Second millionth passenger arrives as CEO gets the sack
On Friday, Zagreb Airport welcomed its second millionth passenger of the year, a day ahead of 2011. The lucky passenger, Dražen Ilinčić, was heading onto a Lufthansa flight bound for Berlin. Apart from vouchers provided by Croatia’s busiest airport, the passenger also received two return tickets to Germany’s capital from Lufthansa. Zagreb Airport has seen passenger numbers rise on international services, however, has recorded a slump in numbers on domestic flights. The airport is set to end the year as the second busiest in the former Yugoslavia, maintaining its position from last year. A busy winter is ahead as SkyWork Airlines launches flights from Bern tomorrow while British Airways will be inaugurating services from Heathrow in December.
Meanwhile, the Croatian government has appointed a new CEO for Zagreb Airport. Miroslav Drljača will replace Tonči Peović at the helm. Peović, who was brought in from Dubrovnik Airport, says, “Minister Siniša Hajdaš Dončić has the right to choose who will run Zagreb Airport, though the rule is not to change a driver during a race if he is achieving good results. It is odd that that just before the start of the concession project at Zagreb Airport, the man who made the concession possible and was brought in to make it happen is replaced”. The terms of the concession were altered on Friday by the management board, though it is unknown what kind of changes were made. Peović hopes that his sacking won’t cause problems with concessionaire Aéroports de Paris, which is expected to build a new terminal at Zagreb next year, though he is sure it will impact relations with other potential partners.
The new CEO, Miroslav Drljača, ran the cargo sector at Zagreb Airport until recently. He is said to be in close relations with the governing Social Democratic Party and voiced his opposition to the concession with Aéroports de Paris.