Where do I begin? Lets start with L410Turbolet.
Didn't mean to offend but when I stated the world. I was thinking about Australian and the America's only because I am aware of Croatia being a popular tourist spot with the Europeans. I did not mean to direspect other continents especially the Europeans, a continent I have a lot of admiration for. I am also aware that the war has been over for ten years and that great progress has been made in Croatia on the domestic front, something I can comment on by witnessing first hand, spending time in Croatia in 1994 (when the war was on) again in 1998 (the world cup parties were awesome) and in 2002. (where Croatia was just brilliant.... Apart from the coastal traffic).
Australians have taken some time to begin to accept Croatia as a tourist destination and many still do not completely understand the situation in Croatia at present. So hopefully L410Turbotet you can understand why im amazed when all of a sudden there is an interest for Croatia in the Great Southern Land.
I can not understand why you believe it is sad.... Better late than never hey!
Now for tripleDelta....
Regards to the reality check comment. I was only using the UAE and Emirates as an example to try to explain that a product, marketed well can out do the publics expectations. I didn't mean to financially compare the two countries.
Honestly. Who would of believed that an Airline in the late 80's with only a 10 million dollar check from the Dubai royal family would become the success they are today!
True; the investment by the Croatian gov that would be needed into the airline the airports and all the goes with it may seem excessive but if the benefits are there in the future, it should be taken seriously...
I would not like to see and im not asking for taxes to be raised more in Croatia to benefit aviation in Croatia.
As for the A330's in winter; CroFlight knows exactly what do with them. But seriously, again if set up well I strongly believe there could be an all year market. Why do you feel Zagreb, or any other airport in that region, could not establish her self as a small hub for the part of Europe.
With the dire situation of the Yugo economy in the late 80's, it is not that hard to believe that tourism did account for a large percentage of their GPD. I remember reading that it was the second largest industry at that time after the Arms industry. I will try to find where I read this to confirm.
Now back to skiing in Croatian I have two words for you. Janica Kostelic! So I assume she gained the her skills winning 3 gold and a silver at the last winter Olymics and many other world champion ships, by running down the rocky slopes of Dalmacia???? And it would have been very hard for Croatia to host the FIS 2004/05 Skiing World Cup (on Medvednica mountain, not fare from Zagreb) if Croatia did not have appropriate skiing fields.
Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you long to return