Croatia aviation: highly seasonal tourist market grows, driven by LCCs
The country's 2019 seat capacity will be more than twice the level of 2012, but its national airline will have grown seat numbers by only 6.4% over the same period: Croatia Airlines carried almost 2.2 million passengers in 2018, a figure not much more than the 1.9 million of a decade earlier.
Growth has been driven by airlines from elsewhere, particularly by LCCs. Inbound summer tourism is the major agent of this growth in one of Europe's most seasonally skewed markets.
The nation's government expects slower growth in tourism due to encroaching infrastructure constraints. Nevertheless, tourist demand looks set to remain healthy and Croatia's aviation market should continue to grow.
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