Croatia Airlines operating flights within the Schengen Area
Croatia Airlines operating flights within the Schengen Area as of today
26th March 2023, Zagreb – After the Republic of Croatia joined the Schengen Area with regard to border control at land and sea crossings on 1st January 2023, today air traffic between Croatia and the other Schengen Area member states also becomes border control-free. Accordingly, today flights operated by Croatia Airlines become domestic flights within Europe, which enables passengers to travel faster and more smoothly between Croatia and the other Schengen Area member states.
On the occasion of Croatia Airlines’ first flight within the Schengen Area’s air travel regime from Frankfurt to Zagreb (flight number OU417), a ceremony was held today at Frankfurt Airport.
– We’re glad that, with the start of this year’s summer flight timetable, our passengers can travel even more easily, quickly, and comfortably between Croatia and the other Schengen Area member states. After the many restrictions on travel that were imposed as the result of the Covid-19 pandemic were lifted, passengers are now given even greater freedom of movement within Europe. We hope that this will further contribute to their decision to choose air travel for both business and pleasure – said Mato Radić, Sales Manager for Central Europe at Croatia Airlines.
It is worth pointing out that the first-ever international flight by Croatia’s flag carrier was operated precisely on the Zagreb-Frankfurt route on 5th April 1992, which marked the beginning of connecting Croatia with the world by air.
During this year’s tourist season, Croatia Airlines is planning to connect Croatia with 23 European destinations, 18 of which are within the Schengen Area. Passengers flying to and from destinations outside the Schengen Area (i.e., the UK, Ireland, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Romania) will continue to have to pass border control.