Croatia Airlines is the national airline and flag carrier of the Republic of Croatia. The airline is a member of Star Alliance and operates domestic and international services. Its main base is Zagreb Airport with focus cities being Dubrovnik and Split.
The airline was established in 1989, trading with the name Zagal (formally, Zagreb Airlines). After the first democratic elections held in Croatia, Zagal changed its name to Croatia Airlines in 1990.
In 1991 Croatia Airlines signed an agreement with Adria Airways to commence domestic jet services between Zagreb and Split. That year also saw the airline open its first international route to Frankfurt. In 1996, Croatia Airlines became the first airline to fly to Sarajevo after the Bosnian War. In 2004, Croatia Airlines joined Star Alliance.