Sunday, May 27, 2018

Iberia begins year-round operations to Croatia


Spain's national carrier Iberia has upgraded two of its routes to Croatia from seasonal to year-round operations. Services from Madrid to both Zagreb and Dubrovnik will continue past the summer. Flights between the Spanish and Croatian capitals will be maintained twice per week with an Airbus A319 aircraft, each Tuesday and Saturday, during the 2018/19 winter season, which begins on October 28. Similarly, services to Dubrovnik will run twice weekly, each Wednesday and Saturday. Iberia faces no competition on the two routes. "During the winter months there'll be two weekly flights between Madrid, Zagreb and Dubrovnik, with excellent connections from other airports in our network. These new additions to our programme will reinforce our presence in Croatia, not only for point-to-point flights but for long haul connections as well", Iberia said in a statement.

The Spanish airline has boosted both frequencies and capacity to Croatia this summer. The carrier will maintain up to eight weekly flights from Madrid to the Croatian capital, an increase from five weekly last year. It also brought forward the resumption of the service by a month to early May. Furthermore, Iberia is adding four weekly flights to Dubrovnik, resulting in double daily operations during the peak summer months, while Split will also benefit with daily services to be maintained from Madrid this year, up from three per week in 2017. In a statement to EX-YU Aviation News, the airline said, "We will be offering 48% more seats to Dubrovnik in the summer of 2018 compared to last year. To Zagreb, we are offering 79% more seats this summer than the previous one. Finally, capacity to Split will grow by 189% in 2018".

Iberia's low cost subsidiary, Vueling Airlines, has also strengthened its operations to Croatia this year. The carrier has added two weekly services between Barcelona and Split, for a total of nine per week, and an extra flight between Rome and Split, totalling thirteen weekly operations. The airline will also continue to maintain its year-round flights from Barcelona and Rome to Dubrovnik, and launch operations from Vienna to the sea side city. Furthermore, it will run seasonal services from Barcelona and Rome to Zadar. Finally, Vueling also maintains operations from Florence to Split and Barcelona to Zagreb.

59 comments:

  1. Wow fantastic news thst both are becoming year round, especially DBV.

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  2. Nice work. They will attract passengers to/from South America with these flights.

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    1. True. Do IB and OU codeshare.

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  3. Congratulations to Dubrovnik, they have been tirelessly working on reducing seasonality. Their formula seems to be working quite nicely and hopefully we see less fluctuations in passenger numbers.

    I like their approach because it's not as hectic as Split's which seems to be all over the place. Dubrovnik is an ancient city which played an important role in global trade from a long time ago. Croatia benefits a lot from their historic knowledge and openness. They might be physically in the Balkans but not mentally. DBV is a nice example of this phenomena.

    I am still disappointed Split and Zadar underperformed in April. I hope May numbers will be better for them.

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  4. Bravo Hrvatska!

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  5. Congrats to ZAG and DBV, although I think ZAG could have at least 3 flights pw during winter.

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    1. They were cautious from the start but the Croatian market surprised them with its response so they had to make adjustments. XD

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    2. "response" lol

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    3. sounds like the INI fanboys

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    4. sounds someone little jealous?

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  6. W18/19 will be a strong one at ZAG. I expect growth to be around 9% to 12%. So far we have:

    1. Daily EK
    2. IB to MAD

    And most likely Rouge will keep some flights in winter.

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    1. Also Aegean expanded their schedule from end of September to end of October and could possible make it year round.
      Zagreb is truly shining this year!

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    2. In ZAG, BA is daily again this winter!

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    3. That's not surprise with OU reducing flghts by 5 weekly.

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    4. OU reducing was last winter too, but BA was not daily. So, this is increase.

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    5. OK will keep winter flights in ZAG too

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    6. OK was meant to keep it last winter too but cancelled it in October.

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  7. Iberia will go double daily next summer, for sure.

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    1. from two weekly to double daily. pff

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    2. Od zametka do kompletna promasaja
      .......

