Croatia's commercial airports have registered their busiest year with over 4.4 million passengers handled during the first seven months of 2016. Zagreb Airport maintains its position as the country's busiest followed by Split and Dubrovnik, which have seen strong growth throughout the year. Split Airport was Croatia's busiest in July, handling over 542.000 passengers, representing a monthly record. As a result, it was the first time a Croatian airport welcomed over half a million travellers in a single month. The figure marks growth of 25% compared to July 2015. The airport is expected to comfortably surpass the two million passenger threshold by the end of the year, which would be a first for Split.
Pula Airport has also put in a strong performance throughout the year, with its passenger growth averaging 16% over the past seven months. During July, the airport handled 116.334 travellers, marking its busiest month since opening its doors to the public in 1967. The figure represents an improvement of 33% compared to July last year. Markets which recorded the biggest increase in travellers to and from Pula include France, up 86% on 2015, followed by Ireland +53%, the United Kingdom +26%, Germany +22%, Russia +22% and the Netherlands, where numbers increased 15% compared to last year. The airport now estimates it will handle 400.000 passengers by the end of the year, its best on record.
Croatian airport results, JAN - JUL 2016
|Mali Lošinj||3.892||▼ 38.8|
The only two Croatian airports to have seen their passenger numbers decline during the January - July period were Osijek and Mali Lošinj. Osijek Airport says the downturn comes as a result of Trade Air, which temporarily suspended its domestic commuter flights for several months earlier on in the year while it obtained necessary documentation from authorities. Flights have since resumed and the airport expects to make up for the loss. Meanwhile, it is also considering its future with a potential partner. "There are interested partners from Slovenia, Switzerland, Denmark and several from the United States. It is now a matter of talking to them and selecting the best option", Osijek Airport's General Manager, Domagoj Marinić, said. The airport is considering either a strategic partnership, concession or a private-public partnership. The process is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Osijek Airport anticipates handling 40.000 passengers in 2016.