|Rijeka Airport to break all time passenger record|
Rijeka Airport, in north western Croatia, expects to double its passenger numbers this year and handle the greatest volume of travellers since opening its doors to the public in 1970. Estimates suggest that almost 200.000 passengers will use the airport this year. The strong growth is in part due to Limitless Airways, a newly established Croatian-registered airline operating on behalf of the Nordic tour operator Scandjet. This summer, Limitless is running charter flights from Rijeka to several cities in Sweden, Denmark and Finland, with a Croatian-registered Airbus A320 operated by local crew. Furthermore, the airline will maintain services during the winter months as well, with flights to Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco.
The Deputy Prefect of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, Marko Boras Mandić, says 2016 is a crucial year for Rijeka Airport. “The airport must now show all of its potential. This year we expect to record 50% passenger growth compared to last year. In 2014, the airport operated with a profit for the first time”, Mr Boras Mandić said. Limitless Airways alone is expected to carry some 25.000 passengers during the summer. However, the growth has come at the expense of Zadar Airport, which was the Croatian gateway to thousands of tourists traveling with Scandjet in the past.
During last winter, Rijeka Airport undertook the biggest overhaul of its passenger terminal since opening its doors in 1970 in anticipation of the strong passenger growth. Furthermore, the airport will build a hangar in cooperation with Limitless Airways so maintenance work on its aircraft can be carried out at the airline’s home base. A number of airlines maintain services to the city, however, all flights are operated on a seasonal summer basis. In addition to Limitless’ new flights, Croatia Airlines launched new seasonal services from the coastal city to Munich on March 29, complementing its existing summer flights from Rijeka to London Heathrow.