Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Flights to Croatia: Austrian Airlines Confirms Zadar Route, Ryanair Returns from London and Dublin

June 30, 2020 - The latest news from around Croatia’s airports for flights to Croatia with updates from Split, Dubrovnik, Pula and Zadar.

Croatian Aviation reports that Austrian national carrier Austrian Airlines will introduce the Vienna-Zadar route in this year's summer flight schedule. The route was initially announced from the end of March with one flight per day.

Austrian currently operates from Vienna to Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik.

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The Vienna-Zadar line is being introduced, three times a week, from July 10. Type 195 aircraft will operate on this line every Monday, Thursday and Saturday, with the exception of the first day of operations when Austrian will operate on Friday as well. As we mentioned, the line was originally supposed to operate daily, with a larger capacity aircraft from the very beginning of the summer flight schedule, but due to the pandemic, it is being introduced only now, in July.

Although Austrian announced the flight schedule for July, there have been some changes and a significant increase in the number of weekly flights to Croatia.

The Vienna-Dubrovnik line was announced four times a week through July, but there has been a change, and the line will run as many as 6 times a week (from July 10), every day except Tuesdays.

The Vienna-Split route was to operate only three times a week, though the company modified the flight schedule to this airport and increased the number of weekly flights to as many as six (every day except Wednesday).

The Vienna-Zagreb route will have 8 weekly rotations with daily flights, with the exception that there will be two flights a day on the line on Thursdays.

Croatian Aviation also reports that well-known Irish low-budget carrier Ryanair will launch lines from Ireland and Great Britain to four Croatian airports this week.

From the beginning of July, Ryanair will fly to Croatia again. Flights to Zadar have already started (from Stuttgart and Vienna), while the other 8 lines from Zadar will begin operating this week.

From Wednesday, July 1, Ryanair will operate again on the route Dublin - Dubrovnik - Dublin. Flights are announced until the end of October and will take place twice a week, on Wednesdays and Sundays. As a reminder, before the pandemic, the company planned 4 weeks of flights on this line.

From Thursday, July 2, the company will establish traffic on the London - Pula - London (Stansted Airport) line. Flights on this route are also announced by the end of October, twice a week, on Thursdays and Sundays. In previous summer seasons, Ryanair operated on this line up to 5 times a week.

From Saturday, July 4, the Dublin - Split - Dublin line will be introduced, which should operate until October 24, i.e., the end of the summer flight schedule. Although Ryanair flew significantly more weekly flights on this route last year, due to the crisis and reduced demand, two flights a week are currently announced, every Tuesday and Saturday.

In the second week of July, from Monday, July 6, Ryanair will operate again on the London - Rijeka - London (Stansted Airport) line. Throughout July, only one flight per week is announced, every Monday, while an increase to two weeks of flight is expected from the beginning of August (additional flight on Fridays). This line will operate slightly shorter than the others, until the end of September.

Ryanair previously canceled the line from London to Osijek, and it will operate to four Croatian airports this summer as well. The line from London to Zadar has also been canceled in this year's summer flight schedule.

As for AerLingus, which usually flies from Dublin to Pula, Split and Dubrovnik, all lines (except the one for Split) were marked as sold out in July and it is currently not possible to buy a ticket. The company confirmed that they are monitoring the situation and will react by introducing lines as soon as the conditions are met.

Saturday, 6 June 2020

Zadar's Hotels Predict Major Drop If Flights Stay Grounded

June 6, 2020 — Hotels on Zadar's historic peninsula are slowly starting to open their doors, but unfortunately, few guests are walking through them.

The Dalmatian town relies on small groups such as families or classmates, travelers from farther-flung corners of the world, or "city hopping" guests galavanting up and down the coast. There are none so far.

The small groups have suffered because of epidemiological measures limiting . Travelers making long trips have limited flight options. While "city hopping" has become a taboo issue, with isolation and social distancing remaining keys to staying healthy.

In short, Zadar's usual guests can't reach the city, or don't want to, according to Zadarski List.

The Boutique Hostel Forum started welcoming guests on May 15, making it among the first to open. Its occupancy has been about 10 guests per day.

"The number of guests in the hostel fluctuates greatly from day to day and depends on the day of the week, so it is difficult to draw a parallel with last year's figures, but from the opening on May 15 until today is about a dozen nights a day," said Frane Sklobar, the hostel's head of marketing. He added hostel guests often don't book well in advance, making it difficult to forecast the rest of the year. But if the planes don't start flying soon, things won't improve.

