CCA suspends all flightsBoth Zagreb and Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport no longer have direct air links to Prague after Central Connect Airlines (CCA) suspended all operations on Tuesday. The Czech national carrier, ČSA, relegated its Zagreb and Ljubljana services to CCA earlier in the year due to poor loads, as well as its own financial headaches. It followed ČSA’s pullout from Belgrade in 2011 and Skopje at the start of the 2012 summer season. As a result, there are no more direct flights between Prague and any EX-YU capital city.
In a statement the airline said, “Given that the statistics did not confirm the long term ticket sales, profitability was not achieved. Therefore, the management has decided to temporarily suspend operations on all existing scheduled CCA flights in order to optimise the restructuring plan“. Central Connect Airlines operated flights to Zagreb and Ljubljana with the 36 seat Saab 340B aircraft.
However, there is still hope that the services from Prague will resume in the coming future. ČSA is set to take over some of CCA’s destinations, though Zagreb and Ljubljana are momentarily unavailable for booking. CCA has said that passengers booked on flights that will not be relaunched by ČSA will be compensated. Zagreb was ČSA’s first international destination, launched back in 1930. The airport has already lost two customers due to bankruptcy this year - Malév and Spanair. However, Qatar Airways has replaced Malév’s flights from Budapest while Vuleing will be operating services to Barcelona this summer.