Croatia Airlines intends to start flights between Zagreb and Tirana this summer, following its plans to operate in Podgorica and Sofia as well. Director-General of Transport Jasmin Bajić and Director of its Trade Division, Slaven Žabo had a meeting with Albania’s Ambassador to Croatia to discuss about the project.
“Both sides agreed that talks between Croatia Airlines and the relevant authorities in Albania should kick off immediately so that this important project can be realized as soon as possible,” the Albanian Embassy in Zagreb said in a statement.
Earlier this week, Croatia Airlines confirmed that it plans to expand the network in 2020, as well as increase capacity on some existing lines. Croatia Airlines operated flights between Zagreb and Tirana decades ago, however, there have been no services between the two capitals over the years.
In 2016, Croatia Airlines announced plans to establish a base in Tirana, along with several other cities in the region, but the strategy was not implemented. In 2017, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said the country’s newly created Air Albania airline would launch operations in Croatia as well, but that has not been achieved three years later.
An average of 24,000 travelers with Albanian passports visit Croatia every year. Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković will visit Tirana in May accompanied by a large delegation of Croatian investors.
Croatia Airlines is seeking to increase its presence in the region following the collapse of Adria Airways, which had a highly developed regional network, including nonstop flights from Tirana to Germany.
Its center in Zagreb has benefited a greater number of Slovenian travelers since Adria was shut down.