Croatia Airlines considers intercontinental flights with A220 fleet

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Croatia Airlines is considering introducing intercontinental flights using its new A220 fleet, but is ruling out long-haul routes for the time being. This was confirmed by CEO Jasmin Bajić at a press conference in Zagreb, where plans to use turboprop aircraft for regional routes on a wet lease basis were also presented. The airline wants to offer additional flights to destinations in southern Croatia during the winter months to compensate for seasonal dependence.

Meanwhile, Ryanair plans to increase frequencies on existing routes, including popular leisure routes such as Malta, Paphos and Lanzarote from Zagreb. Croatia Airlines currently offers its southernmost scheduled service between Split and Istanbul.

Bajić stressed that Croatia Airlines is able to utilize its aircraft well through Star Alliance codeshare and interline partnerships, although its visibility outside the region is limited. After the delivery of all planned A220 aircraft by the end of 2027, the airline plans to further expand its network and support the Croatian economy and tourism.

Airbus A220-300 in new livery (rendering: Croatia Airlines).
Airbus A220-300 in new livery (rendering: Croatia Airlines).