Croatia Airlines plans new routes



Croatia Airlines is gearing up for a modest expansion during the upcoming summer season, although the exact details of its network are still being finalised. The airline plans to introduce new destinations from its Zagreb hub, breaking a trend of stagnation that persisted at its main airport in recent years. Among the anticipated additions is the revival of a previously served route. During the 2023 summer season, the airline operated 18.4% fewer flights out of Zagreb compared to the pre-pandemic 2019, as a number of routes from the Croatian capital that were discontinued during the global health emergency have not been restored. Since the end of the pandemic, Croatia Airlines has not reinstated its seasonal flights from Zagreb to Stockholm, Helsinki, Milan, Oslo, Bucharest, Prague, and St Petersburg, with the latter ruled out due to ongoing sanctions imposed on Russia. Despite the resumption of flights between Zagreb and Dublin, the service has since been discontinued by the airline as it faced strong competition from Ryanair. In 2020, Croatia Airlines also scheduled new services from Zagreb to Podgorica and Sofia, but they were never launched due to the pandemic. Furthermore, it considered introducing flights to Tirana on several occasions. Zagreb Airport is hoping for Croatia Airlines to expand its operations from the city. Its recent Connecting Capital Cities Incentive Model, which motivates airlines to introduce flights from Zagreb to up to sixteen European capital cities have been geared towards the carrier, however, so far it has not applied. Croatia Airlines has been increasingly expanding its network from the country’s coast since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. The carrier’s Chief Commercial Officer, Slaven Žabo, recently said, “We plan to expand our network of international flights during the summer of 2024 and increase the total number of operations compared to 2023. As we anticipate the delivery of our first of fifteen new, modern and eco-friendly [A220] aircraft in mid-2024, we will be able to offer more seats and greater comfort”.

Croatia Airlines plans new routes

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Title: Croatia Airlines plans new routes
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Published Date: Fri, 09 Feb 2024 08:00:00 +0000