"Without air travel, there will certainly be no significant shift," Sklobar said. "Nevertheless, we believe that with the normalization of the overall situation and the introduction of air corridors, things will improve."

Bastion and Art Hotel Kalelarga have not yet opened, although they are ready and will likely  June 15 and July 1.

"We will open the Bastion when the works on [the city's walls next to the hotel] near completion, when the access to the hotel is more or less decent, and the noise from the works is reduced," said Mladenka Štura, who runs Bastion and Art Hotel Kalelarga. "As far as reservations are concerned, it is very bad and at the moment there are no indications that there will be any positive shift."

Previous reservations have been canceled, by and large, she said, with guests from the United States and Brazil and other countries harder-hit pulling out the most. But Štura said she won't give up.

"Although the hotels do not work, we work constantly," she said. The hotels are promoting destinations and facilities, as well as sales. They've also put a premium on their epidemiological protection measures.

"We are only upgrading the standards, all in order to protect our workers and guests," she said. "Nothing is a problem, we are ready, but there are simply no bookings."

The situation doesn't merit too many price drops or sales, Štura added.

"I don't think prices play a role at the moment, but whether the borders are open, whether tests are needed, self-isolation upon returning home and so on. If we were to lower prices, we would have to lower the level of service, starting with the groceries for breakfast and so on in each segment onwards."

Vjekoslav Bobić from the Almayer Hotel sees a similar dire situation unfolding.

"We opened, we are ready, and the guests ... that's another story," he said. "A very large number of reservations have been canceled. Our guests are mostly from distant lands where epidemiological measures and travel restrictions are still in place."

The hotel's making adjustments, trying to reorient itself to other guests, locals and those to whom the borders are open and have the opportunity to travel.

"We need to fight, stay in the market, maintain the level of service," Bobić said. "We really don’t have some too much ambition for this season."

But Bobic's motivations go beyond a profit.

"There are our employees. They are more than workers, we are a collective of a dozen people on whom as many families depend," he said. "The hotel is a large system and has high costs even when it is not working. But we can't shut up for a year now, keep quiet until it's all over."

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Flights to Croatia: Latest from Zadar Airport, Aegean Airlines, and More

June 2, 2020 - The latest news from around Croatia’s airports for flights to Croatia with updates from Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik, and Zadar.

Avio Radar wrote about when traffic would return to Zadar Airport, which was meant to be the Ryanair hub this year. Namely, Croatian national airline Croatia Airlines has postponed the start of traffic on the domestic route from Zadar to Zagreb to June 8, instead of the previously planned start of June 1. German low-cost airline Eurowings will begin operating on June 20 with a route from Cologne, initially once a week, on Saturdays. 

Ryanair plans to resume traffic to Zadar on selected lines from July. The first line from Stuttgart to Zadar, on which Lauda operates, will run from June 28. All other lines are planned to begin operations from the first week of July. 

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There is not a single new line planned for this year with aircraft based in Zadar. Also, no routes from France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom are on offer. 

Furthermore, on all routes operating from the beginning of July, the number of flights per week has been significantly reduced. Most flights per week have been announced on the Vienna-Zadar route, twice a week from the beginning of July, with reinforcements to three times a week in August. 

In other flight news, Ex Yu Aviation reports that Aegean Airlines has delayed the resumption of all of its flights to Croatia until September. While the airline planned to fly from Athens to Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Split from the beginning of July, they will not resume operations until September 1 to Split, September 2 to Zagreb, and September 3 to Dubrovnik. 

Finally, Croatian Aviation reports that Austrian national carrier Austrian Airlines has confirmed it is re-establishing the Vienna-Zagreb-Vienna route from the end of June.

As announced earlier, Austrian will fly from Vienna to Split and Dubrovnik again this month, so it was logical to expect the introduction of a route to Zagreb, on which, in addition to Austrian, Croatia Airlines also operates regularly.

From June 29, Austrian Airlines will once again connect the capitals of Austria and Croatia with one flight a day.

In the morning, a departure from Vienna to Zagreb is planned at 06:40, with arrival in Zagreb at 7:35. Departure from Zagreb to Vienna is planned for 8:15 am, with arrival in Vienna at 9:15 am.

In the afternoon, the plane will take off from Vienna at 13:10, and the arrival in Zagreb is planned for 14:05. The return to Vienna is at 15:15, with arrival in the Austrian capital at 16:10. In addition to direct (p2p) demand, passengers from Vienna are being offered a large number of destinations in Europe that Austrian will restart from the end of this month.

