Lufthansa expands operations across former Yugoslavia


Lufthansa will introduce three new routes to the former Yugoslavia this coming summer season and boost frequencies on the Serbian market. The German carrier will launch new seasonal flights from both Munich and Frankfurt to Tivat, as well as from Munich to Rijeka. The development will mark Lufthansa's entry onto the Montenegrin market and its sixth destination in Croatia. Operations to Tivat will launch on April 13 and 14, once per week, with the airline's 136-seat Airbus A319 aircraft, with the one weekly Rijeka service to commence May 25 and run with the ninety-seat Bombardier CRJ900 jet. The carrier will compete directly against Montenegro Airlines on the Munich - Tivat route, and complement its codeshare partner Croatia Airlines on the Rijeka service.

RouteLaunch date
Munich - TivatAPR 13 
Frankfurt - TivatAPR 16
Munich - RijekaMAY 25

Lufthansa will launch an extra seven weekly flights to Belgrade this summer season with an additional daily service between Munich and the Serbian capital, totalling three daily flights. The new rotation will operate in the evening, departing Munich at 21.05 and arriving at 22.35, while the return service is scheduled to leave Belgrade at 06.30 and touch down in the Bavarian capital at 08.00. Lufthansa faces no competition on the route. The Munich service complements the airline's double daily flights from Frankfurt to Belgrade. The airline also plans to maintain capacity on its Frankfurt - Zagreb service this summer. Lufthansa will wet-lease a 100-seat Bombardier CRJ1000 aircraft from Iberia Regional (Air Nostrum), which will be deployed on both of its two daily flights to the Croatian capital as of March 30.

Elsewhere, Lufthansa will keep the same number of frequencies on its seasonal summer routes to the Croatian coast this year. This includes three weekly flights from Frankfurt to Pula, as well as daily operations to Dubrovnik and Split. From Munich, Lufthansa will maintain eight weekly services to Dubrovnik and Split, two weekly to Pula and three weekly to Zadar. "We have a lot of loyal customers in Croatia, and an excellent reputation, and it delights us to connect Croatia with the world via our hubs, and so contribute to its development", the airline said. The carrier will also continue to maintain daily operations between Munich and Sarajevo. “Lufthansa has been expanding services from Sarajevo to Germany and the European Union by introducing new flights together with Austrian Airlines, Swiss and Eurowings, and now accounts for 25% of all traffic at Sarajevo Airport. We look forward to continuing to provide services and a flexible network to travellers in the region”, the company noted.




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  1. Nice. I would really like to see more of Lufthansa mainline in the region. They only serve Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia but no flights to Ljubljana, Podgorica, Pristina or Skopje.

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    1. Agree. Very odd for such a large airline that they have such a limited presence.

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    2. LH used to fly to Skopje once upon a time.

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    3. They've left Eastern Europe and Balkans mostly to Austrian.

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    4. There simply isn't enough demand. Remember when Swiss started 5 new routes in ex-Yu. All failed miserably.

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    5. They have JP for these types of destinations in our region.

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    6. Back in 2011 PRN airport announced that LH was starting DUS-PRN. It never happened in the end.

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    7. Eurowings cancelled Dusseldorf-Skopje before it even started so I doubt we will be seeing Lufthansa anytime soon.

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    8. Yes ,but they continued to operate short haul flights only from FRA and MUC,and they left DUS,CGN and STR only to germanwings

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    9. They cover PRN through Adria. They force their "partners" to fly routes where they don't expect to make money.

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    10. Has LH started flying to Albania yet?

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    11. Yes, they fly from Frankfurt. Eurowings also flies seasonally.

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    12. Lufthansa are flying double daily to Tirana airport this summer

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  2. What aircraft did FRA-ZAG operate with last year?

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    1. I might be wrong but I think it was Airbus A320 series, it varied between A319 and A321 depending on demand.

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    2. Weren't winter ops also downgraded to Cityline?

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    3. Yes, CityLine operated most flights in winter. Many passengers shifted to AF and KL.

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    4. One of the possible reasons for the capacity downgrade is that they are loosing passengers to competitors who now offer direct long haul flights - Korean Air, AC Rouge or better transfer options like Emirates... even though people here were claiming how they are immune to any sort of competition.

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    5. I think LO affected them the most as their passenger numbers boomed in ZAG last year. Numbers on ZAG-AMS fell quite a bit so I don't know how many shifted to KL.

