Croatia will have all year round flights to South Korea starting this September. The airline Korean Air will operate flights between Zagreb and Seoul three times a week. With less than two weeks left to the launch of the new service, the airline is preparing and is satisfied with its current sales. In a statement to EX-YU Aviation News, the carrier said, "Ticket sales and advanced booking numbers are in line with our expectations for this route and we are satisfied with its performance. We continue to promote Zagreb as our newest European gateway and are entirely focusing on commencing scheduled flights in September. After the route stabilises, we may consider to fly to destinations in Croatia other than Zagreb". Korean tour operator KAL Tours and Hanjin Travel have contributed a large share of passengers to the new scheduled flights.
Korean Air will operate the return service from Zagreb to Seoul via Zurich over the winter months, however, the airline has not secured rights to sell tickets on the intra-European sector. "For the time being, it is impossible to purchase tickets from Zagreb to Zurich. However, we will consider ways to make it work in the future", Korean Air told EX-YU Aviation News.
The Croatian Minister for Tourism, Gari Capelli, has said the new service will help boost arrivals to the country in the off-season period. "We are strengthening our reach with new and emerging markets such as China, Japan and Korea, and I am delighted to note that over the past two years we have recorded growth of over 50% from these distant markets. Our wish is to further stimulate growth outside the summer months", Mr Capelli noted. The Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković, recently said his government is negotiating the establishment of flights from Beijing and Shanghai to Zagreb, while Zagreb Airport's General Manager, Jacques Feron, added, "We anticipate to finalise talks over the arrival of a Chinese carrier because Croatia is becoming of growing interest to Chinese tourists" – writes EX-YU Aviation News.