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Croatian airports see a strong comeback in August – although figures are still well down on 2019

Written by  Oct 16, 2021

1.25 million passengers passed through Croatian airports in August, an increase of 113.8 percent compared to the same month last year, when the Covid-19 pandemic meant that only 585 thousand passengers used airports across Croatia.

According to new data from the Central Bureau of Statistics the number of passengers that used Croatian airports in the height of the summer season was just over 64 percent of the number from 2019. It must be emphasized that 2019 was a record breaking year for Croatian tourism.

Over the first eight months of this year, 2.8 million passengers have travelled through all airports, which is 65.2 percent more than in the same period from last year. Highlighting the bounce back from the pandemic that Croatian tourism has seen, in a year that was well above expectations.

Split is the absolute leader and in August alone 491,000 passengers used the airport, a massive 81 percent more than last year. And Split airport is on course to be the busiest airport in Croatia this year, taking the title from Zagreb.



Even Dubrovnik airport beat the capital’s airport in August, with 288,000 passengers passing through Croatia’s southernmost airport, with Zagreb airport lagging behind with 193,000 passengers. However, with Ryanair creating a mini-hub in Zagreb airport this winter and operating to a number of European destinations the capital’s airport should have a strong end to the season.

Zadar Airport was in fourth place with just over 163 thousand, which is the largest increase among all airports.

The largest international passenger traffic in August was realized with German airports, 242 thousand passengers, which is an increase of 92.2 percent compared to the same last year.

Statistics show that airports, despite the growth in traffic compared to August last year, are still lagging behind the same month of pre-pandemic 2019.

For example, passenger traffic through Split Airport was 27 percent lower than in August 2019, through Dubrovnik Airport 45 percent lower, and through Zagreb Airport 48 percent lower.

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