|Dalmatian to launch Zagreb - Hamburg service|
A new Croatian start-up, Dalmatian, which has been in the works for several years, will launch flights from Zagreb to Hamburg this June, according to the German airport. The new airline has been granted permits to operate four weekly flights between the two cities, every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday starting June 2. Tickets are to go on sale later this month according to Dalmatian’s founder and CEO Željko Romić. In addition, the airline says it has secured a range of contracts to operate charter flights this summer season. Plans to launch Dalmatian date back to 2006 when the airline intended to start up as a low cost carrier which would offer long haul flights from Croatia.
According to Dalmatian, the airline will operate as a hybrid low cost carrier and was “founded to pursue the growth opportunities in emerging markets of short and long distance air travel”. The airline adds, “As the low cost/low fare model continues to grow around the world, with leisure and business travellers recognising the value of the low cost airline business model, Dalmatian intends to become an industry leader of the mega-trend of the future model of air transportation, a trend that was first born in the competitive landscape of the Australian air transport industry”.
With Croatia’s entry into the European Union last summer, a flurry of new airlines have announced plans to open up bases across the country to capitalise on the country’s booming tourism industry. Air Croatia, Libertas Air and Adriatic Skyways have all announced their intention of launching flights from the country. Air Croatia will inaugurate services from Stockholm and Gothenburg to Zagreb, Split and Zadar starting June 14. Flights will be operated with a ČSA Czech Airlines Airbus A319. Adriatic Skyways has also uncovered plans to fly out of Dubrovnik, though, no firm timeframe has been given for its launch. The new carrier will utilise Denim Air’s air operator’s certificate (AOC), allowing it to inaugurate flights more easily and bypass additional bureaucratic procedures in Croatia.