Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Ryanair Zagreb Base Plans for Weekend-Only Winter Operations

August 9, 2022 - How will the Ryanair Zagreb base work its winter operations this year? A look at how the capital city airport will transform into a weekend-only base for the low-cost airline. 

Simply Flying has revealed what the Ryanair Zagreb base has in store once the seasons change - precisely, the airline's plan to transform the capital city airport into a weekend-only base this winter. A first for the airline. 

Namely, the Irish low-cost airline will not reduce the number of aircraft based in Zagreb, with its three Lauda Europe Airbus A320s staying at Zagreb Airport, but what will change is the number of days the planes fly. Making it a weekend base means that the planes will only operate from Friday to Monday this winter. Thus, all flights on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays will be operated from other Ryanair bases.

So, how will this work?

Simply Flying reveals that all routes launched as year-round routes remain on sale and operate throughout the week, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, with Boeing aircraft from its other bases around Europe. The busiest London Stansted-Zagreb route will also continue to run daily. 

Currently, all the three Lauda Europe A320s in Zagreb operate a full day of flights all week. The changes will be made with the end of the summer schedule at the end of October when nearly all routes will be at least partially operated by aircraft from other bases. As it stands now, only the Bratislava, Milan Bergamo, and Malta routes see aircraft from other bases. 

Simply Flying adds that this should not impact the capacity of flights, as Boeing planes actually offer higher capacity than the Lauda Europe Airbus A320s, but since frequencies will decrease after summer, so will the number of seats on offer. 

"Most interestingly, even aircraft that connect Zagreb Airport to airports that are not Ryanair’s bases will see non-Zagreb-based aircraft there.

This will be done with the help of a w-rotation, whereby an aircraft from one base will operate four flight segments on two rotations on two different routes from Zagreb Airport," adds Simply Flying. 

This will be done with a 'w-rotation', or when aircraft from one base operates four flight segments on two rotations on two different routes from Zagreb Airport. You can find examples of how that will look here

The July stats for Zagreb Airport are also in, with 329,203 passengers traveling through the capital last month - almost 175 thousand more than in July last year. When compared to the busiest year, Zagreb Airport hit 90% of the July 2019 figures. 

Zagreb Airport accepted and dispatched 1,628,437 passengers in the first seven months of this year, approximately 100 thousand more passengers compared to Split Airport, reports Croatian Aviation

A total of 1,782,871 passengers passed through 8 Croatian airports (Zagreb, Pula, Rijeka, Zadar, Split, Brač, Dubrovnik, and Osijek) in July this year.

For more on flights to Croatia and other travel announcements, make sure to check out our dedicated travel section.

Monday, 11 July 2022

Trade Air Domestic Lines Delayed Until August 1, Ryanair to Restore Zagreb Network

July 11, 2022 - The latest flight news to Croatia as Trade Air domestic lines are delayed further until August 1, and Ryanair plans to restore its Zagreb network after months of flight reductions and suspensions. 

Croatian private airline Trade Air has once again postponed its domestic PSO lines, which was previously announced on July 18, reports Croatian Aviation

As stated in the announcement on the airline's official website, Trade Air is once again postponing the start of operations on domestic PSO lines. The mentioned lines have been suspended since May, and the beginning of operations was first announced for June, then July 1, then July 18, and now the lines won't run until August 1 of this year.

The announcement states that the airline will start the routes on the specified date after all the confirmations from the relevant authorities have been collected. Information was also provided that the tickets will not go on sale before July 20 this year.

These lines are crucial for Osijek Airport and other airports, especially in the winter flight schedule.

Osijek - Zagreb - Osijek,

Osijek - Pula - Split - Pula - Osijek,

Osijek - Rijeka - Osijek,

Osijek - Zadar - Osijek,

Zadar - Rijeka - Zadar,

Rijeka - Split - Dubrovnik - Split - Rijeka.

Poland's Sprint Air will operate on the Trade Air lines mentioned, and passengers can only hope that this is the last delay in re-establishing the mentioned lines, adds Croatian Aviation. 

In other news, Ex Yu Aviation reports that Ryanair plans to restore its Zagreb network after months of reductions and suspensions.

