Croatia Airlines has outlined its planned new operations for the 2017 summer season which will include the launch of four new seasonal routes from Zagreb. Starting this May, the carrier will introduce services to Bucharest, Helsinki, Oslo and Stockholm. Operations to the Romanian and Swedish capitals will commence on May 19, while flights to Helsinki and Oslo will launch on May 21. None of the four are currently served out of the Croatian capital. The services will run until mid-October. With exception to Oslo, which will be maintained twice per week, all other flights will operate three times per week.
Croatia Airlines will wet-lease two 100-seat Bombardier CRJ1000 aircraft from Spanish regional carrier Air Nostrum, also known as Iberia Regional, in order to cater for the expansion. The jets will be deployed on flights to Helsinki, Oslo and Stockholm, while Bucharest will be served by Croatia Airlines' regional 76-seat Dash 8 turboprop aircraft. The CRJ1000s will also be utilised on several other of the carrier's existing services, replacing the Fokker 100 which was leased from Trade Air last year. The Croatian carrier has never operated scheduled flights to Bucharest, Helsinki or Oslo. On the other hand, it suspended operations to Stockholm in the early 2000s.
|Air Nostrum CRJ1000|
Commenting on the new route launches, the company said, "This is the second consecutive year in which Croatia Airlines will expand its network with four international routes. Last year, the company introduced direct flights from Zagreb to Lisbon, Milan, Prague and St. Petersburg, which will also be performed this tourist season. Thus, within a period of 365 days, our passengers have been offered as many as eight new international routes. This way, the company provides strong support to the development of Croatian tourism and the overall business sector". The General Manager of Bucharest Airport, Liviu Radu, noted, ”I would like to welcome our new partners and congratulate them on choosing Bucharest as their newest destination. We are fully dedicated to deliver services of the highest quality to passengers and airlines and I am convinced that this is just the beginning of a long partnership between Bucharest Henri Coanda Airport and Croatia Airlines”.
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