Ryanair subsidiary Lauda will open a base in Zadar during the 2020 summer season by initially stationing three Airbus A320 aircraft and launching a range of new routes. In total, the carrier will maintain flights to 31 cities from Zadar. These include some routes previously operated by Ryanair. The new services from Zadar include Aarhus, Beauvais, Bremen, Cork, Hamburg, Kaunas, Maastricht, Riga, Liverpool, Toulouse, Vienna and Wroclaw. The majority of the services will be introduced from early May. The three A320s were originally planned to be based in Palma, however, the airline said it wanted to strongly focus on the tourism sector in Croatia instead, noting that the country been a highly sought after holiday destination.
Lauda’s CEO, Andreas Gruber, said "Croatia is one of the most popular destinations for summer holidays by the sea. Every year the country records further growth, but from many regions, the range of flights is quite thin and often expensive. We offer an unbeatable value for money on 31 routes to and from Zadar, enabling passengers to enjoy unforgettable but affordable beach holidays in Croatia. The local economy will also benefit greatly because together with our parent company Ryanair we will bring many thousands of travellers to Zadar. This not only safeguards jobs, but also creates many incriminating jobs in Croatia". A number of the destinations to be launched out of Zadar will be served by Lauda for the first time.