The Croatian private airline, Trade Air, yesterday started regular charter flights to Greek destinations, marking the beginning of summer season and activation of several different projects that the airline is currently working on.
Trade Air, a Croatian private airline that currently has three A320s, one F100 and one L410 in the ACMI lease in its fleet, began regular charter operations to destinations in Greece this weekend.
Last summer, the company started cooperation with three Slovenian tour operators: Palma, Kompas and Relax, and that cooperation continues this summer season. For these companies, Trade Air has so far this year flown on ad-hoc charters, mainly to Spain, Egypt and Portugal, but as of this weekend, flights to Greece are active again, weekly operations will increase by the end of June this year.
On Friday, May 28th, Trade Air performed the first rotation on the Ljubljana - Santorini - Heraklion - Ljubljana route with the A320 aircraft (9A-BTH). Depending on the booking, it is possible that travel agencies will separate these Greek destinations and offer direct flights from Ljubljana, in any case, those flights will soon have more weekly operations.
Today, on May 29th, the same aircraft operated on Ljubljana - Rhodes - Karpathos - Ljubljana route, as well as on Ljubljana - Hurgada - Ljubljana route.
Earlier mentioned slovenian agencies are offering even more Greek destinations starting from June, so the number of weekly flights from Ljubljana Airport will increase from the next month.
From June 27th until September 19th Trade Air will operate on Ljubljana - Dubrovnik - Ljubljana route with A320 aircraft, once per week, on Sundays!
The F100 aircraft, registration number 9A-BTE, made its first flight this Saturday on the regular charter route Innsbruck - Preveza - Kefalonia. The number of flights for the Austrian tour operator will increase with the arrival of the summer season, so the F100 will operate from Friday to Sunday on even more routes from Innsbruck Airport.
The second A320 aircraft is currently on ACMI lease in Pristina. Trade Air will take over all routes in the first days of June and operate on them under its own callsign. In the next few days, a new, fifth aircraft of this airline, the first A319, will arrive at Zagreb Airport, which will also be based in Pristina in mid-June, after a C check at Croatia Airlines maintenance located at Zagreb Airport.
A319 will land soon at Zagreb Airport from Arizona. This aircraft will got 9A-BTJ registration mark and will have a capacity of 144 seats.
The third A320 Trade Air will be based in Paris (Charles de Gaulle Airport) from the end of June, so all aircraft from the airline's fleet will be employed on contracts with four different tour operators.
Ahead of Trade Air is an exciting and very active summer season. Congratulations to the airline on an impressive engagement in these, still difficult times for the airline industry.
Passenger experience on the first flight from Ljubljana to Santorini
This Friday a family of four from Croatia was on the first flight from Ljubljana to Santorini. This family is regularly sharing stories from their trips on the FB page Putovanja sa začinom. Helena told us that booking for vacation at Greece was done at Chilli Tours agency.
"We needed a negative result of PCR test. Results must be shown at the airport. Check-in was a bit longer than usual but that was expected since the flight was full and all passengers must shown travel documents and staff need to check that to be sure that all passengers can enter Greece. However, waiting was not too long.
Boarding was done quickly and flight was great, really calm, without any turbulence. Considering the flight time, aircraft used on this route was really good and comfortable. Cabin crew gave free drinks and snacks to all passengers. We departed from Ljubljana Airport on time and we arrived at Santorini on time as well, we are really satisfied with airport procedure and flight itself" Helena said for Croatian Aviation. After 7 days of vacation in Greece, she will travel back to Ljubljana with her husband and two children.
You can find packages for vacation in Greece at numerous Slovenian travel agencies, including some in Croatia. Most charter flights from Ljubljana will operate until October this year.