Flight schedules for the winter period have been published, according to which Zagreb, despite the uncertain situation, remains directly connected with numerous European destinations.
We are facing an uncertain winter in terms of the epidemiological situation and it is very difficult to predict in advance how it will develop and how it will affect air traffic, both in the world and in Croatia. Despite that, there is a lot of positive news concerning Zagreb International Airport.
Croatia Airlines connects Zagreb with 12 European destinations while adhering to security measures
In November this year, when the winter flight schedule is introduced, Croatia Airlines will continue to connect Croatia and Zagreb with European capitals and transport hubs, while air connections within Croatia will continue to be provided to passengers through regular domestic flights. In regular international traffic, Zagreb will be directly connected to 12 European destinations: Frankfurt, Amsterdam, London, Paris, Zürich, Brussels, Copenhagen, Rome, Munich, Vienna, Sarajevo and Skopje. In regular domestic traffic, Croatia Airlines planes will be connecting Zagreb with Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar and Pula.
Flight and passenger safety remains a priority in Croatia Airlines’ operations. All protection measures, which the company has implemented against the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic, are fully compliant with the decisions and recommendations of public health authorities and aviation authorities. It is mandatory for the entire aircraft crew to use protective equipment and gear (masks, gloves, disinfectants), the air gets into the aircraft’s passenger cabin from the atmosphere and is purified with the most modern filters, and the aircraft are continuously disinfected. Also, passengers are still required to wear face covers and masks throughout their stay in the passenger cabin, and disinfectant wipes are available.
Due to the epidemiological situation, Croatia Airlines offers passengers flexible conditions when buying tickets, and they have an unlimited number of changes to the date of travel free of charge, as well as a refund in the form of vouchers that can be exchanged for a new ticket within a year.
Zagreb Airport accredited for the establishment of health security measures under the COVID-19 conditions
Zagreb International Airport has successfully passed the accreditation program for the establishment of health security measures in the conditions of COVID-19 at airports, developed by the Airports Council International (ACI World).
In the procedure of examining the conditions and organization for the safe use of the airport, prescribed in accordance with the recommended health measures set out in the ACI guidelines for restarting and recovering air traffic (ACI Aviation Business Restart and Recovery Guidelines), Zagreb International Airport has proved that it provides conditions for safe travel to all users and thus has received the Airport Health Accreditation Certificate valid for the next 12 months.
A new airline connecting Zagreb and Kyiv
A solemn water salute on Sunday, 4 October, marked the arrival of a new airline at Zagreb Airport. Windrose Airlines is the first airline in the recent history of Croatia and Ukraine to connect the capitals of Kyiv and Zagreb with a direct line. In the first three weeks, almost 600 passengers have travelled this route, bringing the average occupancy of the passenger cabin to a high 82 per cent.
Windrose Airlines is the largest Ukrainian charter company with its headquarters in Kyiv and it’s home airport Boryspil. Founded in 2003, it operates charter flights to destinations in Europe and the Middle East. During October, Windrose Airlines has been connecting Kyiv and Zagreb twice a week, on Wednesdays and Sundays, with an Embraer ERJ-145 aircraft with a capacity of 48 seats. Due to excellent occupancy and high demand, the company plans to add another weekly flight. In addition to flights on Wednesdays and Sundays, Windrose Airlines will operate on this route in December on Fridays, as well. All Sunday flights will be operated by a larger capacity aircraft, ATR75 with 72 seats.
Flights to Zagreb also confirmed by KLM, Air France and LOT
The Dutch airline KLM offers daily flights between Amsterdam and Zagreb and plans to operate in November with an E190 aircraft with a capacity of 100 passengers. The daily direct connection between Zagreb and Amsterdam is of great importance since from Amsterdam it is possible to continue the journey to a number of European and world destinations. As Amsterdam and Zagreb are also connected by the national carrier, Croatia Airlines, Zagreb will be connected to the capital of the Netherlands twice a day.
Air France has been operating regularly between Paris and Zagreb since July 1, changing the number of weekly flights depending on demand and travel restrictions between the two countries. Five flights a week have been announced for this route (on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays), with an E190 aircraft with a capacity of 100 passengers. This provides passengers from Zagreb with a large number of connections via Paris to further destinations in Europe and in the world.
The Polish national airline has also announced its flight schedule for November this year, according to which it will operate on the Warsaw–Zagreb route four times a week; Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. An E170 aircraft with a capacity of 70 passengers will operate on the route.