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Zagreb Airport's Newest Highlights: Pegasus Airlines Launch, Prestigious Recogniations and Eco-Friendly Amenities

Leading low-cost carrier, Pegasus Airlines, launches route to its 50th country with flights from Istanbul to the Croatian capital

On Thursday, January 18, Pegasus Airlines, Türkiye's leading low-cost airline, launched a new twice-weekly route to Zagreb Airport (ZAG) from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW). The new service to the capital and largest city in Croatia marks Pegasus’ first Croatian route and operates from 18 January 2024.

Pegasus’ new service between Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen and Zagreb flights departs every Thursday at 3.05pm local time and Sunday at 11.35am local time, and from Zagreb to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen every Thursday at 4.55pm local time and Sunday at 12.45pm local time. Flights are on sale now from $39.99 one-way.

WeWatt exercise bikes for charging mobile devices installed at Zagreb Airport

When you are travelling, there’s always that fear that your smartphone or mobile devices will run out of battery power. There are photos to take, directions to get, weather to check, and e-mails to read. So, to provide you with the ultimate satisfaction, ZAG now has new innovative human powered bike area to charge your phone if you need a boost. 
These exercise bikes are new fun place where you can do your daily workout, and at the same time, charge your gadget with kinetic energy you produce. Your peddling will get you the same amount of charge as if you plugged your smartphone into an electrical outlet (but peddling faster won’t help. It’s the time it’s plugged in that matters). 

Eco charging bikes have been constructed by WeWatt. The seats are very comfortable and have the cool “banana” shape. According to their website, 10 minutes of biking can give recharge about 15% of your battery. Peddling for only about half an hour and your phone or tablet will be charged and at your service again. The company uses recycled materials, and the phone charging kiosks are constructed by disabled people. They have even developed an App to enable users to monitor information such as energy produced (HumanWh), calories burned (kcal), distance biked (km) and battery status (% of total capacity).

Check out our latest ECO bike charging points located in the vicinity of the Primeclass business lounge, Departures, offering exceptionally creative solution and safer ways to charge your phone for free by creating green and renewable energy. 

We Wat Exercise Bikes

Huseyin Bahadir Bedir, CEO Zagreb Airport  - The best foreign manager in Croatia in 2023.

The Croatian Association of Managers and Entrepreneurs (HUM) CROMA awarded the Manager of the Year 2023 award at the Esplanade Hotel in Zagreb on Februar 15th.

The most successful Croatian managers and businessmen are gathering for the 33 years in a row with the same goal - to reward the most outstanding representatives of their community in the past year. A total of 11 awards were given in different categories to managers who stand out for their entrepreneurial spirit, enthusiasm and professional, ethical and responsible business.

The Manager of the Year Award is awarded by an independent jury consisting of experienced business leaders, members of the Executive and Board of Directors of HUM-CROMA, representatives of the academic community, representatives of the media, representatives of the Croatian Business Association for Sustainable Development, and the previous year's Manager of the Year award winners join them every year.

Huseyin Bahadir Bedir, President and CEO at Zagreb Airport was awarded as The best foreign manager in the Republic of Croatia in 2023. The award was presented by professor Mladen Vedriš, and after accepting the award, Huseyin Bahadir Bedir said:

„I’m deeply honored and thankful by this recognition. Also, I am very grateful to everyone who has always been a part of my journey, my family, my friends, and especially to my dear colleagues from Zagreb Airport: members of the Management Board, Executive Committee, and all employees of Zagreb Airport. I dedicate this award to all of them who are giving their efforts on this path every day. To be awarded as The best foreign manager in the Republic of Croatia is a great and special honor, but also an obligation to persevere on the path of excellence. In case of Zagreb Airport that means to continue to secure the best possible service, but also to continue with a responsible development policy which will contribute to the overall economic development of Republic of Croatia, such beautiful country. I sincerely thank everyone who recognized that efforts. “

ACI ASQ Award to Zagreb Airport for service quality in 2023

Passengers of Zagreb Airport services have once again rated the airport with high marks, through a regular ACI ASQ (Airports Council International World - The Airport Service Quality Survey) service quality survey.

This relevant research is conducted throughout the year by certified interviewers, interviewing passengers at airports using a unique ACI/ASQ questionnaire. Out of 595,000 surveys collected in 2023, 170 ASQ awards were won by 90 airports around the world, and one of them is Zagreb Airport, which won the award: Easiest Airport Journey in Europe.

In addition to this award, Zagreb Airport is being inducted into the ACI World Director General's Roll of Excellence. A recognition given to airports that have won multiple ASQ awards over a five-year period in the last 10 years. Zagreb Airport is one of eight airports worldwide that will receive this recognition for 2023.

Zagreb Airport has been awarded according to the ACI/ASQ survey as follows:

  • Most Improved Airport
  • 2018 Best Airport in Europe by Size and Region (2-5 million passengers)
  • 2019 Best Airport in Europe by Size and Region (2-5 million passengers)
  • Best Airport in Europe by Size and Region (2-5 million passengers)
  •    Best Hygiene Measures by Region (Europe) and The Voice of Customer Recognition
  •    Best Airport in Europe by Size and Region (2-5 million passengers)

Airport with the Most Dedicated Staff in Europe

Easiest Airport Journey

  • 2023 Easiest Airport Journey Award and Inclusion in the ACI World Director General's Roll of Excellence.

Planting trees at Zagreb Airport

Following its commitment to sustainable development, which involves activities aimed at reducing carbon emissions, Zagreb Airport continues the good practice of such activities, such as tree planting in its surroundings. Several years ago, a project was implemented to plant more than 130 trees near primary schools in the city of Velika Gorica, and at the beginning of 2024, Zagreb International Airport initiated a tree planting project within the airport premises.

The project's idea is for each employee to personally plant one tree under the motto – 'Root, grow, and develop together with the company!', and the implementation of the tree planting project has been entrusted to the company Hrvatske šume d.o.o., which is also a partner in the project. All employees of Zagreb International Airport are involved in the planting action and together with members of the Airport Management planted 240 trees in the airport surrounding.