The airline thus plans to bring back its third aircraft to resume operations to Basel, Sofia, and Brindisi and restore frequencies on many routes, including to Baden Baden, Bergamo, Beauvais, Charleroi, Gothenburg, Hahn, Malaga, Malmo, Malta, Memmingen, Paphos, Sandefjord, and Weeze. In addition, the route between Zagreb and Corfu will remain at one weekly rotation. 

“Ryanair is Europe’s and Croatia’s number one airline. We have seen strong summer bookings to date from Zagreb with a total of 27 routes. Ryanair’s three Zagreb-based aircraft represent an investment of 300 million US dollars, which will support over ninety highly paid aviation jobs and over 1.000 total jobs in Zagreb. As we look forward with a strong summer of bookings to/from Zagreb, Ryanair will operate almost eighty weekly flights (over thirty more than last year) to give our Zagreb customers an abundance of choices to top European destinations like London, Milan, and Paris or popular holiday hotspots like Brindisi, Corfu and Malaga, whilst giving Zagreb inbound tourism a boost after two lost years," said the airline. 

For more on flights to Croatia and other travel announcements, make sure to check out our dedicated travel section.

Thursday, 9 June 2022

More Ryanair Zagreb Flight Cancellations Announced in July

June 9, 2022 - The latest flight news to Croatia as more Ryanair Zagreb flight cancellations have been announced in July, totaling to 56 return flights on 15 international routes.

Irish low-cost airline Ryanair has canceled several scheduled flights from Zagreb in July, while flights for May and June were canceled earlier, reports Croatian Aviation.

Namely, Ryanair has canceled the following flights from its Zagreb base:

Brussels Charleroi, 2 times a week (instead of 5) until 18 July,

Sofia, all flights are canceled until July 19,

Paphos, once a week (instead of 3), until July 18,

Dusseldorf Weeze, 2 times a week (instead of 3) until July 19,

Frankfurt Hahn, 2 times a week (instead of 3), until July 18,

Karlsruhe, once a week (instead of 3), until July 19,

Memmingen, 2 times a week (instead of 3) until July 18,

Brindisi, all flights are canceled until July 20,

Milan Bergamo, 4 times a week (instead of 5) until July 19,

Malta, 2 times a week (instead of 3), until July 19,

Oslo Torp, once a week (instead of 2), until July 20,

Malaga, once a week (instead of 2), until July 20,

Gothenburg, 2 times a week (instead of 3), until July 18,

Malmö, 2 times a week (instead of 3), until July 19,

Basel, all flights are canceled until July 18.

From the beginning to the middle of July, Ryanair canceled 56 return flights on the 15 mentioned international routes, which reduced the number of available seats by 20,160.

The Irish airline traditionally does not go public with the reasons for cancellations, but given the many problems for airports and airlines recently, it is obvious that this airline also has operational problems that lead to flight cancellations.

Given that more flights were canceled in May and June, and even in the first half of July, which is the peak season, it is expected that in the next few weeks the Irish airline will reduce the flight schedule for the second half of July. Passengers who had tickets on canceled Ryanair flights received an apology email and were offered several options, such as a refund or a change in travel date.

Croatian Aviation concludes that one thing is for sure - the frequent Ryanair cancellations in Zagreb will certainly not positively affect the company's reputation among passengers.

For more on flights to Croatia and other travel announcements, make sure to check out our dedicated travel section.

Friday, 3 June 2022

Ryanair Zagreb Flight Reductions Extended into Mid-July

June 3, 2022 - The latest flight news to Croatia as Ryanair Zagreb flight reductions continue into the middle of next month. 

Several Ryanair Zagreb destinations will see further reductions and temporary route suspensions into mid-July, reports Ex Yu Aviation

Passengers already witnessed reductions in May, and while the airline was to conclude the network cutbacks in June, it is now extending the suspension of some of its Zagreb lines into next month - namely to Basel, Sofia, and Brindisi until July 18. 

Ex Yu Aviation adds that Sandefjord, Malaga, and Paphos flights will only run once a week until mid-July and that reductions on the lines to Bergamo, Charleroi, Hahn, Gothenburg, Malmo, Malta, Memmingen, and Weeze will also be extended. Furthermore, the Corfu line will not run until the beginning of July and will operate just one flight a week. This line was supposed to launch in June. 

