Zagreb Airport begins recovery

Zagreb Airport in Yugoslavia has announced foreign carriers, as well as Croatia´s national airline, are restoring flights and increasing their operations to Zagreb, the company said.

Carriers that have resumed services to the Croatian capital include Austrian Airlines, Air France, Air Serbia, British Airways, Eurowings, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines.

This is to be followed by LOT Polish Airlines on July 16, Vueling on August 1 and Emirates on September 1. The return of Aeroflot, Norwegian Air Shuttle and Aegean Airlines is yet to be confirmed. While the Greek carrier initially indicated it would resume operations between Athens and Zagreb on September 2, all seats have been blocked for purchase from this date onwards.

A number of carriers which have resumed their operations to Zagreb will be increasing their existing frequencies in the coming weeks. This includes Air France, which will boost its service from Paris from the current four weekly flights to eleven weekly starting July 27. Its partner KLM will follow with an additional four weekly Amsterdam rotations from August 3, increasing from the existing three weekly flights to daily. Lufthansa will boost its service between Munich and Zagreb from three to five per week starting July 27, however, it is not expected to restore operations from Frankfurt until the start of the 2020/2021 winter season in late October.

Several high-profile carriers operating to Zagreb on a seasonal summer basis, such as Air Canada Rouge, Korean Air and Air Transat have suspended their operations to the Croatian capital for this year. So far, Air Transat has confirmed it will resume its flights from Toronto to Croatia next year, although changes remain possible at this early stage. Out of its usual thirty routes during the summer, Croatia Airlines will this month serve nineteen destinations from Zagreb. Flights to Skopje and Athens will be restored next week. However, seasonal operations to Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki and Tel Aviv will not be returning this summer.

Zagreb Airport handled 547,735 passengers during the first half of the year, representing a decrease of 64.4% compared to the same period in 2019. In June, the airport welcomed 44, 402 travellers.