A more common sight in Pula this summerPula Airport has managed to secure a new service, to be operated by Europe’s largest low cost airline Ryanair. The new flights from Frankfurt Hahn to Pula will accompany the already existing seasonal service between London Stansted Airport and Pula. Airport authorities hope that the new flights will turn around what has been a disastrous 2009 and preliminary figures for January 2010 show that the negative trend is continuing. In 2009, the number of passengers handled by Pula Airport decreased by almost 21% compared to 2008. On the other hand, Zadar, which has seen an influx of flights operated by Ryanair saw its passenger numbers soar by 35%.
The new service between Frankfurt and Pula will commence on May 3. Tickets are already on sale. Flight details can be found on the right hand side in the new route launched section. Airport authorities stated that they are negotiating with Russian carriers to commence services to the seaside town during the summer season. Meanwhile, Pula Airport is carrying out modest renovations to its facilities. It has installed a new security system, upgraded its check in desks and is upgrading its departure hall facilities and shops. The management plans to expand the terminal building however such major projects will have to wait for some better times.