Split shines while Zagreb declines
Zagreb Airport has recorded its fourth consecutive month of passenger decline as the trend continued in July. The country’s entry into the European Union and increased traffic at the start of the month failed to improve Zagreb’s numbers. Croatia’s busiest airport welcomed 249.066 passengers during the month, down 4.1% compared to last year. The total number of flight operations amounted to 1.798, a decrease from last year’s 1.844, or a 2.5% decline. The numbers have been partially affected by Croatia Airlines’ network downsizing. So far this year, Zagreb Airport welcomed 1.311.154 passengers through its doors, still up 0.2% compared to the same period last year.
On the other hand, Split Airport has continued to post impressive numbers. The coastal airport has already handled more passengers within 24 hours than any other airport in the former Yugoslavia. In July alone, it saw an impressive 335.923 passengers use its services, up a significant 14.6% compared to last year. In the first seven months of 2013, a total of 853.714 passengers have been handled, up 11.7%. Yesterday, Split welcomed its millionth passenger for the year, nearly two weeks ahead of 2012. The millionth passenger was travelling on a Croatia Airlines flight to Vienna.
Zadar’s partnership with Ryanair has proved successful so far with the airport seeing a 22% boost in traffic this July. Zadar welcomed 92.466 passengers through its doors. On the other hand, Dubrovnik was the exception to the strong performance put in by coastal airports in July. It handled 277.080 passengers, a decrease of 0.8%. The numbers have been affected mostly by a sharp decline in passengers from Russia and Turkey, which have been hit by the country’s entry into the European Union. Despite the slip up, Dubrovnik Airport has handled 823.776 passengers so far this year and expects to see its millionth traveller of 2013 later this month.