But this is no surprise. Recall that in January, 16 Ryanair Zagreb flights were temporarily suspended because of reduced demand due to the pandemic. This is now the fifth month this year that Ryanair has either temporarily suspended or reduced its Zagreb flights.

Thus, in June, Ryanair reduced its capacity in Zagreb by 35,000. This time, however, the Irish low-cost airline has not provided an explanation for its decision. Ex Yu Aviation writes that staffing issues and lack of equipment could carry some of the blame. The airline has two aircraft based in Zagreb when there were plans to have three. 

But Zagreb isn't the only city affected. The low-cost airline has delayed many new routes from the Zadar base, too. Namely, the Helsinki, Turin, and Bournemouth routes will be pushed back by another two weeks. These lines had already been delayed until the beginning of June. Ryanair will however bring much-needed traffic to Zadar Airport this summer, operating 120 flights to 46 destinations! 

For more on flights to Croatia and other travel announcements, make sure to check out our dedicated travel section.

Thursday, 21 April 2022

More Ryanair Zagreb Summer Flights Canceled in June

April 21, 2022 - The latest flight news to Croatia as more Ryanair Zagreb summer flights have been canceled, this time in June, after the airline already reduced and canceled many flights in May.

Just a few days after several Ryanair flights from Zagreb were canceled in May this year, this airline has made additional changes in its flight schedule for this summer season and canceled a number of flights on international routes to and from Zagreb in June, too, reports Croatian Aviation.

The Irish low-cost airline has reduced the number of operations for June this year on the following routes:

Brussels Charleroi - two flights a week instead of five, 

Paphos - one flight a week instead of three,

Dusseldorf Weeze - two flights a week instead of three, 

Frankfurt Hahn - two flights a week instead of three, 

Karlsruhe - two flights a week instead of three, 

Memmingen - two flights a week instead of three, 

Corfu - all flights canceled,

Brindisi - all flights canceled,

Milan Bergamo - four flights a week instead of five, 

Malta - two flights a week instead of three, 

Oslo Torp - one flight a week instead of two, 

Malaga - one flight a week instead of two, 

Gothenburg - two flights a week instead of three, 

Malmo - two flights a week instead of three, 

Basel - all flights canceled.

In June alone, more than 190 flights were canceled on 15 of these routes, which is 35,000 fewer seats to and from Zagreb compared to the airline's original plan.

See Ryanair canceled/reduced flights canceled in May below:

From Zagreb to:

Brussels Charleroi - two flights a week instead of five in May,

Sofia - all flights canceled in June,

Paphos - two flights a week instead of three in May,

Dusseldorf Weeze - two flights a week instead of three in May,

Frankfurt Hahn - two flights a week instead of three in May,

Karlsruhe - two flights a week instead of three in May,

Memmingen - two flights a week instead of three in May,

Corfu - all flights canceled in May and June,

Dublin - two flights a week instead of three in May,

Brindisi - all flights canceled in May and June,

Milan Bergamo - canceled flights on Sundays in May,

Rome - two flights a week instead of four in May,

Malta - two flights a week instead of three in May,

Gothenburg - two flights a week instead of three in May,

Malmö - two flights a week instead of three in May,

Basel - all flights canceled in May and June,

London - four flights a week instead of seven in May.

The airline offers passengers the possibility to refund the ticket and change the date of travel according to availability on other flights. 

For more on flights to Croatia and other travel announcements, check out our dedicated travel section.

Thursday, 14 April 2022

Several Ryanair Zagreb Flights Canceled in May and June

April 14, 2022 - The latest flight news to Croatia as several Ryanair Zagreb flights have been canceled in May and June, with passengers informed in the last 24 hours. 

In the last 24 hours, Irish low-cost airline Ryanair has informed passengers about the cancellation of a number of flights on regular flights to and from Zagreb International Airport, reports Croatian Aviation

Namely, Ryanair has canceled several flights on international routes to and from Zagreb Airport for May and June this year.

