Monday, 17 October 2022

Zadar Airport Ranked Among Best in "Up to Five Million Passengers" Category

October the 17th, 2022 - Zadar Airport has been ranked among the best on an impressive list, which will work to further place Croatia, which relies very heavily on tourism, on the airport quality map.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Zadar Airport has successfully entered the short list of the best in the category of up to five million passengers, and the winner will be revealed later today across the pond in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This nomination is truly excellent recognition for Zadar Airport because it comes from the aviation profession. In addition to Zadar Airport, Nuremberg, Edinburgh and Larnaca in Cyprus were also all nominated in the ''up to five million passengers'' category, according to a report from HRT.

Mihaela Kadija, the director of the Tourist Board of Zadar County, said that this weekend 15,000 passengers passed through Zadar Airport and she expects to end 2022's tourist season with 1.1 million passengers, which is the most so far.

"This speaks of the importance of Zadar Airport for all kinds of tourism, especially for the off-season and for more distant markets," she said.

In October this year, she added, guests from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland "jumped" into the top five markets with an increase of 77 percent. Several more events still await this Dalmatian city, such as the Biograd Boat Show, the Zadar regatta, a bicycle race, and they also have hopes for Advent in Zadar this year.

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Thursday, 30 June 2022

2023 Croatia Summer Flight Schedule to Kick Off with New Schengen Rules

June 30, 2022 - Border controls should be lifted at Croatian airports from March 26, 2023, as Croatia becomes part of the single Schengen area. This means that the 2023 Croatia summer flight schedule will kick off with new rules. 

When the Republic of Croatia becomes part of the single Schengen area on January 1 next year, travel from or to Croatian airports will be significantly easier, writes Croatian Aviation

On Wednesday, the EU Council proposed that border controls at Croatia's land and sea borders with Schengen countries be abolished from January 1, 2023, and at airports from March 26 next year. Thus, at the beginning of the new year, Croatia should become a member of the Schengen area, which will simplify travel to and from Croatian airports.

If all goes well, border controls will be lifted on January 1 at seaports and road border crossings, while the same should take effect on March 26 at all Croatian airports.

Namely, with the stated date, the summer flight schedule comes into force, so it is logistically easier to make the change just then, and at the same time the airports are given enough time to prepare.

At Croatian airports, it is necessary to change the existing passenger flows, given that currently there are fewer departures at airports for flights within the Republic of Croatia, while now flights to and from all Schengen member states will be treated as "domestic".

This means that passengers traveling from Croatia on direct flights to destinations in the member states of this area (26 European countries), after checking in for the flight and security control, will go to the exit for their flight without crossing the border or police control.

All Croatian airports must have the infrastructural possibility of separating passengers arriving or departing to destinations in the Schengen area, as well as to destinations outside it.

This means that, for example, when traveling from Zagreb to Split, Osijek, Vienna, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, or any other destination located in a Schengen member country, the exit to the aircraft will go without checking your identity document, but the border control still exists when traveling to Istanbul, London, Doha, Dubai, Sarajevo, Belgrade or other destinations outside Schengen. The same, of course, applies to all other Croatian airports.

Croatian airports have enough time to prepare and change passenger flows until the spring of 2023 when Croatia finally feels another advantage of membership in the European Union, and preparations have been underway for months.

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Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Croatian Air Traffic Recovers Completely, Zagreb Airport in Lead

June the 15th, 2022 - Croatian air traffic has well and truly recovered from the enormous amount of damage done to it as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic and all of the lockdowns and measures against travel for leisure that were introduced across Europe and the world.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Darko Bicak writes, the fact that there was a complete recovery of Croatian air traffic after the global coronavirus pandemic has been very clearly shown by data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Their information shows that in April 2022, the total passenger traffic at Croatian airports amounted to 580 thousand people, which is 654 percent more than in April 2021, when the country realised a turnover of a mere 77 thousand passengers.

The largest amount of Croatian air traffic in terms of passengers was realised by Zagreb's Franjo Tudjman International Airport, with 254 thousand passengers (an increase of 375.8 percent when compared to April 2021, which saw the transportation of 53 thousand passengers), followed by Split Airport with 132 thousand passengers and an increase of 842.1 percent when compared to April of last year (14 thousand passengers).

