Windrose touches down in Zagreb from Kiev, making history in the process
Kiev to Zagreb
Windrose began Kiev Borispol to Zagreb on 4 October, the first time in three decades that the Ukraine and Croatia capitals have been linked non-stop.
Over 11,000 flew indirectly between the two last year, booking data via OAG Traffic Analyser indicates, mainly via Vienna and Warsaw. Zagreb was Kiev’s largest unserved market in CEE, other than Russia. Ljubljana is now Kiev’s largest unserved.
The Ukrainian carrier used the ATR-72-600 on the 1,215-kilometre service to Zagreb. This took 3h 5m out and 2h 36m back, Flightradar24 shows.
Windrose won’t be using the ATR-72 for long, however, with the twice-weekly link to be replaced by Embraer 145s.
This will cut flight and block time but also capacity, from 78 seats to 48/49 each way.
“This is the first time in recent history that Kiev and Zagreb have been linked with nonstop flights. We are delighted that our joint efforts have resulted in the arrival of a new airline and the launch of a new destination in these tough times for the aviation industry”, said Julien Pierre Coffinie, a member of Zagreb Airport’s management team.