AC launching ZAG before ATH is highly unrealistic.

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    15. I think it will be AC to decide. Could they launch them at the same time?

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    16. Nice growth in cargo as well!

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    17. @AnonymousFebruary 15, 2018 at 4:09 PM

      Are you saying 476 000 Croats with US passport visited Croatia in 2017? and 570 000 projected visitors from US will also have Croatian nationality on top of their US passports ?

      In fact, the data for dual nationality of Us passport holders isn't the thing Croatian Government is bothered with. As it allows Croatian passport holders to maintain dual nationality (I think limit is to 5 passports).

      That being said, a vast majority of visitors to Croatia from US are US nationals only!!!
      Number of Croats who visit Croatia each year isn't that great, perhaps between 150 and 200 000. However they're not tourist, they have homes or families in Croatia.

      To be classed as a visitor you need to be registered as such by hotel or accommodation service. In Croatia there's a system of reporting number of visitors electronically. Same goes with the tax and vat. It is automatic and nearly impossible to cheat.

      I assure you, of 476 000 US visitors, less than 10% are Croatian's with US passports and it doesn't matter, as they also spend money in Croatia.


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    18. A lot of Croats who were born in the US do not have the Croatian passport so when they do land at beautiful ZAG they are handled as foreigners despite the Croatian blood flowing through their veins.

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    19. For those claiming roughly 500 000 US citizens are of croatian origin, I just wonder do you think roughly 500 000 Koreans visiting Croatia are also with croatian roots. And how come you can accept that Koreans come to Croatia, and you don't accept Americans come as well? And why you don't accept that Croatia is, slowly but firmly, becoming very interesting destination for tourists form other continents, including North America. Cheers!

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    20. No one said all of them are of Croatian descent but most are among those flying into ZAG.
      Those American tourists mostly fly into VCE and sail down the Adriatic coast to admire the Venetian historical gems.

      Also, from what I know, there is a large Croatian diaspora in the US, not so sure about Korea.

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    21. That is so not true. Huge part of those tourist flying to Croatia doesn't have any connection with Croat origin. They are pure Americans. Just 20% of those have Croat origin and some of them 2nd or 3rd generation, does not speak Croat and does not feel like Croats.

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  3. Congratulations ZAG. Summer looking good.

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  4. Good performance in January. Can't believe they still haven't published their results on their website. I expect we will see 10-13% growth this year at ZAG.

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    1. My prediction is about 10% growth this year.

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    2. Seems reasonable.

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    3. They just put them up but you can always check TAV statistics if the zagreb airport is late.

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  5. Does anyone know the estimated percentage of passengers who use ZAG to transfer to coastal cities vs. passengers who stay in Zagreb during their visit?

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  6. Singapore airlines may come

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    1. I highly doubt it as their presence in Eastern Europe is small. I would expect them to start Budapest before anything else and if they were considering this region I would expect it to be on Scoot since mainline Singapore Airlines could not make it work even in Athens.

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    2. But you forgot that Croatia is a tourist mecca unlike any other!!!

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    3. Tvoja ironija me potukla do koljena.

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    4. Unlike other Ex-Yu countries altogether, definitely!

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    5. Yes, especially during winter, spring and autumn.

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    6. Anon 12:09, check the official data first, then comment. Croatia is and always will be a tourist mecca for all other Ex-Yu countries.

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    7. Combined!!!!

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    8. @AnonymousFebruary 15, 2018 at 12:09 PM

      You do know tourist season starts in early April in Croatia and ends in late October.

      The quiet months are November, January, February and first 3 weeks of March.

      December is no longer quiet month. Zagreb gets busy due to Advent from December 1st to January 8th.

      110 000 foreign visitors in Zagreb last December. This year, at least 125 000 are expected. That's nothing when compared to Vienna, Prague, Budapest or Venice, which are filled with foreign visitors.

      Budapest had 4.4 million visitors last year, to Zagreb's 1.3 million. Long way to go for Zagreb.

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  7. I wish Croatia Airlines would keep some of its new routes over winter or any of the ones launched last year. They should be working on reducing seasonality at Zagreb Airport and their own company. Overall it's a strong summer.