Dubrovnik Airport had 117 thousand passengers, which is an enormous increase compared to only eight thousand passengers in April 2021. Dubrovnik is still primarily an air destination owing the need to cross the border in and back out of neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina at Neum when travelling by car. The placing into function of the long awaited Peljesac bridge will likely aid that.

The most significant amount of international Croatian air traffic was realised with German airports, which transported 141 thousand passengers into Croatia, which is an increase of 650.3 percent when compared to the same period back in 2021.

The total number of aircraft landings and take-offs at all Croatian airports during April 2022 was 7,932, an increase of 126.7 percent when compared to April 2021, when the number of landings and take-offs stood at a mere 3,499.

The total cargo traffic at Croatian airports in April 2022 amounted to 728 tonnes, an encouraging increase of 14.5 percent when compared to April last year.

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Friday, 18 February 2022

Croatian Airports See Strong Increase in Turnover in 2021

ZAGREB, 18 Feb 2022 - Croatian airports in 2021 served 4.7 million customers, a 121.5% increase from 2020, with the airports in Split and Zagreb serving close to 62% of all passengers, reporting, like all the other airports, large increases in passenger turnover, show data from the national statistical office.

The number of airplanes and their operations (landings, takeoffs) increased in all airports, by 58.2% to 85,500, while cargo transport rose by 15% from 2020, to close to 9,000 tonnes.

Zagreb airport sees most passengers in December, Zadar reports the largest increase, Rijeka sees drop in Dec. 2021

In December 2021 alone passenger turnover increased by almost 300% compared to the same month of 2020, to 216,000, while the number of plane operations grew by 101% to slightly more than 4,600, and cargo turnover by 25.5% to 882 tonnes.

Of the eight airports in Croatia, all but Rijeka and Brač saw an increase in the volume of passengers and cargo in December 2021. Rijeka saw a drop of 43% in passenger transport while the airport on Brač island did not work.

Zagreb airport saw the largest increase in the number of passengers of 336% to 178,400, followed by Split, with a 187% increase and 23,400 passengers, and Dubrovnik, with a 176.4% increase in the number of passengers to 11,500.

Split airport with most passengers in 2021

In the entire year, 2021 Split airport was the one with the most passengers, slightly more than 1.5 million, up 136.5% from 2020, while Zagreb airport was second, with a 52% increase or 1.4 million passengers.

Dubrovnik was third with 917,600 passengers, 184.5% up from 2020, followed by Zadar with 500,300 passengers or 350% more, Pula, with 261,600 passengers (+232%), Rijeka (+107.3%), Osijek (+71%), Brač (+125%), and Mali Lošinj (+84%).

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Monday, 10 January 2022

Rijeka Airport Bounces Back With Passenger Traffic Doubled in 2021

January 10th, 2022 - Almost twice as many passengers traveled through Rijeka Airport in 2021 than in the previous year, with the upward trend expected to continue due to new summer lines announced for 2022

Rijeka Airport recorded 56,388 passengers in 2021. It’s an increase of almost 29,000 passengers compared to the airport traffic in 2020, reports Croatian Aviation.

Unsurprisingly, the largest number of passengers was recorded in summer months. Rijeka Airport saw over 15,000 passengers in July 2021, around 20,000 passengers in August and some 13,000 in September.

In contrast, there was very little off-season air traffic on Krk island. At present, Rijeka Airport only has two flights on its winter schedule, those of a local carrier operating from Rijeka to Osijek and Rijeka-Split-Dubrovnik. 

On the upside, international airlines have lately been announcing plans to boost their existing summer lines from Rijeka and introduce new routes, so we can expect a further increase in traffic this year. It might be a while before the airport bounces back to its pre-pandemic levels; in 2019, over 200,000 passengers traveled through Rijeka Airport. 

Low-cost carrier Ryanair will operate from Rijeka to London, Brussels and Stockholm twice a week starting from March 27th, 2022.

German airlines Condor and Lufthansa have announced summer lines between Rijeka and Frankfurt, once and twice a week respectively. Lufthansa and Croatian Airlines will also operate from Rijeka to Munich.

In 2021, eight Croatian airports recorded a total of 4,771,520 passengers combined. It’s a significant increase compared to a little over 2 million passengers in 2020; in the record 2019, Croatian airports saw a total of 11,376,915 passengers.


