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New Route of the Day (14 June 2024): Croatia Airlines between Zagreb and Tirana

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Croatia Airlines launched flights between Zagreb and Tirana on Friday 14 June. The 560-kilometre journey will be maintained 2-weekly, on Fridays and Sundays, with the A319 aircraft. Due to the carrier’s ongoing transition from a mixed to a single-type A220 fleet, the route will be suspended for two weeks following the inaugural and resume on 5 July. The Star Alliance member faces no competition between the two cities.

Flight OU308 departs Zagreb at 14:10 local time, arriving in Tirana at 15:15. The return service, operating as flight OU309, takes off from the Albanian capital at 16:00 local time, touching back down in Croatia at 17:10.

What they said

Marija Pavic, Head of Sales at Croatia Airlines, said: “We are delighted to include Tirana in our network of international destinations this year and link it to Zagreb. We are certain passengers will recognise the advantages of nonstop flights, as well as the possibility of connecting through Zagreb, both for leisure and business trips. Likewise, we believe that this service will contribute to strengthening economic and friendly relations between our two countries”.

Riza Poda, the Ambassador of Albania to Croatia, added: “I am confident that Croatia Airlines’ nonstop service will give an additional lift to tourism, trade and investment between Albania and Croatia and help continue the momentum in building even closer ties between our two countries. The launch of direct flights between Zagreb and Tirana is a great addition to our excellent political and economic relations”.

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Croatia Airlines adds four new routes

This summer, Croatia Airlines has introduced four new routes to its network, with Tirana being the last of the lot. The carrier commenced flights between Croatia’s second largest city of Split and Istanbul IST, followed by services from Zagreb to Stockholm ARN, and Berlin. All the new services will be seasonal.

Despite the new additions, Croatia Airlines is yet to reach its pre-pandemic flight and capacity levels. In S24, the airline is at 89.2% of its S19 operations and at 89.4% of its capacity levels. Since the pandemic, the carrier has been putting a greater focus on developing operations out of coastal Split rather than its main hub of Zagreb, where it faces stiff competition from Ryanair, which opened a base in the city in 2021.

Croatia Airlines previously served Tirana until November 1996, marking its return to the Albanian market after 28 years.

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