Croatian Aviation reports that Croatian airports last weekend (May 1 to 2, 2021) saw an increase in international routes compared to the last weekend of April. Namely, five Croatian airports had more than 50 international routes! Only Rijeka, Brac, and Osijek did not have direct flights to destinations outside Croatia.
Zagreb Airport, as expected, had the largest number of domestic and international routes. From Zagreb on Saturday, it was possible to travel directly to and from Paris, Doha, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Moscow, Warsaw, Zurich, Split, Zadar, Pula, and Dubrovnik. The largest number of flights was operated by Croatia Airlines, while the Dutch KLM had two flights. Traffic was more significant on Sunday when Zagreb had direct lines to Istanbul, Paris, Kyiv, Frankfurt, Vienna, Cologne, Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Sarajevo, Zurich, Split, Dubrovnik, Pula, and Zadar. Croatia Airlines again performed the most flights, while the Dutch KLM and the German Lufthansa had two flights each.
Russian Aeroflot landed in Zagreb on Saturday from Moscow with an A321 aircraft, while on Sunday, a NEO version of the same aircraft was sent to Zagreb by Turkish Airlines.
Split Airport also had better traffic this weekend. EasyJet had regular flights from Berlin, Basel, and Geneva, Eurowings from Stuttgart and Dusseldorf, Lufthansa from Munich and Frankfurt, Vueling from Barcelona, KLM from Amsterdam, Smartwings from Prague, and Croatia Airlines from Zagreb, Munich, and Frankfurt. KLM sent a larger aircraft (B737-800) to Split, Smartwings B737-700, and Lufthansa on the Frankfurt A319 route.
The traffic was less intense on Sunday. EasyJet operated from Basel, KLM from Amsterdam, LOT from Warsaw, Austrian from Vienna, Lufthansa from Munich, and Croatia Airlines from Zagreb, Frankfurt, Osijek, and Rome. This weekend, Split was connected with as many as 15 destinations in Croatia and Europe!
The first flights last weekend were operated from Prague (Smartwings), Berlin (EasyJet), and Barcelona (Vueling).
The increase in arrivals and departures was also recorded at Dubrovnik Airport. Lufthansa connected Dubrovnik with Frankfurt, LOT with Warsaw, Croatia Airlines with Zagreb, while Air Baltic made its first flight this season from Riga.
On Sunday, it was possible to see the aircraft of Vueling (from Barcelona), Austrian Airlines (from Vienna), Iberia (from Madrid), and Croatia Airlines (from Zagreb) in Dubrovnik.
Pula welcomed Lufthansa’s first flight this season from Frankfurt on Saturday, while Russian S7 Airlines rotated between Moscow and Pula on Sunday. The line was introduced last weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, Pula directly connected with Zagreb and Zadar with a domestic flight of Croatia Airlines.
Zadar Airport also welcomed the first Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt. Like Pula, it had a domestic Croatia Airlines flight from Zagreb via Pula back to Zagreb on Saturday and Sunday.
Rijeka, Brac, and Osijek did not have international traffic on regular lines this weekend. It should be noted that Osijek was connected to Split by a Croatia Airlines flight, while there was no domestic traffic to Rijeka and Brac last weekend. The increase in international lines compared to the last weekend of April is significant and expected, as traffic at the European level begins to recover. From week to week, Croatian airports will have more and more airlines, and consequently, passengers.
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