Monday, July 13, 2009

No recovery

Zadar Airport passenger terminal
As the global financial crisis continues to bite into the aviation industry, airports in Croatia have not reported improvement when it comes to the volume of passengers at their airports in the month of June. The only airports which have improved on their June 2008 results are Zadar, which is reporting exceptional growth, and Osijek.

Croatia’s largest airport, Zagreb, saw passenger numbers decline by 6.9% compared to the same month last year. Transiting passengers also declined by 78%. In total in June 182.342 passengers passed through Zagreb Airport in June, compared to 195.817 in June 2008. Split’s traffic is down by 11.6% with aircraft operation also down by 2.9% when compared to last June. It had a total of 108.351 passengers. Pula, which started the year off strongly, is the biggest loser in the month of June. The airport saw a decline of nearly 18% in passenger terms when compared to June 2008. Despite aircraft operations increasing by an impressive 5.6%, it wasn’t enough to lure more passengers than it did last year. It had a total of 23.712 passengers last month. Rijeka is reporting a decline of 11.7% while Dubrovnik was also unable to escape the negative trend and reported a 5.3% decrease when compared to June 2008.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom. Zadar Airport continues with its impressive run of results by reporting a 16.6% passenger growth in June 2009. The airport handled 17.029 passengers compared to 14.604 in June 2008. Aircraft operations increased by 2.8%. Despite reporting a decline in aircraft operations of 5.2%, Osijek Airport managed to improve on last June’s results and reported a 1% passenger growth.

Passenger figures at Croatian airports:
· January
· February
· March
· April
· May

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