Croatia has seen a massive increase in Russian tourists this year, thanks in part to the abolishment of visas, required by Russian passport holders entering Croatia in the past. Russians are seen as advantageous tourists because they spend more money and stay on holiday for longer than their Western counterparts.
Croatia Airlines, which has in the past few years been losing its market share at Dubrovnik, has announced that it will commence flights from the city to Venice and Athens during the 2011 summer season. Croatia Airlines does not operate flights to Russia. In a letter written by angry unions to the Prime Minister recently, Croatia Airlines employees sighted that the airline has failed to launch flights to the potentially vast Russian market.
Dubrovnik Airport is enjoying a good year with passenger numbers so far exceeding the total recorded in 2009. The airport has opened a new terminal and has recorded some record breaking passenger figures during the summer months.