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    6. Wet leased CR9 operated FRA-ZAG last summer, also Air Nostrum.
      Remember, that they have a Crew Base in summer in ZAG.. (3 based CRJ)

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    7. Isn't it two CRJ100s, not 3?

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    8. Funny that a lot of people commented on LH operating Air Nostrum's CRJ1000 on FRA-ZAG route in 2019, and that exactly shows how easily people can be manipulated. Because -surprise!-, LH operated the same aircraft in 2018 on ZAG-FRA route. Even from the same company, Air Nostrum (not to mention the frequency increase between December 2018-February 2019, from daily to double daily). There won't be any change at all. So dear exyu editor, please find something else to feed the trolls :)

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    9. ^ Actually Airbuses operated this route.

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    10. Out of 405 flights (one way) between April-October 2018, 397 were operated by CRJ1000s. Is that enough statistics for you?

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    11. The article doesn't actually say there are any changes in Zagreb. It just says that FRA is operated by Air Nostrum equipment. And while other airports are regularly criticized here by people who post comments it seems any mention of Zagreb in any negative context is forbidden and anyone who does that is a troll, hater, Serb or whatever. Learn to live with some criticism and not just with "Bravo Croatia" especially when it is not warranted. Especially not in this case. And what, I should shout Bravo Croatia because ZAG has not a single new airline announced for this summer while every other capital city has - Ljubljana, Podgorica, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Pristina, Skopje. I would rather be asking myself why and what is the airport's management doing than writing Bravo Croatia and calling everyone a troll who hasn't sung its praises to ZAG and its management.

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  3. Well done Tivat. Lufthansa doesn't fly to much larger markets in the region so this is a scoop for them.

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    1. +1. hoping they consider Podgorica too.

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  4. Why don't they start FRA-SJJ?

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    1. LH is slowly shifting capacity to MUC.

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    2. LH is not happy at all with Fraport bringing FR in FRA and is moving a lot of both long haul and short haul flying to MUC.

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    3. shifting 3-4 A380s is not "a lot of both long haul and short haul flying"

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    4. The big majority of new LH flights are being launched from MUC instead of FRA now.

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  5. Nice, so they will have two aircraft staying overnight in BEG now, the other one is from Frankfurt.

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    1. LH departures from BEG this summer:

      06.20 FRA
      06.30 MUC
      13.05 MUC
      13.45 FRA
      17.00 MUC

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    2. Would be nice to have an earlier departure from FRA to BEG as connections from the US tend to be quite long.

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    3. I think this will impact JU numbers as they will collect mostly alltransfer pax in the early AM wave.

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    4. Hahaha how exactly will they collect transfer passengers in early AM wave? What are you going on about?

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    5. This new Munich flight is actually a resumption of the same flight they ended a few years ago. I think the times were the same as well.

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    6. @9.27
      Depends on the US destination

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    7. West coast is fine, Midwest and East Coast are the problem.

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  6. I wish LH, LX and OS would fly to LJU, would provide for better and more reliable service than JP.

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  7. Shame about the ZAG capacity downgrade on FRA-ZAG route. I'm surprised.

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    1. What plane was used before?

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    2. A320 series.

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    3. No Mainline ops in 18

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    4. Everyone here again speaks about the serious downgrade of LH on FRA-ZAG, shame, and other blablabla and not one single person mention till last year LH operated once daily on FRA-ZAG, mostly on 319, so 130 passengers, which is today twice daily with 100 seater, so 180-200 passengers per day. But hey, it's ZAG, it must be downgrade, of course

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    5. Comparisons are made year on year. Not 2019 compared to 2017.

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    6. Exactly, it's year on year and given difficult January I can only assume LH isn't performing that well.

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    7. @An.11.30
      You are right. Year by year. 2017 one daily frequency on Airbus, mostly 319. 2018 two daily frequencies on 100 seater. 2019 exactly the same as 2018. But hey, let's now introduce something new, let's mention some 2 years period, just to show "downgrade" which does not exist. And let's once again point out difficult January with 87 passengers less, imagine, one full Q400, imagine whole 87 people less in ZAG then one year before, to show how badly everything goes in ZAG for LH and all others. Pathetic, pathetic, pathetic....

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    8. No, let's put on our sunshine glasses and pretend that everything is perfect, that ZAG is shining, that the airport is not struggling financially, that the airport grew 10% in January, that Emirates turning ZAG into a seasonal service is somehow an improvement... Yes, let's introduce something new so that we can present mediocre results as something fantastic. In my opinion that's pathetic, pathetic, pathetic...

