The Croatian National Tourist Board has revealed an extensive web of connectivity as Croatia establishes direct links with 28 countries in the upcoming winter flight schedule.
Germany, Poland, Austria, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom dominate the map of direct air routes, underscoring Croatia’s strategic ties with key European partners.
In a noteworthy expansion, Croatia also forges direct connections to destinations beyond the European continent, including the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
Tourism and increasing connectivity
Kristjan Staničić, Director of the Croatian National Tourist Board, expresses his enthusiasm, noting, “I am extremely pleased that we expect more than 150 unique airline routes this winter season, compared to 118 in the same period last year.”
“The significance of air traffic for Croatian tourism is undeniable, especially when it comes to connecting Croatia with key source markets outside the summer season.”
Staničić emphasizes the pivotal role of air connectivity in the evolution of Croatia as a year-round destination.
“By introducing new airlines and increasing the number of direct flights covering major European capitals, we make our destinations closer and more attractive to numerous guests,” he remarks, underlining the strategic importance of this expansion.
Key foreign cities
The key foreign cities fostering Croatia’s strengthened aerial bonds include Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, Amsterdam, and London. These cities are slated to offer direct links to an impressive 69 international destinations to Croatian travelers throughout the entire winter flying season.
Notably, Zagreb Airport takes the lead, anticipating 65% of the total air operations, followed by Split Airport and Zadar Airport, each contributing with a commendable 12%.
Diversification is the hallmark of this winter’s aviation landscape, with 27 different carriers contributing to the rich tapestry of flights to and from Croatia.
Among them, Croatia Airlines, Ryanair, Trade Air, and Lufthansa emerge as the key players, demonstrating a robust commitment to sustaining and expanding winter flight operations.
As previously mentioned, the Croatian capital now has some direct long-haul routes to choose from. FlyDubai and Qatar Airways both offer direct flights to Dubai and Doha respectively.
In addition, Canadian low-cost carrier, Air Transat, will also offer direct flights from Zagreb to Toronto Pearson between May and October next year. The flights are planned to be operated by A330-200 aircraft.
In light of these developments, Staničić underscores the broader implications for Croatian tourism, stating, “High-quality air connectivity is a fundamental prerequisite for the further development and positioning of Croatia as an attractive year-round destination.”
As Croatia’s winter aviation horizons broaden, the nation stands poised to welcome a diverse array of travelers, affirming its status as a destination of choice even beyond the sun-soaked summer months.
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