Autumn growth for Croatian airports

Rijeka Airport most improved in October
In October Zagreb Airport surpassed the two million passenger mark by handling 208.384 passengers, an increase of 11.3% compared to the same month last and thus handled 2.083.384 passengers in the first ten months of the year. Zagreb is on target to reach its best result in history since it opened its doors in 1962.

There was also good news for all of Croatia’s other major airports in October as well. Dubrovnik handled 107.546 passengers, an increase of 4.5% and has so far welcomed 1.287.991 passengers. Split also did well standing at 92.698 passenger, up 8.3% on October 2010. The most improved airport in the month of October compared to last was Rijeka, which saw passenger figures rise by 52%. Also worth mentioning is Pula, which with 15.415 passengers improved its result by 43.9%. The busiest airports in 2011 after Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Split are Pula, Zadar and Rijeka.

Below you can review the performance of Croatia’s airports in October 2011. Overall, Croatian airports handled 459.538 passengers, an increase of 9.7% compared to October 2010. The statistics have been provided by the Croatian Bureau of Statistics.

AirportPassengers OCT 2011Passengers OCT 2010Change (%)
Zagreb208.384187.286 11.3
Dubrovnik107.546102.963 4.5
Pula15.41510.714 43.9
Split92.69885.592 8.3
Zadar26.58725.590 3.9
Osijek2.6972.311 16.7
Rijeka5.5033.620 52.0
Mali Lošinj230217 6.0


  1. Anonymous17:17

    Really good results, especially for DBV. Next year should see even bigger growth and then when Croatia gets into the EU in 2013 I think we will see that natural big increase in traffic. Can you only imagine how well our airports would be doing if corruption wasn’t so widespread on every corner.

  2. Anonymous18:30

    Admin, you have provided a photo of Ljubljana airport back in the 1960s, in the upper right corner, which is very nice, but please note that the local name is Brnik, not Brink :)

  3. 1st anonymous - your point - I sure hope so.
    However, given what's been happening with euro zone lately, I think that Croatia will come out as a winner with a perhaps 3,5% increases in 2012 and 2013, as the rest of Europe's traffic will probably plument anywhere down from 5 to 10%.
    I dread this scenario, but it may happen as people/tourists may "tighten their belt" in terms of spending and vacationing. Most of European governments will be doing reforms and cutting public spending, and I wouldn't be surprised to see many salaries in Europe go down by 10-15-20%, depending in which country...

    Perhaps in 2014 and 2015 we'll experience delayed effect of entering the EU.

  4. if there's even gonna be anything left of EU by 2013 anyway...

  5. Anonymous23:02

    Congratulations for Croatia :) Great job!

  6. Anonymous01:22

    @ Petar

    i know it is "falling apart" and the euro was weakening and they have a HUGE debt crisis (just lke america) , but I dont see the EU falling apart so easily, it is real strong and i am hoping for all the ex- yu countries the EU gets back on its feet and helps them all out..

    good for croatia, next year should be an explosive year for their airports because of all the new flights and hopefully entry into the EU

  7. frequentflyer13:53

    Good to see numbers up, especially ZAG breaking through the 2m ceiling much earlier than in previous years.

    Makes you wish for that elusive new terminal even sooner...

  8. Alex, I hope so too.
    Perhaps I am under the impression of looking too too ofen at my stock portfolio (acquired relatively cheap in 2009) as its trumbling down lately :)


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