|Limitless Airways to launch Dubrovnik - Zagreb flights|
Start-up Limitless Airways plans to enter the Croatian domestic market this winter by launching scheduled flights between Dubrovnik and Zagreb. Limitless Airways' CEO, Adnan Bukić, held talks with the Mayor of Dubrovnik, where he announced that the Rijeka-based airline will operate twice daily flights between the two cities. Services will launch in November and run each morning and afternoon with an Airbus A320 aircraft. The newcomer will have to compete against Croatia Airlines on the route. Mr Bukić says the average return ticket will amount to eighty euros. Limitless Airways operates its A320 in an all-economy class layout with its cabin featuring the slim Air France shorthaul seats.
Limitless Airways launched operations in May. It is owned and operated by the well-established Swedish tour operator Scandjet. Unlike recent airline start-ups in the country, Limitless Airways is registered in Croatia and has its own Air Operator's Certificate (AOC). This summer, Limitless ran charter flights from Rijeka to several cities in Sweden, Denmark and Finland, with a Croatian-registered Airbus A320 operated by local crew. The airline also plans to maintain services from Rijeka during the winter months, with charters to northern Africa. The new Dubrovnik service could help spur passenger growth at the airport, which is served only by Croatia Airlines and British Airways during the winter months.
Limitless Airways, along with other Croatian-registered carriers, will be eligible to apply for subsidies on the Dubrovnik - Zagreb service from 2016 until 2020 in line with the government's public service obligation (PSO) scheme. Routes that will be subsidised between March 27, 2016 and March 28, 2020 include existing PSO flights such as Dubrovnik - Zagreb - Dubrovnik, Split - Zagreb - Split, Zagreb - Zadar - Pula - Zadar - Zagreb, Osijek - Dubrovnik - Osijek and Osijek - Split - Osijek. New services which are eligible for subsidies include Zagreb - Brač - Zagreb, twice per week on a seasonal summer basis, as well as Osijek - Zagreb - Osijek, Osijek - Pula - Split - Pula - Osijek, Osijek - Rijeka - Osijek and Rijeka - Split - Dubrovnik - Split - Rijeka, all year round. Interested airlines will have to apply for the subsidies through a public tender. The Croatian government says the policy boosts mobility and air connectivity between Croatian cities and aids the tourism sector.