Coastal airports outperform Zagreb in August
Zagreb Airport has recorded its third consecutive month of passenger decline. Croatia’s busiest airport welcomed 243.954 passengers in August, a decrease of 6.5% compared to last year’s 260.809 passengers. The number of operated flights to and from the airport decreased mildly, by 24 operations, from 1.884 last year to 1.860 in 2013. The decrease is being driven by several factors, primarily due to Croatia Airlines’ network reductions. However, following the country’s entry into the European Union, passenger numbers from Russia and Turkey have also been affected due to new European Union visa regulations. As a result, Aeroflot will reduce its daily flights from Moscow to Zagreb to four weekly this winter season.
So far this year, Zagreb Airport has welcomed 1.555.200 passengers, only a slight 1% decline compared to the same period last year. On the other hand, Croatia’s coastal airports outperformed Zagreb in August. Split Airport welcomed a record breaking 344.358 passengers, and thus secured its position as the second busiest airport in the former Yugoslavia in August. The numbers represent an 18.7% increase compared to the same month last year. So far in 2013 Split has handled 1.198.080 passengers, up 12.5%.
Other airports along the coast also did well. Dubrovnik Airport handled 293.983 passengers, an increase of 5.1%. So far this year Dubrovnik Airport has welcomed 1.117.759 passengers through its doors, an increase of 4.9% compared to the same period last year. Dubrovnik Airport has been the most vocal about Croatia Airlines’ planned network reductions which will hit the airport hard this winter. The national carrier plans to suspend flights from Dubrovnik to Frankfurt and Paris and reduce the number of frequencies between the coastal airport and Zagreb. However, the airport is on the verge of securing long haul flights. You will be able to read more about that in the coming days at EX-YU Aviation News.