Zagreb Airport stagnates in January

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Zagreb Airport's passenger numbers declined slightly in January, ending 21 months of consecutive growth. Croatia's busiest airport welcomed 191.197 passengers in January, representing a decrease of 0.04% or just 79 fewer travellers. The number of flight operations also remained virtually unchanged at 3.045, up from 3.039. The airport, which handled 3.336.310 passengers in 2018, has not released its growth targets for this year.

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  1. Ugh... shame. With no major announcements in sight I guess we should be lucky to have 5% at the end of the year. I am surprised KE didn't impact the numbers. Maybe those comments about them flying empty were true.

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    1. Maybe were true? We see it now.

      I would say that 5% is way too optimistic.

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    2. Could this also be the BNX effect? People who used ZAG from Srpska no longer have to for several routes. Let's see how ZAG-TXL performs this summer.

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    3. We kept convinced that BNX would have no affect on ZAG.

      Let's see what will happen after FR opens new destinations

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    4. EK was flying empty as well now FZ
      737 max was load 13.12. max 50% and 31.12. max 30%

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    5. Ouch
      Shall we see now even FZ reduction?

      KE will also not be flying empty for a long time. It will turn to be seasonal

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    6. I don't think there's a way they get 5% growth with zero announcements. DBV expects 5% and they have a dozen new routes. I think ZAG will be happy with +0% at the end of the year.

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    7. Ha? We are talking about 79 Passengers! 79. ==> Last Year there was the European handball championship which generated a lot of traffic for the airport.

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    8. Yes, my bad... somehow bad news for ZAG is always somehow good. Remember when SKP, BEG and LJU had major sporting events? Even after that they had solid growth. Here with ZAG it has to be something different especially since growth slowed down once Ryanair started booming in BNX.

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    9. Qatar and Turkish were also flying half empty and Qatar reduced from double daily to 13 weekly

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    10. Didn't QR increase ZAG to double daily only once EK launched flights?

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    11. it is nothing else than trolling when people describe small airports as a "threat" to much larger and established airports .. BNX to ZAG or INI to SKP.

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    12. I dunno bruh but FR started expanding in BNX in December and since then ZAG has been recording worse and worse results. You tell me... where did people from BNX fly from when they were going to Brussels, Stockholm, Berlin... if not from Zagreb or Tuzla?

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    13. Or better to ask where do these people now fly from?

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    14. Forget BNX, what we need to ask is what is ZAG's strategy going forward.

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    15. Is there a one?

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    16. I see KLM won't be flying daily to ZAG until 06.04. I guess this is good news for OU.

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    17. Really? It is one more bad news for ZAG

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    18. Sure 4000 passengers per month in Banja Luka will make huge diferance on 200.000 zagreb passengers

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    19. 2%.
      In this case it is difference between growth and fall.
      And it will be more than 4000

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    20. Are we sure that all 4000 used Zagreb at some time?

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    21. You think it was more?

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    22. 4.000 either used ZAG or TZL, where else would they fly? SJJ and BEG are too far away. TZL also had a drop in January, I don't think it's a coincidence.

      I would love for once someone from Croatia to be impartial when looking at ZAG.

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    23. Bus, car, via BEG by Air Serbia, at least 50% are new travellers did not travell before LCC cheap ticket or did so vsry rearly.

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    24. You mean rarely?

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    25. The distance from Banja Luka to Sarajevo is exactly the same as it is to Zagreb. Maybe Sarajevo is "too far" for some reasons other than geography. I mean bad roads, of course...šatro.
      At any rate, if ZAG ever gets to depend on a few thousand travelers from Northern Bosnia, than it really will be in trouble. That's not very likely though.

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    26. BNX-SJJ 3 hours by car
      BNX-ZAG 1h 45 min by car

      "Exactly" the same!

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    27. Transavia in LJU affected ZAG-AMS, so why wouldn't BNX affect the routes that are served from both cities? After all, we kept on hearing in the past how northern Srpska used to gravitate towards Zagreb. What changed all of a sudden?

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    28. BNX will not affect Zag figures. Zagreb attracts a different kind of customer, who wouldn't touch Ryanair with a bargepole!

