ČSA Czech Airlines resumed flights from Prague to Zagreb last week following a four-year hiatus. The carrier says it is satisfied with booking numbers on the route so far and will maintain its four weekly flights, operated by a mix of ATR 42 and 72 turboprops, throughout the year. "Czech Airlines is expanding its operations in both scheduled and charter services and is returning to Croatia and other countries in the region. In addition to the scheduled service between Prague and Zagreb, we will also commence charter flights from Ostrava to Split this year, as well as from Kosice to Rijeka", Jan Toth, ČSA's Director for Commerce, Alliances and Marketing, says. He adds, "We are pleased with the development of our Zagreb service". The Croatian capital was ČSA's first international destination, launched on July 1, 1930.
Czech Airlines will compete directly against Croatia Airlines on the route. The Croatian carrier will launch the service on May 21. ČSA will further expand its presence in the region this year with the introduction of flights to Skopje on May 19. Despite plans to commence services to Sarajevo as well, the carrier has postponed its flights to Bosnia and Herzegovina until next year.