Croatian airports see record February

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Croatia's three busiest airports have registered their strongest February on record with Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik all posting notable growth.

Zagreb Airport welcomed 170.658 passengers through its doors during the slowest and shortest month of the year, representing an increase of 10.3% on 2017. The number of flight movements stood at 2.692, up 4.7%. Overall, during the first two months of the year, Croatia's busiest airport grew 11.9% by handling 361.934 travellers. Two new foreign carriers will commence operations to the city this year with Aegean Airlines to start three weekly flights from Athens, which will be followed by Air Canada Rouge's four weekly service from Toronto. Meanwhile, Croatia Airlines will launch new flights to Dublin and Mostar in May.

MonthPAXChange (%)
JAN191.276 13.3
FEB170.658 10.3

Split Airport also registered its busiest February by handling 30.629 passengers during the month, representing a notable increase of 28%. So far this year, the airport handled 64.328 travellers, up 18.3%. A number of carriers have so far scheduled new seasonal flights to Croatia's second largest city this summer including Croatia Airlines, Brussels Airlines, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, airBaltic, easyJet, Thomas Cook Airlines, Condor, Volotea, Smartwings and Jet2.

MonthPAXChange (%)
JAN33.699 10.8
FEB30.629 28.0

Dubrovnik Airport recorded its eleventh consecutive month of growth by welcoming 24.074 passengers through its doors during February, an increase of 5.5% on last year. Since the start of 2018, the airport handled 46.354 travellers, up 10.2%. A number of carriers have announced the launch of new flights to the city this summer including Air France, Adria Airways, Croatia Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Flydubai, easyJet, Transavia, Edelweiss Air, Volotea, TUIfly, Thomas Cook Airlines and Smartings.

MonthPAXChange (%)
JAN22.280 15.3
FEB24.074 5.5

Comments

  1. 02/2018

    ZAD: 2.159 +81%
    RJK: 751 +212,9%
    PUY: 1.549
    BWK: ?
    OSI: ?

    Missing numbers for Osijek and Brac. Almost 300.000 in the worst month for aviation industry. Nicely done.

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    1. Biggest aviation market in ex-Yu.

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    2. At 4,2 million inabitants that is 0,07 PAX per inhabitant in Croatia. Could be better.

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  2. ZAG grew double of BEG. Impressive. This year the difference between the two will be much, much smaller.

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    1. all of Croatia's airports combined (8 airports) handled fewer passengers than Belgrade in February.

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    2. With this rate, if the trend continue Zagreb will overtake Belgrade in 2050.

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    3. The passenger difference between BEG and ZAG has increased each year for the past three years. So I would not be so sure.

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    4. Guys, the best thing of all is that our airports are growing. Our people are having a better offer and more competition to choose from plus number of tourists is increasing!

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    5. The markets are growing because more and more people are leaving. Who do you think is making all this growth in ZAG and OSI.

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    6. They increased double in percentage not in actual numbers meaning that the difference is staying the same, at best.

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    7. True that, more and more people leaving but still having close ties with the country. Plus LCC allow diaspora to come and visit several times a year.

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    8. opet ovi mjeraci......
      100% od nicega je opet nista
      1% od puno je itekako nesto.......

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    9. anon@3:19PM
      Sure, the traffic from and to ZAG is because of gasterbajters. Sjedi - 1.

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    10. As usual Frishki is making things up. He implied that mass immigration is helping OSI and ZAG grow. Who do you think travels to DUB and OSL? ;)

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    11. Very funny. And who cares about Belgrade. None of the Croatian airports is in the list of 100 European airports....https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_busiest_airports_in_Europe. Rhodos airport a small island in Greece is bigger than Zagreb. We have a new airport and we can fly nowhere. 90% of European airports have higher increase than ZAG after seeing low cost airlines. How many of them are flyimg to ZAG? Really very funny bud also very sad.

