Domestic Airlines to Get €79m by 2026

By 1 September 2022

ZAGREB, 1 Sept (Hina) - The government approved a budget allocation of HRK 592.2  million (€79 million) on Thursday fro the national flag carrier Croatia Airlines and Trade Air to conduct domestic air transport in the period from July 2022 to March 2026.

The Government gave this consent to the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure based on a decision regarding the obligation to operate domestic air transport for the period from 4 July 2022 to 28 March 2026.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Sea, Transport, and Infrastructure Oleg Butković explained that a tender was advertised at the end of October 2021 for the selection of carriers for domestic scheduled air transport.

"Five carriers took over the tender documentation, and two - Croatia Airlines and Trade Air - submitted their bids within the deadline. After determining that their bids were complete and valid, the ministry decided to enter into contracts with these companies for the performance of regular domestic air transportation for the specified period contracts," said Butković.

He also underscored that the financial resources for compensation to the mentioned airlines for regular air transport performed in accordance with the obligations of public services in 2022 have been made available in the state budget.

Thus, HRK 415.9 million goes to Croatia Airlines, HRK 176.3 million to Trade Air.

The major part of the total of HRK 592.3 million for this purpose over the next four years or HRK 415.9 million refers to the contract with the national flag carrier Croatia Airlines, for the Dubrovnik-Zagreb-Dubrovnik, Split-Zagreb-Split, Zagreb-Zadar-Pula-Zadar-Zagreb, Zagreb-Brač-Zagreb, Osijek-Dubrovnik-Osijek and Osijek-Split-Osijek routes.

A total of HRK 176.3 million will be disbursed to Trade Air for the Osijek-Zagreb-Osijek, Osijek-Pula-Split-Pula-Osijek, Osijek-Rijeka-Osijek, Rijeka-Split-Dubrovnik-Split-Rijeka, Rijeka-Zadar -Rijeka and Osijek-Zadar-Osijek routes.

(€1 = HRK 7.5)