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    1. I agree but I think Zagreb should work to get more airlines to fly all year. I'm a bit disappointed about Brussels Airlines decision

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  8. We are missing Monarch this year but it should be made up by others. Glad Emirates is sticking with its daily flights and Qatar Airways with double daily. although I notice QR will not be using A321s this summer. All flights are with the A320.

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    1. Is it because they have a lack of A321s or because of Emirates and Turkish?

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    2. Not sure. But probably because of EK and TK. I think they have enough planes.

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    3. That can be altered depending on the demand.

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  9. Anyone can estimate how much EK contributed to the growth?

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    1. Well the airport said they expect 80,000 passengers from Emirates in the first year.

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    2. Emirates will contribute roughly up to 65.000 pax in 2018 (the first 5 months, given that the "growth" is accounted for the period prior to June 1, the launch date of the route in 2017.). Overall number of offered seats in ZAG so far for the year of 2018. are roughly 350.000 to 360.000, minus some 100.000 by Monarch/OU London. The "natural" LF effect could partially offset this reduction - under a premise that LF will increase by 2% on the existing routes. The good thing is, there is still time for announcing some summer increases.

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    3. So most January growth came from EK?

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    4. about 40% of growth came from EK as their loads really are not that great now, plus they flew 5 x times a week, in the last week it was even 4 x times a week. Interestingly, EK did amazingly well up until November 10th, and perhaps for few weeks around New Year's Eve (December 20th - January 15th). January should mostly thank to Euro Handball Championships (about 3% contribution in growth). February so far is doing well too, a bit slower than January, but still very well. Overall, demand for travel is increasing in ZAG - in this time of the year in winter, it's mostly domestic travelers (Croats and Slovens) who have more money and more routes at their disposal...

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    5. Thank you. It will be interesting to see growth next winter when EK won't be a,new factor.

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    6. By next year people will get used to them and will fly with EK more than this year!

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    7. Markets are not endless. They have a cap. Will be interesting to see what happens if LJU gets a connection to DXB on flydubai.

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    8. Zagreb is becoming an attractive city brake destination. Although relatively small city, it still attracts visitors from around the world. It'll continue to do so in coming years and decades.

      I expect between 1.75 and 2 million visitors in Zagreb in 2020, 3.7-3.8 million nights.

      BTW, when I say small, I mean compared to Vienna, Budapest, Rome, Milan and other major cities that are very popular city brake destinations.

      I am hoping Zagreb can pull 3 million visitors by 2025. It is possible at present rate of growth.

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  10. With these new arrivals they will have a very good selection of airlines and destinations.

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  11. Why doesn't Iberia start year-round flights? There must be enough demand to sustain full year operations.

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    1. They are very cautious. Maybe next year.

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    2. 2020, not before I predict Iberia will go year round service. Also they have fleet shortage, they've got only 79 aircraft in service, flying to 123 destinations.

      In summer months iberia will fly to Zagreb on double daily basis on some days.

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    3. Alen Šćuric Purger15 February 2018 at 23:26

      How can thay fly 8 flights per week in summer and have fleet shortage in winter???? I could understand that they cut summer frequencies, but if they have enough planes in summer for sure they have enough planes in winter.

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    4. @Alen Šćuric PurgerFebruary 15, 2018 at 11:26 PM

      They have fleet shortage cause most of the aircraft due to old age are being serviced.

      On order book they've got 24 A320 NEO starting deliveries from 2019.

      they're retiring A340 fleet entirely this and the following year, and have ordered A350 as a replacement. 16 A 350 on order.


      Iberia should eventually field some 65 single isle aircraft, and 40 twin isle aircraft.

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  12. Bravo Hrvatska !

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  13. Impressive. Well done Zagreb

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  14. such a pity. Just two new foreign airlines, Aegan and AC Rouge. I really expected more...hopefully we will have at least 2-3 more new routes for this summer...or maybe is too late for that now...

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    1. The only surprise we could get is some Chinese airline starting seasonal flights since they apply for license a month before they start flying.

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    2. not gonna happen. They did that last year and they didn't start with operations. Instead Zagreb, they now have 2 weekly flights to Belgrade. So everything possible is maybe some airline in Europe.

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  15. Is there a chance of JAL returning to Zagreb? They used to fly there a couple of years ago during the summer with charters.

