Zagreb Airport records busiest August


Zagreb Airport registered its busiest August on record by welcoming 372.590 passengers through its doors, representing an increase of 7.2% on last year. The number of aircraft movements grew 6.2% to 4.393. During the January - August period, the airport handled 2.223.526 travellers, up 9.3%, while operations improved 5.3% to 29.259. Overall, Zagreb Airport added an extra 188.395 passengers compared to the same period last year.

MonthPAXChange (%)
JAN191.276 13.3
FEB170.658 10.3
MAR223.642 16.2
APR253.853 5.7
MAY300.676 11.8
JUN331.533 6.6
JUL379.193 7.9
AUG372.590 7.2


  1. Anonymous10:42

    Congrats ZAG! :)

  2. Anonymous11:13

    This is a nice steady progress mostly based on an increase of foreign visitors to Croatia. Now it is up to tourism industry in Croatia to offer additional reasons for tourists to arrive. There are plenty of untapped opportunities, especially in continental Croatia which should fuel further growth to ZAG pax numbers.

  3. Anonymous11:26

    A bit surprised July was better than August.

    1. Anonymous12:16

      Why? There were more than 15k passengers on charters to Russia in July

    2. Anonymous12:21

      All other airports in Ex-YU had a stronger August than July, but I forgot about Russian Charters, so it could be it.

    3. Anonymous12:34

      Speaking of Russia, will SU downgrade the ZAG-SVO from A320 to SU9 during the winter?

    4. Anonymous13:06

      Downgrade because the Russian Airplane is inferior to its European counterpart?

    5. Anonymous13:39

      SU already flew to ZAG with SSJs last winter. They are increasing capacity this winter by adding more flights with SSJs. On some days the A320s will be replaced by SSJs, but overall the number of seats per week offered will be greater both in business and economy due to increase in frequency.

    6. In airline lingo downgrade of a route means a smaller CAPACITY aircraft.
      For example if BA on a route changes equipment from a 30 year old 747 to a brand new Dreamliner it is considered a downgrade.

    7. Anonymous17:47

      This isn't a given rule nor does "downgrade" usually exclusively refer to single aircraft capacity downgrade. I frequent quite a lot of aviation forums and have seen the term used to denote things such as moving mainline operations to an LCC subsidiary, downgrade of service levels, reducing frequencies, reducing aircraft capacity, reducing overall capacity, etc.. In fact, when talking about upgrades and downgrades, the most often context in which I've seen the term used in aviation is service upgrade/downgrade as in "I was upgraded to business class" or "I was downgraded to economy class".

      As for your example, I would only consider this a downgrade if a 747 was scheduled and 787 pulled in to the gate instead. Then, in operational terms, that is a downgrade as it usually means some passengers will have to be denied boarding or that route isn't performing as well as expected on that particular day (i.e., the change results in a reduced revenue for the airline), but it only refers to this one flight. However, replacing 30 year old planes with any other brand new plane is usually called a "fleet upgrade", i.e., if brand new 787s replaced ancient 747s permanently then that would definitely be an upgrade.

      As for route upgrades/downgrades, it is clear that if 7pw A320 operation is replaced by a 7pw ERJ operation that it is a downgrade, however, when different aspects of the route are affected where some changes resulted in an upgrade in any way and some resulted in a downgrade in any way, e.g. a 4pw A320 operation is replaced by a 7pw ERJ operation, the most often terms I've seen that refer to such situations are "modification" and "adjustment". "Adjustment" can also refer to any operational change, such as changing the departure time, introducing/removing stopovers, temporary changes, etc..

    8. Anonymous18:29

      The 320 isb bigger than the SU9. If you go from big to small, you go down. Therefore, this is a downgrade.

    9. Anonymous19:16

      The frequency (number of flights) and the total per week capacity is upgraded though.

