15th January 2022 – Latest news on flights to Croatia as Emirates Zagreb flights hope to be reinstated in the future.
Ex Yu Aviation reports that Emirates hopes to bring back Dubai-Zagreb flights, which have not operated since the start of the pandemic.
“Zagreb is one of several cities where Emirates operations remain suspended due to ongoing travel or flight restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Currently, travelers to Croatia can book with our codeshare partner Flydubai to travel to Dubai and beyond on the wider Emirates network. We hope to restart our operations in Zagreb when it is commercially and operationally possible to do so in the future, and we will do an official announcement if there are any developments in this regard,” the airline told Ex Yu Aviation.
Emirates first launched year-round operations to the Croatian capital in 2017, which operated daily that summer on Boeing 777s. The following year the line was reduced to a seasonal route and shared with Flydubai – Emirates operated in summer and Flydubai in winter.
The airline last operated to Zagreb in October 2019, ending the line a year later during the pandemic and closing its sales office in Zagreb.
Ex Yu Aviation recalls that Emirates and Flydubai registered 130,937 passengers on the Dubai-Zagreb route before the pandemic in 2019. Behind Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Croatia Airlines and Turkish Airlines, Emirates was the fifth largest transfer airline in the world. Zagreb airport. The line was mainly used by passengers from Asia and Australia and was Zagreb’s second busiest airline (behind Qatar Airways) for connecting travelers to and from Asia.
As most countries in East and Southeast Asia have closed for non-essential inbound and outbound travel during the pandemic, with Australia still closed to international arrivals, there was little chance that this line survive.
Emirates, however, has resumed operations to more than 90% of its pre-pandemic network, with more than 120 destinations worldwide.
And the other good news? Flydubai will be operating daily to Zagreb this summer, which is a boost from their 4 week service prior!
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