Air travellers will have a new option for flying to Croatia from Dublin this summer.

Croatia Airlines has announced that it will operate a twice weekly schedule from Dublin to Zagreb, the Croatian capital.

The airline, which is part of the Star Alliance, will operate the new service on Thursdays and Sundays between May and October.

"We are excited that for the first time in Croatia Airlines’ history we will have a Dublin - Zagreb route," Jasmin Bajic, President & CEO of Croatia Airlines said.

"We see the introduction of this flight as a contribution to the development of tourism in both countries and we are looking forward to seeing many Irish citizens in the Croatian capital, as well as in other parts of Croatia."

Croatia Airlines is one of three new airlines launching services at Dublin Airport this year.

Iceland Air will fly six times per week to Reykjavik from May and Cathay Pacific will start a four times weekly service direct to Hong Kong from June.

Dublin Airport welcomed a record 29.6 million passengers in 2017, a 6% increase over the same period last year. 

An additional 1.7 million passengers travelled through the airport in 2017.