Meanwhile, after almost 20 years, Mali Lošinj Airport, located on the island of Lošinj in Western Croatia, handled its first aircraft. Some 40 tourists from Innsbruck in Austria arrived on the island. The airport had to invest 300.000 Kuna (41.296 Euros) in security in order for the Austrians to agree to commence flights. The director of the airport, Alan Horvat, said “This line for us will not be profitable. However, we hope to have similar flights next season that would not only connect Mali Lošinj to Innsbruck but to Vienna too, maybe Munich as well. If we had five to six lines per week we would turn a profit”.
The airport’s director admits that greater interest will be generated once the runway is extended by at least 1.500 metres.