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  16. We still need more regional connections - Podgorica, Tirana, Bucharest

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    1. Is there demand though? Croatia Airlines used to fly to Podgorica but cancelled it some time ago.

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    2. If BEG can have flights to OTP and SOF the whole year then why not ZAG? There is probably business demand as well.

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    3. I hope to see TAROM. We need connection to Bucharest.

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    4. Isn't OU already flying seasonal to Bucharest?

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    5. I meant year round.

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    6. @ 9.52 Remember that Serbians were 7th on the numbers of visitors to Bulgaria and 6th in Romania so I think it's safe to say there is sufficient demand. Isn't there like 15 weekly flights between BEG and Bucharest?

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    7. I also assume that Romanians and Bulgarians use BEG as a transfer hub to New York but also Larnaca, Malta, Beirut, Greece and maybe even to Western Europe/Scandinavia depends on the fares.

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    8. BEG OTP will have 17 weekly flights. 8 on JU and 9 on RO

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  17. Forgot to mention new Zagreb-Mostar flights

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    1. They didn't
      "For a third year running, Croatia Airlines will launch new routes out of Zagreb with flights to Dublin and Mostar planned to commence in May."

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    2. You're right!
      Sorry I overlooked it

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  18. Great developments for Zagreb since the French came

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    1. Credit should be given where credit is due. The French have done a very good job at running ZAG and attracting a whole load of airlines over the past few years.

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    2. Alen Šćuric Purger15 February 2018 at 23:29

      That is true.

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  19. Bravo Hrvatska!

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  20. By 2025 I'm sure it will be the biggest airport in exyu! Great times ahead if a LCC opens a base - it could actually easily take over BEG (it has much better terminal, more tourists etc.)

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    1. And you think that by 2025 Belgrade won't grow at all? Vinci will work to decrease passengers probably by your theory. Still BEG has done something no other airport in the region has. In one year it managed to add 1.3 million passengers.

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    2. Christ almighty. How in the world it could surpass BEG? In that case ZAG should grow 25% yoy while BEG should stagnate. Get real.

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    3. To se moze dogoditi samo ako Hrvatska zatvori sve aerodrome osim ZAD.
      Kad bi u HR bili samo ZAD i ZAG......

      Not gonna happen

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    4. Ahahah tip je ironican.

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    5. It is possible. If you compare GNI from Serbia and Croatia, you will see, that it's nearly same (a bit higher in Croatia). So the purchasing power by the citizens is bigger in Croatia (less citizens) and the higher income brings over-proportional growth in luxus-goods (leasure flights are luxus). Also the higher economic puls indicate to more business flights. An other important factor is the EU and the open market. The last factor is the tourism, which is in Croatia on a higher level.
      The arguments against are also good, but with less weight: Belgrade has a bigger ctchment-area, Belgrade has less concurence (INI & BUD... are to far away) and an unlikely argument is the unproportional economic growth. Unlikely because in Serbia we hadn't an significant growth the last 30 years, so why it should change right now (the so called crisis is NOT a crisis, but a status quo).
      Anyway I hope for the whole region to grow an bring better life to all peaople. (I am from Macedonia)

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    6. Yes, yes ... BEG is stagnating because it's located in a poor region without competition. That's why Vinci paid that much, silly people.

      I wish easyJet would have ten weekly flights this summer or if Transavia doubled its flights in February ... ahh if only.

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    7. Talking of BEG, seems like February will be strong especially with the two days being off.

      Some flights today:

      JU
      BEG-FCO 174/174
      FCO-BEG 110/174
      BEG-FRA 70/144
      FRA-BEG 110/144

      TK
      BEG-IST overbooked on A321

      HV
      AMS-BEG 154/189
      BEG-AMS 172/189

      The rest I can't remember

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    8. Amazing about FCO especially when you think how many airlines failed on the route.

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    9. @AnonymousFebruary 15, 2018 at 9:59 AM

      Bit sill to say Zagreb would overtake Belgrade in 2025. First of all anything is possible and won't say it can't happen. It all depends in Zagreb allows LCCs to come in or not.

      However, I don't think the airport can grow as fast as Belgrade did in one year by 1.3 million.

      My prediction is Zagreb will handle around 3.4 million this year, a conservative estimate.

