Zagreb Airport continues disappointing run
Zagreb Airport has recorded its sixth consecutive month of declining passenger numbers. In September, the airport welcomed 234.663 passengers, a decrease of 4% compared to last year’s 244.506 passengers. This is despite the fact the number of operated flights was almost the same as last year, with eight operations more than in September 2012. Despite a strong start to the year, Croatia’s busiest airport has failed to capitalise on the country’s recent entry into the European Union and has seen its numbers steadily decrease over the past half a year. During the first nine months of the year, Zagreb Airport handled 1.789.863 passengers, a decrease of 1.4% compared to the same period last year.
In contrast, airports across the Croatian coast are seeing record figures, primarily Split and Dubrovnik. While Split did see a small passenger decline of 1% in September, by handling 222.367 passengers, the airport has almost surpassed its end of year 2012 result. So far this year, Split has welcomed 1.420.571 passengers. In comparison, the airport handled 1.425.749 passengers for the whole of 2012.
On the other hand, Dubrovnik Airport saw 233.276 travellers pass through its doors in September, just over 1.000 passengers less than Zagreb. As a result, Dubrovnik’s numbers are up 0.8%. So far this year Dubrovnik has handled 1.351.035. Airlines have already begun selling tickets for new flights to the Croatian coast starting next summer season. Germanwings will launch flights from Berlin to Dubrovnik and Zadar as well as from Hamburg to Rijeka in April 2014. In addition, during the week, Thomas Cook announced the launch of flights from Brussels and Lille to Split next summer.