New airline plans summer start
A new airline named Air Croatia will launch flights from Sweden to Zagreb and the Croatian coast this summer season. The airline will lease an aircraft from an undisclosed Dutch carrier in time to inaugurate flights to Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, Pula and Zagreb in June. Air Croatia is yet to publish its timetable but anticipates operating flights out of Stockholm and Gothenburg. Currently, the airline plans to run two weekly flights from Gothenburg to Split and one flight per week to Dubrovnik, Pula and Zagreb. From Stockholm the airline will operate flights to both Zadar and Split. Tickets are yet to be put up for sale.
Air Croatia will operate on a low cost basis. Food, coffee, tea, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase on board. Passengers will be able to check-in twenty kilos of luggage free of charge. In essence, Air Croatia is a Swedish tour operator specialising in holiday packages to Croatia which will lease and brand its own aircraft with the possibility for the public to purchase individual tickets as well. Similarly, several years ago, tour operator Air Kosova leased aircraft and crew from Belle Air and Hamburg International for flights out of Pristina. If all goes to plan, Air Croatia will be the only airline offering direct flights from Zagreb to Stockholm and Gothenburg.
Earlier this year another newcomer, known under its working title as Libertas Air, announced plans to set up a base in Dubrovnik with two Airbus A320 aircraft this April. However, the investment, estimated to be worth three million euros with a workforce of fifty people, seems unlikely to materialise on time. Meanwhile, foreign low cost and leisure airlines will significantly boost their operations to the Croatian coast this summer. Ryanair, which has a seasonal base in Zadar, recently announced the launch of its new route from the city to Manchester. Details of the flights, which are to be launched on April 4, can be found here.