From Zagreb to:

Brussels Charleroi - two flights a week instead of five in May,

Sofia - all flights canceled in June,

Paphos - two flights a week instead of three in May,

Dusseldorf Weeze - two flights a week instead of three in May,

Frankfurt Hahn - two flights a week instead of three in May,

Karlsruhe - two flights a week instead of three in May,

Memmingen - two flights a week instead of three in May,

Corfu - all flights canceled in May and June,

Dublin - two flights a week instead of three in May,

Brindisi - all flights canceled in May and June,

Milan Bergamo - canceled flights on Sundays in May,

Rome - two flights a week instead of four in May,

Malta - two flights a week instead of three in May,

Gothenburg - two flights a week instead of three in May,

Malmö - two flights a week instead of three in May,

Basel - all flights canceled in May and June,

London - four flights a week instead of seven in May.

On most routes, certain weekly rotations were canceled, and the airline cited commercial terms in the passenger notice. Namely, Ryanair has been selling very cheap tickets on these routes for months, from 5 to 10 euros one way, and now it is canceling those flights and offering passengers the possibility of vouchers or changing travel dates.

Croatian Aviation adds that the same thing happened earlier with the route to Milan. The airline then returned the flights to sale a few days later, but at much higher prices, so it should not be surprising if this is what happens on most of the above routes. Due to the early announcement, passengers are not entitled to compensation in accordance with EU regulations 261, and the airline leaves room for additional earnings by reselling the now canceled flights.

For more on flights to Croatia and other travel announcements, check out our dedicated travel section.

Monday, 11 April 2022

26 Ryanair Zagreb Flights in May, Over 120,000 Seats Available

April 11, 2022 - The latest flight news to Croatia as 26 Ryanair Zagreb flights in May bring more than 120,000 seats to and from the Croatian capital. 

Irish low-cost airline Ryanair has defined its flight schedule for May, in which it will offer more than 120,000 available seats to and from Zagreb International Airport, reports Croatian Aviation

Namely, Ryanair is celebrating its first anniversary since opening the base in Zagreb, and in May it will operate 26 regular international routes and offer more than 120,000 available seats to and from the Croatian capital. 

From Zagreb to:

London Stansted - 11,160

Milan Bergamo - 8,056

Brussels Charleroi - 7,920

Rome Fiumicino - 6,480

Basel - 5,040

Dublin - 5,040

Bratislava - 4,914

Karlsruhe / Baden-Baden - 4,914

Memmingen - 4,914

Gothenburg - 4,914

Frankfurt Hahn - 4,914

Malta - 4,816

Malmo - 4,680

Dusseldorf Weeze - 4,680

Paphos - 4,680

Brindisi - 3,240

Paris Beauvais - 3,240

Dortmund - 3,240

Eindhoven - 3,240

Manchester - 3,240

Naples - 3,240

Thessaloniki - 3,240

Sofia - 3,240

Podgorica - 3,240

Malaga - 2,880

Oslo Torp - 2,880.

A320 aircraft based at Zagreb Airport with a capacity of 180 seats have been announced on all routes. The only exceptions are the line to Bratislava, where B737-800 aircraft have been announced, and the route to Malta and Begam, where B737 MAX aircraft will also operate.

The largest number of seats is available to London, which is solely due to daily flights between Zagreb and this city, while the smallest number of seats is available to Malaga and Oslo, given that these routes operate twice a week.

Still unofficially, Ryanair and Zagreb Airport are working intensively on basing the fourth aircraft of this carrier in the Croatian capital, which would increase the number of routes but also increase the number of rotations on existing ones. It is likely that this will happen as early as this summer season.

Zagreb International Airport welcomed 196,280 passengers through Croatia's main airport last month, or 152,549 more than in the same month last year. The result from March 2021 (as well as from 2020) is not comparable with the figures from the previous month, primarily because of the pandemic.

Nevertheless, with this good result, Zagreb is approaching the figures from the pre-crisis year of 2019, when 232,978 passengers were recorded in March.

For more, check out our travel section.

