The breaking news that Ryanair would be operating flights to Dubrovnik and Split next summer season came as a surprise, and none more so than to Dubrovnik and Split airports. Even though the news was widely released two days ago in the Irish press and in fact all over the world that for the first time ever the low-cost airline would operate flights to Dubrovnik it would appear that the airport knew nothing about these new flights.
Speaking to the Croatian newspaper Jutarnji List a spokesperson at Dubrovnik Airport commented that “We are surprised with Ryanair’s announcement that next summer they will launch flights to Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik Airport has received no official information about their arrival, nor has any agreement regarding slots or services with them been signed.”
And it would appear that Split airport is also completely in the dark about this breaking news with their spokesperson adding that “Nothing has changed at this period with regards to Split Airport and Ryanair. Our officials were at a conference in the middle of November in Madrid where flights were discussed. Nevertheless, no contact was made with Ryanair.”
Both airports have no contracts and no agreements with Ryanair and yet tickets for these new connections are available for sale on the airlines website.
Dublin Airport on the other hand seem to be well aware of these new flights with a statement reading “These beautiful Croatian cities are full of culture and history and I have no doubt they will be hugely popular destinations.” Adding that “"We will work close with Ryanair’s management team to promote its new services.”
Ryanair have been trying for years to enter both Dubrovnik and Split airports but to release tickets for sale without an agreement with these airports would seem rather premature to say the very least.