In an eagerly awaited move, Ryanair is set to make a significant impact on Dubrovnik's aviation landscape. The airline has scheduled a press conference at Dubrovnik Airport today, November 29th, to unveil its plans for an expansive operation to Dubrovnik.
Last summer, Ryanair operated just two routes from Dubrovnik, with a total of 7 weekly departures to Dublin (4 weekly flights) and Vienna (3 weekly flights). The upcoming press conference suggests a departure from this modest schedule, indicating that the airline is gearing up to promote a more extensive range of routes and substantially increase flight frequencies.
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This strategic move is considered crucial for Dubrovnik, which has been striving to recover from the impacts of the pandemic. The airport currently handles 81 to 87% of the passenger traffic it experienced in 2019, lagging significantly behind both the European and Croatian averages. Even the neighbouring Split has managed to surpass 100% of its 2019 passenger numbers. Ryanair's commitment to expanding its operations from Dubrovnik is expected to play a pivotal role in revitalizing the region's air travel.
15 routes from Dubrovnik with Ryanair
Unofficial sources suggest that Ryanair is poised to establish its third base in Croatia, following Zagreb and seasonal Zadar. The airline is rumoured to launch an impressive array of 13 routes from Dubrovnik starting from the end of March. The destinations include Beauvais, Bergamo, Berlin, Karlsruhe, Krakow, London Stansted, Memmingen, Manchester, Poznan, Rome FCO, Stockholm Arlanda, Weeze, and Wroclaw.
This ambitious move positions Ryanair to operate a total of 15 routes from Dubrovnik, potentially amassing 52 weekly flights. In addition to the summer schedule, Ryanair's winter plans include two weekly flights to London, Dublin, and Vienna.
Dubrovnik Airport stands to benefit significantly from this expansion, as Ryanair's extensive route network, large aircraft fleet, and a targeted 95% load factor are anticipated to drive a substantial increase in passenger numbers. The move is viewed as a strategic and commendable initiative by Dubrovnik Airport, signalling a positive step towards reinvigorating tourism and business travel in the region.
Ryanair currently maintains a strong presence in Croatia, serving cities such as Pula, Rijeka, Split, and Osijek, with bases in Zagreb and Zadar. The airline's regional operations also extend to Nis, Banja Luka, and Podgorica.
Planned routes to Dubrovnik with Ryanair in 2024
- London Stansted
- Rim FCO
- Stockholm Arlandu