Croatia Airlines Expanding International Network from May 25

May 17, 2020 - After news this week that Croatia Airlines would reduce the frequency of its domestic flights, the national carrier announced plans to expand its international network. 

Croatia Airlines resumed its domestic flights on May 11, with two daily services from Zagreb to both Dubrovnik and Split. Though, not even one week later, and due to the lack of demand, the airline was forced to reduce the service and instead operate with a triangle routing Zagreb - Split - Dubrovnik - Zagreb. 

However, that hasn’t stopped the airline from reinstating its international network. Namely, Ex Yu Aviation reports that from May 25, Croatia Airlines will reuse its service between Zagreb and Amsterdam, which a second daily service to Frankfurt will also be introduced. Recall, the Zagreb-Frankfurt route was the only international route to be maintained during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Furthermore, the national airline welcomed a new Airbus A319 aircraft to its fleet, which landed n Zagreb on Wednesday from Woensdrecht, Netherlands. The aircraft has the capacity for 150 passengers, which is slightly larger than the rest of Croatia Airlines’ A319 fleet. The aircraft was purchased before the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Concerning the losses, it is too early to talk about it, as we do not know how long this crisis will last for. On one hand, you do not have revenue coming in, and on the other you do not know how big the expenses will be. We are adjusting to the current situation and are doing our job to the best of our ability. All our costs have been reduced as much as possible,” said Croatia Airlines’ CEO, Jasmin Bajić.

Ex Yu Aviation adds that over the past two months, Croatia Airlines has performed heavy maintenance on one of its Dash 8 turboprops, and minor work on the rest of the fleet. 

“Our long-term strategy is to perform the majority of work in-house with our own personnel. We invest a lot of resources to maintain a stable but flexible system in our technical department, relying on highly skilled personnel. We are fully capable of performing heavy maintenance on our fleet including six-year and twelve-year checks, non-destructive testing, shop work and engineering. However, despite this extreme new situation of closed borders and limited travel, we will continue work on our fleet, for it to be completely ready when the time comes for our aircraft to fly again,” said Croatia Airlines’ Technical Director Davor Bujan. 

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