|Flights from Toronto to Zagreb to resume after seven years|
SkyGreece Airlines will launch seasonal summer flights from Toronto to Zagreb next year, the Croatian Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs said in a statement. The news comes after the two sides held high level talks in Montreal last week. The new service is set to launch on June 22 and operate once per week until October 15 with the airline’s Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, which has the capacity to seat 274 passengers. SkyGreece Airlines has also agreed on a joint marketing approach with the Croatian National Tourism Board in Canada in order to attract more Canadian tourists to the flights.
The planned new service will mark the resumption of flights between Zagreb and Canada’s largest city in seven years. Skyservice Airlines previously operated the route once per week on a seasonal summer basis for two years, in 2007 and 2008, with a Boeing 757 jet. The flight ran each Wednesday, departing Toronto at 22.45 and arriving in Zagreb at 15.00 the following day. The return service departed the Croatian capital at 19.00 and arrived in Toronto just after midnight. SkyGreece Airlines was founded in 2012 by a group of Greek-Canadian entrepreneurs. Based in Athens, the airline has a single B767 in its fleet, which it has been leasing out to foreign carriers. Earlier this year, the aircraft was utilised by Bulgaria’s BH Air and later Air Madagascar.
In January, Zagreb Airport said it was in discussion with two airlines to launch flights from Toronto in 2015. Zagreb Airport has seen a significant number of new airlines launch services this year, including KLM and Eurolot, with Air Serbia and Flydubai to inaugurate flights to the Croatian capital in the coming days. Furthermore, Turkish Airlines doubled its services from Istanbul while Germanwings operated new seasonal flights from Hamburg. Away from Zagreb, another airline has also expressed interest to launch transatlantic flights to Croatia next year. US charter carrier National Airlines is considering operating services from New York to Dubrovnik with a Boeing 757-200 aircraft during the 2015 summer season.