Flights to Croatia: Iberia Decides Against Launching Flights to Zagreb, Split, Zadar

Daniela Rogulj



July 28, 2020 – The latest news from around Croatia’s airports for flights to Croatia with updates from Zagreb, Split and Zadar.

As confirmed by the Spanish national airline, Croatian Aviation reports that Iberia will not establish traffic on direct flights from Madrid to Zagreb, Zadar and Split in this year’s summer flight schedule.

Last summer, Iberia introduced the Madrid-Zadar line, which operated twice a week until the end of August, and the company will not launch this line this summer due to the global pandemic.

The only year-round route of this airline in Croatia, the one to Zagreb, will also not return to traffic until the end of the summer flight schedule. For now, only one flight per week has been announced (Friday) in the winter flight schedule, but the company is still considering this option and will most likely not fly to the Croatian capital even in the winter flight schedule.

On the Madrid-Split line last season, it was possible to travel every day, but due to reduced demand, Iberia will not connect the two mentioned cities this summer.

The only Iberia line already in service, the one between Madrid and Dubrovnik, continues to operate through August. The line has operated 3 times a week so far, but from the end of this month the company will add another 2 flights per week, so Iberia planes will land in Dubrovnik every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For comparison, last summer, Iberia planes landed in Dubrovnik, in the peak season, as many as 15 times a week.

Recall, Croatian Aviation announced earlier that German airline Lufthansa has announced its flight schedule for August, in which it plans to maintain operations to five Croatian airports: Zagreb, Pula, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik. 

The company operated to destinations in Croatia with many more weekly flights last summer season, but this year, the number of destinations and flights themselves has been significantly reduced. The only Lufthansa line to Rijeka (Munich – Rijeka) was canceled, and the company did not resume traffic on the Frankfurt – Zagreb line either.

Through August, Lufthansa will operate from Munich and Frankfurt to Croatia according to the following schedule:

Frankfurt – Dubrovnik, 3 times a week (every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday)

Munich – Dubrovnik, 5 times a week (every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday)

Frankfurt – Split, 4 times a week (every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday)

Munich – Split, 5 times a week (every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday)

Frankfurt – Pula, 3 times a week (every Monday, Friday and Saturday)

Munich – Pula, 2 times a week (every Saturday and Sunday)

Frankfurt – Zadar, 3 times a week (every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday)

Munich – Zadar, 1 per week (every Saturday)

Munich – Zagreb, 4 times a week (every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday).

As we mentioned, Lufthansa has canceled the Munich – Rijeka line for this summer season, and currently has no plans to launch the Frankfurt – Zagreb line. Croatia Airlines operates on both mentioned lines. Until the end of August, Lufthansa will operate 30 weekly flights to five Croatian airports from two destinations in Germany: Munich and Frankfurt.

Furthermore, Croatian Aviation also announced that Swiss and Edelweiss will continue to operate to three Croatian airports through August, in a significantly reduced flight schedule compared to the summer season 2019.

As confirmed by these two airlines, the number of weekly flights on flights to Croatia from Switzerland will not increase in August, but the companies have confirmed the flights and will operate on them safely.

This summer, Swiss has only one line to Croatia, the one between Geneva and Dubrovnik, which will operate only once a week in August, every Saturday, on an A220-300 aircraft with a capacity of 160 passengers. The line has been announced until the end of August and will most likely not be available in September.

Edelweiss operates towards Dubrovnik, Split and Pula, which it will continue to do next month.

The company operates on the line Zurich – Dubrovnik once a week, every Friday, while the line Zurich – Pula will continue to be maintained once a week, every Saturday. Larger capacity aircraft, type A320 (174 seats), operate on both routes.

The only line on which Edelweiss operates with a slightly larger number of weekly flights is the one between Zurich and Split. Namely, throughout August, the company will operate on this line 4 times a week (every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday).

Swiss used to operate between Zurich and Zagreb, but that line was canceled before the pandemic broke out. Today, only Croatia Airlines operates on the Zagreb – Zurich route.



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