Zagreb and Split airports register mixed results


Croatia’s two busiest airports have recorded mixed results in the penultimate month of the year. Zagreb Airport registered its busiest November by handling 247.277 passengers, representing an increase of 5.6%. The number of aircraft movements stood at 3.344, up 3.8%. During the January - November period, Zagreb Airport welcomed 3.204.386 travellers through its doors, an increase of 2.7%. So far this year it has added an extra 82.941 passengers.

MonthPAXChange (%)
FEB181.154 6.2
MAR232.978 4.2
APR280.790 10.6
MAY311.368 3.6
JUN336.618 1.5
JUL366.242 3.4
AUG376.026 0.9
SEP350.138 1.3
OCT330.598 3.9
NOV247.277 5.6

On the other hand, Split Airport saw its figures decline 16.4% by handling 45.871 passengers. Despite the decrease in numbers, the airport registered a record 3.260.573 travellers during the January - November period, up 5.9%. It had added an extra 180.578 travellers so far in 2019.

MonthPAXChange (%)
JAN36.360 6.9
FEB34.825 13.7
MAR50.037 5.9
APR151.381 25.8
MAY310.809 2.2
JUN513.706 8.2
JUL723.048 4.0
AUG672.261 7.0
SEP470.102 3.2
OCT247.172 9.7
NOV45.871 16.4


  1. Anonymous10:35

    So, Split is some 60k ahead and there is one month left till the end of the year. Is it safe to say Zagreb will overtake Split comes Januar 1?

  2. Anonymous10:36

    Wonder what growth ZAG would have if JP was still around. Seems OU was right, there was no need to react because they knew the market will come to them. So much for the experts on here.

    1. Anonymous11:11

      Probably the same like in July or August. It is that simple - nothing gives them the fuel to grow. A lot of reductions, cancellations etc.
      They just need to thank to JP, but it won't last long

    2. Anonymous11:16

      Well someone on here announced a few surprises from OU which would make sense since they got all that money from the government. They are very secretive so I am sure more destinations will be announced. I am hoping for a return to Istanbul and maybe flights to Ankara to feed their network?

    3. Anonymous11:23

      I wonder what Air Serbia´s growth would have been if they did not start the new routes.
      I wonder what Lufthansa´s growth would have been if Air Berlin did not go bust. I wonder, what growth Ryanair would have had, if they got the MAXs.

      Such sensless questions.

    4. Anonymous11:24

      They need that money for pure survival.

      I do not believe any cent of it would be invested in new destinations.

    5. Anonymous11:27

      @anon 11:23

      We shall not have to wait for a long time to see ZAG achievement once the situation in LJU gets stable.

      And you won't like it

    6. Anonymous11:35

      @ anon 11:27

      Unlike you I am not waiting for anything. You obviously seem to be lacking sleep with today´s news on ZAG. But be assured, whatever the development, the world will continue revolving. Your sleep however will depend on you getting it right.

    7. Anonymous11:40

      Right God forbid someone says something critical of ZAG.

    8. Anonymous11:40

      @anon 11:35

      Yeah, sure mate

    9. Problem is not the few months after Adria's collapse, of course Zagreb would benefit. But what happens when low cost carriers move in and base a number of planes there? We have already seen the impact Banja Luka has had on Zagreb numbers and Ljubljana is even closer.

      Problem I have with OU here is that they have been given an opportunity to set up a base during a time when they claim they have issues with seasonality.

      They could have run operations completely from Zagreb.

    10. Anonymous07:07

      Maybe the A320 is just too big for them, A319 would be easier to handle in winter months. Yes they can fill an A320 in summer but the money they spend on it in winter burns it all away.

  3. Anonymous10:46

    Hej, Zagreb figures not that bad after all. So much scepticism here for nothing. Bravo Hravtska!

    1. Anonymous10:59

      Adria bankruptcy helped, ZAG management did next to nothing my good friend Anonymous.

    2. Adria bankruptcy has nothing to do with Zagreb Airport results.

    3. Anonymous12:34

      And why do you say that? I think most would disagree with you

    4. Come on guys, there is nothing else that can be done. For centuries now Zagreb is the nearest city to Ljubljana, we can't help it, otherwise citizens of Ljubljana would prefer another airport. It's not Zagreb 's fault for adria' s bankruptcy!

    5. Anonymous16:11

      It's not ZAG fault, it is ZAG benefit!

  4. Anonymous11:06

    Guys what happened in Split?!

    1. Anonymous11:18

      Last year DBV was very limited in capacity due to runway construction and planned Aegean charter flights, this year operated by Freebird, were rerouted to SPU in November and the first half of December 2018. If you take out last year for SPU, which is due to external effects, then SPU is still growing considering the previous years.

    2. Anonymous12:28

      SPU is a badly managed airport and November results prove it.

    3. Anonymous15:02

      How is it badly managed when they have a brand new building that looks amazing, amazing growth entire year (excluding poor November) and pretty much more passengers than Zagreb for the first 11 month of the year?

    4. Anonymous16:22

      They have used cheap materials to build the terminal. It's already crumbling at places. Bad management indeed.

    5. Anonymous16:35

      Well ZAG has probably the most beautiful terminal in the world but would you say they have a good and competent management?

    6. Anonymous20:17

      In the world?!?!?!??! OMG, are you serious?!

    7. Anonymous20:41

      Why wouldn't I be serious? Ok maybe not top five but for sure top ten

    8. Maybe top 50.

    9. Anonymous09:24


  5. Anonymous12:08

    If Lufthansa, Swiss, Brussels airlines and AF double daily wouldn't start in LJU so quickly after the collapse of JP, Zagreb airport would benefit much more than it actually did.

    1. Anonymous12:39

      Any proof of that?

    2. Anonymous12:57

      There are around 20 flights a day to VIE, FRA, BRU, MUC, CDG, ZRH from Zagreb and only 2 to FRA and CDG and 1 to MUC, ZRH, BRU and 0 to VIE from LJU, so if those routes wouldn not be re-established so soon in LJU the figures would be higher in ZAG for sure in the last two months, would't you agree?

  6. Anonymous20:12

    Bravo Hrvatska!


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