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Marking World Children’s Day, Croatia Airlines has created lasting memories for the youngest

16th November 2019, Zagreb

On its 30th anniversary, Croatia Airlines decided to get involved in marking the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Accordingly, to mark World Children’s Day, Croatia Airlines joined UNICEF’s global initiative for the promotion of children’s rights, enabling children worldwide to be heard.


UNICEF Croatia called on Croatian companies to open their doors to children, so Croatia’s national airline joined the initiative with its Smile above the Clouds campaign, by having hosted fifty children from foster families and their foster parents gathered around the Forum for Quality Foster Care on its morning flight from Zagreb to Dubrovnik.


This was a unique opportunity for the children and their foster parents to have a flying experience, to get to know the business world better and to say what they think about topics that are important to them. Once they landed in Dubrovnik, a tour of the Dubrovnik Airport was organised for our dear guests, during which the business processes of the southernmost Croatian airport were presented. The day trip ended with a return flight from Dubrovnik to Zagreb. The Dubrovnik Airport, Zagreb’s Franjo Tuđman International Airport, Newrest Dubrovnik Ltd. and Swissport International Ltd. gave Croatia Airlines their whole-hearted support in implementing this project.


– It was with complete joy that we’ve joined UNICEF’s commendable initiative because children’s warm smiles and their joy are priceless. I hope that today we’ve created fond memories for our guests, particularly because many of them have flown for the first time in their lives, while we have, in collaboration with our partners, brought the air traffic system in Croatia closer to them, and broadened our horizons – said Jasmin Bajić, CEO of Croatia Airlines.

– On behalf of the children from foster families and their foster parents, I would like to thank Croatia Airlines for having recognised the needs of children growing up in foster families by helping to create today’s wonderful experience that they’ll remember for a lifetime. The World Children’s Day reminds us that caring for children is a duty of the entire community, and we’re very pleased that, through this campaign, Croatia Airlines has shown sensitivity to one of the most vulnerable groups in our society – said Dubravka Čordašev, President of the Forum for Quality Foster Care.

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