Croatia Airlines continues network downsizing
Following news it will cancel its Dubrovnik - Frankfurt service this winter, Croatia Airlines has announced fresh suspensions which will come into effect from October 27. The Croatian national carrier will suspend flights from Zagreb to London Gatwick and from Dubrovnik to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. The suspensions are being carried out as part of the airline’s restructuring program in an attempt to return to profitability. The Paris suspension from Dubrovnik will prove as a fresh disappointed for local authorities who were unhappy with news the Frankfurt service would not be maintained during the winter. Following the suspension of the two weekly Paris service, Croatia Airlines will continue to operate direct flights from Dubrovnik to Rome, Zagreb and Zurich.
Croatia Airlines will no longer serve London Gatwick Airport. The airline suspended the service earlier this summer and the flights won’t be making a comeback during the winter either. Flights to Heathrow will continue to operate as normal. Several weeks ago it was announced the carrier is considering selling its lucrative slots at Heathrow next summer and relocating to Gatwick as a cost cutting measure. In February the airline reported its London route was struggling to make a profit, warning that flights to Heathrow would be under review for the 2014 summer season. On the other hand, the airline will boost services to Brussels, from daily flights last winter to ten times per week during the 2013/14 winter season. All of the flights will be operated by the Bombarider Dash 8 aircraft.
So far this year Croatia Airlines has suspended flights from Dubrovnik and Zagreb to Istanbul, as well as its Zagreb - Podgorica and London Gatwick service. Frequencies have been reduced on flights to Amsterdam, Vienna, Rome and Pristina. In addition, planned new services from Pula and Zadar to Paris and Hamburg were cancelled this summer.