|SkyGreece gets the all clear for Zagreb - Toronto service|
SkyGreece Airlines, which intends to launch seasonal flights between Zagreb and Toronto this summer, has secured necessary permits from Canadian authorities. The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) issued SkyGreece Airlines a license last week. In a statement, the CTA said, “The Agency is satisfied that the applicant meets all the applicable requirements. Accordingly, the Agency approves the application for a licence to operate scheduled international services between member states of the European Union and Canada”. Flights between the Croatian capital and Toronto are set to launch on June 22 and operate each Monday until October 15 with a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.
The Croatian Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs negotiated the new route late last year, with talks initiated by the Croatian Ambassador to Canada, Veselko Grubišić. 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. SkyGreece is a Greek-registered airline set up by expats living in Canada with offices in Toronto, Montreal and Athens. Its B767-300ER is 22 years old and has the capacity to seat 274 passengers. The aircraft was previously utilised by the now defunct Martinair from the Netherlands. Last year, SkyGreece leased the jet to Bulgaria’s BH Air and Air Madagascar. Despite its age, the aircraft has spent several years on the ground in storage.
SkyGreece Airlines says it is “extremely happy” with the CTA’s decision and will soon release an official timetable of its operations for the summer. The charter specialist has agreed on a joint marketing approach with the Croatian National Tourism Board in Canada in order to attract more Canadian tourists to the flights. In addition to the large Croatian communities in North America, interest in Croatia from the United States and Canada has increased significantly over the past few years. Last year, Zagreb Airport said it was in discussion with two airlines to launch flights from Toronto in 2015.