Croatia Airlines reports 89% drop in bookings in Q1
Croatia Airlines saw an 89% drop in bookings in the first quarter of the year compared to the same period in 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the aviation industry. The global health emergency only partially affected the first quarter of last year, while ticket sales were also higher in early 2020 due to the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Croatian carrier said bookings were down on all routes and markets in the first three months of 2021. “The pandemic has changed the dynamics of bookings. Some markets that had a high volume of early bookings now have negligible numbers. In other markets, mainly those in Europe, we expect late bookings, which will largely depend on the epidemiological situation and restrictions in each country, ”Croatia Airlines said.
During the first quarter, Croatia Airlines welcomed 72,263 passengers, a decrease of 73% compared to the first quarter of 2020. Of these, 45,288 were handled on scheduled international flights, down 78%, while that 25,393 flew on domestic flights, a decrease of 61%. Charter flights accounted for the remaining 1,582 travelers. The average cabin load factor over the same period was 44.8%, down 15.3 points. The cabin occupancy rate on international flights was 49.7%, down eleven points, while the domestic load factor fell by 21.3 points to 35.2%. The amount of freight transported has decreased by 41%.
Commenting on its operational performance in the first quarter of 2021, the carrier noted: “The start of the year has been weaker than expected for Croatia Airlines. Reservations are still down on all routes and markets. Given the situation, the focus has been on those markets where there is still some demand. As a result, the schedule is constantly being optimized. The company is ready to launch or restore certain routes, as well as to add additional frequencies to existing services in the event of increased demand ”. He added: “The tourist season will largely depend on the epidemiological situation in Croatia. We have written this year’s summer timetable to include eighteen European destinations departing from Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Rijeka. Croatia Airlines’ schedule is subject to ad hoc changes, as is the case for all other airlines ”.