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Wednesday, 15 December 2021

Croatian Airport Passenger Numbers Skyrocket in October

ZAGREB, 15 Dec 2021 - In October, airports in Croatia catered for 564,000 passengers, which is 431% more than in October 2020, and the number of flights jumped by 140% 9,368, according to the data provided by the national statistical office (DZS).

The cargo transported through Croatia's airports increased this October by 17.2% compared to October 2020.

In terms of passenger traffic, the Airport of Zagreb ranked first, with 180,600 passengers using this airport in October, or 231% more than in October 2020.

Split's airport ranked second, (160,700 passengers), or 541.6% more on the year.

Dubrovnik's airport saw a rise of 720.6% to 114,300.

A majority of flights were between the Croatian airports and Germany, Great Britain, France, and Italy.

However, the passenger traffic in Croatia's airports in October was still below the results in the pre-pandemic October 2019.

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Thursday, 14 October 2021

Zagreb's Franjo Tudjman Airport Receives Important Safety Certificate

October the 14th, 2021 - Zagreb's Franjo Tudjman Airport has been re-certified as a safe airport in the conditions of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the capital's busy airport reported on Wednesday.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Zagreb's Franjo Tudjman Airport recalled that back in 2020, they were among the first European airports to successfully pass the accreditation programme for the establishment of health and safety measures in the conditions of the coronavirus pandemic, and recently the re-accreditation process for 2021 was completed.

In the accreditation process, as they say, special emphasis was placed on further improving the established health and safety measures in the conditions of the global pandemic at airports, developed by the World Airports Council (ACI World).

It is a process of examining the conditions and organisation for the safe use of the airport's space, prescribed in accordance with the recommended health measures set out in the ACI Aviation Business Restart and Recovery Guidelines.

The programme is designed to identify and demonstrate the fact that airports are safe places to be in when travelling, and to take further precautions to reduce any risk to passenger health.

The programme, as they say, was made according to the recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO Aviation Recovery Task Force Recommendations) and in accordance with the best examples from the industry.

In the procedure of assessing all submitted evidence, Zagreb's Franjo Tudjman Airport proved that it can and does successfully implement all of the prescribed measures and thus provides conditions for the safe travel to all of its many users from across the world. Owing to this box being ticket, the facility once again received the Airport Health Accreditation Certificate for the next twelve months, according to the airport's report on the topic.

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Thursday, 27 May 2021

Croatia Airlines and Zagreb Airport Announce Reintroduction of Several Flights

ZAGREB, 27 May 2021 - A flight from Dublin with about 100 passengers landed in Zagreb on Thursday, whereby Croatia Airlines (CA) and Zagreb International Airport (MZLZ) marked the relaunch on flights on that route after they had been suspended due to the pandemic, and CA hopes to intensify flights to European destinations.

The national flag carrier CA hopes to expand its flight network from Croatia to European destinations and as part of its plans, it will intensify flights on the Zagreb-Dublin route.

There will be two flights a week on that route, on Thursdays and Sundays, and the plan is to adapt to current market demand, depending on the epidemiological situation in Croatia and the world. The first direct flight on that route was established in 2018.

A member of the management board at MZLZ, David Gabelica, underscored that Zagreb is currently connected to 24 destinations and that as of June that will increase to 36. There are 300 flights a week and at peak season there will be 700.

Gabelica added that CA is MZLZ's most important partner and they are in constant contact. Considering the conditions that Ryanair was recently awarded, which are much more favorable than for Croatia's flag carrier, Gabelica said that CA can always count on the best conditions.

The director of the Zagreb Tourist Board, Martina Bienenfeld, underscored that the reintroduction of Dublin-Zagreb flights shows that interest exists for people to come to Zagreb and Croatia.

"The majority of passengers, according to my information, are staying in Zagreb but I am convinced that a large number of flights that Croatia Airlines is gradually reintroducing to Zagreb will have transfers to other destinations in Croatia," she said.

She explained that the majority of tourists currently in Zagreb are from the USA and that tourism numbers are similar to last year's.

CA commercial director Slaven Žabo said that CA will fly to 18 European destinations during the summer, including 14 from Zagreb.

