Croatia Airlines’ battle with COVID-19 continues

Croatia Airlines’ battle with COVID-19 continues

Croatia Airlines (CA) incurred losses of HRK 173.2 million in the first half of 2020, against a loss of 84.5 million in the corresponding period in 2019, this state-owned national flag carrier reported on Friday.

The higher losses was a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic that hit the air transport industry worldwide.

The operating losses are therefore HRK 155.4 million.

In H1 2020, CA conducted 5,661 flights, down 57% compared to the same period in 2019. The number of passengers transported on CA flights fell by 66%, which is by 630,000, to 330,9435 passengers.

Currently, Croatia Airlines is providing services connecting Zagreb and 14 European destinations as well as five airports in Croatia.

During the COVID-related lockdown, the company helped in the repatriation of 23,000 Croatians, and also made their planes available to the government for the transport of medical humanitarian assistance.

According to EX-yu-aviation, Croatia Airlines expects for its passenger numbers to decline 60% in 2020 compared to last year’s record of 2.179 million, due to the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, it will likely handle under one million travellers for the first time since 1999. The carrier noted its largest drop in passenger numbers was registered in April, amounting to 95% due to lockdowns across the world and it maintaining a single scheduled service. Figures were down 94% in May and 81% in June. The airline said it had minimal income during these three months. At this point, booking numbers are down 65% in August, 64% in September and 56% in October./ibna

(€1 = HRK 7.5)