Water cannon salute as Croatia Airlines touches down in BelgradeOn June 1, Croatia Airlines launched services from Split to Belgrade, connecting the two cities for the first time in almost twenty one years. Many are anticipating seeing as to how the route will perform. For its inaugural flight, the Croatian carrier recorded solid figures, despite a nonexistent marketing campaign with the exception of several news articles. A total of 33 people boarded Croatia’s Dash 8 Q400 jet in Split, a cabin load factor of 43%. On the return service from Belgrade a total of 58 passengers were welcomed on board equalling to a respectable load factor of 76%. Yesterday, for the airline’s second flight on this route, Croatia Airlines saw 46 passengers both from and to Split.
Croatia Airlines’ Commercial Director, Tonko Rilović, said on Friday, “This year the flights are seasonal, operating twice per week. However, from next summer the service will be strengthened with the possibility of the flights operating all year round”. Rilović added that the Croatian carrier is considering launching flights from Zagreb to the Serbian capital but conceded the service would, for now, be unprofitable. “We will talk to Jat about it”, Rilović concluded.
Jat Airways will be launching its flights to Croatia on June 15 with services to Dubrovnik, followed by flights to Pula on June 16 and services to Split on July 3. Flights to Pula were originally planned to launch last Saturday, however, the airline pushed back the launch date some time ago due to operational circumstances. On the day Croatia Airlines launched its flights to Belgrade, the busiest flight operating from the Serbian capital was that of Nesma Airlines, with 177 passengers headed to Hurghada. The busiest incoming service was operated by Wizz Air from Memmingen with 170 passengers. Jat’s best for the day was its packed service to Skopje with 122 passengers on board.