Croatia Airlines eyes up Scandinavia

Lauren Simmonds

Croatia Airlines has made the news quite a lot recently, and it seems expansion is on the horizon for this summer.

As Ex-YU Aviation News reported on Wednesday the 1st of February 2017, all of the national carriers of the former Yugoslavia plan to expand their destination networks, with Croatia’s national carrier looking north and giving serious consideration to expansion with flights from Croatia directly to Scandinavia.

Croatia Airlines operate all year round and link the country with the rest of Europe with ease, therefore the carrier is of significant importance when it comes to the gradual extension of the summer season. Kresimir Kucko, the CEO of the popular Croatia Airlines and Garri Cappelli, the Minister of Tourism have given consideration to the many bookings already taking place in 2017 and have emphasised the significance of partnership and the desire to deepen mutual cooperation.

Kresimir Kucko stated that feasibility studies had been completed for the launch of the new services, most probably to Scandinavia. He stated that this would include both Stockholm in Sweden and the Norwegian capital of Oslo. In addition, studies for Moscow and Dublin have also been completed and the intention is to boost frequencies on several existing routes during summer. The introduction of seasonal services between Split and Milan are also on the cards.

His sentiments were echoed by Tourism Minister Garri Cappelli as he stated that meetings are necessary for the benefit of the whole Croatian tourism industry, especially for the extension of the summer season, which depends not only on the offer and facilities of destinations, but also on regular flights. Cappelli said that he hopes to keep an open dialogue between the Ministry of Tourism, the Croatian National Tourist Board and Croatia Airlines in order to find the best route to quality cooperation.

As we understand it, the expansion plans for this summer will be coupled with additional aircraft.




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