Today, on May 25th, Croatia Airlines performed the first rotation on the route Zagreb - Amsterdam - Zagreb after a long break caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although it was planned that initially smaller aircraft (76 seats) would be used on the route, Croatia Airlines today used an A319 aircraft (registration no. 9A-CTH) with a capacity of 144 seats. The plane took off from Zagreb at 08:40 in the morning towards the capital of the Netherlands with 78 passengers. The return flight from Amsterdam was delayed in arrival in Zagreb by 12 minutes, but it is interesting that on the first day of the re-establishment of this route there were 124 passengers (load factor of 86%). After 1 hour and 20 minutes of flight through the airspace of the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Slovenia, the plane landed at Zagreb Airport and will make an afternoon flight to Frankfurt, also the first after a long break.
Following the announcements of airlines in the region and in Europe in general, we can expect the normalization of air traffic very soon, but certainly not in the same volume as it was before the outbreak of the pandemic.