Passenger numbers decrease at Zagreb AirportZagreb Airport has recorded its fifth consecutive month of sliding passenger numbers. However, the good news is that the rate of decline has slowed. In April, Croatia’s busiest airport welcomed 187.974 passengers, down 1.6% compared to last year’s 191.032. The figure can be explained by the sharp fall in the number of operated flights. There were a total of 3.292 departures and arrivals, a decrease of 10.3%. Zagreb has lost two airlines this year - Malev and Spanair, while easyJet discontinued its Dortmund flights. On the other hand, the airport has attracted new arrivals such as Qatar Airways and British Airways, with the latter expected to launch services during the winter.
In the first four months of the year, Zagreb Airport welcomed 590.564 passengers, down just over 4% compared to last year. Most airports across the country saw a record breaking 2011. Croatia’s second busiest airport, Split, has also seen its numbers decrease by over 5% this year while Dubrovnik has recorded a moderate increase of just over 2%. On the other hand, Osijek Airport, which is suffering both financial and managerial problems, has felt the full impact of Ryanair’s pull out. Numbers have so far plunged over 90% on last year. After a disastrous few years, Rijeka is back reporting strong figures.
Later on in the month April results for all of Croatia’s airports will be published. Visit tomorrow to read what went down at the meeting between the CEOs of the national carriers of the former Yugoslavia, which was held in Budva. The topic at hand was closer cooperation with discussion of a possible merger.