    10. Ako se za korizmu odreknem piva od 0.5 a broj tocenih od 0.3 nisam definirao, napredujem li ili nazadujem?

    11. Anonymous21:48

      Ako piješ 4 od 0.5l tjedno i doktor ti kaže da smanjiš, pa uzmeš 7 od 0.3l i kažeš "doktore, smanjio sam", kako bi to prošlo?

    12. Tjedno?????
      Druze moj, meni tebe zao

  4. Anonymous12:18

    Bravo Hrvatska!

  5. Anonymous22:16

    HTZ just published tourist arrivals data for first 8 months and numbers are up for most, surprisingly, number of Korean visitors is down by 36000 on the same period last year. I was hoping we'd have 500 000 Korean visitors this year, 450 000 is more likely now. yes numbers are still good, over 335000 visitors so far this year. September, October and December are very busy months with Korean, Chinese and Japanese visitors.

    since Air Canada arrived, number of Canadians is also up dramatically I might say, 24% and US visitors are up as well by 22.5%, I guess both Air Transat and Air Canada R are doing rather well.
    July is normally busiest month for aviation, and I expected Zagreb to perform around 5-6k less than July, so I estimated Zagreb would have around 275k in August, the fact airport had 272k isn't bad, I was very close, with in 1%.

    Number of Brazilians is up by 3% or 48000, not as high jump a last year, number of Argentinians is up by 31%, 40 000 Argentine visitors so far this year. Number of Japanese is up by 20%, so far this year 109 000 visitors from Japan, projection is 170-175 000 visitors from the land of the rising sun this year. Chinese visitor numbers are also up, 138 000 Chinese visitors so far this year, 200 000 expected this year. For some reason HTZ did not publish figures for Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and ASEAN countries, but total visitors from that part was up as well, and was 95 000, and is up by 16%.

    Visitor numbers by nationality - Non-European markets.

    USA - 417 000 - up - 22.5%
    S. Korea - 335 000 - down 3.5%
    Australia - 187 000 - up 15.5%
    China - 138 000 - up 37%
    Canada - 120 000 - up 24%
    Japan - 108 000 - up 20%
    Taiwan - 69 000 - down 1%
    India - 51 000 - up 7.5%
    Brazil - 48 000 - up 3.5%
    Argentina - 40 000 - up 30,5%
    New Zealand - 32 000 - up 22%
    Hong Kong - 24 000 - up 16%
    Thailand - 21 000 - up 40.5%
    rest of ASEAN - 95 000 - up 16%
    South Africa - 20 000 - up 16%
    Mexico - 15 000 - up 21.5%
    UAE/Qatar/Kuwait - 16000, up by 43%
    Chile - 10 000 - up 14%

    These are markets over 10 000 visitors, additional 85000 visitors came from across the globe, overall these number is up by 36%. Expected number of visitors, total number expected from these markets is expected to reach 100 000 in 2018 and 120 000 in 2019. Although these figures aren't that great, considering number of countries, however they're encouraging, as visitors from Morocco for example are up by 35%, and could reach 5000 visitors this year.

    1. Anonymous22:30

      Canadian visitor number is impressive if you ask me, and if current growth is maintained, 175 000 Canadian visitors could visit Croatia this year. Based on performance of 2017 and 2018, we can assume in 2019, number of Canadian visitors might be over 200 000 and possibly we could have 210 000 Canadians visiting Croatia in 2019. These are conservative estimates, figure of 220 000 visitors is more likely.

      I think there's a good chance next year will be Air Canada Rouge the last year in Zagreb, as I think in 2020, Air Canada Mainline will take over for year round service, probably in winters it'll be twice weekly service and from May 1st to October 31st 4 of 5 weekly flights will be maintained from Toronto.

      Next Year I think Air Canada R will come a month early on May 1st and leave few weeks later on October 31st. Air Transat on the other hand might add Montreal in 2019 and Vancouver in 2020. In 2020, I expect 250 000+ Canadian visitors will visit Croatia, Croatia becoming one of the more popular travel destinations for Canadians by 2025, when I expect over 500 000 Canadian visitors could visit Croatia.