Busy times for Croatia AirlinesCroatia Airlines saw its busiest July since the airline commenced operations 21 years ago. The Croatian carrier welcomed 236.890 passengers on board, up 4% or 9.100 passengers on the same month last year. A 24 hour record was set on July 23 when 8.161 boarded a Croatia Airlines flight. The average cabin load factor stood at 75.6%, up 2% on last year. During the month the airline welcomed its millionth passenger of the year, two days ahead of 2011.
The good results will kick start what has been a sluggish year for the carrier, passenger wise, as a bigger surge was expected in the first half of the year. Even better news for the airline’s management will be that it has reduced its net loss by 16% in the first half of 2012. It remains to be seen whether Croatia Airlines’ new CEO, Krešimir Kučko, will manage to maintain cost cutting measures while keeping passenger numbers on the up.
In the first seven months of the year, Croatia Airlines has welcomed 1.087.699 passengers, an increase of 2% compared to 2011. As a result, the airline has surpassed last year’s record figures. The average cabin load factor so far this year has stood at 66.4%, which is 1% better than 2011. A total of 83.7% of Croatia Airlines flights managed to depart on time (15 minute delay or less). The Croatian national carrier should not be fazed by any of its counterparts in the EX-YU region as it has already secured the title of being the busiest carrier in 2012.