The smaller capacity aircraft, the DashQ400 and Embraer 190, are planned for the flights.

The company is currently working on a new flight schedule for July, but Austrian is expected to continue flying once a day on the Vienna-Zagreb-Vienna route in the first half of July.

Friday, 13 March 2020

Flight Cancellations in Croatia: Ryanair Postpones Zadar Base until 2021

March 13, 2020 - Ryanair confirmed today (March 13, 2020) that its planned summer base in Zadar has been canceled due to the worsening situation with the COVID-19 virus and increased travel bans by the Government.

The base, which Lauda should manage on behalf of Ryanair, will now be delayed until the summer of 2021, reports Zadarski.hr.

“Ryanair regrets that the decision will result in a series of canceled flights. All affected passengers received email cancellation notifications. Concerned travelers will be able to choose between a full refund or a travel voucher that can be used on Ryanair flights within the next 12 months,” an official statement said.

“Ryanair continues to adhere fully to the guidelines of the WHO and national governments to ban travel. The situation is changing daily and all passengers on flights affected by travel bans or cancellations have received emails and are offered flight changes, full refunds, or travel bonuses,” added Ryanair.

"Ryanair apologizes sincerely to all our customers and our dear travelers for these disruptions caused by the COVID-19 virus and the government-imposed restrictions," they concluded.

To clarify, only passengers that have received notification that their flight is canceled are affected. If you have not received an email from Ryanair, there is no reason to panic. Flights booked for music festivals this summer, like Hideout, are still scheduled.

The Irish low-cost carrier officially notified Zadar Airport on Friday afternoon, when spokesperson Nikola Barac commented on the news for Zadarski.hr.

“Zadar Airport was informed by Ryanair that unfortunately, flights on individual routes were canceled due to the coronavirus. About 150 flights to multiple destinations have been canceled. The most canceled flights are from Dublin, London, Brussels and Stockholm, while some routes such as Vienna, Prague, Gothenburg, Dusseldorf and Karlsruhe depart according to the scheduled flight in late March and early April,” confirmed Barac.

The international flight season begins when Ryanair's summer flight schedule launches on March 29. This year, they announced connections to as many as 32 destinations, of which 12 are new.

“The effect of canceled flights on Zadar Airport traffic will range to about 25,000 arriving passengers or about 50 percent of traffic in April,” Barac said about how Zadar airport will suffer due to the cancellation of flights.

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Monday, 3 February 2020

Zadar Airport Projecting Over One Million Passengers in 2020

February 3, 2020 - Zadar Airport will be the fourth in Croatia to reach one million passengers in a single year.

Ex Yu Aviation reports that thanks to considerable growth in traffic, which Zadar Airport projects this year, the coastal airport will begin construing a new terminal this year, worth 50 million euro, financed from its own funds. 

“The 2020 summer season schedule justifies our efforts to expand capacities at Zadar Airport, which will result in an increase in the level of service and create preconditions for further growth,” said Zadar Airport General Manager Klišmanić said. 

But just how many passengers will Zadar Airport handle in 2020? 

Over one million. 

“Having welcomed 800,000 travelers in 2019 is a big achievement for us. It is a milestone. However, new records will be broken in 2020,” said Zadar Airport General Manager, Josip Klišmanić. “During our first fifty years of operations, we handled under a million passengers annually. This will no longer be the case in 2020,” he added. Recall, in 2019, Zadar Airport handled 801,347 passengers, which is an additional 197,308 compared to 2018. 

Zadar Airport will thus become the fourth airport in the country to welcome one million passengers in a single year, after Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik.

Ex Yu Aviation claims that this growth will be driven by Lauda, which will have three aircraft based there over the summer with many new routes. Furthermore, Ryanair will increase traffic to 672,000 travelers this year.

“We are delighted to launch our Zadar summer 2020 schedule, operated by a new Lauda base, as part of our commitment to growing Croatian traffic, jobs and tourism. Our Zadar summer 2020 schedule features 31 routes in total, including eleven new routes, which will deliver 672,000 customers per annum and support more than 500 jobs at Zadar Airport,” said Eddie Wilson, Ryanair’s Chief Executive. Ex Yu Aviation adds that Austrian Airlines, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Jet2 and easyJet will launch new routes this year.

The airport also plans to extend its runway and expand its apron when it has the funds. The airport will look to the European Union or other means to finance the project.