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    3. I think he was referring to Zagreb.

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    4. Two weekly during winter, Anon 10:07, read carefully! Summer is something else!

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  8. The other day you all said DBV is just a small town with 40 thousand people... So now, a year round LEGACY carrier. Bravo bravo DBV....3 million approach.

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    1. I agree, good work. So how many year long flights does Dubrovnik have now? Vueling to Barcelona and Rome, Croatia Airlines to Zagreb, PSO flights, what else?

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    2. OU also flies Frankfurt and Rome year round from DBV.

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    3. British? Turkish?

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    4. So this winter scheduled flights from Dubrovnik : Zagreb, Osijek, Split, Pula, Rijeka, Rome, Barcelona, Madrid, Frankfurt, London, Istanbul, Dubai. My bet for the next winter goes to Munich, Vienna, Paris and Oslo

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    5. Odakle vam Dubai preko zime?

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  9. Great news. Honestly I expected Iberia to go year long much much earlier. They have been flying to Zagreb since 2009.

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  10. @ exyu:
    IB high season ops this summer is:
    ZAG 13 weekly
    DBV 17 weekly
    SPU 7 weekly

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    1. SPU seems to be slowly starting to underperform.

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    2. I think it is a slot problem at SPU.
      So ZAD could be an option in S2019 2 weekly.

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    3. SPU je dosao do cepa.
      Do pustanja extenzije/novog terminala i gradnje rulnica, nema mjesta za povecanje prometa u sezoni.

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    4. A sto ne lijete zimi kao za DBV?

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    5. Pa ne mogu da lijete zimi; zimi mogu samo da zijime ako leti lijete

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    6. "...Finally, capacity to Split will grow by 189% in 2018"."

      Underperform?

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    7. Underpeforming because they are overlooked as far as winter flights go. Also their growth in April was nowhere to be seen, not even 1%.

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    8. Jedna lasta ne čini proljeće.

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  11. Nice. Anyone know how many passengers we can expect and ZAG and DBV this year?

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    1. ZAG 3.5 for sure.

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    2. DBV should go over 3 million this year too.

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    3. @AnonymousMay 27, 2018 at 10:01 PM

      You must be smoking some weed, care to share?
      Magic mushrooms ?

      Dubrovnik if it hits 2.75 million pax this year would do extremely well.
      Split might his 3.1 million pax.
      Zagreb around 3.4 million.
      Pula, 720 000, fingers crossed.
      Zadar, 650 000
      Rijeka, no idea, they're the only airport that has this strange ping pong thing going.
      Osijek might do 60 000.


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  12. Does Iberia or Iberia Express fly these routes to Croatia?

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    1. IB mainline

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    2. During summer its A319, A320 and A321. During winter it will be A319 but it's all mainline.

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    3. Thanks. That's good news too.

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  13. Should be a good year for Croatian airports.

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    1. Extremely good year, especially with Osijek and Brac waking up this year.

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  14. Iberia has increased their flights to Croatia the most this year.

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    1. Where is the demand coming from? The Spanish side?

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    2. Demand is combined. Of course it's 10 times more spanish passengers because spanish are 40 milion and croatian 4 milion, but there is also demand from croatian side. I'm from RJK and I flew 2 times in last 5 years with Iberia from Venice-once to Cuba and once to Mexico. Next time Panama /Columbia from ZAG. Super!

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  15. I've flown with many airlines but never with Iberia. What's their service like?

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    1. They don't charge extra for luggage, they charge for snacks and drink in economy on short-haul, and of course everything free on long-haul, which is actually pretty good - well not exactly EK 380 upper deck but not bad at all, let's say something like JU to JFK, just with some more experienced and very professional cabin crew

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  16. Congrats ZAG and DBV.

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  17. Congratulations Zagreb and Dubrovnik! Great news keep on coming, this year we'll have three airports with over 3 million pax, with those three main international airports in Croatia alone getting close to 10 million passengers.
    To think that only a few years back, the entire country had less than 8 million.

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