The Covid-19 pandemic has caused mayhem with the world’s airlines and Croatia Airlines is far from immune from the negative effects. The national airline of Croatia has announced that they expect a decline of 60 percent in passenger numbers this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2019 Croatia Airlines carried 2.179 million passengers, which was a record year for the airline, reports EX-YU Aviation.
It looks extremely likely that Croatia Airlines will carry under a million passengers for the first time since 1999. In April passenger numbers were down by a massive 95 percent, which is logical due to the almost complete lockdown of air traffic across Europe, and the fact that only Zagreb Airport was actually open. This downward spiral continued in May, down 94 percent and June by 81 percent.
EX-YU Aviation reported that “Croatia Airlines said it is too early to estimate the financial loss resulting from the crisis, as the pandemic is still ongoing and hindering traffic. The carrier has cancelled plans to launch new services to Podgorica and Sofia this year and has discontinued operations to Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki and Tel Aviv. It recorded a 14.6 million euro loss during the first quarter.”