|Sea Air to launch flights to Vienna, Munich and Frankfurt|
Croatian start-up airline Sea Air will launch operations from its base in Osijek on May 18. The carrier will operate daily flights to Vienna, Munich and Frankfurt with tickets already on sale. Sea Air will wet-lease an MD-82 from Romanian charter carrier Ten Airways. The jet has the capacity to seat 160 passengers in an all-economy class layout. Since the Osijek-based airline does not hold its own Air Operators Certificate (AOC), it will utilise the one from Ten Airways instead. Ten’s AOC was revoked by Romanian authorities in January but was restored only a month later. It specialises in ACMI and charter operations. The MD-82 that will operate on behalf of Sea Air is 33 years old.
Osijek Airport, which handled almost 30.000 passengers last year, anticipates to welcome some 100.000 travellers in 2015 as a result of the new services. Sea Air hopes to expand its operations from the city shortly after its launch. “We at Sea Air are delighted to inform that we will commence regular scheduled air services from May 18 and operate to Munich, Frankfurt, and Vienna. In addition to these city pairs, Sea Air will extend its operational network to include other European destinations in the second and third phases of its development”, the airline says. It adds, “Sea Air will operate as a low cost airline, however, this will not reflect on our service. Our passengers are our guests and will be treated to an experience where safety and efficiency is our priority”. According to the airline, passengers will be served cold meals and beverages on all flights at no additional cost and will have the opportunity to check-in twenty kilograms of luggage free of charge.
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Following its entry into the European Union two years ago, Croatia has been flooded with airlines wishing to set up bases across the country with foreign Air Operators Certificates, allowing them to bypass local bureaucratic procedures. Start-up carriers in the country have built up a bad reputation with Air Croatia recently suspending services until June, just several weeks following its first flight. Furthermore, last summer, Zagreb-based Dalmatian suspended all operations less than a week out from its launch. Another newcomer, Limitless Airways, hopes to introduce services from Rijeka this summer. Unlike others, Limitless has been registered in Croatia and has already advertised for several job vacancies including cabin crew positions.