Transat has just announced that it has made the decision to cancel its weekly direct service to Split, Croatia.
The airline originally announced that it would add the eastern European destination back in September 2018.
At the time, Annick Guérard, chief operating officer at Transat, had said that the decision to add the new route was due in part to a boom in tourism in the Balkan Peninsula, saying “We’ve seen great interest in Croatia since we started flying there in 2016. That’s why Air Transat is proud to be meeting this demand even better by upping its offer to three direct flights from Toronto, including two to Zagreb. And thanks to our connecting flights from Montreal and Vancouver, more travellers can now discover Croatia’s second-largest city.”
In a statement to PAX, a spokesperson for Transat said:
"For commercial and operational reasons, Air Transat has made the decision to cancel its planned operations in Split, Croatia, for the summer of 2019.
However, Croatia remains a key destination for Transat, and in view of the interest shown by Canadian travellers in the summer of 2018 and its potential for tourism development, we will add another connection to Zagreb from Toronto, for a total of three direct flights per week.
The flights will take place on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at the height of the season. Customers in Montreal and Vancouver may also benefit from a connection via Toronto for this addition of a third flight to Croatia. The addition of this third link will also offer Zagreb to Calgary customers via a roundtrip connection to Toronto."
As to whether or not the proposed direct flights to Split will resume after summer 2019?
"We continually analyze and re-evaluate the market and our roads, based on a variety of factors, to optimize our operations," Transat wrote PAX.
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