      You are worse than that overly optimistic Croatian guy who came on here with his forecasts up until 2050.

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  8. Has LH flown to Montenegro before?

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  9. Their coverage in Croatia is impressive, even if it is mostly seasonal.

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  10. Great to see them expanding. Could they shift from Tivat to Podgorica in winter?

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  11. The new Tivat flights don't connect onto anything so it's purely for German tourists.

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    1. At one per week it was unlikely to think they were targeting transfers.

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  12. Hopefully in 2020 they start Podgorica too.

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    1. Quite possible. Or at least increase frequencies to TIV.

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    2. MGX is increasing frequencies to Germany so hopefully LH will respond next year with more flights too.

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    3. Which German cities does Montenegro Airlines fly to?

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    4. From Podgorica to Frankfurt and from Tivat to Leipzig and Munich this year.

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    5. Thanks. Germany is obviously a growing market. Enough space for LH and YM.

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    6. And YM is also launching Tivat-Hanover in May
      https://www.exyuaviation.com/p/montenegro-airlines-tivat-hannover.html

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  13. The new Lufthansa livery is so ugly. Still I'm happy to see them expand in the region :)

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  14. Chinese numbers in Serbia keep on booming, LH has a strong partnership with Air China, I am sure they also carry a share of them. I think OS does well in BEG, yesterday they sent two A320!
    It's also nice that LH Group will finally have some real competition in BEG from Sky Team with both Air France and Transavia fighting back. This should keep fares low which will stimulate passenger numbers even more.

    I am surprised Wizz Air isn't responding to this market growth. Seems like they are happy to give the market to others.

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    1. Good, nice to see more choices when flying out of BEG.

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  15. Congrats TIV, RJK, BEG

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  16. Bravo Hrvatska!

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  17. Guys, I'll fly with Lufthansa first time for 3 weeks from Belgrade to Paris (via Frankfurt and Vienna in return). I want to know when I'll be able to check in for flights and will I get any sandwich in flights :)

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    1. Yes you get a sandwich and you can choose drinks on board (it's all free). You can check-in online 23 hours before your flight or at BEG, LH does check in is done at T1.

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    2. I flew from Belgrade to Berlin via Frankfurt with them and I got free drinks (any drink) and a cookie ... no sandwich ... on both flights.

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    3. It probably depends what time you are flying with them.

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    4. They change it up between cookie, sandwich, pretzel. Depends what they stock the plane with.

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    5. The good thing about LH's morning flight(s) from BEG is that it is always on time since crew has a layover and plane is sitting in BEG. Otherwise I have found Lufthansa to be constantly late.

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    6. I agree they are usually very tardy. Last year I flew BEG-MUC and we were quite late. To top it all off we arrived at MUC and the captain informed us that we have to wait because there was no one at the gate to handle our aircraft! During the flight the crew did apologise about the delay over PA but she said "Don't worry a lot of flights are late so maybe you make your connections" lol. And no there were no strikes or anything like that.

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    7. On FRA-BEG-FRA route I have always received sandwich

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    8. Piće je uvijek besplatno. Hrana je na kraćim letovima ili sendvič ili nekakav kolač. Sendvič sa sirom je ok. Onaj sa šunkom ne bih dao psu da jede. Letio sam s njima jednom C class. Užas čisto. Hladno jelo, nikakav welcome drink. Vse skupa ono. Njemačka štedljivost i efikasnost. Više volim TK, ali geografski mi odgovaraju samo za manji dio službenih putovanja

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  18. Will LH also operate Rijeka-Munich year round like Croatia Airlines?

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    1. No, it's only seasonal

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    2. Are any of the other Croatian destinations year round other than Zagreb?

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    3. No, all are seasonal except Zagreb.

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    4. Pity. They could try SPU once per week in winter.

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    5. OU maintains for them the loss making winter flights.

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  19. Congratulations Lufthansa!

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  20. Does Lufthansa fly nonstop European flights from any other city other than Munich and Frankfurt?

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    1. No. Their hubs are FRA and MUC. They use Eurowings from other airports in Germany.

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    2. Interesting. Thank you for the info.

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  21. It would be great to see third daily flight between Frankfurt and Belgrade.

    I hope LH is considering to introduce it

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    1. Late afternoon/evening flight would be good.

