Croatia aviation: highly seasonal tourist market grows, driven by LCCs

Premium Analysis

Croatia Airlines celebrated its 30th anniversary on 7-Aug-2019. However, in recent years it has not kept pace with the rapid growth in demand for air transport to/from Croatia.

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.

However, Croatia's total seat growth is slowing to 7.7% in 2019 - still high compared with European and global average rates, but Croatia's slowest since 2013.

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.

Become a CAPA Member to access Analysis Reports

This CAPA Premium Analysis Report is 1,474 words.
Become a CAPA Member

Our Analysis Reports are only available to CAPA Members. CAPA Membership provides exclusive access to in-depth insights on the latest developments in the aviation and travel industry, developed by our team of dedicated analysts located in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.

Each report offers a fresh perspective on the latest industry trends and is available online or via the CAPA mobile app, with customisable alerts to help you stay informed and identify new business opportunities.

CAPA Membership also provides access to our full suite of tools, including a tailored selection of more than 1,000 News Briefs every week and comprehensive data and analysis on thousands of companies around the world.