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    29. ZAG figures in November, December and January prove you are wrong

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    30. Nonsense. People are usually looking for a cheap ticket and a convenient schedule. Fact is that many from Banja Luka used ZAG to fly abroad. Now when they have flights from their home town there is no longer a need to go elsewhere. That could also be a reason for Tuzla's drop in January. Many ZAG fanboys on here forget that we are talking about Serbs from Srpska who used to fly from Zagreb, not about Croats from continental Croatia who might be using BNX to fly aboard.

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    31. It is very funny that everyone assumes indirectly that NO foreigners are flying to BNX or ZAG. The only ones flying to BNX are those that live there :D

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    32. Haha, yes, who would want to go to Banja Luka except those that used to fly to to work in the EU capital and send home money. Politicians also now fly Ryanair. They have to stay ther 3 days because no flights available, but then who cares.

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    33. For the politicians that's perfect. :D

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    34. @Anon 07:15 Ah, I see...so it is bad roads after all. I knew it, darn it!
      Croatia immediately needs to drop the border checks and highway tolls for travelers from Banja Luka too, or else ZAG is doomed!!

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  2. Wait, they build a whole new terminal and everything, and still refill the planes with trucks? Welcome to 1984 :-/ Build the shit underground, like every new airport.

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    1. A ti naravno znas kako je, cak i uz podzemne cijevovde, potreban kamion s pumpama za tocenje zrakoplova?
      Mislim, to ti je poznato?

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    2. Nope, you just pull it out of the ground. No trucks needed.

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    3. Wrong!
      Tlak u cijevovodima ispod je prevelik da bi izravno u avonke tankove isao.
      Kad budes sljedeci put na nekom ozbiljnijem aerodromu, obrati pozornost na kamioncice sto spajaju te podzemne cijevovode s avionima

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    4. Pa jel kamion ili kamioncic? Velika je razlika.

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    5. Ima razlike u duljini.
      Mozda nekih 5 metara.
      Sirina je ista.
      Vrijeme tankanja takodjer isto.

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    6. Do the new terminals in Split and Dubrovnik have this underground refueling?

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    7. In Split no. In Dubrovnik they will have it according to this article
      https://www.exyuaviation.com/2019/01/dubrovnik-airport-targets-5-growth-in.html

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  3. European handball championship effect?

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    1. Just watch for the decline in June/July because of football championship charters last year.

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    2. Of course not. But in January and February whan Hadball championship was, sure has efects

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  4. Looks like TIA is going to catch up with Zagreb passengers this year

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    1. It is not good news for ZAG

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    2. There is still some 300.000 difference between the two but 2019 should be a good year for TIA. They are getting Edelweiss and Germania Flug both from ZRH, Wizz Air from Memmingen and Norwegian from Copenhangen.

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    3. And ZAG is getting....nothing?

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    4. Also TIA are getting new charters this year as well

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  5. It is more and more realistic ZAG will lose second place in ex-Yu at the same increasing the gap between ZAG and BEG

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    1. It is the start of the year and it is just one month- there are 11 more to go
      Give it a rest!

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    2. Give what a rest? We are discussing aviation on an aviation portal.

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    3. Ali ja i dalhe pijem pivo kojeg u avionima nema.
      Sta cemo sad?

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    4. Nista, onda barem leti sa kompanijama koje sluze besplatno piwo. ;)

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    5. Sve sluze besplatno.
      Sve sta moras jest pitati.

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  6. An. 14.35
    Flew FZ ZAG-DXB-ZAG 12Jan, return 01 Feb. ZAG - DXB was 90 passengers, 4 premium. DXB-ZAG was 7 premium and Economy FULL UP TO THE LAST SEAT So please stop trolling and doom and glooming about ZAG

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    1. Of course that there are days when LF is better and days when LF is worse, but it is for sure that EK does not fly 4 months to ZAG as the loadings were generally terrible in winter months.

      From the other side we shall not wait long before KE goes seasonally to ZAG

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    2. Agree! Zagreb will always have same or higher traffic in the future regardless of time of the year. It is still the Capital!

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  7. ZAG will be fine and will continue its rise. No room for panic.
    That said, with the demise of Germania in PRN and the expansion of SKP, I wouldn't be surprised if SKP comes in 4th place or even reaching ZAG.

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    1. This summer there are less than 10 weekly flights being added to ZAG, I think that's bad.

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    2. Which flights are actually added this summer in ZAG?

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    3. From what was mentioned on here it should be extra flights on Iberia, Aegean, Air Serbia and Transat.

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