There are seven airports in the Republic of Croatia international – Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Zadar, Rijeka, Pula and Osijek. A 55% stake in each is held by the state, and the rest is divided between respective regional and local government. There are also three landing facilities – Brač, Lošinj and Vrsar – for the arrival and dispatch of smaller commercial aircraft. Compared with the total number of airports globally – around 1,200, this is a large share, accounting for 0.8% of all world airports. Croatian airports register some 5 million passengers annually, while the total number of international travellers globally is 5 billion people.

Passenger transport in Croatian airports lags slightly below pre-war figures, when airports recorded up to 5.5 million passengers per year. Although the Osijek Airport registered an increase in the number of passengers in 2009 (39%), its business its business still fails to bring profit. Due to lack of cost- effectiveness and another highly expensive investment in the infrastructure, equipment and construction, the solution might be in introducing more low-cost carriers or activities such as Lufthansa’s Pilot School at Zadar Airport.

More info: http://www.zagreb-airport.hr