Zadar becomes Ryanair’s 54th base
Ryanair has announced the opening of its first base in the former Yugoslavia and its 54th base overall. The low cost airline will launch flights from Zadar to Beauvais, Dublin, East Midlands, Gothenburg, Haugesund (Norway), Liverpool and Wroclaw. They will accompany the airline’s existing nine routes already served from Zadar on a seasonal summer basis, totalling to up to 68 weekly flights. Ryanair will station an aircraft in the city and will launch the new services in April 2013.
In a statement, Ryanair could not resist taking a swipe at its rival Croatia Airlines, “Croatian consumers/visitors can now beat the recession and escape Croatia Airlines’ high fares and fuel surcharging by switching to Ryanair’s lowest fares and our no fuel surcharge guarantee from Zadar to sixteen exciting European destinations, including Dublin, London and Paris, amongst others. Ryanair’s 300.000 passengers per year will sustain up to 300 “on site” jobs in Zadar”. During the summer months, Croatia Airlines serves Zadar from Zagreb, Pula, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich.
Furthermore, Ryanair is beefing up its operations across the country. It will launch flights to Rijeka from Weeze, Frankfurt-Hahn, Charleroi and Oslo-Rygge next year. Within the former Yugoslavia, Ryanair only operates flights to Croatia. For a short time it maintained services to Maribor in Slovenia as well. Last year the airline planned to launch flights to Montenegro but backed out after it failed to come to an agreement with local authorities. Ryanair becomes the third low cost airline to have a base in the former Yugoslavia, joining Belle Air Europe and Wizz Air. Belle Air Europe calls Priština its home while Wizz Air has bases in both Belgrade and Skopje.