Zagreb tops 2011 result
Zagreb Airport handled 2.342.309 passengers in 2012, just surpassing its 2011 result, thus making it its busiest year on record. The 2012 figure represents a 1% increase compared to the year before when the airport welcomed 2.319.098 passengers through its doors. On the other hand, the number of operated flights decreased from 21.180 in 2011 to 19.527 in 2012. The airport will hope for a big passenger boost in 2013 thanks to the country’s entry into the European Union this summer. In the past, new member states have seen a surge in air traffic in the year of entry.
Zagreb’s figures were boosted by a solid performance in December. Croatia’s busiest airport handled 145.761 passengers, an increase of 3.3%. As a result, the airport has secured its position as the second busiest airport in the former Yugoslavia.
Planned new look international departures area
Although the construction of its new terminal is on the rocks, Zagreb Airport has announced the upgrade of its international departures area. Tender procedures for the company to carry out the necessary improvements have begun. The 790.000 euro upgrade will include the refurbishment of cafes, shops and departure lounges. Zagreb Airport spokeswoman, Lidija Capković Martinek, says the upgrades are necessary due to new European Union regulations. Furthermore, some areas of the airport have not been upgraded in more than forty years. Tender procedures will last until January 31, after which construction work should commence.