Flights to Croatia: Windrose Reconnects Zagreb and Kyiv, KLM to Split and Zagreb in October

Daniela Rogulj



September 23, 2020 – The latest news for flights to Croatia as Windrose reconnects Zagreb and Kyiv from October, and KLM continues to fly to Split and Zagreb next month. 

HRTurizam reports that Zagreb and Kyiv will soon be reconnected by a direct airline, according to Rajko Ruzicka, director of the Croatian National Tourist Board in Russia.

This is the announcement of a new Windrose airline flight, which should connect Kyiv and Zagreb twice a week from October 4, 2020, to March 24, 2021.

“Despite the global coronavirus pandemic and the overall reduction in tourist traffic in 2020, investments in the promotion of Croatia as a top tourist destination on the Ukrainian market have paid off. Charter flights from Kyiv to Pula, Split, and Dubrovnik, which operated this summer, have significantly increased the number of arrivals of Ukrainian tourists in Croatia,” said Ruzicka, adding that a number of Ukrainian tourists arrived in Croatia this year by road.

Croatia realized about 230,000 overnight stays in August this year from Ukrainian tourists, which is about 80 percent of last year’s result in August, and the favorite Croatian destinations of Ukrainians are Makarska Riviera, Porec, Rovinj, and Dubrovnik, where they usually stay in hotel accommodation.

Furthermore, Croatian Aviation reports that Dutch airline KLM has announced its flight schedule for October this year. Until the end of the summer flight schedule, the company will operate to two destinations in Croatia: Split and Zagreb.

The Dutch national company will continue to operate on its regular routes from Amsterdam to Zagreb and Split in October.

KLM’s Amsterdam-Zagreb route was re-established on July 4 with three flights a week, every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and daily flights on this route are available from the beginning of August. The company operated on this line regularly, without canceling certain departures.

However, certain flights in October have already been canceled. From October 5 to 11, the company canceled flights on Tuesday and Thursday (October 6 and 8). From October 12 to the end of the month, the company offers daily flights between the two cities, but it remains to be seen whether it will cancel certain flights after mid-October, and the likelihood of this is high.

KLM’s second route to Croatia, Amsterdam-Split, operated 12 to 14 times a week in August with larger capacity aircraft (B737-700, B737-800). In September, traffic was reduced to three flights per week (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays), and KLM plans to keep the same number of weekly flights on this route in October as it did in September. The last flight on the route Amsterdam-Split has been announced for Saturday, October 24.

E190 aircraft with a capacity of 100 passengers have been announced on both KLM routes. It is expected that KLM will operate to Zagreb in the winter months with significantly fewer weekly flights compared to last year’s winter flight schedule.

Given the close partnership between KLM and Air France, there is a possibility that one of the carriers will completely stop traffic to Zagreb this winter and redirect its passengers to a partner airline; such a decision will primarily depend on the booking status and travel restrictions between individual countries. 

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