After the completion of the restructuring process the Croatian national airline “Croatia Airlines“ will continue with its expansion program in the region in 2017 by opening new bases and purchasing new aircraft. Kresimir Kucko, the CEO of Croatia Airlines, commented that in order to confirm and maintain regional leading position new bases have to be opened and new aircrafts bought. CA (Croatia Airlines) is considering opening new bases in regional capitals such as Sarajevo, Skopje, Pristina and Tirana and connecting them to European destinations.
''The calculations for the regional expansion of our operations have already been made as well as a decision about our route network and schedules. Everything should be defined by the end of the year and implemented from the 1st of April 2017,'' said Mr Krešimir Kučko. He also added that CA was not planning to open all the bases at the same time because it would depend on the arrival of new aircraft. Depending on the demand on the market the carrier plans to use 100-seaters Airbuses and Dash planes. According to the words of Kučko CA plans on buying four to six new aircraft. ''We have been negotiating with relevant plane manufacturers in the world for two years now and we could present our proposal to the owner in June''.