Zagreb Airport handled a record 795.753 passengers during the first quarter of the year, with most routes seeing growth over the three-month period, both compared to 2023 and the pre-pandemic 2019. Based on statistics for the airport’s twenty busiest routes, provided by the European Union’s statistical office Eurostat, which account for some 71% of the airport’s total traffic during Q1, Frankfurt continued to be the busiest destination, improving its figures by almost 9% on last year, but still down over 13% on 2019. Similarly, other major Lufthansa hubs continue to perform below pre-pandemic levels, including Munch, Vienna, and Zurich on the back of stronger competition.

Zagreb Airport’s busiest routes, Q1 2024

The Amsterdam service continues to perform strongly, growing 47.8% and 49.3% in passenger numbers on Q1 2023 and 2019 respectively. The growth is primarily being fuelled by KLM, which positioned itself as one of Zagreb’s leading foreign carriers during the pandemic. Turkish Airlines registered another record result, handling 44.988 passengers on its Istanbul service, an improvement of 12.1% on last year. Air Serbia also saw strong growth on its Belgrade – Zagreb route. Accompanied by an increase in flights, its figures surged 31.8% on Q1 2023, as well as 61.3% on the pre-pandemic 2019. Gulf carriers Qatar Airways and Flydubai both improved on last year, with the latter surpassing its 2019 performance for the first time.
Ryanair continues to be one of the main factors fuelling Zagreb Airport’s strong results, with destinations across its network out of the Croatian capital seeing strong year-on-year growth. Its busiest destination continues to be London Stansted, where it handled more passengers than Croatia Airlines and British Airways combined on their London Heathrow service. Other strong performers for the budget carrier include Dublin and Charleroi, as well as leisure destinations such as Malta and Malaga. All its flights to and from Zagreb are being accompanied by high levels of cabin occupancy.

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