Flights to Croatia: Wizz Air Removes Seasonal Osijek-Basel Line, Smartwings to Rijeka

Daniela Rogulj

March 24, 2019 – The latest news from around Croatia’s airports for new flights to Croatia with updates from Osijek, Rijeka, Pula, Dubrovnik, and Split.

AvioRadar reports that Hungarian low-cost carrier Wizz Air has withdrawn all tickets from Osijek to Basel this summer. Namely, the last flight on the summer schedule is planned for June 14, 2019. The route will be traded twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays, with additional flights scheduled on Wednesday, April 24 and May 1 this year. We should expect Wizz Air’s return on this line this winter, though flights from Osijek in October are not yet in the airline’s offer. 

Wizz Air will operate this route using the Airbus A320.

AvioRadar also reports that last year’s charter line from Sweden to Rijeka on the Slovenian airline Adria Airways was taken over by Czech airline Smartwings. Thus, Smartwings will increase the capacity on this charter line, and instead of using the smaller Airbus A310, they will use the larger, Boeing 737-800 between Sweden and Rijeka. 

Swedish tourist agency Travea organizes these charter flights. They are scheduled once a week, on Tuesdays in early May and after the summer season in September and October. On the charter line between Gothenburg and Rijeka, there will be four rotations in the pre and postseason. Charter lines from Karlstad, Kristianstad, and Stockholm-Arlanda will fly one group of tourists in the pre and postseason, while the Norrkoping-Rijeka route will have just one charter flight in the preseason. 

In other news, there will be six new lines from France to Croatia this year, reports HRTurizam

Namely, Volotea airline will open routes from Lyon to Dubrovnik and Split, from Marseille to Rijeka and Bordeaux to Pula. Air France announced a new direct line to Split from Paris, and Easy Jet opened a direct line from Nantes to Dubrovnik.

Director of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in France, Danijela Mihalić Đurica, emphasized that the arrivals from the French market are continuously increasing, as well as the interest of French tourists for the discovery of lesser-known Croatian regions. 

“Arrivals and overnight stays from the French market have been steadily increasing in recent years, and the French are increasingly coming to regions where there have not been many guests so far, such as Kvarner, Zagreb, Istria or Slavonia. All this is the result of expanding the production of existing tour operators, but also opening Croatia as a completely new destination for some of the new French travel organizers. According to the information we receive from regular meetings with tour operators, the forecasts for the 2019 season are good and good sales trends should continue in this year,” Mihalić Đurica pointed out.

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