Germanwings launching its third route in to Zagreb
The low cost airline Germanwings will launch flights between Hamburg and Zagreb next summer season. The year long flights are set to operate twice per week, every Monday and Thursday, starting July 10. The airline will use Bombardier CRJ900s on the route. Germanwings’ owner, Lufthansa, has transferred some of its CRJ900s to its low cost subsidiary. Germanwings operated the Hamburg - Zagreb service in the past, before shutting down its base. However, this time around the airline will operate with a smaller aircraft. Further flight details can be found here.
Germanwings’ new flights to Zagreb mark its continuing expansion throughout Croatia. Next summer the airline will launch flights from Hamburg and Dusseldorf to Rijeka and increase frequencies on its seasonal Dusseldorf - Split service from one weekly flight this summer to three per week next summer season. Lufthansa has decided to transfer most of its regional European flights from non-hub airports in Germany to Germanwigs. As a result, all of Lufthansa’s seasonal flights from Berlin to Split, Dubrovnik and Zadar will be operated by Germanwings next summer season. However, Lufthansa will maintain operations on the Berlin - Zagreb service until further notice. The transfer of Lufthansa flights to Germanwings has been ongoing since early this year.
Germanwings’ Hamburg service will be the second new destination to be served out of the Croatian capital next year. It joins Etihad Regional, which will commence operations at the start of the 2014 summer season following its acquisition of Darwin Airline. It will inaugurate flights from Rome to Zagreb on March 30. Also, Turkish Airlines will add an additional four weekly flights from Istanbul to Zagreb starting January 20. As a result, the airline will operate two daily flights between the two cities. Zagreb Airport’s new management estimates the airport will see passenger growth of 8% next year.