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Friday, 13 December 2019

Flights to Croatia: AirBaltic to Rijeka and Dubrovnik, 11 New Ryanair Routes from Zadar

December 13, 2019 -The latest news from around Croatia’s airports for new flights to Croatia with updates from Rijeka, Dubrovnik, and Zadar. 

HRTurizam reports that Dubrovnik and Rijeka will be directly connected to Vilnius, Lithuania's capital, in the coming year thanks to AirBaltic.

These flights will be active from the beginning of May until the end of October, i.e., the line for Rijeka will operate once a week on Thursdays, while the line for Dubrovnik will operate twice a week, on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Martin Gauss, CEO of AirBaltic, said they aim to provide the best connection in both directions for all three Baltic capitals. “When assessing which destinations will depart from the Baltic capitals, we first look for the most sought after among local travelers. This is why we provide additional input to local airports, offering new travel options. By next summer, we will already serve 16 destinations from Estonia, 11 from Lithuania and over 70 destinations from Latvia."

"This is great news and an announcement that supports further increasing the number of airlines and further enhancing the accessibility of Croatian destinations. The first flight will feature a large number of travel agents and journalists from the Baltics and Scandinavia to whom we will present Rijeka, Dubrovnik and Split,” said Croatian Tourist Board Director Kristjan Stanicic, adding that the new Airbus A220-300 fleet will operate on these routes. 

HTZ added that the AirBaltic presentation brought together more than 100 agents and partners, including Kresimir Kedmenec, Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to Lithuania, and Vedran Susic, Director of the HTZ Representative Office for Scandinavia, who organized a special presentation of the Croatian tourist agency deals with a focus on Rijeka and Dubrovnik.

In other flight news, Avio Radar reports that Europe’s largest carrier Ryanair announced a new base and 11 new routes from Zadar for the 2020 season. Namely, there are a total of 31 lines in the 2020 summer flight schedule, including 11 new routes to exciting destinations such as Aarhus, Cork, and Riga. The flight schedule begins in April 2020, is estimated to carry a total of 672,000 passengers annually, and create around 500 jobs in the various activities and services provided at Zadar Airport. 

Ryanair is also opening a base with three Laudamotion aircraft in Zadar, representing an investment of about $300 million and directly creating 90 new jobs in Ryanair. 

Ryanair’s 2020 summer flight schedule in Zadar brings:

- 3 Laudamotion base planes ($300 million investment)

- 11 new lines for Aarhus. (2), Bremen (3), Cork (2), Paris Beauvais (2), Kaunas (2), Liverpool (2), Maastricht (2), Riga (2), Toulouse (2), & Wroclaw (2)

- 31 lines in total

- 672,000 passengers annually (+50%)

- 90 new Ryanair jobs

- 500 on-site jobs

Eddie Wilson, CEO of Ryanair said: 

“We are delighted to be opening our base in Zadar next summer as part of our efforts to contribute to the growth of transport, tourism, and jobs. Our 2020 flight schedule brings 31 lines, including 11 new lines, and we plan to carry a total of 672,000 passengers a year and generate 500 jobs in various industries in Zadar. Zadar and their guests can now buy the cheapest tickets and fly with the greenest/cleanest European airline on a total of 31 flights until the end of October 2020.”

Josip Klismanic, director of Zadar Airport added:

“The return of Ryanair’s base to Zadar with three aircraft is a great tribute to Zadar, both as an airport and as a destination. The growth of Ryanair’s offer to Zadar from all over Europe in recent years shows that Zadar and Croatia have something to offer our guests. Ryanair makes Zadar and Croatia much more accessible to Europe, but let’s not forget, it also makes Europe much closer to Zadar and Croatia. The announcements for 2020 justify our efforts to increase the level of service for our passengers by expanding the capacity of Zadar Airport and providing the preconditions for further growth. I do not doubt that Ryanair will play an essential role in that. 

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Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Zadar Airport to be Among Most Beautiful in Croatia: Preliminary Design of Split Architect Revealed

December 11,  2019 - Zadar Airport and the Zadar Society of Architects have organized an exhibition of the offers for the preliminary architectural and urban design of the Zadar Airport passenger terminal. 

Dalmacija Danas reports that the winning conceptual design of the Zadar Airport passenger terminal was presented to the Zadar public on Monday. Ten ideas were submitted to the competition conducted by the Zadar Society of Architects in Zadar, and finally the work of a team led by Split architect Ante Kuzmanić was selected.

