During the summer flight schedule, which covers the period from 31st of March to 27th of October 2019, 81 new air lines, including regular, low cost and charter lines, were introduced to Croatia from 24 world markets. Also, the first week of the summer flight schedule began with record 252 flights, which compared to the first week of the summer flight schedule last year presents a 30 percent increase. The greatest number of flights in the first week is recorded at the airports in Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik.
-New airlines and the increase in the number of rotations are, among other things, the result of the activities of the Croatian Tourist Board. We collaborate with airline companies through strategic promotional campaigns on emitting markets, aiming to position Croatia as an attractive and well-connected year-round destination. We are particularly pleased with the new intercontinental line between Philadelphia and Dubrovnik, which for the first time, after almost 30 years, has connected us with the US market - said Director of the Croatian Tourist Board, Kristjan Stanicic, adding that this year over 40 million kuna is provided for the strategic marketing partnerships with tour operators and air carriers.
Looking at the markets, the most new lines, or 14 of them, are coming from German cities, followed by 12 new lines from the UK market, 8 lines from France, 5 lines from Italy, 4 lines from Netherlands, etc. Analyzing the summer flight schedule by the number of rotations, the most rotations are planned between Croatia and Germany, the UK, France, Austria and Switzerland.
Most new lines will fly to airports in Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik, Pula and Rijeka. Most Croatian airports this year also recorded an increase in the number of rotations when compared to the previous season, and according to the absolute number of new rotations, the Zadar airports have a 25 percent increase, Pula a 7 percent increase and Dubrovnik 4 percent .
When it comes to air carriers, most new lines were launched by Ryanair, 15 of them, and 8 new Volotea carrier lines, 6 new TUI lines and 5 new easyJet lines.
The analysis of the aviation link between Croatia and the broadcasting market was carried out on the basis of the published summer flight schedules of the Croatian airports of Zagreb, Osijek, Pula, Rijeka, Losinj, Zadar, Split, Brac and Dubrovnik.