Ryanair chief to unveil new Zagreb base development
Ryanair Group CEO Michael O’Leary will hold a press conference in Zagreb on Tuesday afternoon where he is expected to announce the company’s latest growth plans for the Croatian capital. Its group member, Lauda Europe, currently has two planes based in the city, with a third due to be parked in December, when eight additional new destinations are launched. As reported last week, Mr O’Leary is expected to release a new set of route launches for next year as the airline aims to have up to forty destinations from its base in Zagreb. The carrier will have 24 points in Europe from the Croatian capital by the end of the year, based on its existing plans.
The low-cost airline has already started modifying its operations planned for the next summer season, which will begin at the end of March 2022. It plans to introduce an additional weekly flight to Charleroi and Weeze, totaling five and three weekly rotations respectively. The carrier previously noted: “Ryanair is a pretty opportunistic company and there are a lot of places we don’t fly and people ask why. We have a lot of places where we could put our capacity and there is a gap. market for us, and one of them was Zagreb. What you have here is that an airport needs passengers and they put an incentive there through their fixed costs. they get passengers, the more efficient they are and the more sources of income they get. That’s how everything works. Coercing is not the right way to do it. “
Speaking at the airline’s annual general meeting yesterday, Mr O’Leary said: âRyanair has opened ten new bases across Europe this year as we work with airport partners to help them recover traffic and jobs after Covid, and seize slot opportunities that are being released by competing airlines that have collapsed or have significantly reduced their fleet size. âHe added:â Alone Ryanair has taken advantage of this crisis to place significantly increased orders for aircraft, to expand our airport partnerships and to ensure lower operating costs so that we can pass even lower fares on to our customers, so that with our airport partners, we can recover strongly from the Covid pandemic and generate higher than expected growth in traffic and employment in the five p next years. Ryanair accelerates its post-Covid growth, as opportunities open up at major and secondary airports across Europe, particularly when incumbent carriers have failed or downsized their fleets due to Covid and corporate aids. ‘State”.