Croatia Airlines farewells Podgorica
Following Istanbul and London Gatwick, Podgorica is the latest destination to be suspended by Croatia Airlines. Flights from Zagreb to the Montenegrin capital have been discontinued effective immediately, with no plans to resume the service during the summer season. The suspension comes in the wake of the carrier’s network reductions as it has been advised to cut costs. The Croatian national carrier maintained three weekly flights between the two capital cities this winter. As a result, Podgorica will now be connected to only two other EX-YU capital cities - Ljubljana and Belgrade. As early as two years ago, Podgorica was the only former Yugoslav city with connections to all EX-YU capitals - Belgrade, Zagreb, Sarajevo, Priština, Skopje and Ljubljana. The quickest way to get between Podgorica and Zagreb by plane this summer will be via Vienna with Austrian Airlines, with the trip lasting over three hours.
Earlier this week, Croatia Airlines began tweaking its 2013 summer timetable, suspending planned new destinations from the Croatian coast to Western Europe as well as flights from Zagreb to Istanbul and London Gatwick. Changes are still possible as the airline puts together its summer timetable just a month prior to its commencement. However, fellow Star Alliance member, Turkish Airlines, is expected to replace Croatia Airlines on the Istanbul - Zagreb service as it plans to launch a second daily flight, with the Croatian carrier code sharing.
Furthermore, Croatia Airlines’ cancelled flights from Zagreb to Istanbul and London Gatwick have also affected its flights from Dubrovnik and Split. Last summer the airline operated a one weekly service from Dubrovnik to Istanbul which has now been cancelled. Similarly, the carrier’s two weekly nonstop flights between Split and London Gatwick have been dropped.