|Croatian airports see strong start to the winter season|
Croatia’s three busiest airports - Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik - have seen their passenger numbers grow in October, continuing the positive trend set throughout the year so far. Zagreb Airport welcomed 226.182 passengers, an increase of 8.4% compared to the same month in 2013. The result was achieved despite a drop in the number of operated flights, which amounted to 3.506. During October, Croatia’s busiest airport welcomed its two-millionth traveller. A total of 2.091.449 passengers have passed through Zagreb over the past ten months, an improvement of 4.6% compared to the same period last year. The airport is expected to see a busy end to the year with Air Serbia, Flydubai and Air Croatia set to launch flights from the city in December.
Split Airport also performed well as it looks to cement its position as the third busiest airport in the former Yugoslavia. It welcomed 116.037 travellers through its doors in October, an impressive 12% increase when compared to last year. Overall, the airport has handled 1.692.089 passengers this year, up 11%. Split has already surpassed its 2013 end of year result. Pero Bilas, Split Airport’s Assistant General Manager, says the airport will welcome 1.75 million passengers by the end of 2014. “We are extremely happy with this year’s performance, which has led to sound financial reulsts. It could be said that we are an example of how state-owned companies should function and finance their own development”.
Finally, Dubrovnik Airport did good business once again, registering growth of 2.6% in October. It saw 135.257 passengers pass through its doors during the month. As a result, the airport has handled 1.574.724 passengers so far in 2014, up 4.4%. It has seen more travellers use its services so far this year than for the whole of 2013. Meanwhile, the installation of two air bridges at Dubrovnik Airport, valued at 1.1 million euros, is expected to be completed by December. They have been produced by China’s CIMC Company. The addition of the air bridges, which will connect the terminal building with parked aircraft, will also provide additional revenue for Dubrovnik Airport as airlines are charged for their use. Dubrovnik becomes the first airport in Croatia with air bridges.