Ryanair has revised its flight schedule for the 2021 summer season and has suspended sales on a number of international routes, including routes to Croatian airports.
The Irish low-cost airline has withdrawn from sale as many as 15 international routes to Croatia for the summer of 2021. These are lines to Pula, Rijeka, Zadar and Split, reports the portal Croatian Aviation.
Until the beginning of November, Ryanair had Berlin-Pula and Vienna-Split routes on sale, but they have been withdrawn from sale and it is currently not possible to buy tickets on these well-known Irish airlines for next year's summer flight schedule. Next summer, Ryanair will operate on several lines to Pula and one to Split (from Dublin).
Two long-standing lines to Rijeka are no longer for sale
The company currently offers only one line to Rijeka Airport for the summer of 2021. This is the Frankfurt Hahn - Rijeka line, which also operated this summer season. There are currently no lines from London and Brussels to Rijeka on sale for the next summer season, while the long-standing line Stockholm - Rijeka was canceled earlier. According to the currently available flight schedule, the just mentioned line from Frankfurt Hahn to Rijeka will be in traffic.
As many as 11 lines to Zadar were withdrawn from sale
Zadar Airport had, as we have written several times, big announcements from Ryanair and partner company Laudamotion for the summer season of 2020. Due to the outbreak of the pandemic, most of the previously announced routes were not launched, and the company offered all the lines for sale for the next summer season, thus leaving space for aircraft bases in Zadar and great expansion in the Croatian market.
At the beginning of November, Ryanair withdrew 11 lines from Zadar for sale next year. “Ryanair obviously has no plans to base the aircraft in Zadar next year. It is even more surprising that there are no flights from Dublin and London to Zadar, these two lines did not operate this summer either, and in previous years this company had an excellent occupancy on these lines and ticket prices were often high, especially in the peak season”Point out from the Croatian Aviation portal.
A big blow for our tourism, but as always, the main word is always the market, ie demand. Ryanair will react quickly if there is a great demand for Croatia next year, especially in this coronavirus pandemic, when no rules apply and it is difficult to plan anything in the future.
Can Croatia do something about it? It can certainly generate demand through targeted promotion. We also know that next year communication, transparency and clear Covid19 protocols will play a key role in the perception of security. Of course, with a stable epidemiological situation as a first prerequisite.
In any case, we will have to wait until January until the final flight schedule for Croatia for the summer of 2021.