The low-cost airline Ryanair will connect Zagreb with 24 destinations in 16 countries in the winter flight schedule, and in December it will introduce a third aircraft into the Zagreb base, expecting around one million passengers on all routes by next summer, the low-cost airline announced on Tuesday.
The CEO of Ryanair, Michael O'Leary, held a press conference in Zagreb today and emphasized that Zagreb is a great challenge for them and that they see great potential here. He pointed out that Zagreb is currently one of the growing ‘hot city break’ destinations.
"People want to come to Zagreb, especially for the Christmas fair in winter, and it has a lot of cultural and historical sights, good food and a growing number of foreign tourists. The recognition of Croatia through football is also important, and as far as I was able to see, there are a lot of beautiful women,” said O'Leary.
He believes that Zagreb deserves to have at least 3.5 million air passengers a year, because, as he said, it is the capital and he believes that in cooperation with Zagreb Airport, with which they share a vision of growth, these figures will be reached.
He reiterated Ryanair's earlier announcements that they would invest a total of $300 million in Zagreb to 'base' three aircraft there by the end of this year, thus directly creating 100 jobs and another 750 indirect ones throughout Croatia.
He also mentioned the good cooperation with other airports in Croatia - Zadar, Pula and Dubrovnik, as well as that from next spring they will fly to Rijeka, but only in Zagreb they will stay over the winter, while other flights will be only through the summer.
On several occasions, O’Leary pointed out that they are doing all this for Zagreb and Croatia without any financial assistance from the state, unlike the national airline Croatia Airlines, which the state is helping.
"Ryanair is introducing 24 new lines from Zagreb in the next six months, and CA has introduced only three new lines in three years and received 12 million euros in state aid," O'Leary commented.