ZAGREB, 24 December 2020 – A special Croatia Airlines repatriation flight from London landed last night in Zagreb with 160 Croats on board.
The special flight brought home Croats for Christmas after they were left stranded in the UK after the Croatian government banned flights after a new strain of coronavirus was revealed.
The Zagreb – London Heathrow – Zagreb flight was organised in coordination with the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure and the Croatian Civil Aviation Agency.
“We are honoured to have brought many families together, just in time to celebrate the holidays,” Croatia Airlines said.
The A320 (9A-CTK) plane landed just after 8 pm at Zagreb Airport.
On the flight were 160 passengers who had ealier purchased tickets but the travel ban had left them stranded. All passengers also had to show negative COVID-19 tests.
This evening, on our repatriation flight from London to Zagreb, we returned Croatian citizens to their homes. The flight was organized in coordination with the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure and the Croatian Civil Aviation Agency.#CroatiaAirlines #croatia pic.twitter.com/iYtyf60FJM— croatiaairlines (@croatiaairlines) December 23, 2020
Croatia, as well as a number of EU countries have banned all travel from the UK until 31 December.