In July this year close to 1.5 million passengers passed through the Croatian airports of Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, Pula, Zagreb, Osijek, Rijeka, Brac and Mali Losinj, and in the first seven months around 4.4 million passengers were registered, an increase of 12.4% compared to the same period of last year, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) said on Tuesday.

The increase in passenger transport was mostly owing to economic growth in the EU, said Tonci Peovic of the HGK, adding that it was also owing to an increased demand in Croatian holiday resorts as well as shorter tourist stays, thanks to on-line booking systems that facilitated a more frequent exchange of tourists in existing accommodation facilities.

Ljubica Herceg of the HGK said that most EU countries, including Croatia, were trying to respond to the challenge of providing adequate accommodation capacity for the current trend of growing air transport.

Work on the upgrading of the airports in Zagreb and Dubrovnik is nearing completion and work is soon to start on the modernisation of Split Airport, Herceg said.

In the first six months of this year Zagreb Airport saw an increase in the number of passengers of 10.4%, Split Airport reported an increase of 25.41%, Dubrovnik Airport reported a 16.46% increase, Pula Airport reported an increase of 34.15%, Zadar Airport saw an increase of 15.3% in passenger turnover, while the airports on the island of Brac, in Osijek and in Rijeka saw increases of 89.97%, 7.85% and 7.46% respectively.

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