Lufthansa staying through the winter in DubrovnikThe German national carrier, Lufthansa, will schedule Dubrovnik as a yearlong destination. The carrier will operate a one weekly flight from Munich to the seaside town with a Bombardier CRJ900 and the possibility for the flights to be boosted to twice per week. Lufthansa already operates seasonal flights to Dubrovnik from Berlin, Hamburg, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt, in addition to Munich. The German national carrier will be only the third airline to operate flights to Dubrovnik outside of the summer holiday season. Croatia Airlines and British Airways maintain year long flights.
The news comes after talks between the airport’s management and Lufthansa lasted for almost a year. Dubrovnik will be the only airport in Croatia (with the exception of Zagreb) that will have up to three airlines operating during the winter months, which begins on the last Sunday in October.
The new, yearlong route will help boost passenger numbers. Like most airports in Croatia, Dubrovnik experiences high seasonality, with 80% of annual traffic coming in during the summer months. Despite a slow start to the year, Dubrovnik Airport has seen its passenger numbers increase since March. In the first five months of 2012, Dubrovnik welcomed 299.590 passengers through its doors, an increase of 4.7% compared to the same period last year.