Croatia Airlines is set to launch a new service between Zagreb and Dublin this summer, Ex-Yu Aviation News reports.
The first talk of Croatia Airlines launching a service between the Croatian and Irish capitals came last summer when the airline completed a feasibility study into the route’s viability.
Due to the growing Croatian diaspora in Ireland, Croatia Airlines operated several charter flights between Osijek and Dublin over the Christmas period in 2016/2017.
With the community there growing and also an increase in tourists to Croatia from Ireland, it looks like the new service could be a reality as soon as this summer.
“The Irish Embassy in Croatia said it was looking forward to increased cooperation between Croatia Airlines and the airports in Zagreb and Dublin following talks between the carrier’s CEO and Ambassador Olive Hempenstall last week,” EX-YU Aviation News writes, adding.
“For its part, Dublin Airport noted it is in negotiations with a number of carriers but would not comment on individual talks. Croatia Airlines plans to unveil its summer expansion plans during February or early March. So far, the company has announced the introduction of new seasonal services between Dubrovnik and Munich, as well as Split and Copenhagen. It will also boost frequencies from Zagreb to Rome, Skopje, St Petersburg and Tel Aviv.”
There are currently no scheduled flights between Zagreb and Dublin. Ireland’s national airline, Aer Lingus, operates summer services to Dubrovnik, Split and Pula.
When asked if a possible route to Zagreb would be added, Aer Lingus responded by saying flights could be introduced if they determined that the Zagreb route matched their customers’ needs, was economically viable and made a positive financial contribution to our business as a whole.