Croatian Carrier ETF Airways Plans to Launch This Year

Daniela Rogulj

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Ex Yu Aviation reports that ETF Airways, a new Croatian start-up registered in November last year, has plans to launch operations in 2021 with charter flights from the Adriatic coast to destinations around Europe. 

“ETF Airways is a new Croatian charter carrier that wants to improve the connectivity of Adriatic coastal cities with European and other destinations. At this point, we are looking for new members of our flying family,” ETF said. 

Namely, ETF is currently hiring a cabin crew for its Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The crew will be based both at home and abroad. ETF Airways also plans to offer wet-leasing services.

Ex Yu Aviation adds that Trade Air, which operates international charter flights and domestic PSO services, is the only successful Croatian airline with a similar model to ETF Airways. As their existing PSO contracts expired on March 28, 2020, the Croatian Government is expected to grant the airline new four-year PSO contracts (currently held by Croatia Airlines and Trade Air) this year. 

Croatia is no stranger to charter airlines, and some have certainly been more successful than others. Ex Yu Aviation recalls some you may remember, like Dubrovnik Airline, Anic Airways, Air Adriatic, Air Croatia, Sea Air, Limitless Airways, AWEX Croatia, Libertas Air, and European Coastal Airlines. Other airlines, like Dalmatian and Smile Air, never officially launched. 

“Based on current data, Croatia Airlines will have the largest share of available seat capacity to and from the country this year, standing at 30.2% with some 1.495.300 seats on offer. It is followed by easyJet, Lufthansa, Eurowings, Ryanair and British Airways,” Ex Yu Aviation concludes. 

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