After Many Years, Wizz Air Finally Adds Second Croatian Route: Split to Warsaw

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After many years of keeping its Croatian operation limited to one flight from Luton to Split, Wizz Air adds a second route, reports AvioRadar on June 28, 2016.

The budget airline business has revolutionised Croatian tourism in recent years, and names such as easyJet, Ryanair and Norwegian have become some of the biggest players on the runways of Croatia’s Adriatic airports of Pula, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik. The expansion of easyJet has been particularly impressive in recent years, and the airline will operate more than thirty flights to Croatia this summer, adding to the 600,000 passengers it carried on its Croatian flights last summer. Norwegian’s impressive expansion continues, with more Scandinavian destinations (as well as London Gatwick) than ever, and reports suggest that the Irish carrier is close to agreeing year-round flights to Dubrovnik, to add to its base in Zadar and 12-month flights to Osijek. 

This growth is in stark contrast to the Croatian policy of another leading low-cost carrier, and one which was an important player in the Croatian market several years ago – Wizz Air. 

Wizz Air was one of the first into the Croatian market, connecting the UK and Germany to the Adriatic coast, and it also operated a popular year-round connection between London Luton and Zagreb. It seemed ideally poised to expand into the Croatian market, and while others did, Wizz Air pulled back, cancelling the Zagreb route and limiting its Croatian coastal interest to one seasonal route from Luton to Split. 

Are things about to finally change? It has just been announced that after several years of this one route, a second Wizz Air connection to Split will be added later this summer, with a new route from Warsaw. Flights will operate twice a week (Wednesday and Sunday) from August 3 until September 19, and given the popularity of the Dalmatian coast with Poles, as well as Wizz Air’s strength there, could this be the beginning of new and improved services from Central Europe, and a first step of the Hungarian carrier re-engaging with Croatia? 


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