Croatia’s three busiest airports, Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik, have registered strong growth during September, with all three handling a record number of passengers.
Zagreb Airport handled 287.664 passengers during the month, an increase of 5.9% compared to last year. The number of aircraft movements stood at 3.862, up 8.1%. During September, Zagreb Airport welcomed its two-millionth traveller of the year. As a result, over the first three quarters it registered 2.127.658 passengers, representing an improvement of 6.7% on the same period in 2015. At the end of October, ČSA Czech Airlines will introduce flights from Zagreb to Skopje, while Croatia Airlines will increase frequencies to Copenhagen. On the other hand, Flydubai and Swiss International Air Lines will suspend their operations to the Croatian capital, while Turkish Airlinest will decrease its frequencies when compared to last year.
Split Airport handled its record two-millionth passenger of the year during September, achieving the milestone for the first time in its history. For the whole of the month the airport welcomed 341.405 travellers and was well ahead of its traditionally busier counterpart in Zagreb. The figure represents growth of 18.5% compared to last year. Split has already overtaken its 2015 end-of-year result and anticipates handling a total of 2.250.000 travellers this year, an increase of 17%. Numbers are expected to continue growing during the winter with Croatia Airlines to boost services from the city to both Munich and Rome. During the first three quarters, the airport saw a record 2.058.833 passengers pass through its doors, an increase of 16.8%.
Dubrovnik also continued its growth trend with the airport handling 305.895 travellers, a notable 20.5% rise in figures. During the month, it overtook its 2015 end-of-year result by welcoming 1.743.972 passengers over the January – September period, an increase of 15.8%. Dubrovnik Airport is gearing up for what is likely to be its busiest winter season on record. Croatia Airlines will extend its summer service to Frankfurt, while Trade Air will continue operating to Rijeka during the winter. Furthermore, Turkish Airlines will maintain its new flights from Istanbul throughout the year. British Airways will continue flying from London Gatwick to Dubrovnik during the winter, however, there will be a partial stoppage in service in November, as well as from mid-January until mid-February. On the other hand, Croatia Airlines will discontinue its flights from Dubrovnik to Rome for the first time since 1994. The route was to be taken over by low cost carrier Vueling, however, no flights have been scheduled so far.