Double digit March growth for Zagreb

Zagreb Airport continues impressive run

Zagreb Airport has notched up its fifth month of consecutive growth. Croatia’s busiest airport handled 175.384 passengers in March, an impressive increase of 12.7% compared to the same month last year when it welcomed 155.672 travellers through its doors. The growth comes on top of a surge in the number of operated flights. A total of 1.576 arrivals and departures were recorded by the airport, an increase of 6.6% compared to the same month in 2012. So far this year, Zagreb Airport has handled 441.508 passengers, up 8.8% on last year when it saw 405.940 passengers.

Over the summer months Croatia Airlines’ network reductions will set in, which could have an effect on the airport. However, the country’s entry into the European Union on July 1 is expected to boost travel. Furthermore, from June 18 Turkish Airlines will add an additional three weekly flights from Istanbul to the Croatian capital for a total of ten weekly flights. Also, Iberia will resume its two weekly seasonal flights from Madrid, which run from June 15 until September 15. Norwegian Air Shuttle, which operates summer flights from Copenhagen, has brought its service forward compared to last year and will now commence on April 9.

Fuelling Zagreb’s growth is also Croatia Airlines’ exceptional start to the year. In the first two months of 2013, the national carrier welcomed 187.782 passengers, an increase of 5% compared to the same period last year. The airline still needs to do more to improve its cabin load factor, which averaged 56% in January and 55% in February (both down on 2012). Croatia Airlines’ average cabin load factor for all of 2012 stood at 67%. However, Croatia Airlines’ good run is likely to come to a halt in April since the carrier has cancelled a significant number of flights as it looks cut costs and operates with one aircraft less compared to last year’s summer season.


  1. Nice, this is a great start.
    My prediction for the 2013 is a growth of 7% and 2,5 mil. pax

  2. Anonymous10:09

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  3. Ivan10:51

    At least some good news from ZAG.

  4. Anonymous13:25

    OT: Wizz Air have just put Tuzla - Basel/Mulhouse on sale, twice weekly from June 15th.

    1. Anonymous13:41

      OMG, that is brilliant! Come on Wizz do something with BNX please!

    2. Anonymous13:48

      BNX must be kicking themselves for passing this opportunity up. If BEG / SKP / other airports are any indication, TZL is getting an aircraft soon.

    3. Anonymous14:49

      Wonderful!!! I wish they would soon include Mostar as well...

    4. Anonymous17:19

      However BEG-FCO has been dropped.

    5. Anonymous18:10

      no it hasn't. it's converted in seasonal route, operating during summer only.

    6. Anonymous18:35

      Looks like they really cancelled the whole route. BEG-FCO isn't bookable on their website.

    7. Anonymous23:54

      Yes, it has been cancelled BEG-FCO! I am sure they will dig another route. Wizz is seriously spreading this year, targeting Dubai from Eastern Europe, then starting completely new routes from Georgia, BiH, great job. I simply cannot believe that BNX turned them down!

  5. Anonymous20:41

    And Alitalia also will NOT flying double daily to Rome as was announced earlier here...
    I would love to use Easyjet to Rome,its the best airline what you can get for your money!

  6. Anonymous23:35

    BEG had 2% passenger growth in MAR13 from 216.025 to 220.278.
    Aircraft operations are down 10% but BEG still made some progress with pax number, wtf.

    1. Anonymous02:35

      Very modest!

    2. Anonymous06:17

      Interesting article:


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