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Ryanair gives Croatia’s tourism industry a massive boost Ryanair gives Croatia’s tourism industry a massive boost

Ryanair has big plans for Zagreb! - In addition to the 12 destinations already announced the budget airline plans to offer 40 routes

Written by  Apr 04, 2021

The news that the largest low-cost airline in the world, Ryanair, will launchnew flights to Zadar and Zagreb this summer was certainly a boost for the country’s tourism industry. Ryanair will connect the Dalmatian city of Zadar with a whopping 37 destinations this year, and Zagreb will also be a major hub for the airline, reports EX-YU Aviation.

In fact, Ryanair plan to offer up to 40 new routes from the Croatian capital with the commercial director of Ryanair, Jason McGuinness, commenting that “We will grow exponentially in the years to come. We plan to operate thirty to forty routes and handle two to three million passengers.”

Twelve new routes from Zagreb have already been announced for this summer, but it appears that this is only the tip of the ice-berg as Ryanair aims to make Zagreb a hub in south-east Europe in years to come. To say that is welcome news to the capital’s tourism industry would be a massive understatement, a fact not lost on McGuinness who said that “This will transform Zagreb, transform tourism, accommodation, hotels, taxi operators, basically everything. We will become the largest airline in Zagreb and Croatia within a very short period of time.”



The line “largest airline in Croatia” will certainly be a wake-up call for Croatia’s national airline, Croatia Airlines, who have been stumbling financially for years and who depend on grants from the government to stay afloat. And one of the most lucrative lines for Croatia Airlines, the Zagreb to Dubrovnik route, could well have competition down the line from Ryanair. Although the CEO of Ryanair, Eddie Wilson, commented that “We have no plans just yet for domestic flights, however, it is something we will look at. Short flights enable us to have better utilisation of aircraft. But we will concentrate on international flights for now.”

And the long road of recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic for Zagreb Airport, and indeed Zadar Airport, could have been given a substantial kick-start with the Irish airlines arrival. As the general manager of Zagreb Airport, Huseyin Bahadir Bedir, said “We have worked on different business models and scenarios to overcome the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. We are more than happy to become the home of Europe’s number one airline. We will stimulate the number of tourists visiting this lovely city. The coast has been the driver of tourism in the country, but we think it is time for Zagreb to be a part of that as well.”

And here are the 12 new routes announced from Zagreb Airport

Gothenburg - staring September 3, three times a week

Podgorica - starting September 4, twice a week (this is the shortest route)

Milan - starting July 1, four times a week

Rome- starting September 3, three times a week

Frankfurt - starting September 3, three times a week

Karlsruhe - starting September 2, three times a week

Memmingem - starting September 2, twice times a week

Dortmund - starting September 3, twice a week

Paris - starting September 2, twice a week

London - starting September 1st, every day!

Rome - starting September 3, three times a week

Brussels - starting June 2

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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