Qatar Airways Has Drastically Reduced Flights To Croatia - Simple Flying


Qatar Airways has scaled back its planned flight operations to Croatia significantly. Dubrovnik has lost all flights to Doha while seat capacity to Zagreb has been reduced drastically. Further cuts are expected when Qatar updates its timetable for the month of June onwards.

Qatar Airways A320 in Dubrovnik Croatia
Qatar Airways planned to fly twice daily to Zagreb and five times weekly to Dubrovnik in Croatia in the summer of 2020. Photo: Anna Zvereva via Wikimedia

Zagreb is cut back drastically

Between today, Monday January 11th, and the end of the winter schedule, Saturday March 27th, Qatar Airways will operate just 11 rotations to all of Croatia. This is a drastic reduction compared to the seat capacity that Qatar previously had on offer to this country.

The Doha-Zagreb-Doha flights will operate only on Fridays for all of January, February, and March, up to March 27th. Then, as the summer timetable kicks in on Sunday March 28th, Qatar Airways will increase its frequency to Zagreb to two weekly, and flights will then operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Compared to the pre-pandemic era, this is a drastic downgrade of the route. Qatar Airways used to fly from Zagreb to Doha twice daily, year-round. In the winter, flights were sometimes downgraded from Airbus A320 to Airbus A319 aircraft, and on rare occasions the afternoon rotation was canceled due to low demand in January and February. But, in the summers, Qatar would send a mixture of Airbus A320 and Airbus A321 aircraft to Zagreb, always maintaining double daily operations.

In doing so, Qatar Airways would compete against Emirates, Turkish Airlines, and Korean Air to capture