|Eurolot to inaugurate daily service to Zagreb|
Poland’s Eurolot will launch flights from Warsaw to Zagreb this winter season, connecting the two cities for the first time in years. The airline, wholly owned by national carrier LOT Polish Airlines, will run daily flights between the two capitals with its Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft. Services will be inaugurated on Sunday, October 26. Eurolot will face no direct competition on the route. As a result of the new service, Zagreb becomes the third city in the former Yugoslavia with scheduled flights to the Polish capital, joining Ljubljana, where services to Warsaw are operated by Adria Airways, and Air Serbia and LOT, which maintain flights from Belgrade.
Commenting on the new service, Eurolot CEO, Tomasz Balcerzak, said, “Eurolot’s flexibility allows us to respond to new opportunities in the aviation market. This gives us the opportunity to launch new routes from Warsaw this winter. Some of them, especially those in the Balkans, are considered niche, but they are expected to see significant developments in tourism and passenger traffic in the future. Similarly, two years ago flights to the Croatian coast were launched and we became the first Polish carrier to explore them. Now these routes have a strong place in our network”. Besides Zagreb, Eurolot will launch flights to Stuttgart, Chisinau in Moldova and Cluj in Romania. Eurolot operates seasonal summer flights from Warsaw, Poznan, Gdansk and Krakow to Dubrovnik, Split and Zadar.
Eurolot joins a growing list of airlines to have launched services to the Croatian capital this year. Besides Eurolot, several airlines have inaugurated scheduled flights to Zagreb in 2014 including KLM Cityhopper and Vueling from Rome and Germanwings from Hamburg. In October, Qatar Airways will begin three weekly nonstop flights from Doha while in December Flydubai will connect the UAE’s largest city with Zagreb for the first time. Earlier this year, Alitalia said it will launch flights from Rome to the Croatian capital. On the other hand, ČSA Czech Airlines and Etihad Regional cancelled plans to fly to the city this year. Tickets for Eurolot’s new service to Zagreb are already on sale. Further flight details can be found here.