Croatia Airlines is modifying frequencies on a handful of routes out of its Zagreb hub this coming winter season as the airline continues to put a greater focus on the coast with the extension of select seasonal flights from Split and Dubrovnik, as well as a new winter service from Zadar. As previously reported, the carrier will suspend flights between the Croatian capital and Dublin over the winter. The airline maintained services between the two capitals twice per week last year. Furthermore, it will reduce frequencies between Zagreb and London Heathrow from four to three weekly. This has been done so as to free up one weekly slot pair for the new winter flights between Split and Heathrow, which will run until January 6, after which Zagreb frequencies will be restored to four weekly. The Croatian carrier will also cut three weekly frequencies on its Brussels operation, from double daily last winter to eleven weekly, with no flights scheduled to operate on Saturdays.
This winter season, Croatia Airlines will maintain three weekly rotations between Zagreb and Mostar, with the route restored this summer after over three years. It will have one additional weekly rotation between the two compared to the 2019/20 winter season. Frequencies on all other destinations will match those of last year and most are in line with the number of flights maintained during the 2019/20 winter season, up until the Covid-19 outbreak. Services to Skopje and Sarajevo, which were increased to eleven and fourteen weekly last winter will retain the same frequencies this year as well. This is up on seven and thirteen weekly rotations operated in 2019/20 respectively.
The carrier will run the same number of services from Zagreb to Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Munich, Paris, Rome, Vienna and Zurich as last winter and the pre-pandemic 2019 winter. Unlike four years ago, Croatia Airlines no longer maintains flights to either Barcelona or Lisbon over the winter months. Overall, the Croatian carrier will operate scheduled services to thirteen international destinations out of Zagreb this winter, as well as four domestic services. It will face direct competition on seven routes, three of which are operated by its Star Alliance and Lufthansa Group partners.