Talks in Place for First Toronto-Dubrovnik Service
- by croatiaweek
- in Business
The introduction of the first flights between Toronto in Canada and the Croatian city of Dubrovnik is being negotiated, according to a report from TangoSix.
Dubrovnik Airport is reportedly negotiating with Air Transat over the introduction of flights from Toronto in Canada. If the route is introduced it would be the second long-haul service for Dubrovnik Airport after summer flights from Philadelphia were confirmed recently.
Air Transat has had a service to the capital Zagreb in place for the past two years and this year added four one-way services from Zagreb to Montreal.
Air Transat’s leisure division offers both seven and fourteen-night travel packages to various cities across Croatia, including Dubrovnik, through its Zagreb service.
“We are continuously looking at all opportunities, including Croatia. Like all airlines, there are a number of considerations involved when we are selecting a destination, including customer demand, airport infrastructure and competition from other carriers,” Air Transat said commenting on the potential flights to Dubrovnik, EX-YU Aviation News reports.
“If the flights go ahead, the airline would deploy its 345-seat wide-body Airbus A330-200 aircraft on the route. Although there are no flights between Toronto and Dubrovnik, Air Transat has faced strong competition on its service to Zagreb this year from Air Canada Rouge, which offers more weekly flights, more capacity and has a wide-ranging codeshare agreement in place on domestic routes in the country with its Star Alliance partner Croatia Airlines,” EX-YU Aviation News stated.
In 2017 a total of 136,519 Canadians visited Croatia with a large number members of the Croatian diaspora in Canada. More than 25% more visitors from Canada arrived in Croatia than the year prior.
Air Transat is expected to announce its 2019 summer plans by mid-October. The carrier is also believed to be considering seasonal flights from Montreal to Zagreb.