Growth slows at Croatian airports

Passenger plunge at Dubrovnik Airport
Despite a record breaking year for most Croatian airports, growth somewhat slowed in November compared to the same month last year. The number of passengers using Croatia’s main airports decreased by half of a percent compared to the same month last year.

Zagreb Airport, which launched a new look website earlier this week, continued to report positive figures by handling 156.755 passengers, up 3.2%. Overall, growth this year has amounted to 8% with 2.083.366 passengers passing through its doors. In November, Zagreb was joined by Split, Rijeka and Mali Lošinj as the other airports also to record growth. In Rijeka it amounted to 753% with the airport handling 111 passengers (up from 13 last year), while growth at Mali Lošinj reached 304% with 97 passenger welcomed.

On the other hand, Dubrovnik saw disappointing results. The coastal airport handled 26.007 passengers, down 20.3% on last year. Numbers were also down in Pula which saw only 1.051 passengers.

Below you can review the performance of Croatia’s airports in November 2011. Overall, Croatian airports handled 212.410 passengers, a decrease of 0.5% compared to November 2010. The statistics have been provided by the Croatian Bureau of Statistics.

AirportPassengers NOV 2011Passengers NOV 2010Change (%)
Zagreb156.755151.908 3.2
Dubrovnik26.00732.626 20.3
Pula1.0511.201 12.5
Split26.66625.905 2.9
Zadar1.6571.672 0.9
Osijek66130 49.2
Rijeka11113 753.9
Mali Lošinj9724 304.2


  1. growth for LDZA is not 8%, but rather 11 or 12%.

    Administrator - you must have consulted CCAA wrong data. They copied this wrong data from Aerosvijet which in fact reported 2.083.000 pax for the first 10 months, while in fact it was 2.020.000. Now when you add 157.000 to 2.020.000, that's about 2.178.000.

    Pax numbers for the first 11 months for LDZA are 2.178.037 as reported on

    The airport will most likely handle 2.320.000 pax for 2011, and that will equal to 12% growth rate.

  2. Anonymous20:09

    Whats happening with Qatar Airways flights to ZAG and BEG?

  3. It seems like the 3rd busiest ex-Yugoslavia airport might in the end be claimed by PRN. That would be nothing short of an excellent achievement.

    All of this for a state-run corporation in weak economy that is predicted to have the highest growth in the Eurozone next year, no visa-free travel and with a resurgent SKP a mere 75 km away.

    No aircraft that lands or takes off from PRN is allowed to fly through Serbian airspace, hence most airlines have to fly around Serbia making flights to SKP cheaper than PRN. Resurgent SKP is a real threat to PRN, yet the airport is seeing double digit growth year-on-year for the last 5 years or so.

    Also, PRN for the second half of the year is under concession and a private corporation. Any changes, positive or negative, will be seen next year. So, the future of PRN is looking bright.

    Development at TIA are even more impressive. And neither airport has what I would consider a serious and professional airline (Albanian Airlines has been grounded, while Belle Air has some way to go).

    Peace out and Merry Christmas to all of you.

  4. Anonymous12:59

    @Kosovo - there is not other way to come from other parts of the world except by air.

  5. Anonymous14:10

    yeah, yeah. black hole on the map - that's what Pristina and Kosovo is. Traffic will peak and level off at 1.5 - 2.0 until 2020. not much tourists will come and see Kosovo.


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