Monday, January 31, 2011

Direct U.S. to Croatia Flights Now Possible

American aviation authorities have reportedly upped Croatia’s air traffic safety evaluation, paving the way for direct flights between the two countries. According to a recent article in the Croatian Times (Croatia to Get Direct Flight to US, Croatian Times, 29.01.11), American and Croatian air carriers will now be able to reach codeshare agreements, making the direct flights a possibility. In fact, Croatia Airlines and United Airlines already have a codeshare agreement in place from 2007 which can now link Washington D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago directly to Zagreb, Split, and Dubrovnik. The flights may be direct, or still have stopovers in European cities, but at least customers will be able to book their tickets straight through from the U.S. to Croatia with one airline.

The new safety evaluation should lead to more American tourists visiting Croatia. The first airline to take advantage of the decision will likely be North American Airlines who is in negotiations with the Zagreb airport to begin direct charter flights from New York to Zagreb in the summer of 2011. The Zagreb airport is reportedly doing its part to attract new airlines by offering fee-free landings to some carriers.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Direct flights from Moscow to Dubrovnik in 2011

Russian airline Aeroflot has announced that it will operate direct flights between Moscow and Dubrovnik this year. The new flight route will boost the number of Russian tourists arriving in the Adriatic city, which is good news for the local economy. Croatian visa requirements for Russians have also been relaxed in recent years, with Russian citizens only needing a letter of invitation or prepaid travel voucher from a travel agency to enter the country.

Flights will begin on 27 May 2011 and will operate until 29 October 2011. This is the first time Moscow and Dubrovnik will be connected by regularly scheduled, direct flights.