This solution, which can be viewed at the Museum of Ancient Glass, allows construction in phases that will not interfere with the operation of the airport - which was one of the main conditions. The value of the project is around 500 million kuna, and works in the first phase could start in a year. As it was heard at the grand opening of the exhibition, Zadar should get one of the most beautiful airports in Croatia.

“I am extremely pleased, the first-class work is such that it allows for many years of development, provides us with the modularity of the building at any time as a whole and that after its full construction, it also allows for further expansion while retaining a unique construction,” said Josip Klišmanić, director of Zadar Airport.

“The virtue of this work is that it is somehow homey, because its giant waiting rooms almost look like living rooms; there are light pillars in which bamboo, trees, and lavender grow… which also contributes to the feeling that you are not in a barrack or container of some kind,  but that you are in a living room,” said jury member Goran Rako.

“What inspired us most was the pine forest through which we access the harbor and the landscape of Ravni kotari. We felt that there should be no steps that would corrupt that landscape. In this way, we practically retracted the nature with this roof, in some way, with this detail of the pillar, and at the same time maintained the relationship with the glass membrane towards nature," said Ante Kuzmanić, who with his team, offered the best solution for renovating the passenger terminal of Zadar Airport.

The organizer of this competition was the Zadar Society of Architects.

“This is certainly one of the most challenging projects we have worked on, because when we look at the types of content we can design for the airport, with the fact that we are becoming a Schengen border, there are so many conditions that you have to satisfy, there are so many roads that intersect, that's why teams of people worked on this,” said the president of the Society, architect Petar Kozina.

You can see the designs below.




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Monday, 9 December 2019

Flights to Croatia: Ryanair Stops Stockholm to Rijeka, Zagreb New Codeshare on Kenya Airways

December 9, 2019 - The latest news from around Croatia’s airports for new flights to Croatia with updates from Rijeka, Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik, Pula, and Zagreb.

Avio Radar reports that Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair announced that it would terminate its base at Skavsta Airport near Stockholm, Sweden, and this year’s new base in Nuremberg, Germany. The airline stated the reason being that they would not be taking over the 20 Boeing 737MAX aircraft as planned for the summer next year. 

In the Croatian market, this means discontinuing the Stockholm-Rijeka route, which was the strongest Ryanair route to Rijeka. Namely, this route operated to Rijeka in the summer from early April to late October and is already not on sale for next year. 

“We also expect to cut summer capacity in a number of other existing bases, and we are currently in discussions with our people, our unions, and our affected airports to finalize these minor reductions”, Ryanair said in a statement on Ex Yu Aviation News

Interestingly, the airline recently announced that it would boost operations on the Stockholm-Zadar route from two to three times per week, and tickets for this line are still on offer for next year. Furthermore, tickets for the Nuremberg-Zadar route are also still on offer, although the Nuremberg base has plans to close. The airline updated customers with the news that this line would continue with operations, unlike the others. 

Avio Radar adds that British low-cost carrier Jet2 will increase traffic to Dubrovnik in their 2020 summer flight schedule. On the London (Stansted Airport)-Dubrovnik route, the sixth flight per week has been introduced, on Mondays, which means that Jet2 will fly this route every day except Wednesdays. The line will begin operations on April 2, 2020. 

Still, Jet2 has decreased operations from London to Pula and Split. The London (Stansted)-Pula route will run only once a week, on Sundays, from May 31 to September 20, 2020. The London (Stansted)-Split route will run twice a week instead of last year’s three, on Thursdays and Sundays. Namely, this line will no longer work on Wednesdays. A Boeing 737-800 aircraft should service all lines. 

Jet2 also introduced a new line between Stansted and Zadar next year. 

Finally, Avio Radar reports that Kenya Airways expanded its codeshare cooperation with French national carrier Air France. Both Airlines are members of the Skyteam global airline association. Zagreb is among the other new codeshare destinations for Kenya Airways. The extended collaboration began on November 26, 2019. Air France’s daily flights on the Paris route (Charles de Gaulle) to Zagreb will carry the Kenyan KQ3834, along with the French carrier’s symbol. 

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Friday, 8 November 2019

Flights to Croatia: Swiss Ends Summer Zagreb Service, JetTime and TUI Launch New Lines to Split

November 8, 2019 - The latest news from around Croatia’s airports for new flights to Croatia with updates from Zagreb, Split, Pula, and Zadar. 

Ex Yu Aviation announced that Swiss International Air Lines would stop its seasonal summer service to Zagreb. 

