According to news from Ryanair, Croatia will invest some 1.4 million euros in order for budget airline to set up a base in Zadar. Scheduled to open in April 2013, it is thought the base will afford Croatian tourism a shot in the arm ROI wise.
Accordingly, the Croatian Tourism Association will divvy up 50 percent of the sum, while local authorities are to throw in the remaining funds needed to set up the hub. With this addition, the 9 cities already served by Ryanair will be joined by Beauvais, Dublin, East Midlands, Gothenburg, Haugesund, Liverpool and Wroclaw. This will be Ryanair’s first base in the former Yugoslavia.
Local staff, the addition of ten more pilots, and the suggested influx of tourists all add up to a “win win” for Ryanair and Croatia. Zadar was selected because of the airport’s stellar performance among other Croatian destinations. More than 300,000 passengers arrived at Zadar in the last year.