|Croatia steps up Beijing flight talks|
|Author: CSEBA / Ex-Yu Aviation News|
|29th January 2019|
|BEIJING - The Croatian Minister for Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Oleg Butković, has met with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing to discuss the introduction of flights to Zagreb this year.|
Initial talks on establishing the route began in 2018. Mr Butković will also meet representatives from Chinese carriers. A final agreement on the new service is likely to be inked at this year's 16+1 CEEC - China summit in Dubrovnik in May, which will bring together sixteen Central and Eastern European nations and China.
Despite growing demand, Croatia Airlines currently has no codeshare agreement in place with any Chinese carrier nor does it have a codeshare partnership with other airlines on flights to China. Hainan Airlines is said to be "very interested" in commencing flights to Croatia.
Zagreb Airport recently noted, "We anticipate to finalise talks over the arrival of a Chinese carrier because Croatia is becoming of growing interest to Chinese tourists. There is also an increasing number of Chinese investments in Croatia and we believe that we will be able to find a common ground for the introduction of flights from a Chinese city".