Zagreb passes million passenger mark, Croatia Airlines to do so soonZagreb Airport on Monday handled its millionth passenger this year, 18 days ahead of 2010 pointing to a record breaking year. The millionth passenger was travelling on Monday’s service from Zagreb to Skopje operated by Croatia Airlines. The CEO of Zagreb Airport, Tonči Peović, said that so far this year the airport has recorded a 17% passenger increase thanks to a big increase in the number of flights from the Croatian capital. Peović expects that the airport will see up to 300.000 passengers more than last year. Zagreb Airport set its best passenger figure in 2008 when it handled 2.192.453 passengers, a figure it has been unable to surpass ever since.
Meanwhile, the CEO of Croatia Airlines, Srećko Šimunović, said that the Croatian carrier will carry its millionth passenger within 3 to 4 weeks. By Monday some 829.720 passengers flew with Croatia Airlines since January 1, 2011. The millionth passenger mark should be reached approximately 10 days ahead of 2010. However, Šimunović warns that the positive passenger trend will be offset by large scale losses the airline will once again incur this year. The CEO blames high fuel prices for the loss.