Low-cost airline Ryanair will launch operations to Zagreb today, marking the start of its major expansion in the region, which will see it launch a record 41 new routes from the former Yugoslavia. The airline will open a seasonal base in Zadar next month and a year-round base in Zagreb at the end of August, introducing eighteen and fourteen new routes respectively. The carrier said it plans to expand its operations in Zagreb this winter with the parking of a third aircraft and the launch of additional new destinations. Elsewhere, Ryanair will also start new flights from Banja Luka, Tuzla, Niš, Pula and Podgorica.
Commenting on its upcoming expansion to Zagreb, Ryanair said: “We are delighted to have announced Zagreb and so many new connections. It is a very poorly served airport. Finally, low rates have arrived. We have made a good and sane trade deal with Zagreb so that we can grow even further. It’s positive for Zagreb, Ryanair and our crew who will be working there. Hopefully we will have even more roads launched in the summer of 2022 ”. The Zagreb Tourist Board noted: “The arrival of Ryanair in Zagreb is important for the development of tourism in the capital of Croatia and throughout the country. It makes sense to choose Zagreb as a year-round destination for a city vacation. We welcome every new airline that comes to Zagreb and we will be happy to see Ryanair line up among the other companies already flying to our city ”.
Ryanair will also add a new airport to its network of destinations in the former Yugoslavia with the introduction of flights from Tuzla. The carrier will begin two routes from the city starting in September. Tuzla Airport General Manager Esed Mujačić said: “We are delighted to welcome Ryanair to Tuzla as we strongly believe that the Canton of Tuzla and the whole market of Bosnia and Herzegovina deserve tariffs. even lower, which will now be available via the Ryanair network. . We thank the government of the Canton of Tuzla, the cantonal Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and Transport and the members of the Airport Supervisory Board for the support provided during the talks with Ryanair. We look forward to our cooperation with Ryanair and are delighted to be part of the airline’s long term expansion plans. We expect a strong, long and fruitful collaboration in the years to come to the satisfaction of passengers traveling to Tuzla airport. Increased connectivity and more cheap flights from Tuzla will create more local jobs and help the local economy recover from Covid-19 ”.