Cakes, ribbon-cuttings and local dancing were all on show at Pula for the first airberlin flight from Düsseldorf on 13 July. The oneworld carrier also started new routes from the German airport to Zadar (12 July) and Rijeka (15 July) during the same week.
- airberlin has used the last seven days to start three new routes from its Düsseldorf (DUS) hub, all of them to Croatia. Commencing on 12 July, the airline began weekly (Tuesdays) flights to Zadar (ZAD) – a sector which will see the oneworld carrier face direct competition from germanwings (twice-weekly) and Eurowings (weekly). It operates until 23 August. The next day, the German airline began flights to Pula (PUY), again on a weekly (Wednesdays) basis, but this time facing no direct competition, with flights ceasing on 17 August. And finally on 15 July, airberlin started a weekly (Fridays) rotation to Rijeka (RJK). This 885-kilometre sector will face direct competition from Eurowings (weekly) and germanwings (weekly) again, with the city pair stopping on 19 August. All three flights are flown by airberlin’s A319/A320 fleet. The airline also offers other Croatian flights to Split and Dubrovnik from Berlin Tegel and to Split from Nuremberg. Despite these new routes airberlin is only the sixth biggest carrier on routes between Germany and Croatia this summer with just under 5% of seat capacity, behind Ryanair (6%), easyJet (7%), Lufthansa (18%), Croatia Airlines (24%) and Eurowings/germanwings (37%). See how Zadar and Pula airports’ FTWAs compare to others from around the world.