Wednesday, 12 May 2021

8 LOT Lines to Croatia Planned for Summer to Five Croatian Airports!

May 12, 2021 - The latest flight news to Croatia as 8 LOT lines to Croatia will operate this summer to five Croatian airports!

Croatian Aviation reports that Polish national airline, LOT Polish Airlines, plans to operate regular flights to five Croatian airports in the summer season. We bring you the planned flight schedule, currently confirmed by the airline.

After a short break without operations in January and February, the Polish LOT resumed traffic to Zagreb with the first day of the summer flight schedule this year. The line is currently in operation three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and the company will gradually increase the number of operations. It will operate 6 times a week during the peak summer season between Zagreb and Warsaw. Before the pandemic, LOT operated twice a day to Zagreb.

Lines to Dubrovnik Airport

At the end of April, the line between Warsaw and Dubrovnik started operating twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. On this line, there will be an increase in the number of operations. The company plans to run to Dubrovnik four times a week.

In addition to the line from Warsaw, LOT will resume traffic on the line from Poznan, which will be in operation from June 3, once a week, every Thursday. From June 19, the third line to Dubrovnik will be introduced, from Krakow, also once a week, on Saturdays.

Lines to Zadar Airport

This summer, LOT will also have two lines to Zadar. The line from Warsaw will operate from June 19, once a week, on Saturdays, and from the same date, the line from Rzeszów will also be in operation once a week.

The company has already resumed traffic on the line between Warsaw and Split. The line is in operation twice a week, on Wednesdays and Sundays, and LOT plans to keep two flights a week on this line throughout the summer season.

Return to Rijeka Airport as well

Good news for Rijeka airport, too! Although the company had previously considered canceling the route to Rijeka and withdrew it from sale, flights are now available for booking again, and LOT plans to resume traffic on the line between Warsaw and Rijeka from June 19 with one flight a week, on Saturdays.

On the routes to Croatia, LOT plans to use Embraer aircraft (170, 175, 190, 195), but already on the first flights to Dubrovnik, the company used a larger capacity aircraft - B737-800.

This flight schedule is a planned schedule of the airline which, in case of higher demand, will react by introducing additional flights, but also cancel certain ones in case the booking is not satisfactory, which became the practice of all airlines after the global pandemic.

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Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Only 3 easyJet Lines to Croatia in May, Ryanair Opens Winter Sales to Zagreb

April 28, 2021 - The latest flight news to Croatia as there are only 3 easyJet lines to Croatia in May, all to Split Airport

Croatian Aviation reports that easyJet, one of the most important airlines present in Croatian airports, plans to operate regular international traffic on only three routes to Croatia from the beginning of May. All three lines are to and from Split Airport.

Although the company offered numerous international routes to four Croatian airports at the beginning of this year - Pula, Zadar, Split, and Dubrovnik, the announced flights were not realized.

From April 10 to 24, the airline performed three return flights on the Geneva - Dubrovnik - Geneva line, but there are no flights on this route for May. easyJet plans to resume traffic between Geneva and Dubrovnik only in June.

As for Split Airport, easyJet resumed traffic on the Geneva - Split - Geneva line on April 3, and it will continue to operate in May, once a week, every Saturday. 

The Basel - Split - Basel line operated twice a week in April, on Thursdays and Saturdays, while in May it will operate once a week, also on Saturdays.

From May 1, this airline will resume traffic on another route to Split. Namely, from the mentioned date, a line from Berlin will be introduced, which will also have one flight a week - on Saturdays.

All other Croatian airports to which easyJet normally operates in the summer flight schedule in the first half of May will not have regular arrivals by this well-known British airline.

More precisely, out of a total of 42 international routes to the four mentioned airports, there will be only 3 lines in traffic from May 1. A320 aircraft have been announced on the routes, which have a capacity of 180 passengers in this airline's fleet, which means that easyJet will have only 1800 seats available to and from Split Airport next month.

And while easyJet is still working on the summer flight schedule, Ryanair has its schedule for Croatia for the upcoming season. However, the company opened sales on its international routes in the 2021/2022 winter flight schedule. Zagreb is, as expected, the Croatian destination to which Ryanair will operate next winter.

The company has not changed the number of weekly flights on all 12 routes in the winter flight schedule and it looks the same as the schedule announced in September.

Ryanair should perform most flights next winter from Zagreb to London (daily), and fewer weekly operations to Bergamo (4), Brussels (3), Rome (3), Hahn (3), Gothenburg (3), Karlsruhe (3), Dortmund (2), Memmingen (2), Oslo (2), Paris (2) and Podgorica (2).

It remains to be seen whether the company will make certain modifications and introduce or cancel certain lines for next winter, for which, of course, there is enough time.

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Wednesday, 7 April 2021

No FlyDubai Flights to Zagreb this Summer, Flights to Dubrovnik Canceled for 2021

April 7, 2021 - The latest flight news for Croatia as there will be no FlyDubai flights to Zagreb until September 1, 2021, and none to Dubrovnik at all this year. 

Croatian Aviation reports that the low-cost company from the United Arab Emirates will not resume traffic between Zagreb Airport and Dubai this summer.

FlyDubai had initially announced that it would resume traffic between Dubai and Zagreb in the summer flight schedule in 2021, as a replacement for Emirates, which has permanently withdrawn from the same route due to the pandemic.

The airline originally planned to resume traffic beginning the year, and flights were then delayed from month to month. The last announcement from the airline was that the traffic on this line would be resumed from the end of May, but as of today, all flights have been canceled until September 1 this year. 

