August 17, 2020 – The latest news from around Croatia’s airports for flights to Croatia with updates for Pula.
Croatian Aviation reports that among the numerous cancellations and reductions of weekly flights to destinations in Croatia, there was some positive news. Ryanair has announced a new line to Pula for next spring.
Namely, the Irish low-cost airline plans to launch a new route between Pula and Vienna in the spring of 2021.
The Pula-Vienna route is currently planned from the first day of the summer flight schedule next year (March 28, 2021), twice a week, every Wednesday and Sunday, until autumn – specifically until the end of October (October 27, 2021).
The A320 aircraft of the partner company Lauda (pictured), which has its base at Vienna Airport, has been announced on the route. The capacity of the aircraft is 180 seats.
There have been no direct commercial flights between Vienna and Pula so far, but Austrian Airlines has previously operated charter flights from several destinations in Austria to Pula Airport.
This is the first announcement of a new line to Pula Airport for next year, but traffic will certainly depend on epidemiological measures in the next summer season.
This summer season, Ryanair connects Pula Airport with three international destinations: London, Berlin and Brussels.
In the first seven months of this year, Pula Airport had a turnover of 23,621 passengers, which is a decrease compared to last year of over 94%.
Recall, last week, TCN reported that British Airways would reduce the number of weekly flights to Zagreb in September this year.
British Airways currently operates daily between London (Heathrow Airport) and Zagreb, on A319 and A320 aircraft. Given the occupancy of the passenger cabin and reduced demand, the company decided to reduce the number of weekly flights on the said route in September this year.
From September 1 on the London – Zagreb route, British Airways aircraft will operate six times a week, every day except Wednesday, while from September 7, there will be five flights per week on the route. Namely, the flight will be additionally canceled on Tuesdays.
Changes are certainly still possible, but unfortunately not in the direction of increasing weekly flights, especially with the fact that the number of patients with COVID-19 in the Republic of Croatia is growing significantly.
Other British Airways routes in Croatia (to Dubrovnik, Split and Pula) have no operational changes so far.
Croatia Airlines currently offers three flights a week on the route Zagreb – London Heathrow throughout September (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), but the flight schedule for next month has not yet been finalized.
Furthermore, Aeroflot has completely canceled the Moscow – Split route, to which it planned to return in August, and there are no announced flights to Dubrovnik or Zagreb.
Before the pandemic, Russian Aeroflot operated daily on the Moscow (Sheremetyevo Airport) – Zagreb route, both in summer and winter.
The line was suspended at the time of the pandemic and has not resumed until now. However, according to the announcements from the airline, there will be no direct flights between the two capitals this year. The company plans to make a significant restructuring after the crisis, and according to current announcements, we can expect a direct air connection between Moscow and Zagreb only in April 2021.
Aeroflot even announced the launch of its seasonal route Moscow – Split in August this year, airline tickets were already on sale, but given the regulations at the state borders, it was to be expected that flights would be canceled, which eventually happened.
The third Aeroflot line in Croatia, the one to Dubrovnik, was withdrawn from sale in March, so Croatia will not have a direct connection with the capital of Russia this year.
In the summer flight schedule, the Croatian national carrier operates on the Zagreb – St. Petersburg line, but that line was also canceled for this year.
Aeroflot’s last visit to Croatia was on May 2 this year, when a B777 aircraft landed at Zagreb Airport for the first time, transporting medical equipment from China via Moscow to the Croatian capital.