Soon in ZagrebBritish Airways has announced that it will launch services from London Heathrow Airport to the Croatian capital at a press conference dedicated to the company’s financial results for the first quarter. “'Airports across the UK and beyond have contacted us about starting services and, subject to reaching satisfactory agreements with them, we plan to also launch flights from Heathrow to Leeds-Bradford, Rotterdam and Zagreb and increase frequencies to existing key destinations”, Willie Walsh, the CEO of British Airways owner, International Airlines Group, said.
British Airways has operated services to the Croatian capital in the past. Currently, in the EX-YU region, it maintains all year round flights to Dubrovnik as well as Priština. Until late 2010 British Airways operated daily flights to Belgrade but the carrier was hard hit by the arrival of Wizz Air and competition from Jat Airways.
Both Croatia Airlines and the low cost easyJet will have to compete with British Airways on the route to London. Over this summer season, Croatia Airlines is operating nine weekly flights to Heathrow and a further four flights to Gatwick Airport. easyJet on the other hand operates five weekly services to London Gatwick. A launch date for British Airways’ new flights to Zagreb have not been specified yet.