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article imageFlights to Croatia: New Route from East Midlands to Zadar

By Paul Bradbury     Dec 3, 2011 in Travel
There is improved access to Croatia's Adriatic coast as Ryanair announces new routes from East Midlands to Zadar, north of Split, for 2012
Leading Irish budget airline Ryanair has announced six new routes from East Midlands airport for 2012, according to a BBC report on December 1, 2011.
New Flight from East Midlands to Zadar
In addition to flights to Corfu, Rhodes, Almeira, Barcelona and Chania on Crete, Ryanair will also be flying direct to the Dalmatian coastal city of Zadar, 100km north of Split, which has become an important airport in Croatia for the budget airline since it began operations in the country several years ago.
The long-standing Stansted to Zadar route has been a popular way for tourists to access the Croatian coast, as direct connections from the UK to the Dalmatian coast have not always been easy, and Zadar's proximity to Split makes it a viable alternative for travellers wanting to visit Croatia's idyllic islands, such as Hvar, which was recently named Lonely Planet's number 5 destination for 2011.
Indeed, Zadar is Ryanair's only destination, with the more popular entry points of Split and Dubrovnik catered for by an array of rival cheaper airlines, including easyJet and Wizzair. Ryanair's only other Croatian connections currently is from London Stansted to the northern coastal town of Pula.
Increased Popularity of Croatia with UK Tourists
The new route is good news for tourists based further north of the capital, and it comes at a time of growing interest in the former Yugoslav republic. Online booking agency, Skyscanner, announced earlier this year that Croatia was in the top ten European destinations for British tourists, as measured by ticket sales, while Sunday Times readers have been busy showing their appreciation for the country's tourism offer, voting its beaches the third best in Europe, and the island of Hvar in the world's top 25 islands.
No date for the commencement of flights on the new route have been announced yet.
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