Croatia anticipates establishing flights to China, Korea and Canada.
Air Canada Rouge will commence seasonal summer flights between Toronto and Zagreb next year.
Air Canada’s leisure unit will inaugurate operations to the Croatian capital on June 2. Flights will run four times per week, each Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday departing Toronto. The new arrival is a big coup for Zagreb Airport which. They will have more than one airline maintaining services to Toronto for the first time since 1990s.
Tickets for theToronto – Zagreb service are already on sale with return fares from 615 euros. Premium Rouge class allows passengers to check-in two bags weighing up to 32 kilograms. The airline is in the process of rolling out on board Wi-Fi across its fleet. Installation process is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
Air Canada Rouge will compete against Air Transat on the route, which launched flights to Zagreb last year. Air Transat will maintain services to the Croatian capital on Tuesdays and Sundays next summer.
Croatia anticipates establishing flights to China as the number of tourists visiting the country from the Mainland continues to grow. The Zagreb-based Chinese Southeast European Business Association said that Zadar Airport is leading the way in securing such operations. Flights could operate twice per week, most likely by Hainan Airlines. However, there is still much to negotiate and politics also plays a big role in securing such flights.
Hainan Airlines, which earlier this month launched flights to Belgrade, said last week that in line with China’s One Belt, One Road initiative, the carrier plans to continue expanding its presence outside of its home market. Especially across countries in Central and Eastern Europe, most of which have already established close ties with China.
Chinese companies are beginning to invest in Croatia’s tourism sector. Zhongya Holding, one of the leading developers from Guangdong Province, recently unveiling plans to invest thirty million euros in the Krapinske Toplice resort. Such projects are excepted to eventually result in the introduction of nonstop flights between the two countries.
The City of Dubrovnik expects for flights from Seoul to launch next summer season, following talks with South Korean authorities. The development comes as the number of Korean visitors to Croatia continues to grow. Dubrovnik Mayor, Mato Franković said “More than 30.000 Korean guests have visited our city so far this year and we expect for the figure to surpass the 50.000 visitors from 2016. It is very important for us to improve connectivity with Korea. It is a big market and we could attract even more tourists“.
Dubrovnik Airport has identified South Korea as a market which could sustain services to the coastal city. This far-away market is the most important for Dubrovnik. Korean tourists are most plentiful during the winter months. The Air Transport Agreement between Croatia and Korea has been signed, which will surely contribute to stronger air links between our two countries. The Bilateral Air Service Agreement between Croatia and South Korea allows for Korean Air to run up to seven weekly flights to Croatia.
The President of Korean Air recently noted the company is looking into expanding its presence in Croatia in the coming years. Last year, 377.779 Korean holidaymakers visited Croatia, which has become increasingly popular in the country after several reality shows filmed in places such as Dubrovnik.
Croatia is looking forward to flights to China, Korea and Canada.