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Ryanair opens a new Zadar base for summer ‘21

Written by: Zadar Airport.

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Ryanair Boeing 737-800


Ryanair, Europe’s No.1 airline, announced today (30 Mar) it will reopen Zadar base this summer, with two based aircraft, 78 weekly flights across 37 routes including 17 new routes, connecting Zadar to international destinations across Europe, from July 2021. This new base will boost air traffic and tourism industry in the region as vaccination continues and Europe re-opens in time for the summer holiday season.

Ryanair’s Zadar Summer ‘21 schedule will deliver :

  • 2 based aircraft – a $200m investment
  • 78 weekly flights
  • 37 routes in total
  • 17 new routes (blue marked in timetable below)
  • Connections to popular city break destinations Rome, Paris, Bergamo, Edinburgh, Budapest and many more

Croatian consumers can now book their summer holidays with even lower fares and with the option to avail of Ryanair’s zero change fee should plans change. 

Ryanair’s CEO, Eddie Wilson said:

As vaccination rollout programmes continue in the coming months, air traffic is set to soar this summer and we are delighted to announce the opening of a base in Zadar this July. With two based aircraft and 37 routes (17 new), our Croatian customers have a a host of popular European destinations to choose from this summer for a much-deserved break. 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."

Minister of Tourism and Sports, Nikolina Brnjac said:

The airline industry is of strategic importance for the tourism sector. So, the news that Ryanair is reopening its base in Zadar brings us much joy. Especially since it will connect Croatia with as much as 37 European destinations. In preparation for the upcoming tourism season, Croatia is systematically tackling all the epidemiological segments to satisfy health and safety protocols and conditions for the entry and stay of our guests. The possibilities are open when enabling the crossing of borders with a proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, recovered from COVID-19 or received a negative test result, approved by the EU whether PCR or antigen tests. It is a new step further in establishing all the necessary conditions so Croatia could readily welcome its guests and have a successful tourism season.”

Zadar airport’s Director, Josip Klišmanić:

In the last 14 years Ryanair is Zadar Airports' most important partner. Coming back with the base and 37 routes, out of which 17 are new routes, in these challenging times in which we must fight for every passenger is not just good news, it is a confirmation of our excellent cooperation with Ryanair. We hope that it will remain on such level in the future.”

Zadar Region Tourist Board ‘s Managing Director, Mihaela Kadija said:

The opening of the base and connection to 37 destinations once again confirms the success of the long-standing partnership between Ryanair and Zadar. This cooperation is extremely important especially in this challenging and demanding year. After Zadar Region finished last season above all expectations and above the competition, showing that we have a great product and loyal markets, we believe that with this air connectivity, we can count on success in this difficult year. We expect that after the pandemic begins to calm down, travel will be more desirable than ever and many tourists will want to, and thanks to Ryanair, be able to visit Zadar and the Region and enjoy their well-deserved vacation. Ryanair recognized the tourism of Zadar County back in 2007, and to this day it has certainly contributed to the recognition of our destination. Therefore, this is a great opportunity to thank all the participants for the cooperation to which they contributed and enabled this extremely important project for tourism in Zadar County to live continuously for 14 years.“