Croatian Airports Enjoy Higher Traffic in 2023 Than 2022

Lauren Simmonds

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November the 16th, 2023 – All Croatian airports enjoyed more traffic throughout the first nine months of 2023, as well as in September, when compared to 2022 and specifically to September 2022.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, significantly more passengers were recorded being processed through all Croatian airports this year than in the same period back in 2022. In September this year, the most passengers were recorded transiting through Split Airport, according to data from the State Bureau of Statistics (CBS).

The Croatian airports with the most passengers transiting through were unsurprisingly Split, Zagreb and Dubrovnik. All three recorded between 5.5 percent and 15 percent more passengers than they did last September, with a lot more passengers passing through Split Airport than the other two.

Split Airport dominates in 2023

With 507,000 passengers being recorded in September this year, Split Airport achieved a growth of 15% compared to the figures it recorded back during September 2022. It also accounted for a third of the total number of passengers recorded at all Croatian airports in September.

Zagreb and Dubrovnik follow, then comes Zadar

With 367,700 passengers recorded in September 2023, representing 14 percent more than September 2022, Split Airport is followed by Zagreb and Dubrovnik airports (353,000 passengers or 5.5 percent more), while 199,200 passengers passing through Zadar Airport marks an increase of 9 percent compared to September last year.

Pula, Rijeka, Osijek, Brač and Mali Lošinj

Back in September this year, Pula and Rijeka airports both achieved increases of 12.3 and 7 percent respectively, with 67,000 and almost 30,000 passengers. Osijek Airport had a little more than 5,400 passengers passing through it, placing it in seventh place among nine Croatian airports. Behind Osijek Airport are the island airports of Brač and Mali Lošinj.

Significant increases for all Croatian airports

In total, in September 2023, there were 1.5 million passengers recorded transiting through all Croatian airports. This represents a significant 11.5 percent increase compare to the same month of 2022. At the level of the first nine months of 2023 in total, this increase was even higher, totalling 16.6 percent, with a total calculation of 9.6 million passengers.

There were also more aircraft operations in general – the September 2023 increase from slightly more than 15.1 thousand stood at 6.2 percent. Throughout those entire nine months of 2023, when more than 103,000 operations were performed, the increase amounted to 5.5 percent.

Cargo turnover, on the other hand, was slightly lower than last year. In September 2023, it recorded a slight drop of 0.7 percent, down from 893 tonnes. Throughout the first nine months of 2023, there were 6899 tonnes of cargo processed through Croatian airports, or 5.6 percent less cargo than back at the same time in 2022.


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