Franjo Tuđman International Airport in Zagreb welcomed its 3 millionth passenger this year. The three millionth passenger was a visitor from Belgium who spent a week in Croatia having some dental work done. As a prize he received two international return tickets to any of Croatia Airlines’ destinations and a 200-euro gift card from Zagreb Airport. He then returned to Brussels on a flight operated by Croatia Airlines.
Jacques Feron, the recently (and beautifully) renovated airport’s CEO, announced the management’s expectations in annual increase in traffic, namely, reaching the 3.1 million mark by the end of the year. In addition, the airport has recorded a 10-12 percent increase compared to 2016. Feron also emphasied the December’s 10-percent spike in the number of visitors, most likely owing to Advent in Zagreb. In particular, the Zagreb’s Christmas Market has been for the third December in a row praised as the best Christmas market in Europe by several awards based on popular and professional votings as well.
Zagreb Airport, named after the first president of Croatia and located only 10km south-east of Zagreb Central Station is the hub for the Croatian flag carrier Croatia Airlines as well as Trade Air. The airport was awarded to the ZAIC consortium (Zagreb Airport International Company) in a 30-year concession under the terms of a contract signed by the Government of Croatia with the aformentioned. The contrat includes the financing, designing and construction of a new passenger terminal which was completed in March 2017 and presents a beautiful and inspiring renovation.