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    12. Anon 7:51, for example, I have visited Oslo twice last year, for pleasure, since my friends study at the university.

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    13. Zagreb nikad, ali nikad nece dostici BEG po broju putnika.
      Isto tako ni Srbija nikad nece dostici broj putnika koji ima Hrvatska.

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    14. Zivi bili pa vidjeli

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    15. @AnonymousMarch 5, 2018 at 8:54 PM
      You never know. Zagreb is not that smaller in terms of population (some 30%) but people have much higher purchasing power. If they get more LCC you could see both numbers of new local travellers and tourists skyrocketing!

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    16. We see what happens when ZAG gets a lot more flights, airlines like LH start to downsize. If FR launches BVA, AF and OU would collapse.

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    17. @last anon
      OU and AF might downsize but they will not collapse. It is still a major airport offering lots of connections. BVA is far from the city and not easy to reach. Orly flights with Easy would be great both for Zagreb and Belgrade.

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    18. As ususal, anon @ 7:51PM doesn't know how to read. DUB and OSL is making the majority of ZAG traffic? Really, dude?

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    19. Zagreb nije jedini aerodrom u Hrvatskoj.
      U Srbiji imaju 1.1 aerodrom na 9 000 000 stanovnika.
      Ti sad jasno zasto ZAG nikad nece dostici BEG?

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  3. Early in the year, numbers are really good, @current rate we can expect around 3.5 million pax @Zagreb in 2018.

    If another carrier shows up @Zagreb this year, this number could be even better.

    Good stuff ahead.

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    1. Cargo 0 (zero) in February on ZAG website?

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    2. Ex-Yu, could you check the cargo numbers for ZAG in February? Thank you!

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    3. 2017/2018
      640/1.045
      63,3%

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  4. The good point is that the tourist season is extending more and more. The number of hotels is following this progression and there are more and better accommodation available which allows for even larger growth in the coming years. The last news is that tourist agencies have already received stop booking notification, meaning all available accommodation is already sold in the high season. With the war looming in North Africa and around Turkey this will stimulate even more Europeans to come to Croatia bringing number of pax to even larger figures till 2020.

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    1. Turkey is already bouncing back and so is Tunisia so I don't see what war you are talking about.

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    2. Really great developments for Croatian tourism. Montenegrin coast is experiencing the similar trend.

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    3. Christ almighty. When you need to mention wars at some other markets to emphasize the demand for Croatia is beyond pathetic.

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    4. I just state the obvious. Croatian strategy is to play on the sense of safety, Turkish is to play on the sense of low cost. Nothing pathetic about it. And once the numbers sufficiently grow than you can adapt your strategy to something else (e.g. premium service). Whatever the strategy the number of tourists in Croatia will grow more in double digits this year with the growth in revenues exceeding that.

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    5. Turkish hotels have greatly returned to prices of several years ago. Domestic demand on the rise?

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    6. @AnonymousMarch 5, 2018 at 6:52 PM

      WTF you know, what Croatian strategy is???
      Using your fake logic, 2017 Croatia would have had fewer tourists coming in. Yet Croatia had over 18.4 million visitors.
      This year 20 million visitors are expected.

      Turkey has been a ok to go to for past few years. Tunisia and Croatia are world's apart. Egypt too. Someone visits these two countries, does not intend to spend that year on European holidays due to costs of getting there.

      Croatia's direct competitors are Italy, Portugal, France, Spain and Greece.

      Greece and Portugal less so cause most visits to Greece are by air. Most visitors to Croatia come by car, train and then a plane. Greece is mostly plane. Portugal too.

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    7. I guess those that should fly by air don't think it's worth doing it. I guess that's why Air France added the least frequencies to DBV during their recent holiday destination expansion.

      It's ok, Czechs and their vans will be there or Poles who have Wizz Air now.

