Monday, 3 December 2018

Flights to Croatia 2019: Ryanair Announces Dublin to Split and Dubrovnik

December 3, 2018 - Eleven years after entering the Croatian market in Zadar, a great addition to the flights to Croatia 2019 story: Ryanair to Split and Dubrovnik.

Flights to Croatia 2019 just got easier for Irish tourists (and the growing Croatian diaspora in Ireland), as Ryanair has announced two new routes to the Adriatic for next summer - Dublin to Split and Dubrovnik, reports the Irish Independent.

TCN reported 3 weeks ago that Ryanair was in discussions with Split and Zagreb, while the Irish carrier has been talking to Dubrovnik for some time. The sticking point for both Split and Dubrovnik in the past has been giving preferential pricing treatment to Ryanair, whose successful business model is well-known.

It is 11 years since Ryanair changed the landscape in Croatian aviation - and Zadar in particular - by pioneering low-cost flights to the former Dalmatian capital. And yet, while Ryanair took a march on its rivals 11 years ago, it has never really capitalised on that early success. Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik have remained closed to Ryanair's planes. In the interim, easyJet has become the second most popular airline in Croatia.

Until today. 

The Dublin flights to Split and Dubrovnik will commence in June, and we will bring you more details of the schedule as we have it. You can follow the TCN Flights to Croatia 2019 page here. With both Split and Dubrovnik booming and not needing to give financial concessions, and with Ryanair famous for extracting the best deals, it would be interesting to see the fine print of the detail, not that I expect it to be made public. 

One airline which may be less than happy by the news is Croatia Airlines, which is already struggling, and the arrival of Europe's most successful airline in the two biggest tourists airport in the country will hardly be welcome news. 

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Ryanair in Talks for Flights to Zagreb and Split

November 14, 2018 - It has been confirmed that Ryanair is in talks with both Split and Zagreb as the Irish low-cost carrier looks to expand its operations in Croatia.

An interesting development in the budget airline market in Croatia, as it has emerged that Ryanair is in discussions to bring routes to both Zagreb and Split. The Irish carrier, which brought budget flights to the Dalmatian coast with the opening of Zadar back in 2007, had fallen behind some of its competitors in recent years in the Croatian market, with easyJet in particular establishing itself on Croatia's Adriatic coast.  Zagreb has limited options currently regarding the budget market, and for an idea of how Ryanair can change things, our interview earlier today with Budapest Airport CEO Jost Lammers explains how Ryanair quickly established itself in the wake of the collapse of Malev back in 2012. Ryanair has been trying to get into the market in Dubrovnik, with the possibility of year-round flights, but the main sticking point was the financial concessions which Dubrovnik was reluctant to give. 

"In a statement to EX-YU Aviation News, the airline said, "Ryanair has held positive discussions with the Minister regarding longer-term traffic growth and route development at its existing Croatian airports as well as potential new airports like Zagreb and Split". The development comes just weeks following reports that Zagreb Airport's operator requested for the Croatian government to lower its annual concession fee. The operator argues that as a result of the concession fee, it was forced to increase its charges, which has in turn deterred low-cost airlines from flying to Zagreb. This winter season, only one low-cost carrier, Eurowings, will maintain services to the Croatian capital."

For the full story from ExYuAviation with more information about Split and Zadar, click here.

For the latest flight news from Croatia, click here.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Seven Stars Awarded to Croatia Airlines!

Of the other airlines flying into Croatia, Ryanair and Norwegian both received a lower than four star rating.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Ryanair Announces New 2019 Zadar-Prague Line

Ireland's wildly popular Ryanair is set to connect Zadar and Prague twice per week as of next season.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Ryanair Strikes Tomorrow, Passengers To And From Croatia Affected

While Croatia Airlines has managed to avoid a strike for now, Ireland's Ryanair hasn't been so lucky...

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Time Travel at Glasgow Airport: Ryanair, Now Offering Flights to 1945 Croatia

April 7, 2018 - The prospect of air travel suddenly got way more adventurous... or so one might think, looking at a certain photo that's been making the rounds on social media owing to a problematic little detail

Friday, 23 March 2018

Five New Companies and Ten New Routes for Zadar Airport This Summer

Zadar Airport will host an array of newcomers this summer.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Ryanair Tweets Confirmation London - Osijek Route Cancelled

It was an extremely popular route, connecting eastern Croatia to London all year, but less than a year after commencing a service from London Stansted to Osijek, Ryanair confimed on January 26, 2017 that the route has been cancelled. 

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Ryanair Quitting Osijek, or Not? Airline Issues Official Response

Ryanair responds to local media claims it has ceased flights from Osijek to London on 18 January, 2017. 

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Record August for Dubrovnik, and 12 Month Ryanair Flights Closer

Dubrovnik Airport is breaking all records, a trend that looks set to continue if Ryanair manages to establish a 12-month connection, with discussions ongoing according to ExYuAviation on August 28, 2016.

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