Mixed results

Zagreb ends negative trend
The largest Croatian airports have reported their passenger volumes for April of 2009. When compared to last year most airports are reporting negative trends however Croatia’s main airport, Zagreb, has ended its few months of negative decline. Zagreb Airport reported an increase in passenger figures when compared to last April by 2%. There were a total of 168.111 passengers in April 2009 compared to 164.834 in April 2008. The reason for this could be due to Easter as it fell into the month of April instead of March like last year. Another airport doing well last month was Zadar, which reported an increase in passengers by 64%. The increase which has occurred due to the arrival of Ryanair has seen 14.585 passengers pass through its doors in April. Rijeka also managed to increase passenger numbers by 8%. A total of 7.414 passengers passed through the airport this April compared to 6.848 last year.

Airports continuing to report negative trends are Split, Dubrovnik, Pula and Osijek. The worst affected this April, due to its low volume of passengers, was Osijek. The airport saw only 137 passengers compared to 887 last year, a decrease of 85%. Also performing badly was Pula whose passenger numbers decreased by 51% to 9.381. Dubrovnik saw a decrease of 7% with a total of 68.907 passengers this April. Split performed the best out of the worst with a decrease of only 1%. It had 54.878 passengers this April compared to 55.440 during the same month last year.

The number of passengers transiting through Croatian airports were recorded in Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Pula, Zadar and Rijeka. Zagreb saw the largest decrease of transiting passengers in April with figures falling by 53% compared to last year, meaning more people are choosing not to travel on from Zagreb. In contrast Dubrovnik, Pula and Rijeka saw an improvement with more transiting passengers.

The results, like all during this year, have been largely affected by the global financial crisis.


  1. Anonymous18:53

    Do you have a link to, or the actual numbers for connecting passengers at Croatian airports?

  2. Connecting passengers in April 09:

    Zagreb – 444
    Split – 1.956
    Dubrovnik – 1.071
    Pula – 899
    Zadar – 1.324
    Rijeka - 404

    Other airports had none.

  3. Anonymous09:30


    Surely Zagreb had more than 444 transfer/connecting passengers?! (Not to confuse 'connecting or transfer' with 'transit' - transit being passengers who don't actually switch planes).

  4. frequentflyer12:38

    I don't think these results are so bad for the Croatian airports.

    Given worldwide reductions in ASKs by all airlines (through flight cancellations, operational downsizing to better adjust to lower passenger numbers), it would be more interesting to be comparing these figures with other neighbouring countries (both ex-YU and the BRIGAMA*).

    PUY is a hard one to classify as proven by these figures - is it really the leisure destination airport that it's tagged as, or could more scheduled flights all year round change its fortunes?

    OSI will remain a basketcase until serious investment is made by airlines to actually serve the airport. With an immediate catchment of 1m, and 3m within 2hrs of the airport it should be possible that the airline has many more flights - including feeders into Zagreb and beyond. The reason why HŽ (Croatian Railways) has 100% ridership on their daily flagship ICN train OSI-ZAG proves this point!!

    * BRIGAMA - the 7 former countries bordering Yugoslavia 1945-1991, once described by Tito as his biggest 'worry' (Bulgaria, Romania, Italy, Greece, Austria, Madarska/Hungary and Albania)

  5. The results are not bad at all. Personally I thought, at the beginning of the year, that airports would be much worse hit. But the big months are June - September, especially July and August. If the airports manage to pull off only small losses during this time then it wont be a bad year at all, in these circumstances.

  6. Anonymous21:55

    I just don't see any way Split could more transfer pax then Zag.
    444 for Zagreb does not make sense.
    Check your numbers...

  7. This is official data from the Croatian Government.

  8. Anonymous10:32

    Your data is wrong.

    ZAG has around around 10% of its passengers as transfer passengers, which means around 200,000 per year. So 444 for one month is totally incorrect. Sorry.

  9. You can complain to the Croatian ministry of transport.



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