May growth for most Croatian airports

Split slips as Zagreb continues record run

Zagreb Airport has recorded one of its best Mays on record. Meanwhile, Rijeka finally reports growth while Dubrovnik and Split surprise with slipping passenger numbers.

In May 2011, Zagreb Airport handled 218.066, an impressive 17.9% improvement on last year. The figure is accompanied by a significant 15% increase in traffic. So far this year Zagreb has handled 833.039 passengers, representing a 17.7% jump. The airport is certain to break through the 1 million passenger mark during this June. On the other hand, Rijeka continues its comeback this year after a disastrous 2010. The seaside airport welcomed 5.337 passengers, up 6%. A similar increase was recorded by Pula which handled 24.966 passengers. Ryanair’s recent service launch from Brussels to Pula is also set to impact on June’s figures.

Dubrovnik and Split surprised with their May figures as both airports reported a decrease in the number of passengers compared to the same month last year, although these slips were not too significant. In what is to be Croatia’s record tourist season, Dubrovnik handled 142.326 passengers, down 0.4% while Split recorded a greater decrease of 2.4%. This negative trend was driven by a fall in the number of flights offered during the month compared to last year. In June, Dubrovnik should expect big increases thanks in part to Croatia Airlines which has launched several new services from the city.

Below you can review the performance of Croatia’s airports in May 2011. Overall, Croatian airports handled 536.017 passengers, an increase of 7.9% compared to May 2010. The statistics have been provided by the Croatian Bureau of Statistics.

AirportPassengers MAY 2011Passengers MAY 2010Change (%)
Zagreb218.066184.965 17.9
Dubrovnik142.326142.834 0.4
Pula24.96623.308 7.1
Split111.253113.925 2.4
Zadar29.96522.900 30.9
Osijek2.6702.327 14.7
Rijeka5.3375.031 6.1
Mali Lošinj464436 6.0


  1. yeah Croatia !

  2. Anonymous11:39

    Great numbers! Anyway, SPU & DBV has so many destinations to start, Wizzair hasn't started their flights from LTN yeat. BTW, ZAD is really doing great, nice to seee so many passangers going through. RJK with FR flights will have a boom this summer, especially because FR starts their seasonal flights very early. I wonder how is WIZZ doing on LTN-SKP route????

  3. Any information on BWK? Apparently this year it'll have both ZAG and LJU flights.

  4. Looking forward to seeing the numbers for Zagreb in June.

  5. Anonymous17:04

    @ Lento

    BWK has seasonal flights from ZAG every year, operated by OU, this year OU operates flights(I think once per week, on Saturdays). If BWK had a longer runway it would be "flooded" with seasonal flights, I am sure Easyjet, Ryanair or Wizz would target it immediatelly


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