ZAGREB, March 17 (Hina) – Only three of nine Croatian airports reported year-on-year increases in the number of passengers in January, while the others saw fewer travellers than in the same month last year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (DZS).
All nine passengers handled a total of 258,200 passengers in January 2020, an increase of 0.4% over January 2019. The aggregate increase is due to increases recorded by the airports in Zagreb and Split.
Zagreb airport served 201,200 passengers, or 78% of the total number of passengers reported by all nine airports. It was an increase of 6.4% compared with January 2019. The increase could partly be attributed to the start of the Croatian presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Split airport recorded 35,300 passengers, up 1.7% year on year. The airport on the northern Adriatic island of Losinj reported an increase of as much as 600%, although it had only 21 passengers.
On the other hand, Dubrovnik airport recorded a 28.4% fall in the number of passengers, with about 19,000 travellers using the airport.
Osijek airport saw the largest drop in the number of passengers, of 88%, with only 306 passengers using the airport. The airport on the southern island of Brac, which is highly seasonal, did not have any passengers at all in January.
In February, the airports in Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik reported different indicators compared with January, according to figures on their respective websites.
Zagreb airport served 184,200 passengers in February 2020, a rise of 1.7% year on year. Dubrovnik airport reported 33,600 passengers, down 0.5%, while Split airport handled 26,300 passengers, a decrease of 24.5% compared with February 2019.