Croatia Airlines eyes post-pandemic resurgence


Croatia Airlines expects to recover from the downturn caused by coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic by 2022 and is looking to better position itself on new markets. Speaking to “AirInsight”, the carrier’s CEO, Jasmin Bajić, said, “Being a small airline may be an advantage to surviving the global turmoil - we can be more flexible during this time and more daring in seizing any new opportunity on the market. There is a downside as well - there are fewer means for investment compared to the bigger carriers. We are considering a few scenarios for the post-pandemic Croatia Airlines and each of them has the goal of positioning the company onto new markets and strengthening its position in existing markets”.

Mr Bajić noted that while the aviation industry is slowly seeing signs of recovery, he expects Croatia Airlines to be posting similar figures to those registered in 2019 by the end of next year or in 2022. “The pre-recovery has started but our industry will need two or three years to truly get back on its feet. We are gradually adding more flights into the distribution systems and we are seeing a positive market response. I would say that the main question is not when the recovery will start but how long it will take to recover. Me and my management team are confident that we can reach our 2019 figures by 2022. Personally, I would not be surprised to see Croatia Airlines’ figures reaching 2019 levels by the end of 2021, but we all agree that the recovery will be a long-lasting process during which we may again be exposed to another wave of the virus spread. Having said that, I also want to emphasise that, besides “U” shape and “V” shape scenarios, we need to be prepared for other scenarios too. This applies to many airlines around us as well. Many carriers will have to downsize for an unspecified time”.

In the coming period, Croatia Airlines plans to stick to its fundamentals. “Croatia Airlines is a regional carrier with the prime purpose of connecting Croats with Europe and the rest of the world through major European hubs with connections to the networks of our Star Alliance partners”, Mr Bajić said. He added, “We will continue to connect major European hubs as this is our strategy and it will remain unchanged. However, we will also provide connections for Croatian people to fly within the country and we will continue to provide direct links to Croatian holiday destinations from around Europe. We believe that the hub and spoke system will survive. Croatia Airlines is a strong regional operator with a clear goal. It is also well connected with many other airline partners through its interline and codeshare agreements and part of the best alliance in the world - Star Alliance”.

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  1. Anonymous09:01

    Bravo Hrvatska!

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  2. Anonymous09:01

    Will they be around in 2022? How will they survive the coming winter season?

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    1. Anonymous09:03

      Same way they survived the rest of them.

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    2. Anonymous09:04

      Of course they will. Just like every ExYu airline.
      Just like ANY other European airline who will receive state funds.
      Financial performance has little importance when you are owned by the state.
      This has been proven true for ever, it will definitely be proven now with the Covid crisis.

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    3. Anonymous09:07

      Yes and how fast did they burn through the €100 million they got some years ago? Not to mention that they did it during economic renaissance in Europe. JU ans YM survive because they are not limited by EU regulation, OU is. Especially now when the EU will restrict aid to airlines that have suffered before Coronavirus.

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    4. Anonymous09:11

      Anon 09:07
      Actually now the EU will NOT restrict aid to ANY airline. Sorry if you find this upsetting.

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    5. Petar09:21

      Anonymous 09:11
      +1
      I don't know how some people can create a completely twisted reality with no relation to what is actually happening just to fill fulfill their fantasies and satisfy their hate.

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    6. Anonymous09:25

      What he is referring to is what Purger wrote on here some days ago. So I guess he has fantasies as well?

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    7. Anonymous10:33

      Anon 09:25 you are the same poster as in 09:07!!!!
      LOL dude!

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    8. Anonymous10:53

      I am not the same guy, I am just someone who is reminding you that OU is not immune to what's going on and that OU's bankruptcy is not unimaginable. After all, that's the same thing people said about JP.

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    9. Anonymous11:22

      LOL!
      You can blame evil EU now for allowing massive government subsidies to by given to EU airlines!
      That must have really messed things up for you, right?

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    10. Anonymous11:47

      The EU is not allowing "massive government subsidies". They are allowing massive loans, and even then only under certain conditions. You guys are in for a rude awakening in the coming months...

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    11. Anonymous07:07

      Let them dream of scenarios that will never happen.

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  3. Anonymous09:02

    I have a few questions regarding OU.

    - Is privatization still planned?
    - What will happen with the Airbus neo order?
    - Will they get aid?

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    1. Anonymous09:06

      The government said they will restart the privatization process in the 4th quarter. Of course they will get aid. It has already been announced by the government.

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    2. Anonymous09:06

      I hope the neos do come. They need them more now to replace the older Airbus jets than ever before.

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    3. Anonymous09:10

      I wish OU all the best but I don't understand who the government expects to find in Q4 to buy OU.

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    4. Anonymous09:15

      If OU is debt free and the government gives it for 1€ and makes sure that subventions will be paid to it for a period of time I am sure someone will be interested.
      Same as every other airline, exyu or not.

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    5. Anonymous09:16

      I wonder how will they fill Neos on (regional) routes they used Dashes before

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    6. Anonymous09:18

      Umm they will still have Dashes.

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    7. Anonymous10:23

      @9.15 don't think that's what they are planning.

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    8. Anonymous10:33

      How will they pay A320NEO's?

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    9. Anonymous11:14

      Same way every exyu airline is paying for its aircraft. Government subsidies.

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  4. Anonymous09:04

    Good luck

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  5. Anonymous09:05

    The good thing for Croatia Airlines is that they will have a lot less competition on certain routes.

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    1. Anonymous10:09

      For a reason. There will be no passengers so therefore there will be no competition.

