|Now you see it now you don't - Dalmatian vanishes without a trace|
Croatian start-up Dalmatian, which is to inaugurate services in less than a week, has taken down its website and can no longer be reached as passengers who purchased tickets with the airline warn their flights have been cancelled without being refunded. Passengers who booked tickets with the low cost airline have taken to social media. One deceived passenger said, “My aunt booked tickets to Stuttgart and they cancelled the inaugural flight and now we can’t even contact them”. Another user said, “I was looking for tickets to Warsaw. Their website is not working, then I called them but their phone is off and then I called Zagreb Airport which said they know nothing about them. Be warned”!
The issue has reached across the border with Slovenian media warning “Be careful! Dalmatian is turning out to be a hoax”. Following years of planning, the low cost Croatian start-up was to launch operations on June 30 with its inaugural flight from Zagreb to Stuttgart. It was to progressively introduce flights from Zagreb to Hamburg, Rome, Milan, Prague, Warsaw, Sofia, Geneva, Dusseldorf, Zurich and Larnaca. Tickets were put on sale on June 12 and could be purchased until late last night through Dalmatian’s website.
According to Hamburg Airport, “Dalmatian is an Anglo-Croatian company registered in the Republic of Croatia. All services operated by Dalmatian are provided by its airline partners on an ACMI lease basis in the interim period before the company begins flight operations with its Austrian based AOC during the latter part of summer 2014. The company also intends to apply for its Croatian Air Operators certificate (AOC) during the summer period”.
Dalmatian was founded by Željko Romić, a Croatian expat living in Australia. The airline’s official contact is +385 060 222 555. EX-YU Aviation News attempted to contact Dalmatian but all calls have gone unanswered. Furthermore, the airline’s press department is also not answering e-mails which have been sent to them. Since the airline is unreachable at this point in time, take this news with caution.