      2018 - 3.4 million
      2019 - 3.7 million
      2020 - 4.0 million
      2021 - 4.4 million
      2022 - 4.8 million
      2023 - 5.2 million
      2024 - 5.7 million
      2025 - 6.2 million

      I am quite certain Belgrade will grow at the same time too. My projections, conservative estimates.


      2018 - 5.6 million
      2019 - 6.0 million
      2020 - 6.4 million
      2021 - 6.7 million
      2022 - 7.1 million
      2023 - 7.6 million
      2024 - 8.0 million
      2025 - 8.6 million

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    10. aww, i missed u prediction man :)

      and what about next century?
      what will the figures be at BEG and ZAG?

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  21. What about Ryan? Eeasyjet?

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  22. BA should add more flights to ZAG now that Monarch is gone and Croatia Airlines had to reduce flights because of slots.

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    1. don't know why, but only 19.06. is double daily with BA...

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    2. sorry, 19.05.

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    3. Is there some game or something happening on that day? One of the problems BA may have with increasing ZAG is that they can't find suitable slots at LHR although they could always add flights from Gatwick.

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    4. don't think so, not sure if something big is in Zagreb on that day....I doubt it... but just one flight? that really does not have any sence..

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  23. More and more competition for Croatia Airlines but much more choice for us who travel. I think the summer is now very respectable with flights to many European markets. Like someone said they should now focus on winter and how to get some of those seasonal route year round.

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  24. Still don't get these OU flights to Rome going via Dubrovnik and Split. Can't they have at least 1 weekly flights nonstop?

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    1. Not enough demand. Even Alitalia or Vueling are staying away.

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  25. How about flights to US? At least seasonal?

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    1. Nope, nothing

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    2. Nothing? Never? Someday?

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    3. Will be someday but not this summer.

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  26. Lovely pic of the terminal!

    Good to read (above by Peter) that the European handball championships only accounted for 3% of the growth which makes the total 13% for January even more impressive.

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    1. The new terminal sure does look impressive!

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  27. excellent news coming in from Zagreb this year. Any more new airlines we might see soon?

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    1. I think that's it as far as this summer goes. Maybe some new route in winter.

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    2. Thai AirAsia X ;)

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  28. It's fantastic to see how much the Warsaw-Zagreb route has developed for LOT. Double daily this summer.

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  29. Weren't people saying how ou would launch 5 new routes?

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    1. and add A321 :D

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    2. hahaha so u believe in everything what u read here? c'man! We read about 5 new OU routes, about A321, someone mentioned in comments Air Serbia will have new route to Chicago, someone said Toronto, etc. So the point is...do not believe to anonymous comments here :)

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    3. Well, Zag-Dub, Zag-Omo, Spu-Cph, Dbv-Munich, that is 4. Am I missing something? Who said it will all be from Zag?

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  30. +13,3% u januaru?! Ma šta zna taj koncesionar.. Bravo ZAG.

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    1. Podatci jos nisu objavljeni tako da nema ni razloga za cestitkama

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    2. ? Podatci jesu objavljeni. Ne samo u clanku gore (da si ga procitao) nego i na sajtu MZLZ.

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  31. That was an amazing January!! A few years back those were good numbers for April.
    I think Zagreb will finish this year at somewhere between 3,4 and 3,5 million pax.

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    1. Don´t forget about DBV and SPU.

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    2. With both Tunisia (UK lifted the ban and first UK flight recently landed) and Turkey back in market, I wonder if DBV and SPU can show the same performance this year.

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    3. Just one look to the right column with all the new flights, I wouldn't be worried about breaking new records in figures.

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    4. DBV ce ove godine doci na SPU od prosle
      SPU na ZAG od prosle
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      Tako nekako.

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    5. Antalya and Izmir are already making a killing. Turkey is definitely back in the game.

      https://www.dailysabah.com/tourism/2018/02/15/dissatisfied-with-alternative-markets-european-tourists-heading-back-to-turkey

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    6. Ti, naravno znas, kako svake godine sve vise i vise ljudi putuje.
      Toga si svjestan?
      Hrvatski aerodromi ce ove godine zabiljeziti 1 000 000 putnika vise nego prosle.
      To ne cinjenica.

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    7. AF added a few new destinations for next year and DBV was the one with the least frequencies. We might be overestimating the number of arrivals with other markets being back in the game.

