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Record tourist arrivals this weekend at Split’s airport and ferry port 

Croatia exceeds half a million tourist in one day 

Split ferry terminal

ZAGREB, 17 July 2021 – This weekend, around 78,000 passengers are expected at Split’s airport and ferry port, which is the highest weekend for tourist traffic in 2021.

“Today and tomorrow, 170 planes will arrive at Split airport, 130 of which are commercial and 40 private, and they will carry about 28,000 passengers, which is the most during one weekend this year,” Mate Melvan from Split airport told Hina, HRT reported.

According to Melvan, Split Airport has re-established air connections in July with almost all tourist markets with which it was connected before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

He explained that Split Airport has direct flights to 24 countries, and indirectly to many other countries.

“There has been a noticeable increase in the number of Americans arriving from Amsterdam on the Amsterdam-Split route which operates three times a day,” Melvan said.

During June this year, Split Airport had a turnover of 117,000 passengers, which, he pointed out, is the highest traffic in June compared to all airports in Croatia.

“And in the first half of July, we had a turnover of more than 140,000 passengers, which is more than during the whole of June,” said Melvan

Jadrolinija coordinator for the Split area, Jelena Ivulić, told Hina that around 50,000 passengers and 12,500 vehicles, are expected to pass through the Split ferry port today and tomorrow, which is a record for this year. 

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Due to increased traffic, an extra ferry line Split – Supetar (Brač) was introduced today, and if necessary, said Ivulić, more extra ferry lines will be introduced that connect Split with the central Dalmatian islands.

This traffic this weekend, Ivelić explained, is 68 percent of the traffic the Split ferry port realised in mid-July 2019 before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Most tourists are Slovenes, Czechs, Poles and Germans, as well as Italians. She confirmed that due to the increased arrivals, traffic jams are occasionally being created at the Split ferry port. Ivulić emphasized that passengers are regularly urged to adhere to epidemiological measures during their voyage.


Today there are just over 10,500 tourists in Makarska, around 60 km south of Split. This is a lot more than last year and 80% of the number from the record year of 2019. The largest number of tourists were from Poland, Czech Republic, Germany and Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

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