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Split blooming as Zagreb stumbles - Croatia's two busiest airports have mixed fortunes in July

By  Aug 03, 2019

July was certainly a mixed month for the two busiest airports in Croatia, with the capital’s airport actually seeing a drop in passenger numbers. Split is having a year to remember with more passengers and more new air connections than ever before.

And July was yet another month of growth at the Dalmatian airport with 723,000 passengers passing through, which is the airports busiest ever month on record. Since the beginning of the year until the end of July Split Airport has received 1.82 million passengers, when compared with 2018 this is a 6.4 percent improvement.

Where once Split was very much perceived as a transit city, a place to catch a ferry to one of the many islands or to jump on a bus for other Adriatic destinations, it has in recent years been successful in turning around this image and finding its place on the international travel market. Fuelled by events such as the massive Ultra music festival, and the magic dust that is connection to the HBO Game of Thrones series, the city is blooming.

split in the summer

The only real handicap for the city’s tourism business is the lack of quality hotel accommodation, this obvious hole is being willing filled by the Airbnb brigade of private apartments and villa owners. And combine this with a vibrant café, wine bar and restaurant scene and it is easy to see why the airport is attracting more passengers than in its long history.

The nation’s largest and busiest airport didn’t fare so well in July with Zagreb Airport actually recording its first drop in passenger numbers, when compared with 2018, this year. In July just over 366,000 travellers passed through the capital’s airport representing a 3.4 percent drop when compared with July 2018. Although this could well be seen as a bump in the road as passenger numbers through the first seven months have improved by 2.4 percent, meaning in real terms that 49,000 extra passengers have used the airport this year.

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