Ryanair in Zadar is reopening its summer base and will connect the city with 37 destinations, 17 of which are new, all with an investment of $200 million, the leaders of the low-cost airline and Zadar Airport announced at a virtual press conference on Tuesday.
The conference was held just after the one with the representatives of Zagreb Airport, which the airline is coming to for the first time this year with the announcement of the opening of 12 international routes, while at Zadar Airport it has been operating seasonally for years.
This was confirmed at the conference by the director of Zadar Airport Josip Klišmanić, who, like the President of the Management Board of Ryanair, Eddie Wilson, emphasized that this year, despite the pandemic and travel restrictions, they hope for good flights.
"The opening of new lines in this challenging season is good news and a confirmation of our excellent cooperation with Ryanair in the last 14 years, which we hope will continue in the future," said Klišmanić.
Wilson pointed out that he will have two planes based in Zadar, and that he will have 78 weekly flights to many European destinations with that airport, and he is convinced that this will start tourism in the Zadar area, especially if Europe opens in the summer months with regard to the continuing vaccination process.
He also said that they are investing a total of $400 million in Croatia, for Zadar and Zagreb airports, and that customers in Croatia can already book summer flights, so with the possibility of postponing travel and exchanging tickets without any additional surcharges.
The Minister of Tourism and Sports, Nikolina Brnjac, also expressed her satisfaction with Ryanair's announcements by attending the conference. She said that in preparation for the tourist season, Croatia is taking systematic care of all epidemiological segments in order to meet all safety and health conditions for the stay and arrival of tourists.
"The possibility of crossing the state border with the presentation of a negative PCR test or antigen tests approved in the EU, a certificate of Covid-19 recovery or vaccination certificate, are new steps towards creating all the necessary preconditions for Croatia to achieve a more successful tourist season and more welcome tourists," said the Minister.
She also assessed that Rynair's announcements for Croatia this year are a continuation of many years of successful cooperation with that carrier, whose planes will fly not only to Zagreb and Split, but also to Split, Dubrovnik and Pula.
She also mentioned the project "Safe stay in Croatia.” And also said that the Republic of Croatia "has defined clear criteria for crossing the state border that are in line with the thinking about the digital green certificate at the EU level" and that tourists will enter Croatia in April with a certificate of recovery, vaccination certificate or a negative PCR or antigen test that is on the list of tests approved by the EU.
"In cooperation with the county tourist boards and the Croatian Institute of Public Health, we are preparing a number of PCR testing points for tourists and rapid antigen tests in tourist centres and airports, so that tourists on arrival and return from Croatia can be tested,” she concluded.