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New Routes of the Day (2 April 2024): Ryanair’s new routes from Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik new Ryanair Base

Ryanair opened a new seasonal base in Dubrovnik on the Croatian coast on 2 April, stationing two 737 MAX 8 aircraft and introducing the first of 17 new routes.

  • 2 April: Krakow (2-weekly)
  • 2 April: London STN (daily)
  • 2 April: Memmingen (2-weekly)
  • 2 April: Milan BGY (3-weekly)
  • 2 April: Krakow (2-weekly)
  • 2 April: Weeze (2-weekly)
  • 3 April: Berlin (2-weekly)
  • 3 April: Oslo TRF (2-weekly)
  • 3 April: Rome FCO (5-weekly)
  • 3 April: Stockholm ARN (2-weekly)
  • 3 April: Wroclaw (2-weekly)
  • 4 April: Brussels CRL (2-weekly)
  • 4 April: Manchester (2-weekly)
  • 5 April: Helsinki (2-weekly)
  • 5 April: Karlsruhe/Baden Baden (2-weekly)
  • 5 April: Paris BVA (2-weekly)
  • 5 April: Poznan (2-weekly)

The new additions to its network complement Ryanair’s existing seasonal operations from Dubrovnik to Dublin and Vienna. The ULCC faces competition on just five of the new routes: London STN (Jet2.com), Berlin (Eurowings), Rome FCO (Croatia Airlines and Vueling), Manchester (easyJet and Jet2.com), as well as Helsinki (Finnair and Norwegian).

What they said

Viktor Sober, General Manager of Dubrovnik Airport, said: “We are very pleased that Ryanair has opened its new base at Dubrovnik Rudjer Boskovic Airport with two of its aircraft, and I will use the opportunity to thank all our employees who have been actively working on this project in recent months and have done a superb job in cooperating with Ryanair. Now we have a challenging season ahead of us, which will probably be a record breaking one, and we have a lot of work to do.”

Jason McGuinness, Chef Commercial Officer at Ryanair, added: “Building on our bases in Zagreb and Zadar, Ryanair’s new base in Dubrovnik represents a further investment of 200 million US dollars, or a total of 800 million across the three bases in Croatia, creating more than 60 high-paying jobs for pilots and cabin crew, while also supporting more than 500 local jobs in Dubrovnik through our contribution to year-round tourism and connectivity.”

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Seasonal base with year-round flights

During S24, Ryanair has 450,000 seats available on its Dubrovnik flights, operating 54 weekly rotations from the Croatian coastal city. It represents a significant increase on the two seasonal routes the airline maintained from the airport over the past few years – Dublin and Vienna.

The airline has confirmed it plans to maintain operations out of Dubrovnik during W24/25 as well, with at least three routes to run on a year-round basis, one of which will be London STN, although the base itself will be operational only during the summer. Vienna and Dublin are expected to be the remaining two year-round destinations.

Dubrovnik Airport to overturn passenger decline

Dubrovnik Airport has struggled to reach its pre-pandemic passenger figures, despite most of Croatia’s airports doing so already in 2023. This has primarily been the result of the slow return of tourists from Asia, particularly markets such as South Korea, China, and Singapore.

Dubrovnik Airport handled 75,370 passengers during Q1 2024, down 8.3% on the same period last year, as well as a decrease of 36.1% on the pre-pandemic 2019. However, with the launch of Ryanair’s new seasonal base, Dubrovnik Airport is projected to overtake its 2019 passenger record when it handled 2,896,227 travellers.

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