Croatia Airlines sees Bucharest success

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Croatia Airlines resumed seasonal services between Zagreb and Bucharest last week, now in their third year of operation. The airline has seen its passenger numbers on the route steadily increase since its launch in 2017, three times per week with the 78-seat Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft. In its first year, the carrier handled 5.925 travellers between the two cities. Last year, the airline carried 8.440 passengers, up over 42% on 2017. "We are seeing a number of transfer passengers on these flights, keeping in mind that Romania is the second largest market in Southeast Europe. All indicators show that the number of Romanian tourists visiting Croatia has grown in the double digits", the company previously said. Bucharest had been identified as an unserved destination with great potential from Zagreb since 2007 when over 8.000 people travelled between the two cities. In 2009, the Romanian national carrier TAROM made plans to launch three weekly flights between the two cities using its ATR72 aircraft, however, the service never materialised. Furthermore, Croatia Airlines intended on introducing operations to Bucharest in 2011, but the onset of its restructuring program put an eastbound expansion on hold. The Bucharest Airports Company, noted, "The slots chosen by Croatia Airlines are very favourable for both Romanian tourists and Croats".

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  1. With Romania becoming the new Balcan economic superpower it is a no brainer that this route would be a success.

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  2. I am pretty confident that SOF will be a success too.
    If both JU and JP made it, there is no reason why OU cannot. I guess they are limited on fleet and concentrated on the most profitable routes.

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  3. excellent. now bring on SOF, TGD & OHD

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    1. agree, add CLUJ!

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    2. Hmmm, CLJ is not really reliable. W6 stagnation and highly dominated by LH for many years now and 0B not so successive.
      Figures also speak a lot:

      2016
      1,880,171(+26.5%)

      2017
      2,699,286(+43.6%)

      2018
      2,782,401(+3.1%)

      In other words, more than 100,000 pax only last year.
      3 London airports covered, pretty much most of West Europe. For OU it will be very complicated to penetrate this Romanian city in particular.

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    3. maybe VAR or TSR then?

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    4. TSR is also stagnating. The FR base was a big failure.

      2016
      1,160,482(+25.5%)

      2017
      1,621,529(+39.7%)

      2018
      1,517,309(-6.4%)

      Minus 6% passengers last year. Not sure OU will want to risk.

      VAR might work but they have to be careful with the schedule and not to repeat JU's mistake by launching late midnight departures and arrivals. But better to first try SOF.

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  4. Good for them but they shoulf grow a pair and fly it the whole year.

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  5. Bravo Hrvatska!

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