And Now Thailand? Thai AirAsia X in Feasibility Study for Flights to Croatia

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Is Croatia about to get one more connection to the increasingly important Far Eastern tourism market? Some interest from Thailand, reports ExYuAviation on January 10, 2017. 

These are boom times for Croatian tourism, as well as its airports. 2017 was a record year for air traffic in Croatia, and Split is following Zagreb and Dubrovnik with a terminal overhaul to cope with the influx in demand. 

Ever since Ryanair touched down in Zadar a decade ago, the low-cost short-haul market in Croatia has expanded rapidly, but in recent years, the Croatian flight scene has seen a growing inter-continental growth which is making Croatia more accessible to visitors from further afield. 

While direct flights from the United States remain elusive, Air Transat has successfully launched a seasonal direct service from Toronto, and Air Canada will also be offering services from 2018. But it is the increase in traffic from the Middle East and Asia which arguably has the most potential, especially as tourists from many of these countries prefer to travel out of the summer months, which could help Croatia’s strategy of moving towards a year-round destination. 

Qatar Airways showed the way with a direct connection to Doha and 150 connections around the world, and when Emirates followed with a year-round service last June, the Croatian market was opened up to Middle Eastern and Asian travellers as never before. 2018 will see direct flights between Seoul and Zagreb, while seasonal charters between Japan and Dubrovnik are also now well established, and talk of a direct connection between China and Croatia refuses to go away. 

And now Thailand? Thai Air Asia X spokesperson, Wanant Kerdchuen, told ExYuAviation that “Thai AirAsia X is exploring all potential opportunities to expand our network and provide more travel options. Apart from tapping into North Asia, namely Japan, Korea and China, Croatia has been one of the possibilities that we are currently engaging in a feasibility study”. Read more on the ExYuAviation website.



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