Croatia Prepares for Record Number of Summer Flights

A Croatia Airlines Airbus taking off.
Konstantin von Wedelstaedt (GFDL 1.2 or GFDL 1.2), via Wikimedia Commons

Croatia’s tourism industry is certainly taking off in a big way. This summer, the country will boast an impressive 517 unique flight connections.

This represents a significant increase in both domestic and international air traffic compared to last year.

The surge in connectivity highlights Croatia’s growing appeal as a safe and exciting travel destination.

Kristjan Staničić, Director of the Croatian National Tourist Board, explains this positive development. “The substantial rise in unique airlines serving Croatia is a clear sign that the country remains a top tourist destination.”

“Airlines are recognizing the soaring demand and are expanding their offerings accordingly. We’re particularly excited about the growing number of long-haul connections, which will play a vital role in boosting Croatia’s overall tourism performance.”

Summer and International Visitors

Air transport plays a critical role in connecting Croatia to the world, especially for southern regions heavily reliant on international visitors.

This summer, Zagreb, Split, and Dubrovnik airports anticipate the most significant passenger traffic.

In terms of key markets, Germany, the UK, Italy, France, and Poland will see the most frequent flights to Croatia.

Direct connections to 41 foreign countries are planned, primarily within Europe. However, Croatia is also reaching beyond the continent, with intercontinental connections to Canada, Qatar, the USA, and the UAE.

Croatia’s Appeal: A Blend of History and Beauty

Croatia’s allure goes beyond its impressive flight network. This captivating country boasts a stunning Adriatic coastline fringed with crystal-clear waters, charming harbor towns, and dramatic cliffs.

History buffs will find themselves enthralled by ancient Roman ruins, well-preserved medieval walled cities like Dubrovnik, and the architectural gems of Split and Hvar.

Nature lovers can explore majestic national parks like Plitvice Lakes with its cascading waterfalls, or Krka National Park, home to breathtaking canyons and cascading waterfalls.

Croatia also offers a taste of adventure with opportunities for hiking, cycling, sailing, and spelunking.

Beyond the coast, Croatia’s rolling hills are dotted with vineyards producing world-class wines, while charming villages offer a glimpse into traditional Croatian life.

Dtom, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Long Haul Connections

Travelers can rejoice at the reintroduction of direct flights between Croatia and South Korea. Starting mid-May and running until the end of October, Korean carrier T’way Air will operate the Zagreb-Seoul route.

Additionally, Dubrovnik Airport announced a new route connecting Croatia and Saudi Arabia. Flynas plans to offer seasonal flights between Riyadh and Dubrovnik from mid-June to the end of August.

Croatia Airlines and KLM aircraft taxi as an easyJet flight takes off.
Photo Credit: Ad Meskens via Wikimedia Commons

This expansion of long-haul connections translates to direct access to 133 foreign cities – three more than last summer.

Frankfurt Airport, Vienna International Airport, Munich Airport, and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol are expected to see the most flights headed to Croatia.

The significant increase in connections is largely driven by new routes from airlines like Ryanair, which has significantly expanded its Croatian offerings in 2024.

Croatia Airlines has also joined the party, introducing new flights on routes like Zagreb-Athens, Zagreb-Berlin, and Split-Istanbul.

Get ready for a summer of exploration! With around 70 different airlines operating flights, travelers will have a wide range of options to choose from. Croatia Airlines, Ryanair, Easyjet, Eurowings, and Lufthansa are expected to be the most frequent carriers.

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By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 4 Min Read
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