Wizz Air have stated that the reason they don’t fly more frequently to Croatian airports is the high landing taxes and costs that airports charge. Speaking to the specialised website EX-YU Aviation the CEO of Wizz Air, Jozsef Varadi, commented that “For whatever reason, it is still kind of an inherited issue in the region to price airports very high and this is not the recipe for success.”
Wizz Air used to operate flights from London to Dubrovnik but these were shelved back in 2012 and now only operates a limited service into Split Airport. Whereas other low-cost airlines, such as easyJet, Eurowings and Volotea have carved their way into the Croatian market Wizz Air have been left to look for other airports in the wider south-east Europe region.
Varadi concluded that "Unfortunately, if you look at the Croatian coastline it is a very seasonal business. It is intact for a few months and then sort of dies out for the rest of the year. Zagreb Airport is quite in a similar situation as Belgrade Airport in terms of costs, so I think it is a high-priced airport environment with fluctuating demand. Should the costs come down, I think they would attract us".