|Air Croatia drops flights from Stockholm to Zagreb and Split|
Newcomer Air Croatia, which is to launch flights on June 28, has cancelled its planned services from Stockholm to Zagreb and Split. The new flights, announced only two weeks ago, were to operate once per week, every Saturday, until August 30. Despite the cancellation, the airline will maintain flights from Gothenburg to Zagreb, Zadar and Split. Services will be inaugurated exactly two weeks from today. Air Croatia will utilise a ČSA Czech Airlines Airbus A319 for its operations this summer as well as its crew. It becomes the only airline to offer direct flights between Zagreb and Gothenburg. Tickets for the new flights are on sale via its website. Originally, the airline was to inaugurate services today but has pushed back its launch date by two weeks.
Air Croatia will operate on a low cost basis. In essence, Air Croatia is a Swedish tour operator specialising in holiday packages to Croatia. However, with an office in Zagreb, the airline intends to operate yearlong flights from the Croatian capital. As EX-YU Aviation News learns, Air Croatia failed to secure permits from Stockholm Arlanda Airport, forcing it to cancel its flights. There has been a flurry of newly formed airlines launching services from Croatia including Dalmatian, Libertas Air and Adriatic Skyways. What all have in common is that they are yet to take to the sky and have all been created hastily, with ticket sales starting less than a month prior to their launch.
Meanwhile, Dalmatian has begun selling tickets for the eleven new routes it intends to launch out of Zagreb from June 30. The airline has unveiled three types of fares which include different kinds of complimentary services and baggage policies depending on the price. Dalmatian is currently in the process of recruiting staff in a range of fields. The airline’s CEO, Željko Romić, says, “Being a member of the Dalmatian team involves hard work and innovation but is very rewarding. Our people are the foundations of the business and our goal is to bring back the fun in air travel”. Flight information for some of the new services Dalmatian intends to launch can be found on the right hand side in the new route launches section. All eleven destinations will be progressively added.