|Split Airport records strongest month on record|
Croatia’s three busiest airports have all put in a strong performance in July with Split Airport breaking new records. The country’s busiest airport, Zagreb, handled 260.783 passengers, an increase of 4.7% compared to the same month last year. As a result, Zagreb achieved its fourth consecutive month of passenger growth. The improved performance comes despite a decline in the number of flights operated to and from the airport. A total of 3.560 flight operations were recorded, down from 3.596 the year before. Overall, Zagreb Airport has handled 1.344.489 passengers so far this year, up 2.5% on the same period last year.
Over on the Croatian coast, Split Airport saw its busiest month on record. The airport welcomed an impressive 388.899 passengers in July. The result represents an increase of 15.8% compared to July 2013. On Saturday, the airport broke both its 24-hour passenger record, as well as the national record, handling 27.000 travellers in a single day. It recorded 220 arriving a departing jets flying to fifty destinations in 25 different countries. On Saturday, Mate Melvan, Split Airport’s Operations Director, said the airport is expected to handle its millionth passenger midway through this week, some seven days ahead of last year. Split Airport has welcomed 939.745 passengers through its doors so far this year, up 10.1% on 2013.
Dubrovnik Airport’s numbers were also on the up during July. The airport handled 303.993 travellers, an increase of 9.7% compared to the same month last year. It tops off a fourth month of consecutive passenger growth despite a slow start to the year. During the first seven months, Dubrovnik Airport saw 860.888 travellers pass through its doors, an increase of 4.5% on 2013. Meanwhile, in related news, budget airline Vueling has announced plans to operate special Christmas and New Year flights to Dubrovnik and Zagreb. The Spanish-based airline will operate two charter flights from Barcelona to Dubrovnik and a further five flights from Rome to Dubrovnik. In addition, the airline will run four flights between Barcelona and Zagreb during the holiday period.