New flights to Rijeka

After months of negotiations Ryan Air has confirmed that it will commence services to the sea side town of Rijeka (pictured above), located in North-Western Croatia. The world’s largest low cost airline will commence seasonal services to Rijeka’s Airport, located on the island of Krk, from April 1, 2009 and will operate there until the winter season which begins in late October. The flights will operate from London and Birmingham twice a week. This will bring the total number of flights to the UK from Rijeka to 4 times a week as two flights are operated by Croatia Airlines to London-Heathrow. More specific details about Ryan Air’s plans to Rijeka will be known when Rijeka Airport authorities sign an agreement with Ryan Air. The airport authorities are hoping that the low cost airline will introduce more flights in the near future. The German airline TUIfly has also announced it will be increasing flights to Rijeka next year.

Rijeka Airport has seen a major decrease in passenger numbers this year. In the month of September alone the airport saw a drop of 35% while October figures, which should be released within the next few days, are also expected to see decreasing numbers.