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  5. Turkey will be perceived as an insecure country as long as there are fighting in Syria and a potential of Kurdish bombs blowing up in Turkish mainland. Only those risk seekers will go there for vacations and no decrease in price will help sort this out.

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    1. Say that to the tourists who are already going there or who are already booking their holidays. Syria is like two hours by plane from Antalya.

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    2. I don't have to say anything to them. If they wish to risk their lives I have nothing against. Those who prefer safety will come to European destinations (Croatia included).

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    3. Serbs seem to be returning to Egypt if Air Cairo is increasing flights to 5/week.

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    4. Serbs are returning to Egypt and Turkey as are other Eastern Europeans notably Russians because it is cheap.

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    5. Unfortunately it is not safe anywhere you go nowadays. There was one beach attack in Egypt with two victims during past two years and look what happened in Nice in July 2017. It is remarkable though that AirCairo will have 5 flights a week. Hurgada is really coming back on Serbian market.

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    6. Every market has it's own customers. What I like is that we see some trends change and Western Europeans are staying away from Turkey for a variety of reasons. And as they are spending more than some other tourists that is positive for the rest of Europe where they go to have their vacations.

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    7. Yes, all those Bosnians and Czechs who vacation in Croatia are super fancy and high-yielding. Definitely too classy for Turkey.

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    8. Most tourists in Croatia are Western Europeans, Koreans, etc.

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    9. Number one tourists are the Bosnians.

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    10. Still Bosnians?

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    11. Yup, it's the proximity.

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    12. Tnx for that info. Is there any link to official statistics?
      If it was a quiz question I would always go for Italians/Germans/Czech. :)

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    13. There is a whole list somewhere online, it was even posted on here a few times.

      I remember that Slovenes also made it to the top 10.

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    14. You have no idea what are you talking about. Please do some reading before stating obvious lies:

      https://www.jutarnji.hr/vijesti/hrvatska/konacni-podaci-evo-iz-kojih-drzava-je-u-hrvatsku-stiglo-najvise-turista-i-dalje-prednjace-nasi-stari-gosti-ali-iz-jedne-drzave-uocen-je-veliki-rast/6934527/

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    15. Anon @ 8:29PM
      Where are Bosnians number one tourists? Definitely not in Croatia.

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  6. LH reduces ZAG this summer.

    FRA-ZAG will be operated 9 times per week with the 100 seat Air Nostrum's CRJ-1000.

    Are these the ones that will be leased from OU or are they doing it themselves?

    OU will fly 19 times per week.

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    1. Situation in MUC is better.

      Total LH flights are 12, 5 on Mainline and 7 on CityLine.

      OU will fly 14 times on the Q400.

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    2. Yes, I heard loads collapsed with the arrival of new airlines.

      End of August FRA-ZAG increases from 9 to 12 weekly.

      Really disappointed in LH.

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    3. Totally untrue. LH flies already twice a day to ZAG from FRA and OU does it 3 time. Altogether 5 daily flights.

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    4. Check lh.com for this summer, these dates are from early and late August.

      Also, the main point is that ZAG has almost completely lost LH Mainline which is disastrous in a way.

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    5. So much for those people attacking BEG for not having AF or BA when ZAG is about to lose LH Mainline.

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    6. BTW LH is increasing PUY up to 6pw and ZAD up to 4 pw

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    7. It shows real money for LH is on the coast, not in Zagreb.

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    8. "So much for those people attacking BEG for not having AF or BA when ZAG is about to lose LH Mainline."

      But keeping both BA and AF!

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    9. It does not matter if mainline or regional flies. the main thing is Lufthansa

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    10. Agree with easyJet!

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    11. @AnonymousMarch 5, 2018 at 4:36 PM

      Keep on trolling

      Mainline or city, no difference, still Lufthansa, and with 5 daily flights to Frankfurt and 5 more to Munich, does it matter which part of Lufthansa flies to Zagreb ??

      Zagreb is top 20 destination for both German airports.

