In Croatian seaports, in the first three months of this year, there was a somewhat lower turnover of ships, passengers and goods than in the same period last year, while passenger traffic was 19.7 percent higher in airports and there was 52.3 percent increase in cargo traffic - The Central Bureau of Statistics reports.
In seaports, in the first quarter of this year, there were 50.4 thousand ships or 3.3 percent less than last year, while with a total of 2.8 million passengers there was a slight decrease of 0.5 percent compared to the same period last year.
Most passengers, 455.6 thousand, passed through the Split port, which recorded an increase of 2.7 percent, followed by Zadar port, which with 324.6 thousand passengers was down 3.2 percent compared to the first quarter of 2017.
In the first three months of the year, there was the most significat increase in the number of passengers in the ports of Cres and Krk.
The total number of cargoes in seaports in the first quarter was 4.4 million tonnes or 7.5 percent less than in the same months last year, and about 54 percent of total cargo traffic was recorded in the ports of Omisalj and Rijeka. Luka Omisalj with 1.7 million tons of cargo is in a plus of 6 percent, while 662 thousand tons of cargo in Port of Rijeka show the growth by 7.1 percent. Other ports that were included in the survey in the first three months of this year, Ploce, Bakar and Split received and dispatched less cargo than in the first three months of last year.
AIRPORTS BREAKING RECORDS
Airports, on the other hand, continued to grow in the first three months of this year, so in all nine, there were almost 14 thousand aircraft operations or 8.4 percent more than last year, and a total of 824 thousand passengers, which is an increase of 19 ,7 percent.
Almost half the number of passengers or 343,000 passengers in the airports arrived in March this year, which is 27.4 percent more than in March last year, with all ports except Mali Losinj rising in March.
The largest number of passengers in March, 223 thousand or 16.1 percent more, came to Zagreb Airport, with 51.3 thousand passengers or 61 percent more followed by Split Airport, and with 47.3 thousand passengers or 40 percent more in the Dubrovnik Airport.
The number of passengers in March increased by 30 percent in Zadar, while in Pula is more than 113 percent, while Osijek and Rijeka airports are definitely recorders with passenger numbers rising in March for 525.4 percent, or 310.1 percent, but on small bases of about 3,800 and 2,500 passengers.
The cargo at airports in the first three months of this year was a bit more than 2,600 tonnes, which is also a major increase, up from 52.3 percent in relation to the first three months of last year.