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    2. According to my opinion the following flight is missing

      FRA-BEG 14:10 - 16:00
      BEG-FRA 16:45 - 18:45

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    3. Long time ago Jat Airways had these flight times:

      BEG-FRA 12:00 - 14:00
      FRA-BEG 14:50 - 16:40

      For me it was the best possible flight schedule between Frankfurt and Belgrade, ofcourse mostly for P2P passengers

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  22. So, no LH soon to SKP. What a pity.

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    1. As long as the current OS capacity to SKP is enough for Star Alliance, we will not see LH at SKP.

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    2. True. There is stils room for OS to go double daily and then we might see LH.

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  23. I would really like to see more of Lufthansa mainline in the region.

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    1. Well there is more and more of them in Croatia.

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    2. Ex-Yu is a very cost sensitive market. There is a greater chance of seeing Eurowings more in the region.

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  24. Excellent. There will be more options for passengers to fly to Europe and beyond.

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  25. Do you think Rijeka will work?

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    1. Condor and Ryanair flying RJK to Frankfurt , Croatia RJK to Munich, Laudamotion RJK to Berlin, Eurowings RJK to Berlin, Stuttgart, Dusseldorf, Cologne Hannover and Hamburg, all except OU on planes capacity 140-180 passengers, and mostly 2 up to 4 flights weekly. Why one weekly to the second biggest LH base with plentiful transfer options couldn't work. LH operates 3 daily to Trieste from Munich, and I believe not only this will work but be increased and upgraded very soon

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  26. So three new routes in S2019. Not bad at all.

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  27. I'm surprised AS does not fly to MUC. Especially with soon to be three daily flights by LH. So there must be a market. Not sure when and why Jat stopped flying to MUC years ago. Anyway it is high time AS returns to MUC

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  28. Ne kužim baš ovaj MUC-RJK. Ali dobro. Sigurno znaju što rade.

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    1. Pa LH uglavnom zna sta radi. Barem je tako bilo do sada. Mene zapravo cudi da su krenuli RJK samo jednom tjedno. Trst ima 3 dnevno. Mislim da ce RJK polako pa sigurno ic u tom smjeru. Uz "velike" avione koje ima za turiste, P2P, Rijeci treba linija manjim avionom za tranzitne putnike, iseljenike, poslovnjake, razne druge kategorije. Mislim da su LH i JU ovogodisnjim linijama za MUC i BEG to prepoznali, nakon sto je OU ukinula LHR iz RJK koji je bio 80 posto tranzitni let za Sjevernu Ameriku, koja naravno nije jedino gdje putnici za i iz RJK lete

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    2. TRS je TRS a RJK je RJK. Trst ima jaću ekonomiju, do aerodroma dođeš vlakom, navikli Slovenci ali i Istrijani letit iz Trsta. Tu su još Udine i Gorizia koji su nešto veća mjesta.
      RJK se nalazi na otoku. Javni prijevoz do aerodroma ne znam kakav je. Nekad je išao autobus tamo s Bana Jelačića ako se dobro sjećam. Zimi ti most može biti zatvoren zbog bure. Što može RJK vuć na sebe ako ne govorimo u turizmu? Gorski Kotar? Ilirsku Bistricu i Pivku?
      Da ja živim u Münchenu ne znam da li bih letio za Rijeku. Ja više ili manje sve što je do 600km idem autom ili vlakom.
      Ali dobro. Nisam je mjerilo. Neka im je sa srećom.

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    3. Se strinjam z Athos_cro. Reško letališče ima izven obmorskega turizma zelo omejen potencial (zaradi vsega zgoraj navedenega).

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  29. Direct flight to Tivat is a dream come true ! I love the Dalmatian coast ( Mali Losinj !!! ) but getting there with car is not really pleasant. To drive down to Montenegro is even less attractive. Generally speaking Munich is/was not really well connected by air to the coast. For example there are no flights Munich-Pula. It hope this changes now !
    Mike from Munich.

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    1. BY car. With car würde es bedeuten, daß da das Auto in Hand nimmst und trägst.

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    2. Da hast du völlig Recht Athos - es heißt wirklich "by car". Nun ja, Englisch ist halt auch nur eine Fremdsprache für mich. Schönen Tag noch !
      Mike from Munich.

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  30. would be nice to have lufthansa fly to skopje and prishtina

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    1. Don't think it will happen, LH explored SKP with EW and failed. I don't think they are adventurous enough to try PRN with all the raiseburo mafia.

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  31. Great news! Loving the increased presence of LH on the Western Balkans. Would love to see them connecting MUN & FRA with SKP, I think business travelers would be happy to avoid flying W6 to Hahn or Memmingen.

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