''We are very interested in football, we are sponsors of Real Madrid and we certainly love Luka Modric. He may be one of the passengers on our first flight between Zagreb and Dubai on the 1st of June'', commented Thierry Antinori, the Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer announcing year-round flights between these two cities.
Emirates is the largest international air carrier in the Middle East and one of the best in the world, as voted by passengers, which is connecting Dubai with 150 cities in 70 world countries with almost 4000 flights a week.
‘’We are very pleased that we will connect Zagreb with UAE, but also with the Middle East, Asia, Australia etc. Therefore, Croatia will be connected with 40 cities in this part of the world, and we expect seat occupancy rate to be around 70-80 percent on these flights. I am certain that this route will bring new tourists to Croatia and contribute to our economic cooperation’’, explained Antinori.
The flights between Dubai and Zagreb will be operated daily starting from the 1st of June 2017 by a 364-seat Boeing 777-300 aircraft, which includes 12 first class, 42 business and 310 economy class seats.
The Croatian Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli is also pleased with the launching of the new flight, ‘’It is our opportunity to bring our country closer to Asia and to enter new markets thus prepare ourselves for the moment when our competitors, who are having problems now, return into the tourism arena’’, said Cappelli. Encouraged by the recent talks at the ITB tourism fair in Berlin, Cappelli forecasts up to 10 percent more tourists and larger income in 2017 in comparison to last year i.e. more than one million new tourists in 2017 and an increase of last year’s income of 8 billion Euros by 800,000 Euros.
‘’All news is very positive. And not only for the coastal region. The air carrier Eurowings is seriously considering to prolong its seasonal operations on the flight between Stuttgart and Osijek to a whole year period. For 2017 they have already increased the number of seats by 43 percent, and are already planning a new growth by 30 percent in 2018’’, commented Capelli.