Although the Government of the Republic of Croatia has announced the plan of the new PSO program, which was to be implemented at the beginning of this year's winter flight schedule, that it will not happen. This winter Trade Air will operate on domestic routes according to the old PSO program, tickets are on sale from yesterday.
The Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure has not announced a tender for a new PSO program, but has signed an annex to the old contract with two domestic airlines (Croatia Airlines and Trade Air) under which these companies will operate in the upcoming winter flight schedule.
Trade Air will continue to operate regular domestic flights on the following routes from October 26th:
Osijek - Zagreb - Osijek, 6 times a week, 2 flight on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays,
Osijek - Pula - Split - Pula - Osijek, 2 times a week, Mondays and Fridays,
Osijek - Rijeka - Osijek, 2 times a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays,
Rijeka - Split - Dubrovnik - Split - Rijeka, 2 times a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Tickets are already on sale on Trade Air website.
It remains unclear what is with the tender for the new PSO contract which should actually be announced now in order to meet all deadlines and for it to go into effect with the first day of the summer flight schedule next year.
We remind you that the decision of the Government of the Republic of Croatia from May this year relevant authorities decided that in the new PSO tender carriers will be required to operate on almost the same routes as before, with the exception of suspension the Osijek - Rijeka - Osijek route and introducing the Osijek - Zadar - Osijek route, as well as Rijeka - Zadar - Rijeka. Other details (such as the minimum capacity on the routes and the number of weekly flights) are prescribed in tender, which, as we mentioned earlier, has not yet been announced.
The positive news is that the competent Ministry has signed an annex to the contract with Trade Air and Croatia Airlines, which will allow domestic routes to continue operating in the winter months, until the end of March next year.
Trade Air will thus continue to operate regularly to Zagreb, Osijek, Rijeka, Pula, Split and Dubrovnik in the winter months, until the spring of next year, which allows passengers point-to-point flights, as well as the possibility of connecting to the international network of Croatia Airlines from Split and Zagreb.