Update – For the latest on the coronavirus in Croatia, follow the dedicated TCN section.
March 11, 2020 – Search terms such as United Airlines coronavirus flight cancellation are topping the Google search charts, but how are things with flights to Croatia, especially with a new flight frontier lockdown in neighbouring Italy?
These are uncertain times, and with the lockdown of Italy and all the cancelled flights due to the COVID-19 virus, tourists are understandably nervous.
There have – thankfully – been no fatalities in Croatia or its neighbouring countries yet, and the total number of case is 19. You can see the current corona map of Croatia at the bottom of this article.
Some flights have been cancelled, and some airlines have been more forthcoming than others with information. There is still some confusion about the situation in Croatia, and while we certainly do not have all the information at all, we are trying to build a picture of how things are looking.
What is certain is that there has been a significant number of flight cancellation measures taken for March and April, particularly it seems in Zadar. Many routes are now currently scheduled to start in May.
Below is an overview of the situation I have tried to put together. ANY additional info/links/resources will be gladly received in the public interest of building a broader picture. Please contact me with info on [email protected]
Here is what I have found so far.
I checked the easyJet site for flights to London. All looks ok at the moment from Split, with first bookable flight from March 31, 2020.
As with many other airlines, easyJet from Zadar to London is currently scheduled to start in May.
Services from London to Dubrovnik start on March 31.
For the latest travel information and details on flight cancellations policy, check the easyJet website.
Norwegian is one of the most important budget carriers to Croatia, and it helped open up the Scandinavian market. On its website, the Norwegian airline has stated that it plans to cancel 3,000 flights globally from mid-March to mid-June. You can follow the latest updates from their official website on this page.
The first scheduled available flight for the popular Oslo to Split route is on March 31, with April currently looking very available.
Ryanair has cancelled a lot of flights, with April to Zadar wiped out for some routes, according to some reader emails. London is currently on from May 9, but there are already come cancelled flights in June.
A similar situation to Dublin.
Pula, on the other hand, will start as things stand on March 29.
As will Ryanair in Dubrovnik, with its flight to Vienna.
And Ryanair is certainly not cancelling everything in March – Stuttgart to Split is already in operation, with the next flight tomorrow.
For the latest information on your Ryanair flight, you can check this page on their website.
Eurowings has introduced a flexible rebooking option for anyone flying before December 31, 2020. You can find out more on the following link.
Split to London Gatwick with Eurowings is currently available from April.
British Airways has a dedicated COVID-19 FAQ page.
British Airways has announced global cancellations, but Dubrovnik from Gatwick is currently operational.
As is Split to London.
Not so much information from Croatia Airlines on their website, but flights to Frankfurt from Zagreb, for example, seem to be proceeding as normal.
For more information, here is their travel information page.
Lufthansa is an important connecting partner for Croatia, and the recent news that it plans to cut its flights by up to 50% will have a huge effect globally. Today, the German carrier announced 23,000 flight cancellations. You can keep track of their latest COVID-19 advice here.
This will no doubt have an effect on Croatian flights – for now, things seem to be relatively normal – Split to Munich availability above.
Qatar Airways is one of the most important intercontinental connections for Croatia, with 12 flights a week to Zagreb. More information about their COVID-19 and flight cancellation policy here.
Emirates is also an important connection for Croatia, with six flights a week from Zagreb to Dubai and the world. Follow the latest on the dedicated COVID-19 travel page.
Turkish Airlines is an extremely important regional and intercontinental partner – follow the latest updates on their dedicated page.
Tourism to Croatia from Korea has boomed in recent years, so much so that Korean Air even introduced daily flights. Sadly, this became the first airline with direct flights to Croatia to be affected. As TCN reported recently, the route has been discontinued until at least April 23. Click here for the latest information.
The other place to check for latest information are the airport websites.
For the latest on the coronavirus in Croatia, follow the dedicated TCN section.