He confirmed that the national flag carrier was in negotiations with MZLZ regarding better conditions.

In an effort to ensure better connectivity and support to Croatia's tourism, CA plans to provide 80,000 seats a month during the summer season on flights from European destinations to Croatia while cooperation with tour operators foresees more than 200 tourism charter flights from Austria, Italy, Ireland, Israel, and Scandinavia, said Žabo.

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Monday, 24 May 2021

Busy Weekend at Croatian Airports: Over 70 International Flights!

May 24, 2021 - It was a busy weekend at Croatian airports with over 70 international flights to destinations around Europe! 

Croatian Aviation reports that Croatian airports continued the positive trend that began in early May. It is to be expected that the positive trends will continue in the coming period, especially as the summer season approaches its peak.

Croatian Aviation hopes that the epidemiological situation will be favorable for travel and that over time, the demand for passengers will grow even more. But, for now, we can be satisfied, since this weekend Croatia had over 70 flights to international destinations!

Zagreb Airport 

Zagreb Airport was connected to 17 international and 4 domestic destinations last weekend. Frankfurt was again the international destination with the most outbound flights from Zagreb, i.e., with a total of 9 outbound flights. Of the domestic destinations, the most outbound flights this weekend from Zagreb were recorded to Split, i.e., a total of 5 outbound flights.

Sunday's traffic at Zagreb Airport was increased compared to Saturday's traffic, just like the previous weekends. The most active airline at Zagreb Airport was Croatia Airlines. The domestic airline has connected Zagreb with international destinations such as Frankfurt, Zurich, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Vienna, Paris, Rome, Sarajevo, and Brussels. Croatia Airlines flew from Zagreb to Split, Dubrovnik, Osijek, and Pula via Zadar.

Of the foreign airlines this weekend, the most active were KLM, with 4 outbound flights to Amsterdam and Lufthansa with 3 outbound flights to Frankfurt. AirFrance also flew from Zagreb to Paris, Austrian to Vienna, Aeroflot to Moscow, Turkish to Istanbul, Windrose to Kyiv, LOT to Warsaw, AirSerbia to Belgrade, and Eurowings to Stuttgart and Cologne.

Split Airport

This weekend, Split Airport was connected with 18 international destinations and 2 domestic destinations. Traffic at Split Airport has significantly increased compared to the previous weekend and compared to the entire previous period in 2021. Although Zagreb Airport had several commercial passenger aircraft operations this weekend, Split Airport managed to establish connections with the most international destinations for the first time this year.

Saturday was significantly busier than Sunday at Split Airport. This Saturday alone, you could fly from Split to 8 different destinations in Germany. Of the domestic destinations from Split, most outgoing flights were traditionally directed to Zagreb, i.e., a total of 6 outgoing flights. The largest domestic airline flew from Split to international destinations such as Zurich, Munich, Frankfurt, and Rome and also operated domestic flights to Zagreb and Osijek. 

Several different foreign airlines could be seen in Split this weekend. Thus, Eurowings flew from Split to Stuttgart, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Dortmund, Cologne, easyJet to Basel, Berlin (Brandeburg), Geneva and London (Luton), Lufthansa to Munich and Frankfurt, KLM to Amsterdam, Austrian to Vienna, Smartwings to Prague, LOT to Warsaw and Transavia to Paris (Orly).

Dubrovnik Airport

At Dubrovnik Airport, traffic was as high as last weekend. This weekend, Dubrovnik was connected with 8 international destinations and with Zagreb as the only domestic destination. As in the case of Split, air traffic in Dubrovnik is more significant on Saturdays than on Sundays. 

This weekend in Dubrovnik, Croatia Airlines performed 5 rotations on the route to Zagreb and 1 rotation on the route to Frankfurt. Of the foreign airlines, Austrian from Vienna, Lufthansa from Munich and Frankfurt, Air Baltic from Riga, LOT from Warsaw, Luxair from Luxembourg, Transavia from Paris (Orly), and Iberia from Madrid flew to Dubrovnik.

Zadar Airport

Zadar Airport also recorded several flights and airlines this weekend. Zadar was connected with 4 international destinations and 2 domestic destinations this weekend.