Monday, 21 March 2022

Ryanair Zadar Summer Flight Schedule Delayed, Changes from Zagreb Base

March 21, 2022 - The latest flight news to Croatia as the Ryanair Zadar summer flight schedule is delayed, and several changes have been announced from Zagreb.

Ryanair has changed the summer flight schedule for its two bases in Croatia, reports Croatian Aviation.

The start of traffic on several lines from Zadar has been postponed to June. As for Zagreb's Ryanair base, several routes have received an additional weekly flight, and several lines will operate with a reduced number of flights.

Namely, lines from Zagreb to Brussels Charleroi, Milan Bergamo, Malta, Memmingen, Malmö, Paphos, Rome Fiumicino, and Düsseldorf Weeze have been strengthened with an additional weekly rotation. Also, the number of flights on the new route to Bratislava has been increased from the original two to three flights a week. 

On the other hand, Ryanair will reduce the frequency of flights to Dublin to three-weekly flights, and from the planned initially two-weekly flights to one weekly flight to Corfu.

The summer flight schedule was also revised from the Zadar base. Namely, the starting date for several flights has been postponed.

Below is an overview of all Ryanair flight schedules from Zadar and their start dates.

Lines starting in March:

Zadar - Berlin Brandenburg - Zadar, from March 28, 2022, twice a week (Mondays and Fridays), until the end of October

Zadar - Bremen - Zadar, from March 30, 2022, twice a week (Wednesdays and Saturdays) until the end of October

Zadar - Brussels Charleroi - Zadar, from March 28, 2022, three times a week (Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays) until the end of October

Zadar - Budapest - Zadar, from March 27, 2022, twice a week (Thursdays and Sundays), until the end of October

Zadar - Cologne - Zadar, from March 28, 2022, twice a week (Mondays and Fridays), until the end of October

Zadar - Dublin - Zadar, from March 27, 2022, twice a week (Wednesdays and Sundays), until the end of October

Zadar - Düsseldorf Weeze - Zadar, from March 27, 2022, four times a week (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays) until the end of October

Zadar - Frankfurt Hahn - Zadar, from March 28, 2022, twice a week (Mondays and Fridays), until the end of October

Zadar - Karlsruhe / Baden-Baden - Zadar, from March 28, 2022, three times a week (Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays) until the end of October

Zadar - London Stansted - Zadar, from March 29, 2022, twice a week through April (Tuesdays and Fridays) and May (Tuesdays and Saturdays), five times a week through June, July, August, and September (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays), and again twice a week until the end of October (Tuesdays and Saturdays)

Zadar - Marseille - Zadar, from March 27, 2022, twice a week (Thursdays and Sundays), three times a week through May, June, July, August, September, and October (Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays)

Zadar - Memmingen - Zadar, from March 29, 2022, twice a week through April and May (Tuesdays and Saturdays), three times a week through June, July, August, September (Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays), and again twice a week until the end of October (Tuesdays and Saturdays)

Zadar - Newcastle - Zadar, from March 30, 2022, twice a week (Wednesdays and Sundays), until the end of October

Zadar - Paris Beauvais - Zadar, from March 30, 2022, twice a week (Wednesdays and Saturdays), until the end of October

Zadar - Poznan - Zadar, from March 29, 2022, twice a week through April (Tuesdays and Saturdays), four times a week from May to the end of October (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays)

Zadar - Rome Fiumicino - Zadar, from March 28, 2022, three times a week through April (Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays), four times a week from May to the end of October (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays)

Zadar - Stockholm Arlanda - Zadar, from March 27, 2022, twice a week (Wednesdays and Sundays), until the end of October

Zadar - Vienna - Zadar, from March 27, 2022, three times a week in April and May (Mondays, Fridays, and Sundays), four times a week in June, July, August, and September (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays), and again three times a week until the end of October (Mondays, Fridays, and Sundays)

Lines starting in April:

Zadar - Krakow - Zadar, from April 2, 2022, once a week through April (Saturday), three times a week through May (Monday, Friday, and Saturday), four times a week through June, July, August, and September (Monday, Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays), and again three times a week until the end of October (Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays)

Lines starting in May:

Zadar - Birmingham - Zadar, from May 4, 2022, twice a week (Wednesdays and Saturdays), until the end of October

