The number of aircraft landings and takeoffs and the number of passengers at Croatian airports continued to increase in October 2015 compared with the same month in 2014, according to figures from the National Bureau of Statistics (DZS).
In October 2015, compared with October 2014, the number of aircraft landings and takeoffs at Croatian airports increased by 0.4 per cent to 7,851 and that of passengers by 10.9 per cent to 597,000.
Of the eight airports in the country, only Osijek Airport recorded a drop in the number of passengers. It handled 3,556 passengers in October 2015, which was 10.4 per cent fewer than at the same time in the previous year. The largest number of passengers, 238,500, was recorded by Zagreb Airport, which was an increase of 5.7 per cent.
Dubrovnik Airport reported 147,500 passengers, up 10 per cent, Split Airport saw a rise in the number of passengers of 16.6 per cent to 133,100, and Zadar Airport recorded 49,700 passengers, which was 15.9 per cent more than in October 2014.
The largest increase in the number of passengers was recorded by Pula Airport, of as much as 45.9 per cent to 17,900. Rijeka Airport handled 6,489 passengers and Brac Airport 241 passengers, which was 18.9 per cent and 15.3 per cent more than in October 2014 respectively.
The largest number of passengers, 159,200, came from Germany, which was an increase of 15.4 per cent in comparison with October 2014. They were followed by passengers from the United Kingdom (87,400, up 14.8%), France (33,700), Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, Turkey and Spain. The largest increases, of 51.9 per cent and 51.6 per cent, were reported from the Netherlands and Belgium respectively.
The volume of cargo handled by the airports in October 2015 increased by 12.3 per cent to 749 tonnes.
In the first ten months of 2015, the number of aircraft operations increased by 6.5 per cent, the number of passengers by 7.3 per cent and the volume of cargo by 1.4 per cent.
On the other hand, the Croatian seaports recorded more vessels, but fewer passengers and less cargo.
A total of 22,600 ships docked in the Croatian Adriatic ports in October 2015, which was 8.6 per cent more than in the same month in 2014. The number of passengers fell by 0.9 per cent to 1.68 million; the number of domestic passengers dropped by 0.5 per cent and that of foreign passengers by 5.1 per cent.
Of the 24 seaports, the port of Split received the largest number of passengers, 273,800, which was an increase of 9 per cent. The increases, ranging between 5.7 per cent and 2.6 per cent, were also recorded by the ports of Zadar, Preko, Supetar, Cres, Krk, Pula, Rogac and Porec.
The other seaports had fewer passengers than last year. The port of Dubrovnik recorded a 10.6 per cent decline, receiving 185,000 passengers.
The volume of cargo handled by the seaports fell by 22.5 per cent to 1.35 million tonnes due to a decrease in the volume of international handling operations. The largest decreases were recorded by the ports of Omisalj and Split, of 30.9 per cent and 23.6 per cent respectively.
In the first ten months of 2015 the Croatian seaports recorded a total of 278,800 ships, an increase of 22.7 per cent. The number of passengers during that period rose by 15.4 per cent to 26.4 million and the volume of cargo by 0.2 per cent to 16 million tonnes.