Croatia Airlines flew on Saturday and Sunday from Zagreb via Zadar to Pula and further to Zagreb. Among the foreign airlines to Zadar are Lufthansa flights from Munich and Frankfurt, Luxair from Luxembourg, and Ryanair from Krakow.

Pula Airport

Pula recorded 4 operations of commercial passenger aircraft this weekend, just like the previous weekend. On Saturday, Lufthansa operated on the route from Frankfurt to Pula, while Croatia Airlines operated on the route from Zagreb. This week, Russian S7 Airlines performed a regular rotation between Moscow and Pula, and Croatia Airlines another domestic rotation to Zagreb.

Rijeka, Osijek, Brač airports did not have international traffic on regular routes this weekend either.

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Monday, 3 May 2021

Over 50 Flights at Croatian Airports During First May Weekend!

May 3, 2021 - The latest flight news to Croatia as there were over 50 flights at Croatian airports during the first weekend of May!

Croatian Aviation reports that Croatian airports last weekend (May 1 to 2, 2021) saw an increase in international routes compared to the last weekend of April. Namely, five Croatian airports had more than 50 international routes! Only Rijeka, Brac, and Osijek did not have direct flights to destinations outside Croatia.

Zagreb Airport, as expected, had the largest number of domestic and international routes. From Zagreb on Saturday, it was possible to travel directly to and from Paris, Doha, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Moscow, Warsaw, Zurich, Split, Zadar, Pula, and Dubrovnik. The largest number of flights was operated by Croatia Airlines, while the Dutch KLM had two flights. Traffic was more significant on Sunday when Zagreb had direct lines to Istanbul, Paris, Kyiv, Frankfurt, Vienna, Cologne, Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Sarajevo, Zurich, Split, Dubrovnik, Pula, and Zadar. Croatia Airlines again performed the most flights, while the Dutch KLM and the German Lufthansa had two flights each.

Russian Aeroflot landed in Zagreb on Saturday from Moscow with an A321 aircraft, while on Sunday, a NEO version of the same aircraft was sent to Zagreb by Turkish Airlines.

Split Airport also had better traffic this weekend. EasyJet had regular flights from Berlin, Basel, and Geneva, Eurowings from Stuttgart and Dusseldorf, Lufthansa from Munich and Frankfurt, Vueling from Barcelona, KLM from Amsterdam, Smartwings from Prague, and Croatia Airlines from Zagreb, Munich, and Frankfurt. KLM sent a larger aircraft (B737-800) to Split, Smartwings B737-700, and Lufthansa on the Frankfurt A319 route. 

The traffic was less intense on Sunday. EasyJet operated from Basel, KLM from Amsterdam, LOT from Warsaw, Austrian from Vienna, Lufthansa from Munich, and Croatia Airlines from Zagreb, Frankfurt, Osijek, and Rome. This weekend, Split was connected with as many as 15 destinations in Croatia and Europe!

The first flights last weekend were operated from Prague (Smartwings), Berlin (EasyJet), and Barcelona (Vueling).

The increase in arrivals and departures was also recorded at Dubrovnik Airport. Lufthansa connected Dubrovnik with Frankfurt, LOT with Warsaw, Croatia Airlines with Zagreb, while Air Baltic made its first flight this season from Riga.

On Sunday, it was possible to see the aircraft of Vueling (from Barcelona), Austrian Airlines (from Vienna), Iberia (from Madrid), and Croatia Airlines (from Zagreb) in Dubrovnik.

Pula welcomed Lufthansa's first flight this season from Frankfurt on Saturday, while Russian S7 Airlines rotated between Moscow and Pula on Sunday. The line was introduced last weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, Pula directly connected with Zagreb and Zadar with a domestic flight of Croatia Airlines.

Zadar Airport also welcomed the first Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt. Like Pula, it had a domestic Croatia Airlines flight from Zagreb via Pula back to Zagreb on Saturday and Sunday.

Rijeka, Brac, and Osijek did not have international traffic on regular lines this weekend. It should be noted that Osijek was connected to Split by a Croatia Airlines flight, while there was no domestic traffic to Rijeka and Brac last weekend. The increase in international lines compared to the last weekend of April is significant and expected, as traffic at the European level begins to recover. From week to week, Croatian airports will have more and more airlines, and consequently, passengers.

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