This part is a description of the flight from Zagreb to Split with Croatia Airlines that I almost missed due to my first flight WAW-ZAG being delayed. At the end I will post some bonus pics from the first part of my stay in Croatia.
So let the story begin :)
As I wrote previously we made it at the last moment in our opinion but the truth was there were more people from other delayed connecting flights too so when we finally reached the gate (after exiting the airside zone and entering it again, passing through the passport and security control) the boarding hasn't even started.
Current departures, the flights to Dubrovnik and Split are co-shared with LOT and Austrian Airlines
ZAG is a very small and old fashined airport with a new terminal to open in March 2017. There are no jetbridges and every boarding/deboarding is possible only by stairs and bus.
Our aircraft is an A319 named "Zadar" delivered in 1998 but as we will find out later looking really good inside for its age.
A smiling female flight attendant welcomes us at the door and there is another friendly welcome smile from a male CC while we pass the business class section to our seats 8E and 8F.
The cabin looks very nice, modern, clean and well maintained. There are slim Recaro seats that I really like and the legroom is more than ok.
There is an inflight magazine together with a skyshop catalogue in the upper pocket and a safety card in the lower one.
The safety card
Fleet facts in the inflight magazine. Croatia Airlines fleet consists only of 12 aircraft: 2 A320, 4 A319 and 6 Q400. They also use F100 leased from Trade Air.
The network. The airline operates direct international flights not only from Zagreb but also from Split, Dubrovnik, Pula and Rijeka.
View during taxi
This A319 is equipped with small screens displaying the safety demo and later some Croatian landmarks
We take off and I discover the difference between a turboprop and a jet. It is so quiet! The LF is around 60%, the aisle seat next to us remains empty.
View of ZAG as we turn right
On domestic flights Croatia Airlines serves only water that is enough for 30 minutes. The cup is very nice!
After about 15 minutes we reach the coast and some nice views begin
The runway seen as we turn left to leave it
Croatia Airlines A320
Our aircraft during deboarding
Split airport is far too small for the summer season, even though it is almost September there are many flights and the arrivals area is very crowded. Waiting for the luggage lasts ages and it is good to get used to this lack of rush for the whole stay. There is only one single toilet in the baggage claim area so be prepared for a long queue. Anyway you'll have plenty of time before your bag arrives :)
There are two ways to reach the city of Split (the airport is approximately 25 km from the center): either by bus owned by company Pleso and cooperating with Croatia Airlines or by a local bus 37 that stops not exactly in front of the terminal but few meters away on the main road. Taxis are available too. We choose the first option. I takes 30 minutes to get to the main bus station in Split located few steps from the harbour and the old town.
Here are some bonus pictures from the first part of my stay in Croatia
Split old town panoramic view from the harbour
The old town in Split was built inside the caesar Diocletian's palace which is still visible as its corridors became streets and courtyards city squares. The most important and known one is the Peristyle
The ceasar's mausoleum became the church of Saint Duje
View from the church tower
The Peristyle at night
Inside the ancient Jupiter temple
City view from the Marjan hill
Don't miss the fruit and vegetable market!
The harbour in Makarska, one of the most known holiday destinations in Croatia. Located between the sea and Biokovo mountains, though terribly crowded, is really a place not to miss.
Some sea views from the path to Tucepi and to the nudist beach hidden between the rocks ;)
I hope you enjoyed.
Many thanks for reading!
Zagreb - ZAG
Split - SPU
It was a very nice short domestic flight. The aircraft was clean and well maintained, the crew very polite and smiling all the time. I was happy we managed to catch the second flight despite our initial delay. Zagreb airport will soon gain a new terminal building that will hopefully change the bad impression the old one leaves. Split airport as far as the arrivals part is concerned is far too small with almost no seats while waiting for the luggage that takes a few moments to come.
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