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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Zagreb numbers continue to decline

Weaker February at Zagreb Airport
Zagreb Airport has seen a third consecutive month of declining passenger numbers. In February, Croatia’s busiest airport handled 117.725 passengers, a decrease of 6.6% compared to the same month last year when it welcomed 125.978 passengers through its doors. The number of flights operating to and from the airport significantly decreased, by 9.4%. However, Zagreb, like other airports in the former Yugoslavia wasn’t immune to the snowstorms and bad weather conditions. Many domestic flights were cancelled in February due to the closure of the country’s coastal airports. Furthermore, other carriers such as Turkish Airlines were also forced to cancel flights due to snow in Istanbul.

Last year, Zagreb Airport handled a record number of passengers. However, figures started to decline in December 2011. In the first two months of 2012, the airport welcomed 5.9% less passengers then the same period last year. Other airports in the country also experienced a decline in traffic, details which will be published at the end of the month.

Meanwhile, Croatia Airlines also saw a setback this week. It has been revealed that one of the airline’s Dash 8 jets was dropped while being lifted during maintenance. Consequently, the aircraft has been damaged as it sustained a puncture on the fuselage. It occurred during the March 8 industrial action at the airline which saw mechanics walk off the job as well.

10 comments:

  1. and Madonna cancelled too

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    1. Yes but had nothing to do with ticket sales but a disagreement between parties involved. Concert was sold out.

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  2. Recently, I prefered to fly with Adria from Ljubljana, rather than from Zagreb with all these strikes.

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  3. The recession in Croatia is really taking a toll and you could expect a slow year for Zagreb.

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  4. I wonder if the "drop" was an accident? Hmmmmm!?

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  5. I know these strikes are unpredictable, but I was wondering how the management responded to the strike? Are the (re-)opening talks or something?

    Or can we expect some more striking on the way ;).. Cause I, and many others probably have an OU flight coming up

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  6. I love displays at ZAG. My home airport BEG did invest in LCD screens and they are everywhere, but I give it to Croats in general for their design skills. Or better yet, we have great designers as well, but somehow they can only do independent projects, while everything state and infrastructure related is really an abomination. Really, cyan background, gray letters with dark gray shadow, arial I believe...

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  7. @ second last anonymous,

    Strike was called off one day before so who knows where the talks are but flights were still cancelled and or disrupted.

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  8. Which strike was called off?

    Management and Union opened talks after yesterday, management was very rude and talks were stopped. Now they have conciliation and if this will not succeed...

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    1. http://www.croatiantimes.com/news/Business/2012-03-08/25569/Croatia_Airlines_strike_cancelled_but_damage_done

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