It was another bumper year for Croatian tourism, and one needs to look no further than the airport statistics for the evidence.
It is less than ten years since Croatia embraced the low-cost airline industry with a Ryanair flight to Zadar in April 2007, and few could have known then just how the aviation scene at Croatia’s airports would change so dramatically. The advent of budget airlines has become a flood, and Croatia is connected like never before including direct long-haul destinations such as Doha and Dubai, with Seoul starting later this year with Korean Air.
Airports such as Split are now serviced by 90 destinations in the season, a season that is getting longer each year, and so it is perhaps no surprise to read on ExYuAviation on January 11, 2016 that not only did Croatia have a record year for air traffic, but 2015 was also the best year ever for Zagreb, Split AND Dubrovnik airports.
In all, more than 7 million passengers arrived at Croatia’s nine commercial airports, more than half of which were through Split, Zagreb and Dubrovnik. The capital handled 2.587.798 passengers, 6.9% rise, and the years 2011-15 have been the busiest in the airport’s history. With work on the impressive new terminal ongoing, this trend is set to continue.
Split too had a record year, also recording its busiest ever five years from 2011-15, and falling just short of 2 million passengers last year. Work on the desperately needed expansion of its terminal will start in a couple of months, and such is the surge of interest in Central Dalmatia, that the only way is up.
Dubrovnik too had its best ever year, with 1.693.934 passengers. With its own new terminal set to be finished by the end of the year, the trend of Dubrovnik’s year on year increase from 2012-15 looks set to continue. Of the three airports, Dubrovnik was the only one to record one of its five busiest ever years prior to 2011 – its fifth busiest was in 1987, when it handled 1.460.354 passengers.
For more data on the numbers, visit the ExYuAviation site.