      And no passengers for OU means flying empty

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    2. Anonymous12:19

      LOL, they charge 300 EUR for return flights to Frankfurt and Amsterdam. Nobody will fly with them, competition or not.

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  6. Anonymous09:09

    That's an optimistic forecast for them to be at prepandemic levels by the end of next year. Hope it happens. It would be great news.

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  7. Cancelled my flight to Rome with OU and received the vouchers the following day. Great customer service, indeed! Pity you cannot use them online.

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    1. Anonymous09:12

      That's good. But what do you mean about not being able to use them online? You have to go to their office or call?

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    2. Anonymous09:44

      That's a bit inconvenient.

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    3. Anonymous09:46

      Is it possible to get money back? Or just vouchers?

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    4. I believe just vouchers right now.

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    5. Anonymous10:40

      That's crazy in my opinion. They should offer the option of money back.

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    6. Anonymous11:23

      Many airlines would go bankrupt if they had to give money back. In Canada they have made it legal for airlines not to give money back but to just issue vouchers.

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    7. OU has been horrible with cancellations and forcing everyone to take vouchers which can only be used via call center.
      Fun fact: prices are higher via call center than online, because they charge a higher "Ticket service charge" to the tune of ~15EUR (if I recall the amount correctly).
      Many airlines are offering a 10-15% bonus with the vouchers, but not OU.
      Finally, vouchers can be transferred to someone else *only* by paying 40EUR.

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  8. Anonymous09:20

    “Being a small airline may be an advantage to surviving the global turmoil - we can be more flexible during this time..."

    Actually, there are hardly any advantages of being a small airline, on the contrary.
    But, he could have been honest and said the advantage he thinks about is that he expects to be bailed out every time OU gets in trouble.

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    1. Anonymous09:24

      Exactly the same was said by JU.

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  9. Anonymous09:24

    I really hoped that one day we will get a wide body aircraft, and offer routes to East Asia and the US, but we probably won't even get the Neos, at least not at time😩

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    1. Anonymous09:43

      I don't think it's part of OU's strategy to fly long haul

      “We will continue to connect major European hubs as this is our strategy and it will remain unchanged."

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  10. Anonymous09:48

    Hope for the best.

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  11. Anonymous09:49

    They talk about new markets. Any guesses which it could be?

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    1. Anonymous10:11

      It's all PR

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    2. Anonymous10:19

      In my opinion it would be wise to base 1 Dash in LJU and launch several key routes.

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    3. Anonymous10:40

      +1 last anon!

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    4. Anonymous11:57

      that would make sense

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    5. Anonymous12:10

      to base 1 airplane in LJU...
      Why just now and not before (autumn 2019)?

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    6. Anonymous14:49

      a missed opportunity.

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  12. Anonymous10:24

    Nice

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  13. Anonymous10:33

    OU has a very good network and good fleet. Things will improve once the A320 neos arrive and there are still 2 years until then.

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    1. Anonymous10:58

      How exactly is their newtork good? They butchered London and don't fly to places like Moscow, Istanbul... or Stockholm on a year-round basis?

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  14. Anonymous10:34

    Well let's see what will happen regarding OU. Elections are in 2 months. If opposition wins then the management will change and a different strategy will probably be implemented.

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    1. Anonymous10:52

      Is it possible that there will be a change in government?

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  15. Anonymous10:53

    Good luck OU.

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  16. Anonymous10:59

    If nothing let's hope this wakes up the management and they really seize some opportunities as they have left many slip.

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  17. Anonymous11:00

    For years now OU's modus operandi was to rely on LH Group hubs and to feed their growing networks. Now that those same airlines are struggling OU must decide what it wants to do. Use this opportunity to become more independent and self-sufficient or to accumulate losses while they want for Lufthansa and its children to start growing once again.

    Personally I am not optimistic about OU's future especially now when tourist demand has collapsed all around. On top of that, it is being reported that from our region, Croatia will have the highest GDP fall. This will also impact their demand from ZAG. All in all, OU will need much more than €100 million to survive until demand picks up again. They are lucky Turkish operators in ZAG are protecting them from LCCs.

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    1. Anonymous11:24

      I'm sure you are very concerned...

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    2. Anonymous12:46

      Anon 11:00, wow, how concerned you are....hahaha
      Croatia Airlines will get all the money it needs to survive now that EU restrictions are lifted, and will never go bankrupt.

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    3. Anonymous07:10

      Why did you write a similar comment twice? Do you feel better now? Also I never said I was concerned so I don't see where that's coming from. Wake up and smell the coffee, OU has no future because it tied itself to a sinking ship - in other words it relies heavily on LH which is milking it. After all they burned €133 million so far!

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  18. Anonymous12:43

    Its ALL good, Croatia Airlines will be around for a LONG time!!!

    You all know that the Croatian Government (irrespective who's in power) will NEVER allow for its demise, even if it hemorrhages money, its just a Croatian thing ;-)

    BTW, Covid-19 made things MUCH easier for Croatian Government, no more EU restrictions on funding, so they can fill money into OU at will for many years to come, just like the GoS is doing with JU.

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  19. Anonymous13:51

    I hope things improve. I'm still stunned by the information in this news that they lost 244,000 euros on the ZAG-FRA route in a month and a half
    https://www.exyuaviation.com/2020/05/croatia-airlines-pilots-test-covid.html

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  20. Anonymous15:38

    OU is well connected with airline partners as part of the best alliance in the world - Star Alliance. Look back at how that helped Adria survive.

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