Croatia Airlines to base two aircraft in Split and expand coastal operations
Croatia Airlines is putting more emphasis on its operations from Split this summer, with the carrier to park two planes in the city, move several previously operated routes from Zagreb and increase frequencies on a number of services from the second largest city in the country. The Croatian carrier will maintain 21 destinations from Split this summer, more than from its main hub in Zagreb. As previously reported, it will move formerly operated services out of the capital, including Bucharest, Milan and Stockholm, while Dublin, which is still maintained from Zagreb, will be temporarily suspended for a period of three and a half months and moved to Split in the place. Amsterdam will complete the range of new routes this summer from Croatia‘s second largest city. The airline has already served some of these destinations from Split. Amsterdam was last operated in October 2013, Dublin in October 1996 and Milan in September 2000.
Croatia Airlines plans to have two planes stationed in Split this summer – an Airbus A319 and a Dash 8 turboprop. In doing so, the carrier plans to increase frequencies on a number of routes it traditionally flies from the city, surpassing pre-pandemic levels. These include flights to Copenhagen, which will operate three times a week from June 13 to September 26 instead of once a week in summer 2019, Düsseldorf, which will operate twice a week from June 16 to September 22 instead once a week, Frankfurt, which will be maintained nine times a week from June 15 to September 26 instead of seven weeklies, Munich, which will increase from eight to twelve weeklies between June 10 and September 26, as well as Vienna, which will operate daily from June 12 to September 25, instead of four per week during the pre-pandemic 2019 period.
Commenting on the carrier’s summer operations, Croatia Airlines CEO Jasmin Bajić recently said, “We have tried to adapt our flight network to the needs of our passengers. To support Croatian tourism, we are expanding our flight network from the largest city in Dalmatia – Split. I think many of our passengers will fly to Split and find an attractive holiday destination on the Adriatic to spend the hottest part of the year”. Besides Zagreb and Split, Croatia Airlines will operate six international destinations from Dubrovnik, as well as one from Rijeka and one from Osijek.