|Zagreb Airport starts strong in 2016|
Croatia's busiest airport kicked off 2016 on a high by posting its 23rd month of consecutive passenger growth. Zagreb Airport welcomed 156.947 travellers in January, an increase of 4.2% compared to the same month last year. As a result, the airport registered its busiest start to the year since opening its doors to the public 54 years ago, following on from a record 2015. January's passenger figures were achieved despite a dip in the number of operated flights, with a total of 2.878 aircraft movements recorded, down 2% on 2015. During the month, LOT Polish Airlines resumed flights from Warsaw, which helped boost numbers.
In January both Czech Airlines and Air Transat gave more detail of their upcoming services to Zagreb, launching on April 27 and June 14 respectively. Zagreb Airport's Managing Director, Jacques Feron, said he was pleased that flights between the Czech and Croatian capitals will resume following a four year hiatus. He added the service will mark the continuation of a long partnership between the two sides and expressed hope that the airline will make use of the airport's new terminal, which will open its doors next year. Zagreb was Czech Airlines' first international destination, launched in 1930. The route was suspended in 2012 due to the carrier's restructuring. Czech Airlines will maintain four weekly flights between the two cities with a mix of ATR 42 and 72 aircraft.
On the other hand, Air Transat will launch a one weekly seasonal service from Toronto, which will run until October 4. “Our expertise in European travel has once again led us to develop new markets: we’re building on the success of our Prague and Budapest routes by introducing Croatia to our customers this year. We’ve seen [Croatia] as an up-and-coming destination over the past five years”, Dan Prior, Air Transat’s Sales Manager for Ontario and Atlantic Canada said. “For Europe, Croatia has value. It still has a lot of well-priced, quality accommodation and it’s beautiful", Nicole Bursey, Air Transat's Commercial Director, added, noting the service has been scheduled so as to offer connector flights to and from Montreal as well. An Airbus A330 will be deployed on the route.
Meanwhile, work on Zagreb Airport's new multi million euro terminal is continuing. Construction is expected to be completed this year, with the opening scheduled to take place during the first quarter of 2017. You can review the latest developments by clicking on the pictures below.