The British national airline, British Airways, has made changes to its summer flight schedule in which it has further delayed its return to Zagreb, but has increased the planned number of operations to Split Airport.
British Airways has not operated to Zagreb since January this year. The company suspended all flights on this route after the appearance of british strain of the virus, when a ban on commercial flights from this country was introduced. After that, the traffic towards Zagreb was not renewed. Although companies are gradually returning at Zagreb Airport (Lufthansa, LOT, Austrian, etc.), British has not yet done so, and it is obvious that it will not so soon. Namely, the company canceled all flights until June 21st and currently plans to operate between Zagreb and London again from that date.
Currently, 11 flights per week are available for booking from the end of June, daily departure from Zagreb after 1 pm, and additionally, the second daily flight on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in the evening.
Given that British plans to return to Zagreb at the end of June, the realization of flights should not be questionable, but the number of weekly flights certainly is. There is no doubt that the company will cancel certain flights and fly significantly less times a week compared to what is available today for booking on the airline’s website.
More flights to Split Airport
The first flight between London and Split has been scheduled for the end of May (May 28th), in the second half of June there will be a significant increase in weekly frequencies (up to 5 flights per week). Additionally, from the same date, the company will resume operations on the London City - Split route.
From the end of June, this carrier offers 11 flights a week to Split; 8 weekly flights from Heathrow Airport, and additional 3 flights a week from London City Airport.
Flights to Dubrovnik to resume first
The London Heathrow - Dubrovnik - London Heathrow route should start operating first, in mid-May. From May 17th three flights a week are available for booking, on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays, and a month later (from mid-June) British plans to operate on this route up to 10 times a week. Traditionally, Dubrovnik is the most popular destination for British tourists in Croatia. After the outbreak of the crisis, all operations towards Dubrovnik were transferred from Gatwick Airport to Heathrow.
Pula Airport should also have two flights a week. The London - Pula - London route will be in traffic from June 22nd, twice a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Due to the global pandemic, British Airways renewed this route in August last year and suspended it in September, so Heathrow and Pula will be connected for a longer period this year.
In total, British Airways will offer up to 34 flights per week between London and Croatian airports in the peak of the summer season this year.
If we take into account that other airlines (WizzAir, Ryanair, EasyJet, Croatia Airlines, Jet2.com, TUI,…) will operate between Croatian airports and those in London as well, the number of available seats on the market will certainly be more than enough. It remains to "just" wait for the growth of demand from UK for Croatia, which will again be crucial for operations of airlines between these destinations.