Brac Airport is preparing for the summer season in which the recovery of the tourism sector and air traffic is expected. We asked Mr. Peovic, CEO of Brac Airport, about the airline's plans for this upcoming season.
Brac Airport has had two routes of the Croatian national airline, Croatia Airlines, for years. One is a domestic route between Zagreb and Brač, which operates twice a week in summer timetable, on Tuesdays and Saturdays. This route should run twice a week this summer season.
In addition, on its long-term charter route from Graz to Brač, Croatia Airlines plans to resume operations from mid-May until early October. This is the same program that company has implemented in cooperation with tour operators in previous years.
The Czech company CSA also operated charter flights to Brač, which has not yet announced its flights for this year, the company still have enough time to do so. It is clear that the realization of the charter primarily depends on the sale of package deals but sales for the summer season are quite slow and booking will start only after restrictive measures are not in force.
New airlines at Brac Airport
What we announced earlier is still in the implementation plan for the summer ahead. German Sundair plans to introduce charter flights from Berlin and Dusseldorf, on Saturdays and Sundays, from early May to late October. You can read more details about the two new Sundair lines to Brač HERE.
There will be another airline on Brač this summer. Charter flights from Bern and Graz will be operated by Great Dane Airlines, in the postseason, from September to October. The company will operate an E195 aircraft towards Brač, which has a capacity of 118 passengers.
TUI will probably not come back this year
In the summer season of 2017, TUI introduced two charter routes to Brač, from Brussels and Deauville, while in the summer flight schedule in 2018, a third route was added; Rotterdam - Brac. The airport has not yet received information from TUI regarding operations for this summer, so it is not certain that TUI will operate to Brac this year.
In the summer of 2018, Luxair introduced the Luxembourg - Brač route, but last year it did not operate for objective reasons. Mr. Peović confirmed that the airport is currently negotiating with this airline and they hope that Luxair will make a decision on the re-introduction of the route this summer season.
Namely, in response to the pandemic and the devastating effect on air traffic, the airport reduced prices for several groups of aircraft, with the aim of sharing the risk of re-establishing traffic to Brac airport. Mr. Peović also points out that there are announcements of a change in the ownership structure of the hotel group on the island of Brač, which is expected to have synergistic positive effects on Brač Airport, but for summer season 2022.
Considering the announced traffic for this summer season, Brač Airport will be satisfied with 70% of passengers compared to the figures from 2019!