Flight Cancellations in Croatia: Ryanair Postpones Zadar Base until 2021

Daniela Rogulj

March 13, 2020 – Ryanair confirmed today (March 13, 2020) that its planned summer base in Zadar has been canceled due to the worsening situation with the COVID-19 virus and increased travel bans by the Government.

The base, which Lauda should manage on behalf of Ryanair, will now be delayed until the summer of 2021, reports Zadarski.hr.

“Ryanair regrets that the decision will result in a series of canceled flights. All affected passengers received email cancellation notifications. Concerned travelers will be able to choose between a full refund or a travel voucher that can be used on Ryanair flights within the next 12 months,” an official statement said.

“Ryanair continues to adhere fully to the guidelines of the WHO and national governments to ban travel. The situation is changing daily and all passengers on flights affected by travel bans or cancellations have received emails and are offered flight changes, full refunds, or travel bonuses,” added Ryanair.

“Ryanair apologizes sincerely to all our customers and our dear travelers for these disruptions caused by the COVID-19 virus and the government-imposed restrictions,” they concluded.

To clarify, only passengers that have received notification that their flight is canceled are affected. If you have not received an email from Ryanair, there is no reason to panic. Flights booked for music festivals this summer, like Hideout, are still scheduled.

The Irish low-cost carrier officially notified Zadar Airport on Friday afternoon, when spokesperson Nikola Barac commented on the news for Zadarski.hr.

“Zadar Airport was informed by Ryanair that unfortunately, flights on individual routes were canceled due to the coronavirus. About 150 flights to multiple destinations have been canceled. The most canceled flights are from Dublin, London, Brussels and Stockholm, while some routes such as Vienna, Prague, Gothenburg, Dusseldorf and Karlsruhe depart according to the scheduled flight in late March and early April,” confirmed Barac.

The international flight season begins when Ryanair’s summer flight schedule launches on March 29. This year, they announced connections to as many as 32 destinations, of which 12 are new.

“The effect of canceled flights on Zadar Airport traffic will range to about 25,000 arriving passengers or about 50 percent of traffic in April,” Barac said about how Zadar airport will suffer due to the cancellation of flights.

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