French low-cost airlines Volotea and Transavia and online travel agency Karavel plan to expand their services to Croatia this year, the Croatian Tourism Ministry said on Friday.
Croatian Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli has met with executives of the three companies during his working to France.
Volotea said it wanted to open routes to Pula, Rijeka, Zadar and Zagreb, its aim being to bring 220,000 tourists to Croatia by 2020. Last year the airline launched flights to Dubrovnik and Split, and given the excellent results, this year it plans to open additional routes to the two cities from Strasbourg and Marseille, increasing the number of seats by 52%.
Transavia, a member of the Air France-KLM Group, said it would increase the number of seats to Dubrovnik and launch new routes to Zagreb and Pula next year, and possibly to Rijeka.
Karavel reported a 7% increase in bookings for Croatia compared with the same time last year and said it planned to expand its services to Croatia, which is perceived as a very safe destination.
Minister Cappelli also met with representatives of other tour operators such as Pierre & Vacances, Voyageurs du Monde and the French Tour Operators' Association (SETO), who also announced their plans to expand their services to Croatia.