Japanese airline ANA returns with direct flights to Ljubljana and Dubrovnik from Tokyo and Osaka
Earlier this year The Ministry of Tourism stated that “the strategic goal of the Ministry is to develop Croatia as a destination that is accessible to various airlines, especially before and after the peak of the summer season. That is why we are turning to the Asian market, primarily Korea, Japan and China. ” Source: Association of Croatian Travel Agencies In relation to the introduction of regular routes to Croatia and the acceptance of the Air Service Agreement between Croatia and Japan, the first round of bilateral negotiations took place in November last year. The Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs confirmed that there is a stable demand for air connections between Croatia and Japan in the future, as well as JTB Travel, the largest Japanese travel company. The first flight from Osaka to Ljubljana is expected on August 31, and the first flight from Tokyo to Ljubljana on September 14. The first charter will fly from Dubrovnik to Tokyo on September 7, and to Osaka on September 21. Passengers will be transported by Ana’s Boeing 787-9 which has a seating capacity for a maximum of 395 passengers. The largest Japanese airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) is returning with charters to Ljubljana and Dubrovnik from Tokyo and Osaka organized by the largest Japanese tour operator, JTB Travel. The number of Japanese tourists visiting Croatia is constantly growing. Thus, a total of 159.574 tourists from Japan were recorded last year, which is an increase of 12,3 percent compared to 2017. Most of them remained in Dubrovnik, followed by Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes, Split and Opatija.