|Zagreb and Ljubljana on the up|
Zagreb Airport’s one month downturn has come to an end with the airport recording passenger growth in April. Croatia’s busiest airport welcomed 192.443 passengers, an increase of 3.1% compared to the same month last year. This is despite the fact that the number of operated flights to and from the airport fell significantly, from 3.526 last year to 3.110 this April, or a decrease of 11.8%. Overall, Zagreb Airport has handled 621.947 passengers so far this year, down just 1%. The airport will hope to overturn those results this May with the launch of KLM Cityhopper’s new service from Amsterdam and additional new fights which will commence in June.
Meanwhile, construction work on Zagreb’s new multi million euro passenger terminal is ongoing with work said to be ahead of schedule. The foundations of the future terminal building have now been largely laid. So far, some 35.000 cubic metres of land has been dug up, 10.000 acres of forest have been removed and old military structures have been demolished. Some 120 construction workers are currently on the site with more to join as work intensifies with the onset of summer.
On the other hand, Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport recorded strong growth in the first quarter, aided primarily by Adria Airways but also by a strong showing from Turkish Airlines. Slovenia’s busiest airport handled 249.411 passengers, an increase of 12.9% compared to the same period last year. Of those, the Slovenian national carrier welcomed 163.605 passengers on board its aircraft, up 10.6% on last year, while Turkish Airlines saw its figures soar by 52.6%. On the other hand, Air France suffered the greatest decline in passenger numbers. Flights to and from London, operated by both easyJet and Wizz Air (albeit from different airports), were most popular, followed by Frankfurt, Istanbul, Munich and Zurich. Adria Airways was the busiest airline out of Ljubljana, followed by easyJet, Turkish Airlines, Wizz Air, Air France, Air Serbia and Montenegro Airlines. Apart from the abovementioned Air France, which suffered the greatest passenger decline on its Ljubljana flights, easyJet and Montenegro Airlines also saw their figures tumble while Wizz Air handled similar numbers to last year.