Ryanair Announces 9 New Zagreb Routes On Day The Base Opens

Ryanair today announced another major expansion out of Zagreb Airport, serving the capital of Croatia. The news comes on the same day that Ryanair opened its base in Zagreb for the very first time today.

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Ryanair announced a major expansion out of Zagreb today, on the same day that it opened its base there. Photo: Getty Images

Ryanair opens Zagreb base and announces more routes

Today, Friday 23rd July, Ryanair opened a new base in Zagreb Airport (ZAG), launching flights to Gothenburg (GOT), Rome Ciampino (CIA), and London Stansted (STN) via its subsidiary airline, Lauda Europe.

One Lauda Airbus A320 is already based in Zagreb, to operate flights to these three destinations as well as to Sofia starting in August. The second A320 will arrive in time for Ryanair to launch a further nine routes out of Zagreb Airport in early September.

But that is not all: today, Ryanair announced in a press conference that it will have one more round of route launches from Zagreb Airport this year, in December. Lauda Europe will station yet another Airbus A320 there and launch a further nine routes.

Ryanair is aggressively expanding in Zagreb Airport – this winter it will overtake Croatia Airlines by number of routes offered. Photo: Getty Images

Nine new routes announced today

To mark the opening of its Zagreb Lauda base, Ryanair hyped up the attention of the national and regional media by announcing nine more route launches for December 2021. Some of the routes are highly surprising.

The new destinations, launching between 1st and 17th December, are as follows:

  • Malaga (AGP)
  • Manchester (MAN)
  • Dublin (DUB)
  • Thessaloniki (SKG)
  • Paphos (PFO)
  • Eindhoven (EIN)
  • Basel (Mulhouse-Freiburg) (BSL)
  • Malta (MLA)
  • Naples (NAP)

All routes will operate with Lauda Europe’s Airbus A320 aircraft and all routes are year-round.

Every single one of these new routes is a brand new route for Zagreb Airport with the exception of Dublin, where Ryanair will compete directly with Croatia Airlines for the very first time.

With these new routes, Ryanair now has a greater network out of Zagreb than Croatia’s national airline, Croatia Airlines, which has so far not done anything to respond to Ryanair’s arrival in Zagreb.

Ryanair Announces 9 New Zagreb Routes On Day The Base Opens
Lauda Europe aircraft will operate 25 routes out of Zagreb by the end of 2021. Photo: Getty Images

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Ryanair is rapidly expanding in Zagreb

Before today’s expansion, Ryanair had, up until now, announced 16 brand new routes from Zagreb Airport. Two launched earlier this summer: Milan Bergamo (BGY) and Brussels Charleroi (CRL).

A further three started today: London Stansted (STN), Rome Ciampino (CIA), and Gothenburg (GOT). This was earlier than had originally been planned.

Another one will start on 3rd August: Sofia (SOF).

In September, a second Lauda Europe Airbus A320 will be based in Zagreb and nine more routes will be launched between 1st and 4th September: Oslo Sandefjord (TRP), Karlsruhe / Baden Baden (FKB), Paris Beauvais (BVA), Memmingen (FMM), Frankfurt Hahn (HHN), Dortmund (DTM), Podgorica (TGD), Malmo (MMX), and Dusseldorf Weeze (NRN).

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