Last year, Croatia’s airports reached double-digit growth of passenger traffic by 18 percent and 9.6 million passengers during the 2017. Given the growth trend in recent years, this year the number of passengers in Croatian airports is expected to rise by about 10 percent, which means that more than 10 million passengers will travel for the first time through Croatian airports. In the next five to seven years it is expected to double that number, which for airports means even greater investments in capacity increase, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce stated in their press release.
The increase in traffic in Croatian airports, among other things, was affected by air carriers themselves, which partly reduced the average fare prices in air traffic, which is, consequently, a consequence of the price reduction of petroleum products in the world market. In addition, the increase of air traffic in Croatia has also affected the short stay of tourists in some markets for about two to three days, thanks to online reservation systems such as Booking.com or Airbnb.com.
Total passenger traffic in Croatian airports in the first six months of 2018 is 3,871,939 passengers. During the same period in 2017, there were 3,411,325 passengers in total, which makes an increase of 13.5 percent. In the first six months of 2018, the largest increase in the number of passengers, as compared to the same period last year, is recorded by the Airport Osijek – 146.8 percent, while the Franjo Tuđman Airport in Zagreb had a growth of 10.2 passengers and Split Airport 17.2 percent. Dubrovnik Airport recorded an increase of 11 percent. The number of passengers was up by 78 percent, while the Airport of Rijeka recorded a growth of 38.8 percent and Pula Airport 29.5.
The total number of landings and take-offs at airports in the first six months of 2018 was 52,831, compared with the number of landings and take-offs of 49,119 in the first six months of 2017, makes sn increase of 7.6 percent. Total freight traffic at Croatian airports in the first six months of 2018 was 7,426.6 tons, which is a rise of 127.5 percent compared to the 3,264.5 tons in the first six months of 2017.
Croatia Airlines, the Croatian national company – which was recently ranked among the safest – has carried record-breaking 2,124,528 passengers in 2017, which is 9.6 percent more than in 2016. Passenger load factor also increased from 70 percent in 2016 to 74.4 percent in 2017. 949.007 passengers travelled with CA in the first six months of this year, compared to the number of passengers carried by 903.188 in the first six months of 2017.
Croatia Airlines carriers fly directly to 39 destinations in 23 European countries, while the capital of Zagreb is connected with five Croatian airports.
Apart from the already offered lines, there are many new ones: Zagreb – Mostar, Zagreb – Dublin, Dubrovnik – Munich, Split – Copenhagen. Croatia Airlines flights are flying this year in all eight European destinations, or on all seasonal routes which were introduced during 2016 and 2017 – to Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki, Bucharest, Lisbon, Milan, Prague and St. Petersburg, among many other destinations.