|Zagreb grows as Split and Dubrovnik falter|
Croatia’s three largest airports recorded a mixed performance in November, with Zagreb seeing strong growth, while numbers at Split and Dubrovnik subtracted. The country’s busiest airport, Zagreb, handled 175.692 passengers, an increase of 15.8% compared to the same month last year. The result comes as the number of operated flights to and from Croatia’s capital surged from 2.610 last year to 2.974 flights this November, up 13.9%. Last November, Zagreb Airport was closed for two days and all flights cancelled as a result of strike action by employees, which has also helped fuel last month’s growth. A temporary court injunction last year ended further industrial action, which saw the cancellation of over sixty flights and 118.000 euros in losses. With less than a month left until the new year, Zagreb Airport has welcomed 2.267.141 travellers through its doors, an increase of 5.4%.
Over on the coast, Split Airport ended its seven month growth streak with figures dipping in November. The airport welcomed 28.485 passengers, down 2.5% on the same month last year. Despite the decline, Split Airport is heading for a record breaking year. So far in 2014, the airport has seen 1.720.550 travellers, an increase of 10.7% on 2013. During the week, budget airline easyJet announced the launch of twenty new summer destinations in 2015, three of which are to Split. easyJet will introduce three weekly flights from London Luton, starting May 16, and two weekly flights each from Newcastle, starting June 2, and Manchester, commencing June 17. Services will operate on a seasonal summer basis and are already bookable through the airline's website.
Finally, Dubrovnik also put in a weaker performance during the second last month of the year. It saw 21.385 passengers, a decrease of 3.2% compared to last year’s 22.102 travellers. During the month, several carriers announced the lauch of new flights to the city for the upcoming summer season including Brussels Airlines, which will inaugurate flights from the Belgian capital, Aegean Airlines, which will run three weekly flights from Athens, and airBaltic, which will operate services from Riga. So far this year, Dubrovnik Airport has welcomed 1.569.109 travellers, an increase of 4.3% compared to last year.