Ryanair has announced eleven new Zadar, Croatia, routes for 2020, including a twice weekly service fom Cork Airport.

Commencing in April 2020, the twice weekly service is the second new route revealed by Ryanair for its extended summer schedule next year, with Katowice, Poland already announced.

Ryanair’s Zadar schedule comprises of 31 routes in total, including 11 new destinations such as Aarhus and Riga. Ryanair’s Zadar summer 2020 schedule will be operated by a new Lauda base, and will deliver 672,000 customers p.a. and support more than 500 jobs at Zadar Airport this year.

Head of Aviation and Commercial Development at Cork Airport, Brian Gallagher, said: “Ryanair is the fastest growing airline at Cork Airport and we are delighted to see them expand their base further in 2020. The addition of a new summer route to Zadar in Croatia offers another exciting destination to our scheduled European network next year, with Zadar being the oldest continuously inhabited city in Croatia and located on the Adriatic Sea.”

Cork Airport is set to enter its fifth consecutive year of growth in 2020, with passenger numbers forecasted to rise by a further 5%. This year, 2.6m passengers travelled through the airport, up 8% on 2018. There are over 50 routes on offer from Cork Airport to the UK and Continental Europe, along with multiple daily long-haul connections worldwide through major European hub airports served from Cork.

Ryanair’s Eimear Ryan added: “Ryanair is pleased to launch a new Cork route to Zadar in Croatia, commencing in April, which will operate twice weekly as part of our Cork summer 2020 schedule. Customers in Cork can now book flights to Zadar as far out as October 2020.”

Ryanair’s passenger numbers at Cork Airport are forecast to rise by 23% this year, the largest increase among all Irish airports. This winter, Ryanair are operating five new services from Cork to Alicante, Budapest, Malta, Katowice and Poznań. The twice-weekly brand-new winter service to Katowice has been extended into summer 2020. The airline also launched a twice-weekly service to Naples, Italy in the summer.

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