Ryanair has finalised its 2023/24 winter season schedule for Croatia, with the carrier putting over 404.000 seats on sale to and from its Zagreb base from the end of October 2023 until the end of March 2024. Based on its published schedule, the budget carrier will discontinue operations from Zagreb to Podgorica, Sofia and Manchester. In a press release, the carrier did not address the cancellations, noting, “Ryanair has launched its biggest ever Winter ’23 schedule with over 404.000 seats for Croatia’s holidaymakers looking to soak up some winter sun with friends and family or simply looking to liven up the drearier winter months with some overseas adventures. Operating from the end of October ’23 to the end of March ’24, Ryanair’s Winter ’23 schedule offers an unbeatable choice of popular ski, Christmas market, seasonal shopping, city escape and winter sun destinations at the lowest fares in Europe”. The airline still reserves the right to change and modify its network.
Despite the discontinuation of a select number of routes, Ryanair will increase frequencies to several destinations for the upcoming winter when compared to the 2022/23 season. They include Malaga, Dublin, Gothenburg and Malta. Services to Malaga, Gothenburg and Malta will run three times per week compared to last year’s two, while operations to the Irish capital will increase from three to four weekly. On the other hand, Bergamo will be reduced from five to four weekly rotations. Frequencies on all other routes out of Zagreb remain unchanged compared to the 2022/23 winter season, with exception to Dortmund which was terminated this March. Services to Podgorica, Sofia and Manchester were all maintained twice per week last winter.
During the upcoming winter season, Ryanair will remain Zagreb’s second largest carrier by seat capacity, holding a market share of 21.5%, behind Croatia Airlines but ahead of Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines. Ryanair commenced operations to Podgorica in 2021. Prior to that the route was served by Croatia Airlines from 2008 until the summer of 2013. The low cost carrier also launched services to Sofia and Manchester in 2021, which were both unserved. Last year, Ryanair handled 28.745 passengers on its Podgorica service, 28.293 travellers on its Manchester flights and 21.049 passengers on its Sofia operations.