The number of passengers flying to Croatia from Helsinki has increased by 24 per cent according to airport operator Finavia. The figures come on the back of a new Croatia Airlines Helsinki-Zagreb route opened on 21 May.
Helsinki Airport has had routes to three destinations in Croatia: Pula, Split and Dubrovnik. There are three flights a week on the new Zagreb route.
In 2010 there were only 33,000 passengers travelling to Croatia, whereas last year 150,000 passengers travelled to the country from Helsinki.
“The arrival of Croatia Airlines to Finland is indeed a good news for people travelling to South-eastern Europe, because the airline’s onward flight possibilities from Zagreb make new destinations available,” says Helsinki Airport director Ville Haapasaari, SVP at Finavia.
Croatia Airlines will at the same time enjoy access to new flight connections, for example from Helsinki to Asia. Helsinki Airport is one of the most important flight hubs between Europe and Asia, and connections to China and Japan, for example, are world-class. Helsinki Airport has a total of 94 flights a week to Asia.
The route between Helsinki and Zagreb is open during the summer season until 15 October. In addition to Zagreb, the other new routes between Helsinki Airport and South-eastern Europe that will be opened in 2017 are Pristina in Kosovo, Varna in Bulgaria, and Bucharest in Romania.