After the constant news about the cancellation of airlines to Croatia, finally one positive news. Zagreb and Kiev became connected by a direct airline through an airline Windrose which from October 4, 2020 to March 24, 2021 twice a week (Wednesdays and Sundays) connects Kiev and Zagreb. It is the largest Ukrainian charter company with its headquarters in Kiev and the home airport Boryspil, and on the mentioned line it will operate an Embraer ERJ-145 aircraft with a capacity of 48 seats. – Today’s new air bridge that connects us is not the beginning but a confirmation of the friendship between the two countries. The airline established today contributes to easier arrival of tourists, but also to economic cooperation, investments and presentation of the best that Ukraine and Croatia have to offer. I hope that the good occupancy on this route will result in the decision to establish additional new direct flights between Ukraine and Croatia and thus even better connectivity., pointed out the Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac. According to data from the eVisitor system, more and more guests from Ukraine visit Croatia every year. Namely, since 2016, when the eVisitor system was used until the end of 2019, there has been a double-digit annual growth in tourist arrivals and overnight stays from Ukraine. Thus, in 2019, Croatia was visited by about 140.000 tourists from Ukraine who realized about 838.000 overnight stays, which compared to 2016 represented an increase of 111 percent in arrivals and 90 percent in overnight stays. In 2020, Croatia has so far been visited by about 75.000 tourists from Ukraine who realized 487.000 overnight stays, or 56 percent of arrivals and 60 percent of overnight stays realized in the same period last year. During 2019, guests from Ukraine mostly stayed in hotels and private accommodation, while when it comes to destinations, they spent the most nights in Poreč, Makarska, Brela, Rovinj and Baška Voda. Photo: Zagreb Airport – Despite the global coronary virus pandemic and the overall reduction in tourist traffic in 2020, investments in the promotion of Croatia as a top tourist destination on the Ukrainian market have paid off. Charter flights from Kiev to Pula, Split and Dubrovnik, which operated this summer, have significantly increased the number of arrivals of Ukrainian tourists in Croatia, he said Rajko Ružička, Director of the Representation of the Croatian National Tourist Board in Russia, adding that a number of Ukrainian tourists arrived in Croatia this year by road.