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    8. Croatia best new European destination according to Chinese edition of "Travel and leisure" magazine! Congrats!

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    9. Mark my words,
      1 000 000+ novih putnika na Hrvatskim aerodrimima u 2018.

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    10. Sijecanj 2018:
      ZAG +13.3%
      SPU +17%
      DBV +15%

      1 000 000+ u 2018.

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    11. SPU and DBV have almost the same number of passengers as INI in January.

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    12. Dakle, gospodo, sad vam je jasno kako usporedjujete neusporedive stvari.
      Jedino zajednicko sto imaju aerodromi kao sto su INI, DBV, SPU, Tivat, Tuzla.....je to sto su aerodromi. Drugih dodirnih tocaka nemaju.
      Razlike su tim vece sto je npr SPU kadar progucati putnika u jednom mjesecu koliko INI ima u godini i pol.

      Ponovit cu se, u 2018. na Hrvatskim aerodromima ocekujem rast prometa za 1 000 000+ novih putnika.

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    13. @AnonymousFebruary 15, 2018 at 6:11 PM

      Sijecanj 2018:
      ZAG +13.3%
      SPU +10.7%
      DBV +15%

      ;)

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  32. So LJU 100.373 and ZAG 191.276 - 90 thousand difference is not that much!

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    1. And in this case some 90% difference.

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    2. You cannot apply the percentage because this is irrelevant. Do you frankly think 90 thousand is a huge difference for 2 EU capitals?

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    3. Why couldn't I? That's the difference in percentage.

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    4. Because 90% of a small figure is irrelevant. Same as 1 out 5 is 20%

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    5. It's as relevant as your 90.000. You just picked the number you like better.

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    6. I prodje onaj autobus nezamjeceno opet....

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    7. The only % we should be speaking of is the growth and if the gap got wider or narrower.

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    8. LJU has managed to stop ZAG from increasing the lead in January. With the LCC buildup this will change soon! LJU is about to take charge.

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    9. You do see that there is still 90.000 or 90% difference?

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    10. No one is saying otherwise. What is being said is that tables are slowly started to turn and this will only speed up once OU no longer has any assets to sell. If you know what I mean.

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    11. Try to control yourself from making statement with 100% certainty. Not you or anyone else doesn't know what will be next month, next year or next decade. So, that same turning table, can turn some other way.

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    12. What other way exactly? My country doesn't have a national airline so why do I care?

      And are you implying OU might be saved if the deal with Garuda goes through? :D

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    13. I'm not implying absolutely anything. I'm not the one saying "this will happen and this won't". That's the difference.
      And enjoy in belittling OU. I couldn't care less about them or any other airline. I won't affect my life if they stay or disappear.

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    14. Hhahahah yeah, your chronic rants against anyone who says anything against them prove otherwise. Everyone with a bit common sense knows that their end is close especially now when the government won't privatize them.

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    15. If anything is chronic here is your will for trashing. And that OU end is coming for how many years now?
      You're boring. And annoying. Enjoy chatting with yourself. Bye!

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    16. Well, they've been making it because they had stuff to sell. Remember when Purger wrote that great analysis on Preso prevoz and slots and so on.

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    17. Koga nema, bez njega se moze.
      Cak i ako OU nestane, netko drugi ce istog trenutka popuniti prazninu.
      Bez brige

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    18. Ljudi navijaju za Ljubljanu ne zato što vole Sloveniju, nego čisto iz razloga što se nadaju da će oduzeti putnike Zagrebu!

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    19. @AnonymousFebruary 15, 2018 at 4:57 PM

      I think best is to ignore trolls, there's plenty of traffic all concerned.
      Look if Marco Polo airport handles more than all of Croatian airports combined, shows how far we need to go, and plenty of fish in the water.

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    20. LJU sijecanj 2017: 80 000
      ZAG sijecanj 2017: 168 000
      Razlika 88 000

      Sijecanj 2018.razlika 90 000
      Sta prica ovaj???

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    21. Tocnije:
      Razlika u sjecnju 2017. - 79 395
      Razlika u sjecnju 2018. - 90 903

      Dakle, LJU je zaustavila zaostajanje za ZAG tako sto se ta razlika povecala za 11 508 putnika.