The airline was to offer 57,000 seats between Dubai and Zagreb in the summer of 2021, however, significantly less than in 2019 when Emirates operated on this route with a B777-300ER wide-body aircraft and an average capacity of 358 seats per flight. Recall, in 2019, more than 152 thousand seats were available on this line.

Apart from the smaller capacity, the Dubai - Zagreb line will also no longer have a first-class seat offer for which Emirates is world-famous. The number of offered seats in business and economy class is also drastically reduced. 

But Zagreb isn't the only victim this summer, as all planned flights between Dubai and Dubrovnik for this year have also been canceled. Recall, Flydubai planned on operating the Dubai - Dubrovnik route from May 13, twice a week, on Thursdays and Sundays. From June 25, the airline was to add a third weekly flight (Fridays), with scheduled flights until the end of September. 

FlyDubai's return to Zagreb on September 1 is not yet certain. If the airline is not able to fill its capacity on narrow-body aircraft in the summer months, then the occupancy of this line is even riskier after September 1, when demand is usually lower. 

As a reminder, in the summer months of 2019, Emirates connected Zagreb and Dubai daily with wide-body aircraft type B777-300ER, while FlyDubai operated on the same route in the winter months.

Nevertheless, the return of Flydubai to Zagreb will eventually enable Emirates passengers to continue their journey to Zagreb with a partner company. 

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Thursday, 7 January 2021

Flights to Croatia: Qatar Airways Reduces Traffic to Zagreb, Again

January 7, 2021 - The latest news for flights to Croatia as Qatar Airways reduces traffic to Zagreb.

Croatian Aviation reports that Qatar Airways has updated its flight schedule on the Doha - Zagreb - Doha route. The airline has further reduced the number of weekly flights on its only route to Croatia.

Namely, Qatar Airways has made changes to its flight schedule for the rest of the winter and the start of the regular flight schedule.

This airline had announced an increase in the number of weekly flights to Zagreb during the Christmas and New Year holidays, launching the second weekly flight on this route. Due to weak demand, they were not realized, so they continue to operate on the Zagreb line only once a week, every Friday.

Qatar Airways currently does not have the capacity to fill its smallest aircraft in the fleet (A320) to Zagreb, all due to the impact of the global pandemic and passenger restrictions between countries. 

Until a few days ago, the airline offered two daily flights to Zagreb from the end of March, which is actually the schedule that existed before the global pandemic and has not changed so far.

These two daily flights are no longer available for booking on the airline's website. Instead of twice a day, the airline plans to operate twice a week (Tuesdays and Saturdays) between Zagreb and Doha, from the end of March to the end of May 2021.

As of June, two daily flights are available. Still, it is expected that the airline will withdraw these flights from sale in the coming weeks and reduce the frequency to two to three flights a week, depending on the epidemiological situation and the demand itself.

In January and February 2020, before the outbreak of the global pandemic, Qatar Airways flew to Zagreb twice a day on A320 aircraft and offered over 31,000 seats between Doha and Zagreb in those two months. In January and February this year, Qatar is offering just one weekly flight (Fridays) for a total of just over 2,100 seats. This is a drastic reduction in the available seats on this line by as much as 93%. 

The small number of weekly Qatar Airways flights is not a surprise - the line to Zagreb has been used by many tourists from all over Asia, Australia, and Oceania. There are almost no such passengers in Croatia since the outbreak of the pandemic. The line from Zagreb is also used by a large number of Slovenian citizens who do not have a direct line from Qatar Airways from Ljubljana. Still, at the moment, Slovenian citizens also do not travel in large numbers, so we will have to wait for a slightly larger number of weekly flights.

In February 2020, Qatar Airways planned to increase capacity on its afternoon flights to Zagreb and operate a B787-8 wide-body aircraft (254 instead of 132 seats) instead of the narrow-body A320, but this did not happen due to the global pandemic.

Before the pandemic, the airline also announced the introduction of the seasonal line Doha - Dubrovnik - Doha, which is currently not on sale for the summer flight schedule in 2021.

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Thursday, 9 July 2020

The Telegraph Features Solta as 'Perfect Post-Lockdown Escape'

July 9, 2020 - The British Telegraph promoted the Croatian island of Solta and described it as the perfect place to relax after quarantine. Recall, Croatia and the United Kingdom have formed an air bridge, and quarantine will not apply for tourists returning home from Croatia. writes that Telegraph journalist Mary Novakovich,  originally from Croatia, spent some time on the island of Solta and detailed her experience in an article titled, 'The forgotten Croatian island that offers a perfect post-lockdown escape'.

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"It’s an unknown quantity for most British visitors, but is seen by locals as a suburb of Split. If only all suburbs had pebbly coves, olive groves, vineyards, blue-green Adriatic waters and the languid atmosphere that makes the Dalmatian coast so appealing," the article reads.

"People sit in cafes along the waterfront. As I walk, I can smell the restaurant and hear street musicians playing folk music," the journalist wrote.

Novakovich also revealed that she tasted local fish and olive oil and praised the flavors. Although she thought that Solta was a bit deserted, when she came to Stomorska, she realized that it was actually a busy island with many people.

"Still, it is not a crowd that can be compared to the one on Hvar or Brac," she added.

She also said that people kept asking if she belonged to a family from Solta because of her Croatian surname.

“I had to keep repeating that I was originally from Lika,” she explained.

She also admitted that she would exchange the mountains she was used to every day for the sea in Dalmatia.

"The beaches are beautiful. I don't like sand, so I was happy that almost all the beaches on Solta were pebbly or rocky," she added.'

You can read Mary Novakovich's full account on her Solta experience on The Telegraph HERE.