Zadar - Croatia’s fastest growing airport in 2012
Several airports across Croatia have seen one of their best years on record. Over the summer of 2012, the country saw its best tourism results in history, helping boost passenger numbers at airports across the coast, with tourism revenue set to amount to seven billion euros by the end of the year. The airports in Split, Dubrovnik, Pula and Zadar have seen exceptional figures while Zagreb, Osijek and Rijeka have fallen short of expectations so far this year.
Split Airport is anticipating surpassing last year’s passenger record of just over 1.300.000 passengers. July and August 2012 were Split’s busiest months in history with 293.000 and 290.000 passengers handled respectively. During the first Saturday of August, the airport also surpassed its daily record by welcoming 25.291 passengers through its doors. With constant growth being recorded, Dubrovnik is also likely to surpass its 1987 passenger record when it saw 1.460.354 passengers. If so, it is expected to handle more passengers than Ljubljana Airport by the end of the year.
On the other hand, Zagreb Airport was affected by the bankruptcies of Malév, Spanair and Czech Connect Airlines, resulting in a decline in passenger numbers. However, figures have begun improving over the summer. Ryanair’s pull out of Osijek has hit the airport hard, with passenger numbers dwindling. Only 1.692 passengers were handled by the end of August.
Below you can review how Croatian airports performed from January until the end of August:
|Airport||Passengers JAN-AUG 2012||Passengers JAN-AUG 2011||Change (%)|
|Mali Lošinj||3.488||4.800||▼ 27.3|