|Transatlantic flights from Zagreb to launch this summer|
Charter carrier SkyGreece Airlines has confirmed the launch of transatlantic flights between Toronto and Zagreb. The new service, which will operate once per week from Canada’s largest city, will commence on Monday, June 22, with the return flight to be operated two days later, on June 24. A full schedule is expected to be published by the airline soon. Services will operate until October 15 with a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, which has the capacity to seat 274 passengers. The news comes less than two weeks after the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) issued SkyGreece Airlines a license to operate services between Canada and European Union member states.
Commenting on the new route launch, SkyGreece’s Deputy Chief Commercial Officer, Dennis Codere, said, “We shared our vision with the Zagreb Tourist Board, the Croatian National Tourist Board and Zagreb International Airport to make Canada closer to Zagreb and Croatia and we were extremely happy with the openness and the enthusiasm they truly demonstrated in bringing Canadians to discover the beauty of Croatia. We can assure all Canadians that Croatia is waiting for you with its rich history, beautiful scenery, young and active population, trendy lifestyle and the beautiful Adriatic Sea to discover”. He added, “This new direct flight to Toronto will allow families to see each other more often and Croatians can now also discover the beauty and richness of Canada”. 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.
|Cabin view of SkyGreece's B767-300ER|
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. It will operate three weekly flights from Toronto to Athens and a one weekly service to Thessaloniki from May 18 and 20 respectively. Furthermore, the carrier will run a weekly service from Montreal to the Greek capital. SkyGreece Airlines says it will offer Canadian travellers “an alternative to discover Europe with a touch of the renowned Greek hospitality”. It is in the process of acquiring a second aircraft.