Industrial action impacts on Zagreb Airport’s performance
While Croatia’s coastal airports saw record passenger numbers in May, Zagreb Airport was most affected by the eight day Croatia Airlines strike which also impacted on operations over the May Day public holiday. Last month, Zagreb Airport handled 205.469 passengers, down 4.4% on last year’s 214.960 passengers. Since Croatia Airlines cancelled a significant number of services from the country’s capital, the volume of arriving and departing flights was also down by 5.6%, standing at 1.712. Despite the downturn in May, so far this year, Zagreb Airport has welcomed 833.640 travellers, an increase of 2.8% compared to the same period last year.
It is believed numbers will pick up in June in the run up to Croatia’s entry into the European Union. Furthermore, a strong summer tourist season is expected in the country which will further boost travel in July. As was reported recently, the construction of Zagreb Airport’s new terminal is scheduled to commence in September, following the summer rush. Zagreb Airport remains Croatia’s busiest airport, followed by Dubrovnik with 322.877 passengers and Split on 288.760. Zadar Airport has been the country’s star performer of 2013 thanks to Ryanair which has based an aircraft in the city. The airport has recorded passenger growth of just over 30% this year.
Within the former Yugoslavia, little has changed on the airport leader board. Belgrade Airport remains the busiest in the EX-YU region, followed by Zagreb and Pristina Airport in third place which, together with Skopje Airport, is recording strong growth this year. With 230.790 passengers handled in the first five months, Sarajevo Airport is also gearing up for a strong year with growth exceeding 14% so far.