El Al begins Zagreb flightsEl Al Israel Airlines has commenced 2 weekly flights to the Croatian capital Zagreb. The Israeli national carrier replaces its charter subsidiary, Sun d’Or International Airlines, on the route. The charter airline lost its operational license this month and all of its routes have been taken over by El Al. The airline operates 2 weekly flights from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport using a Boeing 757-200. The airline will be in direct competition with Croatia Airlines which operates 1 flight per week to Ben Gurion Airport.
Meanwhile, Croatia and the United Arab Emirates have signed an open air services Memorandum of Understanding and initialled an Air Services Agreement. The two delegations agreed that any number of designated airlines of both parties will have the right to perform scheduled air services. The UAE delegation designated Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, Air Arabia, RAK Airways and FlyDubai as UAE national airlines under the agreement. The Croatian delegation designated Croatia Airline, Dubrovnik Airline and Trade Air as its designated carriers. The agreements allow full flexibility on the routes, capacity, number of frequencies and types of aircraft, in any type of service (passenger or cargo). The signed memorandum also includes the exercise of fifth freedom traffic rights. In addition, both parties agreed to allow unrestricted non-scheduled operations between the two countries.