Published on April 1st, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer0
Ryanair Announces New Zagreb Base
Ryanair has announced a new base in the Croatian city of Zagreb. They will base two aircraft operating 36 weekly flights on twelve new routes. The new base will boost air traffic and the tourism industry in the region as vaccination programmes continue and Europe re-opens in time for the summer holiday season. Ryanair expects to employ up to sixty people locally for the new base which will open in September. The new routes will be operated to Paris Beauvais, London Stansted, Rome Ciampiano, Bergamo, Brussels Charleroi, Frankfurt Hahn, Memmingen, Karlsruhe, Dortmund, Gothenburg, Podgorica and Oslo Torp. The Stansted route will be a daily service with the others operated up to three times per week initially. The based aircraft will be two Airbus A320 aircraft so the base will be operated by Ryanair Group subsidiary Lauda Air.
Speaking about the new base opening, Ryanair CEO Eddie Wilson said, “We are delighted to launch a new Croatian base which represents a $200m investment at Zagreb. This development will create over 60 direct jobs and offer our Croatian customers a host of European hotspots to choose from this summer, including popular destination such as Rome, Milan, Paris and London. Mindful that Covid restrictions change regularly, customers can now book flights for a well-deserved break knowing that if they need to postpone or change their travel dates, they can do so up to two times with a zero-change fee until the end of October 2021.”
On Wednesday, 31st March, Boeing announced that the FAA has approved the Boeing 737-8200, the newest version of the MAX. Ryanair has 210 of these aircraft on order for their group of airlines. The first deliveries are expected in April when EASA approved this variant of the Boeing 737. Ryanair is due to take delivery of eight in April and a further eight in May. The aircraft will be spread across the fleets of Ryanair, Buzz and Malta Air.