“Swiss regularly reviews its route network for possible adjustments and its further development, to ensure that its aircraft fleet is deployed on it as effectively as possible. The prime considerations in these activities include current demand, the development potential offered by individual routes and the competitive landscape. As part of these ongoing endeavors to optimize our route network as a whole, we have decided to cease service to Sarajevo and Zagreb as of the 2020 summer schedule,” the airline said in a statement to Ex Yu Aviation. 

Recall, Swiss flew to Zagreb three times per week over the summer.

This doesn’t mean that Swiss is leaving the Croatian market, however. The airline will resume its weekly flight between Geneva and Pula from June 20 next year. Swiss will also codeshare Croatia Airlines’ services between Zagreb and Zurich, which runs twice a week. 

Avio Radar reports that TUIfly Nordic will run a new trip from Sweden to Split in their 2020 summer flight schedule. Namely, the Norrkoping-Split route will operate on Fridays every other week from May 15 to October 9. 

The Danish airline JetTime has flown on this line for the past year with a smaller Boeing 737-700 aircraft. TUI will service this line with its own Boeing 737-800 aircraft. 

They also announced two other new routes - Gotheburg-Split, which will run once a week on Fridays, and Stockholm (Arlanda)-Pula, which will run once a week on Saturdays. 

Avio Radar also reports that Danish airline JetTime will service TUI Sverige on new routes from Scandinavia to Pula and Split. Namely, it will fly between Gothenburg-Pula and Copenhagen-Pula once a week, on Fridays, with the larger Boeing 737-700 aircraft instead of the smaller British Aerospace Avroliner ARJ-100, operated by Swedish regional carrier Braathens Regional Airlines this year. 

Furthermore, the new line Orebro-Split, will run every other Wednesday from May 27 to October 8, 2020. The line is being introduced instead of the Norrkoping-Split line that TUI has taken over with its new aircraft. The Helsinki-Split, Copenhagen-Split and Vaxjo-Split lines will continue to operate the same as they did this year. 

Avio Radar adds that Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair will boost two flights to Zadar in the 2020 flight schedule. The Prague-Zadar line, which started operating only this year with two flights per week on Mondays and Fridays, will run three times a week in 2020 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. 

The second reinforced line is the Stockholm (Skavsta)-Zadar route, which also introduced a third-weekly trip. Starting March 31, 2020, this line will run on Tuesdays, Thursdays,  and Saturdays on the Boeing 737-800 aircraft. 

On the other hand, Ryanair announced the closure of its base in Hamburg a month ago. This means that the Hamburg-Zadar route,  which began operations this year with two flights per week, will not be on offer next year. 

To end this week of flight news, Ex Yu Aviation reported that easyJet and Pula Airport concluded a five-year agreement at the World Travel Market in London, which will further strengthen their cooperation and grow operations at the airport, with a focus on the UK market. 

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Thursday, 15 August 2019

Zadar Among Top Five Busiest Small Airports in Europe

August 15, 2019 - European industry trade association 'ACI Europe' released the statistical reports for June and the first six months of this year on Wednesday, which revealed even more exciting news for the already record-breaking Zadar Airport.

Namely, Avio Radar reports that in 2019, Zadar Airport was named among the five busiest airports in Europe in ‘Group 4’, or small regional airports with a turnover of up for 5 million passengers. 

In Group 4, from the beginning of the year to June 30, 2019, Zadar Airport reported the second-highest growth in Europe, with an excellent 37.6% growth compared to the same period last year. Ohrid Airport recorded the highest growth in the same period with 62.9%. 

When looking at the numbers for June 2019 within Group 4, Zadar Airport was ranked fourth with 41.8% growth compared to the same month last year. 

Recall, in July alone, Zadar Airport transported 145,362 passengers, which is up 27.1% compared to last year and an absolute record for passenger numbers at this airport. 

From January to July 31, 2019, 441,000 passengers were served at Zadar Airport, which is up 34% compared to last year. The trend is expected to continue until the end of the year, when more than 750,000 travelers should come through Zadar Airport, which would be a 25% increase in traffic compared to 604,000 in 2018. 

Furthermore, if we look at the countries in Europe, therefore, traffic in all airports of a single country in the first half of the year, Croatia comes in second place with a 10.5% increase in traffic. In first is Austria with 20%, and in third is Estonia with the same growth as Croatia - 10.5%. 

ACI Europe is a European organization bringing together 500 airports from 45 European countries. Its members represent 90% of Europe’s commercial air transport with one 2.3 billion passengers, 21.2 million tonnes of goods and 25.7 million airline operations. 

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