Significantly difficult conditions due to the epidemiological crisis in the first half of this year, and a large drop in demand for air transport services, had a negative impact on the operations of Croatia Airlines, but also the aviation industry as a whole.
The operating loss in the first six months amounted to HRK 136,9 million, which with a net financing result gives a net loss of HRK 147,4 million. However, as they note in their press release, this is a positive shift of HRK 25,8 million, ie it has been achieved 15% better result compared to the same period last year.
It should be noted that in the period from January to June this year, Croatia Airlines aircraft performed 4% fewer flights compared to 2020, and a total of 37% fewer passengers were transported. In domestic traffic there were 15% fewer passengers, while in international traffic this percentage climbs to 46%. An increase in the number of passengers was recorded only in extraordinary (charter) traffic, by 8%.
As expected, the biggest difference in revenue was recorded in passenger traffic, however second quarter 2021. it is stronger than the same period last year, according to Croatia Airlines, which is special visible in the increase in the number of passengers in international traffic, although an increase was also recorded in domestic traffic.
IATA forecasts say that airlines will in 2021 to transport about 2,4 billion passengers, which is 600 million more passengers than in 2020, but also 2,1 billion fewer passengers than in 2019.
This season the company has 13 aircraft, which currently directly connect Zagreb with 14 European destinations and 5 Croatian airports. The additional importance and contribution to tourism in times of crisis is also visible connecting Croatian coastal airports with European destinations given that the company's aircraft directly connect Split Airport with 12 European destinations, Dubrovnik Airport with 6 European cities and Rijeka Airport with Munich.
In order to ensure connectivity and strongly support the tourism product of the Republic of Croatia, Croatia Airlines during the summer season on flights from European destinations to Croatia plans to offer more than 80.000 seats per month, and in cooperation with many tour operators, more than 200 tourist charter (extraordinary) flights from the markets of Austria, Italy, Ireland, Israel and Scandinavia.