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Ryanair plans 30+ routes from Zagreb next summer


Ryanair will offer more flights from Zagreb next year. The airline want to fly to over 30 places in the summer of 2024, which is more than the 27 they flew to this year. Ryanair’s Chief Commercial Officer, Jason McGuinness, said, “Last year, we took about 900,000 people on our Zagreb flights. This year, it will be about 1.2 million, and we want to keep growing in Zagreb. We’re helping connect people, boost the economy, and bring in tourists. We had almost 30 places you could fly to from Zagreb this summer, to be exact, 27, and we’re trying to make it over 30 for summer 2024. We’re working with Huseyin [Bahadir Bedir, Zagreb Airport General Manager] and his team because Ryanair is the only airline in Europe that’s growing while keeping fares low and costs down.”

Ryanair will continue to operate flights to 19 destinations this upcoming winter season, starting on October 29, 2023. They will increase the number of flights on seven routes. Specifically, they will add two more weekly flights, making it a total of four, for both Malaga and Malta. Additionally, there will be an extra service to Dublin, making it a total of four flights. For Basel, Beauvais, Gothenburg, and Memmingen, the frequency will be increased from two to three flights per week.

It’s worth mentioning that these changes don’t include the additional flights that will be available on most routes during the two-week Christmas holiday period. Ryanair will also commence operations to Lanzarote. Ryanair’s Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. McGuinness, mentioned, “Our busiest routes out of Zagreb are London Stansted, Bergamo, and Dublin. This winter schedule, which is a record for us, will be operated using Ryanair’s three aircraft based in Zagreb, representing a $300 million investment.”

When asked about the recent dispute regarding the increase in fees at Zagreb Airport earlier this year, Ryanair’s Chief Commercial Officer commented, “We are content with the conditions at Zagreb, although any rise in fees does impact our expenses, which we strive to keep to a minimum.” While Mr. McGuinness didn’t provide specific details about potential new routes from Zagreb, it’s worth noting that the airport has recently introduced an incentive program for airlines, aiming to establish connections between the city and several major European capitals.

Routes eligible for these incentives include flights to Prague, Tallinn, Berlin, Budapest, Riga, Vilnius, Luxembourg, Stockholm (Arlanda or Skavsta airports), Tirana, Pristina, Reykjavik, Tbilisi, Kiev (once Ukrainian airspace reopens), Chisinau, and Yerevan.

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