Zadar - Bordeaux - Zadar, from May 2, 2022, twice a week (Mondays and Fridays), until the end of October

Zadar - Bucharest - Zadar, from May 4, 2022, twice a week (Wednesdays and Saturdays) until the end of October

Zadar - Gothenburg Landvetter - Zadar, from 3 May 2022, twice a week (Tuesdays and Saturdays), until the end of October

Zadar - Hamburg - Zadar, from May 2, 2022, twice a week (Mondays and Fridays), until the end of October

Zadar - Leeds Bradford - Zadar, from 3 May 2022, twice a week (Tuesdays and Saturdays), until the end of October

Zadar - Pisa - Zadar, from May 4, 2022, twice a week (Wednesdays and Saturdays) until the end of August

Zadar - Prague - Zadar, from May 3, 2022, three times a week (Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays) until the end of October

Zadar - Sofia - Zadar, from May 1, 2022, twice a week (Wednesdays and Sundays) until the end of October

Zadar - Warsaw Modlin - Zadar, from May 1, 2022, twice a week (Thursdays and Sundays), until the end of October

Zadar - Wroclaw - Zadar, from May 2, 2022, three times a week (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays) until the end of October

Lines starting in June:

Zadar - Aarhus - Zadar, from June 3, 2022, twice a week (Mondays and Fridays), until the end of September

Zadar - Bari - Zadar, from June 2, 2022, twice a week (Thursdays and Sundays), until the end of September

Zadar - Bologna - Zadar, from June 2, 2022, twice a week (Thursdays and Sundays), until the end of September

Zadar - Bournemouth - Zadar, from June 4, 2022, twice a week (Tuesdays and Saturdays), until the end of September

Zadar - Gdansk - Zadar, from June 4, 2022, twice a week (Tuesdays and Saturdays), until the end of September

Zadar - Helsinki - Zadar, from June 3, 2022, twice a week (Mondays and Fridays), until the end of September

Zadar - Liverpool - Zadar, from June 2, 2022, twice a week (Thursdays and Sundays), until the end of September

Zadar - Maastricht - Zadar, from June 3, 2022, twice a week (Mondays and Fridays), until the end of September

Zadar - Manchester - Zadar, from June 4, 2022, twice a week (Tuesdays and Saturdays), until the end of September

Zadar - Milan Bergamo - Zadar, from June 2, 2022, three times a week (Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays) until the end of August

Zadar - Naples - Zadar, from June 3, 2022, twice a week (Mondays and Fridays), until the end of September

Zadar - Nuremberg - Zadar, from June 2, 2022, four times a week (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays) until the end of October

Zadar - Turin - Zadar, from June 3, 2022, twice a week (Mondays and Fridays), until the end of September

Zadar - Växjö Småland - Zadar, from June 1, 2022, twice a week (Wednesdays and Sundays), until the end of September

The flight schedule is always subject to change.

For more on flights to Croatia and other travel announcements, check out our dedicated travel section.

Saturday, 12 March 2022

New Ryanair Zagreb-Brindisi Line Announced for 2022 Summer

March 12, 2022 - The latest flight news to Croatia as a new Ryanair Zagreb-Brindisi line has been announced to replace the recently canceled Lviv-Zagreb line.

Irish low-cost airline Ryanair introduces a new route from Zagreb International Airport in just over two weeks! Namely, Ryanair will introduce a regular route between Zagreb and Brindisi on March 27, the airline's fourth route from Zagreb to Italy, reports Croatian Aviation.

The line will be in operation from the beginning of the summer flight schedule, March 27, twice a week, on Wednesdays and Sundays, until the end of October, i.e., October 26, 2022.

A total of 22,320 seats are on sale, and tickets start at 10 euros one way. This is a line that will be in traffic in the afternoon and evening, and an A320 aircraft with a capacity of 180 seats in the passenger cabin has been announced.

The new line will replace the previously announced Lviv-Zagreb line, which was canceled due to the war in Ukraine.

Ryanair announced the Lviv-Zagreb line in mid-January this year and had plans to operate on it from the very beginning of the summer flight schedule - on March 27. Fights were planned twice a week, every Wednesday and Sunday.

