January 10, 2019 – Air Transat announced the new Toronto-Split service back in September, which was scheduled to operate this summer.
Back in September 2018, Croatians, Canadians, the Croatian diaspora, and anyone hoping to travel between Toronto and Split received some very welcoming news – Air Transat would fly direct between Toronto and Split for the 2019 season. The announcement was also confirmed in a Facebook post by the Canadian-Croatian Chamber of Commerce.
While the post is no longer available on Facebook, it read:
“Zagreb or Split? YOU Choose!
Toronto to Croatia Summer 2019 with Air Transat
Air Transat announces direct flights to Split on Thursdays from June 20 to September 12, 2019!
Fights continue direct to Zagreb two days a week on Tuesdays and Sundays.”
Total Croatia News announced the news on September 27, 2018.
Today, however, it seems that Air Transat now only flies to Zagreb, with no mention of operations to Split on their website at all.
First things first, we tried searching for flights from Toronto to Split Airport. An easy indicator that the flight may no longer exist is that “Split” fails to populate in the search engine on Air Transat’s website whatsoever – and we tried all variations and codes (SPU).
Once we couldn’t search for Split, we thought we’d dig into Air Transat’s ‘Flights to Croatia’ page on their website, which only seems to mention flights from various cities in Canada to Zagreb.
And that Air Transat will only be flying to one destination in Croatia this summer – Zagreb.
Air Transat’s Marketing Director, Debbie Cabana, confirmed the news for EX-YU Aviation.
“For commercial reasons, we have decided to cancel our summer 2019 program for Split, Croatia. Nevertheless, Croatia remains a key destination for Transat and, given the interest shown by Canadians in the summer of 2018 and its potential for tourism development, we will be adding a third weekly departure from Toronto to Zagreb. Flights will be on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays during peak season. Passengers from Montreal and Vancouver will also benefit from a connecting flight to Toronto to take advantage of this added flight to Croatia. This third flight will make Zagreb accessible from Calgary as well, via return connecting flights to Toronto”.
The carrier was to fly between the two cities once a week from June 20 to September 12.
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