Another new airline planned for Croatia
Yet another new Croatian airline, named Adriatic Skyways, plans to launch flights this summer season with Fokker 50 and Fokker 100 aircraft. The new airline has joined forces with the Dutch carrier Denim Air whose aircraft will operate on behalf of Adriatic Skyways. The airline says, “Denim was carefully selected by Adriatic Skyways to become its single and exclusive airline partner. Denim has established an impressive track record as a regional aircraft operator. They have operated on behalf of airlines, companies, tour operators and other groups since 1996". It adds, “Denim focuses on operational excellence, rather than ticket sales. The optimisation of flight operations, in terms of reliability, punctuality and passenger satisfaction, has the highest priority. Denim operates Embraer E190, Fokker 50 and Fokker 100 jets”.
In addition to using its aircraft, Adriatic Skyways also plans to utilise the Dutch airline’s air operator’s certificate (AOC), allowing it to launch flights more easily and bypass additional bureaucratic procedures in Croatia. However, all of Denim’s aircraft will feature the Adriatic Skyways livery and on board product. “Adriatic Skyways has been established to promote and develop airline traffic from the Balkan region. We will focus on contacts with tour operators, local tourism agencies, hotels and governments in order to increase traffic and tickets sales from the region”, the airline says.
Plans to set up Adriatic Skyways come less than a month after a Swedish based tour operator revealed plans to launch a new airline this summer specializing in flights from Stockholm and Gothenburg to Zagreb and the Croatian coast under the name Air Croatia. Late last year yet 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.