Greek national airline Aegean Airlines has scheduled its return to Croatian airports in the summer flight schedule next year.
Aegean Airlines did not operate to Croatian airports this year. In the original plan, before the outbreak of global pandemic, company planned to operate to Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik Airport, however, all flights were canceled for this year.
The company then completely suspended sales on all routes to Croatia for the summer flight schedule next year, at one point the return of Aegean Airlines to Croatian airports was questionable. The worst-case scenario, however, will not materialize - the Greek airline has scheduled three routes for Croatia; from Athens to Dubrovnik, Split and Zagreb Airport.
In the peak of the summer season in 2021., Aegean Airlines scheduled 22 return flights a week to and from Croatia
On all routes to Croatia, Aegean Airlines is scheduling aircraft from the A320 family, which will lead to an increase in capacity, given that in the summer flight schedule in 2019, a certain number of flights were performed by DashQ400 aircraft.
The Athens - Zagreb route
Aegean Airlines introduced the Athens - Zagreb - Athens route in May 2018, operating on it with the mentioned DashQ400 aircraft 3 times a week. Although the route was supposed to operate only in the summer flight schedule, the company left this route in traffic in winter timetable as well, with two flights a week, except in January and February when it was shortly suspended due to low demand. In the summer of 2019, this route operated four times a week, which was the plan for the summer of this year, but with larger aircraft from the A320 family.
Aegean Airlines has released tickets on sale on this route for the summer of next year. It will be in operation from the very beginning of the summer flight schedule, from March 31st, flights are on sale until the end of October, more precisely, on October 30th, 2021.
On the route between Zagreb and Athens, there will be two flights a week, every Wednesday and Saturday with A319 aircraft, which have a significantly higher capacity compared to the DashQ400 (144 versus 78 seats).
In the summer of 2021, Aegean Airlines will offer 17,856 seats between Athens and Zagreb!
Although the capacity is significantly higher than in 2019 due to the aircraft type change, while the number of weekly flights has been reduced, the total number of seats offered between the two capitals will be slightly reduced. Planes will operate on this route in the morning hours, arrival at Zagreb Airport is planned at 09:05 AM, with departure bound for Athens at 09:50 AM.
The Athens - Split route
Aegean launched the route to Split Airport in summer of 2016 and has been systematically increasing its capacity ever since, mostly increasing the number of weekly flights. For example, in the summer of 2018, this route had four flights a week, while in the summer of 2019, a fifth flight was added. DashQ400 aircraft were operating on the route.
In the summer of 2021, Aegean Airlines scheduled four flights a week on the Athens - Split - Athens route. The route will operate from May 18th to October 7th, 2021 with A319 aircraft, which in the fleet of this carrier have the already mentioned capacity of 144 passengers.
Split and Athens will be connected by direct flights on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; on Mondays and Fridays in the afternoon and on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the morning hours.
Change of aircraft type and increase of capacity towards Split Airport in the summer flight schedule in 2021
Given that there is a change in the type of aircraft on this route, and consequently a significantly higher capacity on each flight to and from Split Airport, Aegean Airlines will have almost 24 thousand seats on sale in the summer of 2021 on this route!
The Athens - Dubrovnik route
Aegean introduced the route to Dubrovnik in the summer of 2015, continuously increasing the number of weekly flights from season to season, just as is the case with the route to Split Airport. In the peak of the 2019 summer season, the route operated 5 times a week, with A320 and DashQ400 aircraft.
The Greek airline plans to resume this route from March 29th, 2021, starting with two flights a week, on Mondays and Saturdays. From May 20th, the third flight will be added, on Thursdays, while from June 4th flights on Fridays and Sundays will be added as well.
Aegean will thus increase its capacity towards Dubrovnik Airport, considering that A319 and A320 aircraft are schedule on the route, while in the summer of 2019, smaller capacity aircraft - DashQ400 - also operated to and from Dubrovnik Airport.
The route to Dubrovnik during postseason will be reduced. Namely, in the period from September 30th to October 30th, it should operate three times a week, on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
It is certainly too early to make conclusions about whether this airline will operate to Zagreb (potentially Dubrovnik) next winter season, we will have to wait for that, but there is potential for a route to Zagreb, especially if we live and work again next winter under normal circumstances. Aegean will, for sure, monitor bookings status on all routes and, if necessary, react by increasing weekly flights in the next summer season, with Zagreb having the best chances for additional flight a week.
In addition to a direct route to Athens, Aegean Airlines has a wide network of destinations throughout Greece. Given that an increasing number of Croatian citizens spend their summer holidays in Greece, destinations such as Heraklion, Chania, Santorini, Karpathos, Rhodes, Kos and others should be easily accessible to us next summer again!