Even though it has been embroiled in various PR disasters, from potential strikes, talks of privatisation to low morale in the workforce the national airline, Croatia Airlines, has started 2018 with fine passenger figures. In the first six months of this year the number of passengers that the airline carried increased by 5 percent compared to last year. A grand total of 910,000 passengers flew with the airline from the beginning of the year until the end of June.
And whilst many businesses have been reaping the rewards of the positive promotion of the 2018 World Cup it would appear that the football also helped save Croatia Airlines figures. During June Croatia Airlines operated six charter flights from Zagreb to Russia, and this continued into July as the progress of Croatia continued into the later stages. However not one of these flights operated from Dubrovnik Airport, which meant that many hundreds of fans drove to Tivat in Montenegro to catch flights to Russia.
The capacity rate, or load factor, of Croatia Airlines in the first six months of 2018 was also impressive, coming in at 71 percent.