More new flights into Pula.
More new flight announcements to the Croatian coast, reports Aerocroatia on November 9, 2015, as airlines gear up for what is promising to be another bumper tourist season on the Adriatic.
While the majority of Croatia’s coastal air traffic is centred on the Dalmatian airports of Split, Dubrovnik and Zadar, the Istrian peninsula is served by Pula, an airport which has had to reinvent itself since Croatia entered the EU in 2013.
Prior to that, some 40% of traffic to Pula came from Russia, as package tourists took advantage of the quality offer in the numerous resort towns on the coast, but EU entry brought visa restrictions for Russians, which led to a sharp decline in arrivals.
Pula Airport has successully diversified since, with a range of new routes from Scandinavia and Western Europe. The latest two to be added are both from northern Germany. Express Airways will fly weekly from Bremen, starting on May 13, and easyJet will introduce a route from Hamburg twice a week from June 29. The low-cost carrier initiated a route from London Gatwick this year, and Hamburg is its second route to Pula. By comparion, easyJet has some 27 scheduled routes to Dalmatia for 2016 so far, so the potential for more growth for Pula is evident.