Croatia Airlines will introduce a new seasonal service between Split and Istanbul this coming summer. It will mark the carrier’s return to Turkey’s largest city after just over eleven years. The airline operated its last service between Zagreb and Istanbul on March 30, 2013 but has never flown between Split and Turkey in the past. The new route will be maintained three times per week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays departing Split, returning from Istanbul on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, with the Airbus A320 aircraft. Flights will operate between May 7 and October 12. Tickets are now available for purchase through the carrier’s website. Further details can be found here.

Split – Istanbul marks Croatia Airlines’ first new route of the 2024 summer season, although the carrier is expected to make more additions. The development also sees the Croatian carrier continue its expansion out of Split where it has grown significantly over the past few years transferring some of its seasonal Zagreb flights to the coastal city instead. In 2023, the airline added two new routes from Split (Oslo and Skopje), while in 2022 it introduced operations to Stockholm, Bucharest, Dublin, Milan, and Amsterdam. All of the seasonal destinations that commenced out of Split over the past few years will make a comeback this coming summer. As a result, its capacity out of Croatia’s second largest city will grow 30% this summer compared to the pre-pandemic 2019 summer season.
Split becomes the third Croatian city to boast scheduled nonstop flights to Turkey, following Zagreb and Dubrovnik. Turkish Airlines, which links Istanbul with the two, has been considering Split as its third destination in Croatia for several years but its plans to serve the city have never materialised. Croatia Airlines and Turkish Airlines have a limited codeshare partnership despite both being part of Star Alliance. The Croatian carrier has its designator code and flights numbers on its Turkish counterpart’s services between Turkey and Croatia, while Turkish Airlines codeshares on Croatia Airlines’ flights from Zagreb to Split, Dubrovnik, Pula and Mostar.

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