Tour Operators In Shock As Brac Airport Closes Down On Croatian Island
- by croatiaweek
- in Business
Last month Croatia Week reported that due to massive financial losses, Brac Airport, located on the tourist island of Brac on Croatia’s Adriatic coast, was set to close down. That decision has now been confirmed, and as Poslovni dnevnik reports, the airport will shut down before this summer’s tourist season, leaving tour operators up in the air.
One of those tour operators shocked by the move is Austrian company Gruber Reisen who have already sold 3,500 package deals to Croatia for this summer, which included landing at Brac Aiport.
“‘The airport is losing around half a million kuna a year (close to 100,000 USD), it makes no sense anymore. I don’t know why Gruber continued to sell packages flying into Brac because for almost a year they have known about our plans to shut down,” said Jako Andabak, the airport’s major owner.
The move to shut down the airport was agreed by Andabak and also the Ministry of Transport, who also hold a 36% share in the company operating the airport. Massive financial losses have cited as the reason for the closure.