Croatia Airlines Finally Ready to Discuss Dubrovnik’s Specific Problem

Lauren Simmonds

Good news as Croatia’s national carrier is finally ready to talk about making things easier financially for travellers from Dubrovnik using the service to reach Zagreb.

For a very long time, there have been complaints from Dubrovnik locals on the price of an airline ticket with Croatia Airlines for an approximately 50 minute flight from the Pearl of the Adriatic to Zagreb. You can actually go from Dubrovnik to London and other major European cities for less money than you’ll spend on a Croatia Airlines ticket for a shorter, not to mention internal flight to the Croatian capital. Bizarre and unfair, to say the least.

As Dubrovacki Vjesnik writes on the 8th of December, 2017, the mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković received an official visit of Croatia Airlines’ Jasmin Bajić today in the city.

At the very beginning of the meeting, mayor Frankovic congratulated Bajić on the success of the airline company, stating that Croatia’s national carrier should be of strategic interest of the Republic of Croatia because it is one of the best indicators of a stable market. During the official visit, Mayor Franković and Bajić discussed idea for the future, closer cooperation between the City of Dubrovnik and Croatia Airlines.

Mayor Franković made sure to state that the City of Dubrovnik currently pays two and a half million kuna annually for airline subsidies for its fellow citizens, and that while it is a well-designed model, unfortunately it hasn’t been able to make anything remotely financially easier for the inhabitants of Dubrovnik to travel to the capital because in the meantime, Croatia Airlines raised its ticket prices.

Among other things, Mayor Franković emphasised the unfortunate situation and the somewhat poor connection of Dubrovnik with the rest of the country, appealing to the Croatia Airlines administration to attempt to find ways to alleviate this situation by pointing out that a certain number of inhabitants of the extreme south of Croatia have to travel to Zagreb for health reasons.

Croatia Airlines CEO Jasmin Bajić thanked Mayor Franković and introduced him to the way air carriers work, as well as to the problems facing the national air carrier. Bajić also emphasised that the Croatia Airlines administration is open and ready for dialogue on the subject so that joint efforts can hopefully bring about positive shifts to satisfy both the airline and its many users.


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