The Irish airline closed sales on all routes from Lviv, including the announced route to Zagreb. A total of 22,320 seats were on sale, and Lviv was to be the second city in Ukraine with which Zagreb was to have a direct connection. Ryanair has announced its return to Ukrainian airports as soon as security conditions allow.

In addition to Brindisi, Ryanair from Zagreb operates to Rome Fiumicino, Bergamo, and Naples. Ryanair is also introducing new lines from Zagreb to Bratislava and Corfu this summer. 

“There are some tourist destinations from Zagreb that can be served in the future and that are of interest to us too. We really believe that Zagreb can be attractive all-year-round, not just for families and the diaspora, but for tourists as well, so we want to use all these opportunities in the future," Tadej Notersberg, Director of Operations of Ryanair’s subsidiary Lauda Europe, told EX-YU Aviation last week. 

For more on flights to Croatia and other travel announcements, make sure to check out our dedicated travel section.

Saturday, 29 January 2022

Ryanair's David O'Brien: We Opened 80 Croatian Routes, Hired 180 Staff

January the 29th, 2022 - Ryanair's arrival in the City of Zagreb has been a fantastic move for all of us residents of the capital who are keen to travel elsewhere in Europe for next to nothing. With only Croatia Airlines and their often unjustified ticket prices for basic economy flights being the only option for many for years, the Irish low-cost carrier's presence is reassuring for frequent flyers. David O'Brien of Ryanair has stated that the company has opened more than 80 new Croatian routes, and hired 180 new staff members.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Darko Bicak writes, although the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic has led to changes and temporary reductions in some Croatian routes, Ryanair has almost fully met its expectations since last year's opening of its Zagreb Airport base.

This was confirmed by David O’Brien, who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ryanair Group for Lauda and Malta Air - the aircraft under this brand have been stationed by Ryanair at Zagreb Airport.

"Zagreb is a metropolis of one million inhabitants within its surroundings, and so many more people gravitate to it. Based on our rich experience I can say with certainty that the planned 3.5 million passengers per year is a very conservative estimate. It will probably grow even more in the coming period,'' said O'Brien, who visited Zagreb recently and announced some new Croatian routes and three more aircraft to be based there.

Ryanair were observing Zagreb for a very long time...

He added that the Croatian capital has been in Ryanair's focus for a long time now and that he is happy that they finally managed to open up a base here, not only the route, but also the base.

"We've long viewed Zagreb as Lufthansa's backyard because the fact is that, although there are other carriers, you actually have to use Lufthansa and its partners to go anywhere in Europe. Ryanair wants to change that and be a quality competition that will give Croatia's residents and passengers coming to Zagreb a much better and cheaper service,'' stated O’Brien.

He added that Ryanair currently has six routes to Croatia country this year - Zagreb, Zadar, Rijeka, Pula, Split, Dubrovnik, of which there are bases in Zagreb and Zadar where it holds three aircraft.

“We've opened more than 80 Croatian routes and created 180 direct jobs. This is a total investment of 600 million US dollars from Ryanair in Croatia, and all this without a single euro of any state subsidies from the government, unlike the 12 million euros that Croatia Airlines receives annually,'' he explained.

He added that Zagreb as an air destination differs from the other five in Croatia because it is the capital city, which is a model that, for airlines, means that it has a year-round interest in travel, and also that it can represent a short trip of just several days.

For the base in Zagreb itself, O'Brien pointed out that this is an investment totalling 300 million US dollars, given that three aircraft are or will be based there, each worth about 100 million dollars

"We've remained in operation throughout the entire coronavirus pandemic and our aircraft occupancy is solid, standing at over 85 percent. However, the emergence of the Omicron strain has led to certain disorders - France and Germany previously banned arrivals from the United Kingdom, Morocco banned arrivals from many European countries, and many other European countries introduced their own individual travel restrictions.

Therefore, we had to temporarily reduce the number of flights by about 30 percent, which was followed by reductions in flights related to Zagreb, but we expect a recovery from March onwards and that in the summer of 2022, we should reach 100 million passengers,'' assured David O 'Brien.

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