From Rijeka to London with Croatia AirlinesRijeka Airport’s prayers have been answered as Croatia Airlines announced on Tuesday that it will resume flights between the island airport and London Heathrow during the 2011 summer season. Croatia Airlines was strongly criticised by local authorities and airport management when it decided to discontinue the route after the 2009 summer season. Back then, Croatia Airlines explained that the service was unpopular and thus unprofitable. Flights between Rijeka and London will operate from April 20 until October 19, once per week, using the Airbus A320.
Rijeka Airport has had a year it would rather forget. Its passenger numbers have halved compared last year while its finances are in disarray. Some have even called for the airport’s closure. The resumption of the London service will bring some much needed relief. The Croatia Airlines service will be partially subsidised by the Croatian National Tourist Board, the airline’s CEO Srećko Šimunović told the “Novi List” newspaper.
Croatia Airlines has already announced a string of new seasonal summer flights for next year including the likes of Athens and Venice. Flight details for the Rijeka – London service can be found on the right hand side in the new route launches section.