|BA to Split from May next year|
British Airways will launch seasonal flights from London Heathrow Airport to Split next summer season as part of a wider push into the leisure market. The two weekly Split service will be inaugurated on May 1, 2015 and run until the end of the summer season in late October. As a result, Split becomes British Airways’ third destination in Croatia following Zagreb and Dubrovnik, both of which are served on a year-long basis. Emil Delibashev, BA’s Commercial Director for the Balkan region and Hungary, said in a statement, “I am delighted that British Airways will offer flights from our Heathrow hub in London to Split from May 2015. As a result, Split will be linked with London and the world, while on the other hand, British passengers will be able to discover beautiful Split and its surroundings during the summer”. Flight details for the new service can be found here.
British Airways will not be the only novelty at Split Airport next summer season. SunExpress, a joint Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines subsidiary, will launch flights from Leipzig starting May 1, with tickets yet to be put on sale. In addition, the airline will also run flights from Leipzig to Dubrovnik. SunExpress has a fleet of 107 aircraft and flies to 74 destinations. In February the airline ordered an additional forty Boeing 737 jets. Lufthansa is considering developing SunExpress into a low cost long haul carrier in the coming future.
Meanwhile, Split Airport has continued to record passenger growth for a sixth consecutive month. The airport welcomed 243.761 passengers through its doors in September, an increase of 9.6% compared to the same month last year. During the elapsed nine months of the year, Split Airport has handled 1.576.050 passengers, a notable 10.9% increase on 2013. By the end of October the airport is expected to handle more passengers than it did for the whole of last year. Split continues to maintain its position as the third busiest airport in the former Yugoslavia so far in 2014.