Sunday, June 10, 2007

Croatia Online - British Airways Travel News

The most disturbing news we have heard in the last week is that British Airways may be dropping their out of season flights to Split. British Airways only started flying direct to Split in 2005 and extended the daily summer service, to include three flights a week in the winter, in 2006. Whilst the winter flights may not have been that full to date, now seems to be the wrong time to stop the experiment. Just as we expats have started to count on being able to get to London easily from time to time, throughout the year, just as our friends are starting to realise they can have winter city breaks in Croatia at reasonable cost, and just as the Split region seems to be getting to grips with what is required to encourage all year round tourism - this is surely the time when the winter schedule might start to pay off for BA?

BA might argue that all year round flights to Dubrovnik are more than adequate but Dubrovnik airport is not at all practical for those wishing to visit central and northern Dalmatia which are both starting to boom. Ryanair are bound to benefit from the decision, having just started flights to Zadar. Split is less than a 2 hour drive from Zadar along the motorway but a 4 hour drive from Dubrovnik along the windy single lane coast road.

We will be writing to BA to try and confirm exactly what their plans are, and urge all readers to do the same. So far, we know that a winter schedule has yet to go up on their website and a member of staff at BA’s Split Airport office said they’re “probably won’t” be any winter flights to Split.
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