Last year was certainly a year to forget for the travel and tourism industry, and figures just in from Croatia’s airports highlight just how challenging 2020 was. Last year Croatia welcomed 2.2 million fewer passengers than in 2019, according to a report from Croatian Aviation.
In the first days of the new year, Croatian airports published their monthly statistics for December and thus concluded the number of passengers, operations and cargo for the previous, the year in which commercial aviation experienced its biggest decline in history!
The capital’s airport, traditionally the busiest in the country, handled 924,823 passengers last year, which was almost half of all passenger numbers to Croatia last year. However, this figure was a massive 73 percent drop from 2019 when over 3.4 million passengers travelled through Zagreb Airport.
And Split Airport, in spite of a relatively solid summer period, welcomed just over 674,000 passengers last year, a massive drop of 79 percent.
And the third busiest airport and the southernmost airport in Croatia, Dubrovnik Airport, had by far the worst year. Dubrovnik tourism industry was especially struck by the pandemic and the airport was the biggest loser in 2020 with an 88 percent decrease in passenger number compared to 2019. Only 330,147 passengers passed through Dubrovnik Airport last year, compared to a whopping 2.89 million in 2019.