|ČSA cancels planned Zagreb service, goes to Split instead|
ČSA Czech Airlines has shelved plans to launch seasonal flights from Prague to Zagreb this summer and will instead fly to Split once per week. In April, Croatia’s busiest airport confirmed that flights between Prague and Zagreb would be inaugurated on May 30 and would run until September 28. In addition, the Czech carrier was granted slots at Zagreb Airport with the following schedule. However, ČSA has decided to shift its operations to Split and presumably profit from tourists holidaying in the seaside city. While no official reason has been given for the move, airlines operating to Zagreb have recently expressed their dissatisfaction with the hike in fees and services at Croatia’s busiest airport. The move has led easyJet to announce plans it will be suspending flights to Zagreb this winter.
ČSA’s flights to Split will operate once per week with a Friday evening arrival in the seaside city and a Sunday morning departure back to Prague. On Saturdays, the aircraft will be used on behalf of the start-up airline Air Croatia which will run services from Gothenburg to Zagreb, Split and Zadar from June 14. Air Croatia has previously confirmed it will be using the Czech carrier’s Airbus A319 for its flights this summer. ČSA’s Split service will be inaugurated on June 13 and will run until September 28. Further flight details can be found here.
The new service marks ČSA’s return to Split following a three year absence. On the other hand, the airline suspended flights to Zagreb in early 2012 when services were relegated to its regional partner Central Connect Airlines (CCA). However, shortly after, in the summer of 2012, CCA declared bankruptcy and ceased all operations. Since then there have been no direct flights between the Croatian and Czech capitals. In January, the then CEO of Zagreb Airport, Gonzalve de Cordoue, said he was in talks with several airlines to launch flights to the Croatian capital this year including ČSA, Air Serbia and Etihad Regional.