Vueling adding new flights to Zagreb this summer
Spanish low cost airline Vueling will launch seasonal flights from Rome Fiumicino Airport to Zagreb this summer season. Services will be inaugurated on Thursday, June 29, and will operate twice per week until September 14. As a result, Vueling will be the first airline to tap into the much discussed and underserved Rome - Zagreb market which currently has no direct flights. Etihad Regional’s earlier decision to drop the planned route will give Vueling an extra boost as it faces no direct competition. The Spanish no frills airline has already put tickets on sale on its website. The flights will complement its existing seasonal service from Barcelona to the Croatian capital which commences on May 2. Further flight details for the Rome - Zagreb flights can be found here.
The 2014 summer season is shaping up to be a busy one for Zagreb Airport. In exactly two months, KLM Cityhopper will launch its new flights from Amsterdam while Air Croatia will inaugurate a one weekly service from Gothenburg on June 14. Germanwings will inaugurate flights from Hamburg, while Trade Air will launch its new domestic commuter service. In addition, Korean Air will resume its summer charters from Seoul to Zagreb. Alitalia has previously said it too plans to launch services to the Croatian capital but is yet to schedule its future flights. ČSA Czech Airlines is also said to be close to launching flights from Prague. The new arrivals are in line with the management’s goal to boost passenger numbers at Zagreb Airport by 8% this year.
Vueling will likely target the leisure market between Italy and Croatia on its new summer service. In 2013, a million Italians visited Croatia, making them the third most populous tourists in the country behind only Germans and Slovenians. Vueling has been present on the Croatian market for several years. Besides the abovementioned flights, this summer the airline will also operate services from Rome and Barcelona to both Dubrovnik and Split as well.