For the first time in history, more than 10 million passengers pass through Croatian airports


first_imgLast year, airports in Croatia achieved double-digit growth in passenger traffic with an increase of 18% and 9,6 million passengers. Given the growth trend of recent years, this year is expected to increase passengers at domestic airports by about 10 percent, which means that for the first time in history, more than 10 million passengers will pass through Croatian airports.The number of passengers is expected to double in the next five to seven years, which means even more investment in increasing capacity for airports. “Such a large increase in passenger traffic, which is recorded by Croatian airports from year to year, was mostly influenced by the increase in gross domestic product in the countries where passengers come from, as well as numerous other factors, most notably safety. Namely, travelers, above all, decide to go to those tourist destinations where they will feel safe”, Said the president of the Air Transport Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Tonći Peović.The increase in traffic at Croatian airports was, among other things, influenced by the airlines themselves, which partly reduced the average ticket prices in air traffic, which, in turn, is a consequence of the reduction in the prices of petroleum products on the world market. In addition, the increase in air traffic in Croatia was influenced by the shortened stay of tourists in certain markets by about two to three days, thanks to online reservation systems such as Booking.com or Airbnb.com. “In the summer season, charter flights were significantly activated, thus significantly intensifying air traffic to Croatian tourist destinations, increasing the frequency of existing and introducing new airlines.”, Pointed out Peović, adding that a significant step forward is also happening with the opening of the Middle East hub, through which the market of the Middle and Far East is opening. “This dynamic growth of traffic, however, puts before us and  challenges of capacity building of airports (lanes, platforms, terminals, car parks, access roads, human resources) that must meet the requirements of peak loads, given that a doubling of traffic can be expected within 7 years, and certainly the capacity building process for such growth in Croatian conditions takes much longer. It is also necessary to define the final capacities of some airports, in order to start preparations for relocation to locations where new unhindered development can begin in the decades to come.”, Explains Peović, emphasizing that it is necessary to point out the effects of large investments in airports that help the stumbled construction sector, because capital investments after the Franjo Tuđman Airport also take place at Dubrovnik, Split, Brač airports, but also runway and maneuver reconstructions. area in Pula and Zadar.Rijeka AirportThe total passenger traffic at Croatian airports in the first six months of 2018 amounted to 3.871.939 passengers, which is an increase of 2017 percent compared to the same period in 3.411.325, when passenger traffic amounted to 13,5 passengers, the data show Croatian Civil Aviation Agency.In the first six months of 2018, the largest increase in the number of passengers, compared to the same period last year, was recorded by Osijek Airport of as much as 146,8 percent, while Franjo Tuđman Airport in Zagreb had a passenger growth of 10,2, and Split Airport 17,2 percent. Dubrovnik Airport grew by 11 percent. The number of passengers also increased by Brač Airport by 78 percent, while Rijeka Airport recorded a growth of 38,8 percent and Pula Airport 29,5 percent.The total number of landings and take-offs of aircraft at airports in the first six months of 2018 was 52.831, which is an increase of 49.119 percent compared to the number of landings and take-offs of 2017 in the first six months of 7,6.In 2017, the Croatian national company Croatia Airlines carried a record 2.124.528 passengers, which is 9,6% more than in 2016. The passenger cabin occupancy factor also increased from 70 percent in 2016 to 74,4 percent in 2017. In the first six months of this year, Croatia Airlines carried 949.007 passengers, which is compared to 903.188 passengers in the first six months of 2017. an increase of 4,8 percent. This season, Croatia Airlines planes fly directly to 39 destinations in 23 European countries in regular passenger traffic, connecting the capital Zagreb with five Croatian airports. In addition to the already introduced lines, the novelty is the introduction of new ones such as Zagreb – Mostar, Zagreb – Dublin, Dubrovnik – Munich, Split – Copenhagen. Croatia Airlines aircraft again this year fly to all eight European destinations, ie on all seasonal routes introduced during 2016 and 2017 – from Zagreb to Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki, Bucharest, Lisbon, Milan, Prague and St. Petersburg, and dr.last_img

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