As Poslovni Dnevnik/Darko Bicak writes, Zagreb has been on Ryanair’s wish list for years now, and the new incentives of Zagreb International Airport for the arrival of new low-budget operators to the Croatian capital were an opportunity for this well-known and wildly popular Irish company to open a base in Zagreb, which we have reported on extensively.
“The first line starts operating in June, and the Zagreb base will be operational from September. We plan to base two aircraft, the A320 aircraft of our partner company Laude. We’re extremely satisfied with the booking on all lines to and from Zagreb. What’s interesting is that as much as 90 percent of these bookings are made by foreigners, with the top three countries being Belgium, Sweden and Italy. Only 10 percent of the total booking is made up of passengers from Croatia. In addition, 70 percent of the reserved tickets refer to a planned period of stay in Zagreb which is shorter than four days, which justifies our claim about Zagreb being a city break destination,” they said from Ryanair.
They added that by the summer of 2022, they plan to have about 40 flights from Zagreb, and one of them could be to Dublin, which is a popular tourist and business centre for many Croats. Ryanair still plans to have a seasonal base in the Dalmatian city of Zadar, where it will now base two aircraft instead of the previous one plane, and open a number of new routes. Currently, the most significant bookings towards Zadar come from the markets of Poland, Sweden and Germany.
Seasonal routes to Pula, Split and Dubrovnik are set to continue, which means that the largest European airline will fly to five Croatian cities this summer season. Although in the previous period they flew to Rijeka and Osijek, so far they have no plans with these two destinations.
The Ryanair Zagreb flights have delighted many who want to see the capital’s tourism picture changed and have much cheaper access to travel to other European cities without having to pay an extortionate amount for very little.
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