Croatia Airlines Kicks Off Summer Flight Schedule

By 31 March 2019

Sunday, March 31 kicked off the summer flight schedule for Croatia Airlines! The Croatian national carrier will travel directly to 38 European destinations in 24 countries, with Zagreb directly connecting to 24 European destinations to 22 countries during the tourist season, reports T.portal on March 31, 2019. 

Increased traffic on regular routes begins for the Easter holiday, which traditionally represents the beginning of the tourist season in Croatia, followed by the gradual introduction of seasonal lines from the most important markets for Croatian tourism. At the peak of the tourist season, Croatia Airlines will perform on average 105 flights per day.

Croatia Airlines continues to fly to all ten destinations that have been included in the flight network for the past three years. These include Lisbon, Milan, Prague, St.Petersburg, Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki, Bucharest, Dublin, and Mostar, as well as the Split - Copenhagen, and Dubrovnik - Munich seasonal lines introduced last year.

On the regular Zagreb - Dublin line, an additional flight is scheduled for Tuesdays so that passengers will have three flights available per week - Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. Also, the year-round flights between Zagreb and Mostar will continue.

Croatia Airlines is expecting a 5 percent growth in passenger traffic this year, compared to last year, when 2.17 million passengers were transported by the airline. 

In this year's tourist season, as well as last year, Croatia Airlines boasts 12 aircraft in their fleet - four Airbus 319, two Airbus 320 and six Dash 8-Q400 aircraft. As in the past two years, two more aircraft will be hired for the tourist season from May to October.

The company marks its 30th anniversary this year, too. For the special occasion, the airline utilized its employees to select the best slogan to commemorate the big birthday, which is “Creating memories for 30 years!”

Along with the slogan, a unique birthday design was created, which also saw the help of its creative employees. 

To mark 30 years, Croatia Airlines has chosen to enhance the visuals of its fleet. Namely, on its 12 aircraft, the “CROATIA” logo has been enlarged, making it even more noticeable. Furthermore, the checkers, as a recognizable symbol of Croatian national identity, extend to the hull of the aircraft. 

The visuals on the exterior can also be noticed on the lower part (belly) of the aircraft, which is now white, giving the plane a touch of elegance. Thus, the Croatia Airlines fleet, which is usually a traveler's first introduction to Croatia, has become even stronger and more recognizable. 

To celebrate three decades, the company will also conduct several competitions this year where visitors or citizens can expect valuable prizes. The competitions will be conducted in cooperation with the media and on social networks, and surprises can also be expected on flights. All details can be found here

The story of Croatia Airlines began on August 7, 1989, when it was registered as Zagal (formally, Zagreb Airlines). On December 23, 1990, Zagal changed its name to Croatia Airlines and became the national carrier of passengers, goods, and mail. 

The first commercial flight of Croatia Airlines took off on May 5, 1991, from Zagreb to Split, while the first international flight was between Zagreb and Frankfurt on April 5, 1992. 

From the very first flight to the end of February 2019, Croatia Airlines has achieved 585,500 flights and carried over 38,240,000 passengers. Of these, 11,407,500 passengers flew on Croatian flights, 24,014,500 flew on international routes, and 2,818,000 were carried on special charter flights. For the upcoming tourist season, Croatia Airlines will travel to 38 destinations in 24 countries. 

It is almost essential to note that in the last 30 years, Croatia Airlines has become a member of the most important aviation associations, such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Star Alliance, the largest aviation association in the world. Today, Croatia Airlines is classified as a mid-sized European airline, recognized by passengers for flight safety, professional staff, and quality of service. 

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