Croatia Airlines Spokesperson Talks About Summer Schedule, Results So Far

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Slobodan Kadic
Slobodan Kadic

In this year’s summer flight schedule (March – October 2022), Croatia Airlines planes in domestic regular traffic directly connect Osijek with Split and Dubrovnik: flights to Split run on Fridays, and the Osijek – Dubrovnik route runs on Wednesdays (instead of on Thursdays). At the beginning of May, the year-round international line Osijek – Munich was introduced, with flights on Mondays and Fridays.

Connecting Croatia
Croatia Airlines continues to ensure the air connectivity of Croatian cities and regions with its regular domestic flights, which include flights between 7 Croatian airports (Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Osijek, Zadar, Pula, and Brač).

Summer flight schedule 2022 
“In this year’s summer flight schedule, Croatia Airlines is expanding its network of international destinations, renewing part of the international routes that were not operated during the pandemic, and intensifying flights on existing routes in international and domestic traffic. It is planned to connect Croatia with 21 international destinations, i.e., 22 European airports, and Croatia Airlines planes will fly on 41 international routes. In that period, we plan to operate more than 16,000 flights and offer around 1,766,000 seats, which will allow the national airline to contribute to the quality of the Croatian tourist product and improve the transport infrastructure of the Republic of Croatia. We plan to connect Split Airport with a total of 18 European destinations, regular international flights are planned from Zagreb to 15 European destinations, Dubrovnik is directly connected with 6 European destinations during the season, and the seasonal line Rijeka – Munich is being re-introduced,” says Davor Janušić, Croatia Airlines spokesperson. 

Croatian Aviation reports on Croatia Airlines’ results so far this year: 

“Croatia Airlines, in the first half of 2022, despite the gradual recovery of demand for air transport services, and mostly due to the negative effect of the increase in the price of jet fuel on the financial result, realized an operating loss in the amount of HRK 170.3 million, which with the net result of financing gives a net loss of HRK 164.1 million. At the same time, it should be noted that in June of this year, the first positive monthly financial result was achieved since the beginning of the pandemic crisis.

From January – June 2022, a total of 10,054 flights were made, which is 85 percent more compared to the same period last year. The flight structure was adapted to traffic needs and circumstances, and the emphasis was on the use of the Q400 fleet in addition to increasing the use of the Airbus fleet.

Easing epidemiological measures and the recovery of market demand enabled the company to expand its network of international destinations, restore part of the international routes that were not flown during the epidemiological crisis, and intensify flights on existing routes in international and domestic traffic. From January – June, a total of 558,146 passengers were transported, i.e., 2.7 times more passengers compared to the same period in 2021, but still, 42 percent less compared to the 960,620 passengers transported in the same period in 2019.

In international regular traffic, 400,887 passengers were transported, almost three times more than in the same period last year, while in domestic regular traffic, 146,428 passengers were transported, i.e., twice as many as in the first half of 2021. In extraordinary (charter) traffic, 10,831 passengers were transported, which is 77 percent more compared to the same period in 2021. In the observed period, cargo transportation increased by 14 percent, and the passenger load factor (PLF) was 56.2 percent, which is 10.9 percentage points higher than in the first six months of 2021.

In accordance with the increase in turnover, significantly higher operating income and operating expenses were achieved compared to last year’s first half. Total business revenues are thus higher by 93 percent compared to January – June 2021, and the largest share (80 percent) is related to revenues from passenger transportation, which are 2.6 times higher compared to the first half of 2021. However, the total operating income is still 25 percent lower than the same period in 2019 due to the negative impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the company’s operations.

Realized operating costs are 71 percent higher (+ HRK 303 million) compared to the realized costs of the first half of 2021, which is primarily the result of an increase in the number of flights (+85 percent), a large increase in the number of passengers (2.7 times more passengers) and a significant increase in fuel prices. The biggest increase in costs was achieved in flying costs (+134 million kuna), and it should be emphasized that the increase in jet fuel prices in the first half of this year had a negative impact on the financial result by 93 million kuna. Namely, the year 2022 can be said to be the most challenging year since the founding of Croatia Airlines in the segment of fuel procurement costs, which includes emission permits.

Air transport is still among the most affected economic sectors after the global crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but the demand for air transport services continues to grow. During the year, therefore, further growth in demand is expected, but pre-pandemic levels, which are expected to be achieved by 2024, are still not expected. According to June estimates, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) predicts a total loss of 9.7 billion US dollars for airlines in 2022.

During this year’s season, Croatia Airlines directly connects Croatia with 22 international destinations, i.e., 23 European airports. The company’s planes fly on 41 international routes, and in domestic regular traffic in seven Croatian airports. During this period, more than 16,000 flights are planned, and around 1,766,000 seats will be offered, with which the national airline is contributing to the quality of the Croatian tourist product and improving transport infrastructure in Croatia this year as well,” reads the press release of the Croatian national airline.

For more on flights to Croatia and other travel announcements, make sure to check out our dedicated travel section.


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