Croatian start-up Adriatic Skyways to launch in April

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New Croatian start-up Adriatic Skyways will begin operating flights from Dubrovnik airport in April, offering a mix of scheduled and charter services, says chief executive Berry van Eeuwijk.

All flights will be operated under Dutch charter operator Denim Air’s AOC with a fleet of Embraer E190, Fokker 50 and Fokker 100 aircraft painted in Adriatic Skyways livery.

Van Eeuwijk says the airline will seek to operate charter flights within a 3h range of Dubrovnik and named Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Poland as potential markets. The airline will also seek to operate domestic and then international scheduled services, he adds.

The airline boss says his decision to start the new carrier followed the collapse of Dubrovnik Airlines, which ceased operations in 2011.

“Adriatic Skyways focuses on the contacts with tour operators, local tourism agencies, hotels, governments, etc, in order to increase traffic and ticket sales from the region. The business model excludes starting its own AOC to stay lean and low cost, and therefore Adriatic Skyways has selected Denim Air ACMI as its operator,” the airline says on its website.

Van Eeuwijk was previously the chief executive of now-defunct Dutch cargo operator Magic Bird Airlines.

Adriatic Skyways is one of a number of new airlines to start operations in Croatia. Late last year, charter operator Trade Air began operations, and later this summer Air Croatia, a low-cost airline, is expected to begin flights out of Sweden to Zagreb. Charter airline Libertas Air is planning to begin flights from Dubrovnik airport in 2015.