Croatia Airlines is already aiming to make its new 2w summer service from Dublin to the Croatian capital, Zagreb, a year-round route, Director of Sales and Marketing Boris Kolka told Travel Extra.
The Irish Ambassador to Croatia, Olive Hempenstall, and the country’s Ambassador to Ireland, Ivan Mašina, spoke at the launch of the new service in Dublin Airport’s VIP Platinum Services building. The airline, which is part of Star Alliance, will operate the new service on Thursdays and Sundays between May and October.
The event was attended by an exuberant bunch of travel agents and media from Croatia, who were set to head to the Guinness Storehouse on a Dublin fam trip. The launch was also attended by the DAA’s Senior Vice President of Aviation Development, Jon Woolf, and Niall Glynn and Sharon Wall of outbound Irish operators Croatia Tours.
Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said “we are delighted to add it to our growing list of direct destinations from Dublin Airport. I have no doubt the route will be popular with both Irish residents visiting the Croatian capital and Croatian residents coming to Ireland for a holiday. We will continue to work closely with Croatia Airlines to promote its new route.”
Croatia Airlines is one of four new airlines launching a total of 14 new services at Dublin Airport this summer. This summer Dublin Airport will have flights to 195 destinations in 42 countries, operated by 56 airlines.
As the hub of Croatian Airlines, Zagreb also offers onward connectivity to Split, Dubrovnik, Pula and Zadar. Croatia Airlines will operate the new service with an Airbus A319 aircraft, which has a capacity of 144 seats. It will have a two-class configuration with economy class and business class. The Croatian national carrier’s fleet consists of 12 aircraft: six Airbus aircraft, four A319s and two A320s, and six Dash 8-Q400 turboprop aircraft.
The new service will operate as follows:
Depart Zagreb at 08.30 arrive Dublin Airport at 11.00
Depart Dublin Airport at 11.45 arrive Zagreb at 15.55
Depart Zagreb at 07.30 arrive Dublin Airport at 09.55
Depart Dublin Airport at 11.00 arrive Zagreb at 15.25
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