Steady growth for Croatian airports

Split Airport busiest in Croatia in July
In July Croatian airports recorded steady passenger growth when compared to last year. The country’s main airport, Zagreb, once again recorded a formidable result while last year’s star performer Zadar saw its numbers slip.

Zagreb’s Pleso Airport handled 256.256 passengers in July, an increase of 9.5% compared to the same period last year. The number of flights operating to and from the airport increased nearly 2%. By the end of July, Zagreb has seen 1.318.846 passengers pass through its doors, an impressive increase of 15.5%. Both Dubrovnik and Split fared well in July with Split recording a 10% passenger increase while Dubrovnik did even better with a 13% increase. Split handled more passengers than Zagreb thus becoming the busiest airport in the country in July. Rijeka Airport’s positive run continued with it handling 21.210 passengers, 36.7% better than last year.

On the other hand, Zadar and Osijek saw their numbers decrease on last year. Zadar was directly impacted by a decrease in the number of flights operating to and from the airport. It saw 50.890 passengers use its facilities in July which is down 8.3% on last year. Osijek saw a second month of sliding passenger numbers.

Below you can review the performance of Croatia’s airports in July 2011. Overall, Croatian airports handled 946.547 passengers, an increase of 9.4% compared to July 2010. The statistics have been provided by the Croatian Bureau of Statistics.

AirportPassengers JUL 2011Passengers JUL 2010Change (%)
Zagreb256.256234.071 9.5
Dubrovnik252.869223.800 13.0
Pula86.35781.877 5.5
Split270.791246.084 10.0
Zadar50.89055.466 8.3
Osijek4.0134.477 10.4
Rijeka21.21015.517 36.7
Mali Lošinj9341.224 23.7


  1. According to the report "[b]oth Dubrovnik and Split fared well in July with Dubrovnik recording a 10% passenger increase while Split did even better with a 13% increase." However, the table shows the opposite, Dubrovnik recorded a 13% increase, while Split managed 'only' a 10% increase.

    Well done to Croatian airports. Does anyone have Slovenian 2011 stats yet? Also what about Montenegrin airports?

  2. Anonymous17:30

    Wow, impressive numbers, especially SPU, well done! RJK too, 5000 more passangers for the airport that size/capacity is GREAT! ZAD was expected as Ryanair reduced some routes. I am surprised that FR is not expanding their seasonal network to/from ZAD, I am sure that other German destinations would be popular, Polish too, also Riga, etc. The same for PUY, FR network could be far too bigger. I am sure that OSI - HNN could work all year around.

  3. Anonymous11:01

    Zadar getting into bed with Ryanair hasn't been all that successful this year. What the airport needs to attract is more proper airlines like LH.

  4. Nice,

    Will we see more than 1 million passengers in August?

  5. I believe we'll see 1 mil. for sure.
    my projection for the top 3: SPU: 280.000, DBK: 284.000, LDZA: 255.000

  6. Anonymous14:40

    Why there is no statistics for Brač airport?


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