      Ma bravo za LJU

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    22. Well done LJU! After all, 90 thousand is a lot for 2 smaller, regional airports such as ZAG and LJU.
      I think JP´s expansion will be very successful. Hopefully OU does the same.

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    23. An 9:08, do you feel much better now? Feeling powerful, strong, satisfied?
      And I really don't feel like spoiling your feeling of supremacy, combined with exctatic enjoyment, but I just have to remind you that "smaller, regional airports" are usually not served by Air France, KLM, British, Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian, Iberia, THY, EL AL, Qatar, Emirates, Air Canada..., especially if we know that some "powerful hubs", "big game players", "centers of the World" (in the "region", of course), don't have even a half of above mentioned carriers. Cheers!

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    24. Small regional airports Antalya and Honolulu have 20-25 million passengers each but only one of those airlines serves HNL and only two (3 if you count seasonal) serve AYT. Whoever is obsessed with "importance" of that airline list is delusional.

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    25. @Anon at 10:36

      Would you rather have have airport like Sapporo in Japan with 20M pax and zero of those airlines, or have an airport with all those airlines but barely 3M pax?

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    26. If OU was a normal airline then those airlines wouldn't stand a chance. Like this they are an easy prey given how uncompetitive the Zagreb market is. As someone once pointed out it's one of the few European cities not to have a lowcost link to London. Even Belgrade has it and we are not in the EU.

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    27. Just to add my little opinion here.
      It all depends on the airport.

      Zagreb is growing as a regional travel destination, has very few transfers and is more final destination for many passengers.

      As airport grows, and it'll grow as Croatia gains more importance of being an EU and NATO member.

      Sadly many airport with high volume of passengers, tend to rely on few airlines to generate the traffic, seen it a lot among seasonal travel destinations.

      Split, Zadar and Dubrovnik also start to benefit from these trends in Croatia, EasyJet, RyanAir, Wizz, Eurowings...
      Problem with these carriers, which often pay nothing to bring the passengers in, do not stimulate local economy, but actually cost local economy as often they demand subsidies.

      Sofia airport is a fine example. In 2017 airport had 6.4 million passengers, and you'd expect airport with 30% yoy growth would generate massive profits. Sadly not the case, Airport recorded massive loss.

      Same goes for Bucharest airport. Budapest airport isn't doing too great. Riga, Krakow, Gdansk all depend on EU and local subsidies. Heavily. As they make no profits at all.

      Even Standsted airport, major low cost hub, 26 million passengers and serving London. That airport makes £60 million profit on 26 million passengers. If Manchester Airport wasn't such a success, and invested heavily in infrastructure of the airport, Standsted would be losing money.

      It is good to have few strong airlines, but ideally you really want number of carriers and number of destinations offered.






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    28. Er, I suggest you make some checks before posting incorrect information.
      SOF airport has recorded a profit of approx. 10 million leva (5 million €).
      OTP airport - 8% increase in revenue.

      You have made it sound as if all the airports are doing bad when the EU economy is doing fine in almost all countries including Spain and Greece.

      Yes, regional airports rely on subsidies but nothing wrong with that. As long as you generate enough business + leisure traffic throughout the whole year.
      There is no other way to ensure that smaller towns get connected to other bigger cities.
      Good examples are most Romanian airports, Plovdiv + Burgas, Debrecen, Castellon, etc, etc.

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  33. it will be good to see January performance for all ex yu airports

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  34. Da puste LCC bilo bi preko 5 milja putnika

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    1. LCCom nece isplatiti koncesiju.....

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  35. How is the ZAG-DXB route doing by the way? LF? Any chance to see the A380 in summer or downgrade to B772 instead?
    BUD regularly receive B773.

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    1. ZAG regularly receive B773.

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    2. Load factor atm is not as good as it is in summer moths, it is around 65%.

      I summer months it is around 90%/.

      We'll see how 2018 pans out, early days for A380 on the route. we'll see. However, 2020, sure on few busy days they might put A380 on the route.

      WE'll see how Jin Air, Korean air and potential Chinese carrier influence the future capacity.

      Zagreb domestic demand is growing @5% yoy and that is very encouraging, as Croats are among least air-traveling people in the EU.

      This could be due to number of reasons, but one of the main reasons is the cost.

      More airlines @Zagreb, more competition, will drive costs down.

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