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    12. Anon 6:27, no need to justify, there are plenty of LH flights, maybe a bit less because of competition, but still...

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    13. So, what's with cargo in February? It can't be zero!

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    14. By that logic does it matter if it's a JU flight or a codeshare on AF or KL?

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    15. @Anon 3h30
      LH also announced they will lease two CRJ 1000 from Air Nostrum in summer 2018 and base them in FRA.

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    16. Growth is supply was much faster than the growth in demand. That's where LH lost. Many other airlines launched ZAG flights but there obviously weren't enough passengers for LH to warrant mainline flights. With falling passenger numbers they decided it was cheaper to send their CityLine/Nostrum than their more expensive brand.

      From what I remember they are ripping OU off so it's a win win in the end.

      With OS under attack in VIE it will be harder to maintain the same level of yield.

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    17. ZAG has the same problem BEG has, just way too much supply for Germany. ZAG needs to connect the UK, Spain, Ireland and Ukraine. ZAG-BHX is lost.

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    18. ZAG's issue is not too muc supply to Germany. It's too much supply to MUC and FRA. Five daily is obviously too much at this point.

      BEG-FRA will have two daily A319 (JU/LH) plus a daily A320. BEG-MUC will have a mix of A319/320.

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    19. Yes, but remember the BEG problem? BEG was connected to more than 10 German airports and ended up losing a lot of them due to oversupply. My guess is that the same is happening. Eurowings, LH, OU and I include VIE as it is a transfer point to Germany too.

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    20. BEG lost two destinations out of which one was NUE and another was a random village on the border with Switzerland.

      Funnily, BEG lost 4 flights to Germany but gained them back when easyJet announced flights from Berlin.

      The issue with ZAG is that most of its Germany flights were centered around two airports. With DUS being launched a part of the traffic was moved away from Star hubs.

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    21. The best substitute for LH is AirDolomiti. The subsidiary is operating a number of European flights for LH from Munich plus steps in when needed. They also came to BEG several times.

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    22. Dolomiti was sent to BEG like five years ago for one season. During the low season LH sends its CityLine division which uses the CRJ-900 and that's only from MUC. FRA is operated by A319 and the A320.

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  7. OT. Silver air and silver air travels are already offering flights from Lugano, Rimini, Split pula and Zagreb to LSZ. tickets start from 120 € oneway

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    1. This is the company with the 19 seat Turbolet plane right?

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    2. Yes, the italian carrier who already connects Elba and Lugano

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    3. Czech, no italian carrier

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    4. Italians are doing the business using Silver's plane ...

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    5. Great stuff! Happy about that and really about time that there will particularly be a ZAG LSZ link.

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    6. I wish them (losinj Hotels and silver air) good luck. But it would be better to codeshare with OU, wouldn’t be? Nobody knows silverair but btw, the first foreign carrier who offer flights within Croatia.

      On Facebook silverair to promote flights from 24 June

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    7. Sure a codeshare would be amazing but how realistic is it? It could be beneficial for all sides though - a winwinwin for both carriers plus pax.

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  8. That is cool! Tnx for info. How come from Rimini?!

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  10. Very nice increase at SPU! This will be one interesting year with all new arrivals there.

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    1. And this is really disappointing for DBU! Split is much more potent city destination it seems!

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    2. Actually, SPU is covering much bigger part of the coast/numerous resorts. DBV is going to be around 2 mil this year. DBV is primarily used by people visiting just Dubrovnik riviera plus some traveling to Montenegro and few people from Bosnia.

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  11. I have read elsewhere that DBV is gearing up to become the number 1 airport in the Balkans in terms of served destinations, infrastructure, effeciency, etc. This can only be bad news for the bigger ones in the list.

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    1. Yes, especially for the bigger ones such as SOF, SKP, SKG, ATH and IST. lol

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    2. Maybe not no. 1 airport but definitely no. 1 destination in the Western Balkans. :)

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