Coronavirus pandemic has paralyzed air traffic worldwide, including in Croatia. And what are the proportions of the difficult situation in which the aviation industry has found itself shows the data on passenger traffic for March at the three largest Croatian airports - Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik – Vecernji.hr reports.
While the Zagreb Airport has four daily scheduled flights operated by Croatia Airlines, so some passengers can still be seen at the airport, Dubrovnik and Split are completely deserted without any flights daily. The situation is the same at smaller Croatian airports - Zadar, Pula, Rijeka and Osijek.
According to Vecernji.hr, the Zagreb Airport (Franjo Tudman) recorded a 58 percent drop in the number of passengers in March compared to March 2019, when 232,978 passengers passed through the largest Croatian airport.
Split Airport had 50,037 passengers in March last year, and only 16,466 in March this year.
When it comes to Dubrovnik, 57,773 passengers passed through the airport in the third month of 2019, and 19,480 in March this year, which is a 66.3 percent drop. But it's important to emphasize that Dubrovnik Airport has been closed for all the civil traffic from March 19th, after the first case of COVID-19 was dicovered with an employee of Dubrovnik Airport. It is planned to stay closed until April 15th and, combined with the world situation, there is no bright future for the traffic numbers in the next couple of months. According to Vecernji.hr, in April last year more than 210 thousand passengers passed through this airport.
Croatia Airlines operates four more flights from Zagreb to Frankfurt, London, Brussels and Amsterdam. At the Dubrovnik airport, Vecernji.hr was told that all airlines canceled their flights for April and May, but their hope is that they will start returning in June.