Emirates Zagreb Flights to be Restored? Airline has Hope

By 15 January 2022
Emirates Zagreb Flights to be Restored? Airline has Hope

January 15, 2022 - The latest flight news to Croatia as Emirates Zagreb flights hope to be restored in the future. 

Ex Yu Aviation reports that Emirates hopes to bring back Dubai-Zagreb flights, which have not run since the beginning of the pandemic. 

“Zagreb is one amongst many cities where Emirates operations remain suspended due to ongoing travel or flight restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic. At this time, travellers in Croatia can book with our codeshare partner Flydubai to travel to Dubai and onwards on the broader Emirates network. We hope to restart our operations in Zagreb when it is commercially and operationally feasible to do so in the future, and we will make a formal announcement if there are any developments in this regard," the airline told Ex Yu Aviation. 

Emirates first launched year-round operations to the Croatian capital in 2017, which ran daily that summer on Boeing 777 aircraft. The following year, the line was reduced to a seasonal route and shared with Flydubai - Emirates operated in the summer and Flydubai in the winter. 

The airline last operated to Zagreb in October 2019, terminating the line a year later during the pandemic and closing its sales office in Zagreb. 

Ex Yu Aviation reminds that Emirates and Flydubai recorded 130,937 passengers on the Dubai-Zagreb route before the pandemic in 2019. Behind Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Croatia Airlines, and Turkish Airlines, Emirates was the fifth largest Zagreb Airport transfer airline. The line was primarily used by passengers from Asia and Australia and was the second busiest airline in Zagreb (behind Qatar Airways) for connecting travelers to and from Asia. 

As most countries in East and Southeast Asia closed for non-essential inbound and outbound travel during the pandemic, with Australia still closed off from international arrivals, there was little chance of this line surviving. 

Emirates, however, has resumed operations to over 90% of its pre-pandemic network, with more than 120 destinations worldwide.

And the other good news? Flydubai will operate daily to Zagreb this summer, which is a boost from its 4-weekly service before! 

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