|Brussels Airlines to operate six weekly flights to Zagreb in 2015|
Brussels Airlines will inaugurate flights to Zagreb from September 20, 2015. The Belgian carrier and Star Alliance member will operate six weekly flights between Brussels and the Croatian capital. It will codeshare with Croatia Airlines on the route and offer an afternoon departure from Monday to Friday and on Sundays as well. Services will run with an Airbus A319, which has the capacity to seat 141 passengers and operates in an all-economy class layout. Tickets are already on sale. In October, Brussels Airlines announced it would operate seasonal summer flights to Dubrovnik starting April 25. The service will initially run once per week before increasing to two on June 16. It will operate with a mix of A319 and Avro RJ 100 aircraft.
Commenting on the new addition to its network, Brussels Airlines said, “Zagreb is the 18th European capital that Brussels Airlines will connect to Brussels, and the third capital in Eastern Europe, following Warsaw and Riga. Unlike Dubrovnik, Zagreb is a destination for business tourism, economic events and commercial trade fairs”. It added, “The flight schedule allows convenient connections to a significant number of other destinations within the Brussels Airlines network”. The Belgian carrier operates a sizable number of flights into Africa and maintains services to New York in the United States, which could prove popular with connecting passengers from Croatia.
Despite the codeshare partnership, Brussels Airlines will compete directly against Croatia Airlines on the route. Since joining the European Union last year, the Croatian carrier has introduced additional flights to Brussels and maintains eleven weekly services (morning and evening) between the two capitals throughout the year. They operate with a Bombardier Dash 8 turboprop aircraft. The route is popular with EU bureaucrats travelling between the two cities. Brussels Airlines joins a growing list of carriers to launch flights to Zagreb. Only this year the likes of KLM, Eurolot, Air Serbia and Flydubai introduced services to the city. Lufthansa owns a 45% stake in Brussels Airlines. Flight details for the new service can be found here.