7th November 2020.
Croatian Aviation reports that German airline Lufthansa has canceled the Munich-Zagreb line from December 1. With the cancellation of this line, the airline will temporarily leave Zagreb Airport. Recall, the Frankfurt-Zagreb line was previously canceled until the spring of 2021.
Lufthansa launched the Munich-Zagreb route shortly after the lockdown and initially operated on it three times a week, gradually increasing the number of weekly flights between the two cities. During the lockdown, the airline stopped traffic on the Frankfurt-Zagreb line, and its resumption of operations was announced for March 2021.
The figures confirm how important Lufthansa is as a partner of Zagreb Airport - in 2016; this airline had a share of a high 18.25% of passenger traffic; in 2017, as much as 17.45%Lufthansa was expected to operate the entire winter flight schedule on the Munich-Zagreb route (the only active route to Croatia). The number of operations has even increased for November, and daily flights are available. Still, from December 1, they will suspend traffic on this route, and will completely, temporarily, withdraw from Zagreb Airport, and consequently from the Croatian market.
Because Lufthansa will stop traffic on the currently only active route to Zagreb, and with previously canceled flights of Austrian Airlines, Eurowings is the only company from the Lufthansa Group will operate to Zagreb Airport this winter.
Thus, 53 years after the first flight to Zagreb, Lufthansa will temporarily withdraw from Zagreb Airport due to the global pandemic and weak demand.
From Wednesday, December 16, Croatia Airlines will offer daily flights on the Zagreb-Munich route, which will primarily depend on booking, which, after the withdrawal of Lufthansa, could be satisfactory, especially during the Christmas and New Year holidays.
The withdrawal of Lufthansa from Zagreb is certainly bad news, considering that the direct connection with Munich is being lost, which, as a hub, enables the continuation of travel to numerous destinations in Europe and the world.
Croatian Aviation also reports that Swiss Chair Airlines has announced its destinations for next year's summer flight schedule. Among others, the Zurich-Split line is being introduced.
It is an airline operating under the name Chair Airlines since the summer of last year, formerly known as Germania Flug. The airline has two A319 aircraft in its fleet that can carry up to 150 passengers.
The announcement of the Zurich-Split route by Chair Airlines comes just a few days after the news that the German Condor will also operate on this route in the summer flight schedule next year.
With this new Chair Airlines route, Split and Zurich will be connected with as many as four airlines, with Croatia Airlines, Edelweiss, and Condor Airlines operating on the same route. Chair Airlines line will be in operation from April 25 to October 24, 2021, almost the entire summer flight schedule.
"After most citizens spent their summer vacation in Switzerland, we believe that next summer, popular destinations will be in demand more than ever before, that's why we decided to introduce a line to Split."
Chair Airlines between Zurich-Split-Zurich will be in operation twice a week, every Thursday and Sunday in the evening. The company has a total of 15,900 seats on sale between the two cities for the summer of 2021.
Thursday: Zurich 18:40 - 20:10 Split 20:55 - 22:30 Zurich
Sunday: Zurich 17:20 - 18:50 Split 19:35 - 21:10 Zurich
6th October 2020.
Lufthansa, a Star Alliance member, has not operated on its two seasonal lines since October: from Munich to Pula and Zadar. Although the lines operated in October, the company stopped operations earlier this year due to the impact of the global pandemic or reduced demand.
In October, Lufthansa will have 7 active routes to Croatian airports, two less than in the previous month. Although the number of routes did not decrease significantly, there was a large reduction in the number of weekly flights to Croatian destinations.
A look at the flight schedule that is in effect until the end of this month.
Frankfurt - Dubrovnik will operate once a week, on Saturdays, until October 17. Lufthansa operated 3 times a week on this line in August and twice a week in September.
Munich - Dubrovnik will operate four times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, until October 24.
Frankfurt - Split will operate once a week, on Saturdays, until October 17. The company operated on this line 4 times a week in August, and 3 in September.
Munich - Split will operate four times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, until October 24.
Frankfurt - Zadar will operate once a week, on Saturdays, until October 24. This is one flight less per week compared to September, and two compared to August.
Frankfurt - Pula will operate until October 17, once a week, on Saturdays. This, too, is one flight less per week than in September, and two less than in August.
Munich - Zagreb will operate 5 times a week until October 17; on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. From October 18, there will be only three flights a week on this line, on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Lufthansa will stop traffic to Adriatic airports earlier than in previous years, and there will be a reduction in the number of weekly flights on the Munich - Zagreb route.
It is still unknown whether Croatia Airlines will operate on Dubrovnik - Frankfurt, Split - Frankfurt, and Split - Munich in the winter flight schedule this year.
EasyJet completed most of its lines to Dubrovnik on the first weekend of October. Until the end of October, this well-known low-cost carrier will operate only to Split Airport.
Although easyJet flew to Pula, Zadar, Split, and Dubrovnik until the end of the season (end of October) in last year's summer flight schedule, this will not happen this year. Lines to Zadar and Pula stopped operating at the end of September, and the company planned to operate on 4 lines to Dubrovnik and eight to Split by the end of October.
easyJet further reduced traffic to Dubrovnik. In the first five days of October, it operated the last flights of this year from Bristol, Edinburgh, and London to Dubrovnik Airport. Although tickets were on sale until the very end of October, this airline decided to stop traffic much earlier than planned.
easyJet previously announced traffic on 8 international routes to Split by the end of October, but two lines, from Bristol and Glasgow to Split, were canceled.
The company now offers 6 lines to Split Airport:
Basel - Split, twice a week, until October 24,
Berlin - Split, twice a week, until October 24,
Gatwick - Split, twice a week, until October 24,
Geneva - Split, once a week, until October 24,
Luton - Split, once a week, until October 24,
Manchester - Split, once a week, until October 17.
With the end of the summer flight schedule (October 24), easyJet will suspend operations to Split Airport and end this year's summer season to Croatian airports. easyJet plans to operate to Croatian destinations in 2021 on all lines.
Austrian Airlines spokesperson told the airline will temporarily cancel the Vienna - Zagreb route in mid-October.
Austria Airlines will operate its last flight to Zagreb on Monday, October 16, while all other flights after that date have been canceled.
Exceptionally, the company plans to operate on this line during the Christmas and New Year holidays (only 10 flights), but it will depend on passenger demand. From January to the beginning of the summer flight schedule (end of March next year), Austrian will not operate on this route.
After the departure of Emirates and FlyDubai, this is another blow for Zagreb Airport. Austrian has been a long-term user of Zagreb Airport and has normally operated on this route several times a day, both in summer and winter.
After many years, this winter, Zagreb will be without a direct connection with Vienna.
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